Stories tagged: "infrastructure"


Fixing Roads and Making Cars: 11 Michiganders to Remember From 2021

From a local man fighting for clean water to the head of a federal agency bringing electric vehicles to Michigan, these are the names you need to know.

How an Indigenous Leader Is Representing Michigan Tribes in Washington DC

A former Michigan tribal chairperson is now leading Indigenous affairs issues federally, from land preservation to boarding schools. But he hasn't forgotten his roots.

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How Michigan Residents Can Tell if Lead Should Be a Concern in Their Home

Environmental lawyer Nick Leonard filters all the water he drinks and cooks with. Under certain conditions, you should too.

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‘Anything is Going to Help’: Mid-Michigan Mayor on Infrastructure Bill

Drive through Owosso, Michigan, and you’ll realize: Crumbling infrastructure isn’t just a big-city problem. 

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‘Dirt Road Is Worse’: Michigan’s Once Smooth Rides Have Become Nearly Impassable. How Can They Be Fixed?

Nancy Slater started her own Facebook group to draw attention to road conditions in her neighborhood. Will the roads finally be repaired?

Kevin Stack with the Berrien County Road Department fills up jugs with non-potable water for Elliot Napier in the Benton Harbor High School parking lot Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021, in Benton Harbor, Mich. The water system in Benton Harbor has tested for elevated levels of lead for three consecutive years. In response, residents have been told to drink and cook with bottled water and the state has promised to spend millions replacing lead service lines.
After Years Without Clean Water, Benton Harbor Residents Face Greatest Concern Yet: Trust

Benton Harbor residents don’t have clean water or trust in the system. This reverend shares what they need to overcome Michigan’s next water crisis. 

Kris Saunders and her fiancee, who currently get by on Kris' income as a third-year apprentice carpenter
‘You’re So Marketable’: What a Michigan Carpenter Wants You to Know About Skilled Trades Right Now

President Joe Biden's infrastructure law will create thousands of new construction jobs, but the industry has struggled to recruit young workers. Kris Saunders' story highlights the benefits of the skilled trades: a debt-free path to the middle-class.