Author: Lea Vigi

How bad is Michigan’s PFAS problem?

Boiling water doesn’t get rid of it. Residential filters don’t take it out either. In a special Great Lakes Now report, Bureau Chief Mary Ellen Geist explains what PFAS are and how high levels of the chemicals are contaminating water on the west side of Michigan.

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Aretha Franklin, Queen of Soul and Detroit Icon, Dies at 76

A legend is gone. Aretha Franklin, the “Queen of Soul,” died Thursday at age 76 in Detroit from pancreatic cancer. One of the best-selling musical artists of all times, she defined a generation of music with countless hits like “Think” and “Respect.”

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One Detroit Op-Ed | Finley: Media must look to itself to restore trust

MiWeek contributor and Detroit News editorial page editor Nolan Finley writes: “No one in our profession can say with a straight face that we cover Donald Trump the same way we have past presidents. We are not only giving him more scrutiny — rightly so — but we are making more mistakes in our haste to discredit him. Our accuracy ratings have fallen as we turn to poorly vetted anonymous sources and repeat every rumor that fits the narrative that Trump is a disaster.”

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PBS NEWSHOUR | The U.S. needs more home care workers. Is this the solution?

America’s home care shortage is critical, and growing. The industry’s shortage seems to be driven by low wages, few benefits and a lack of respect for workers, 90 percent of whom are women. Would giving them more responsibilities and more training help workers earn more? In the second part of reporting by PBS Newshour, economics correspondent Paul Solman takes a closer look at whether there is a solution.

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Why does one of the most needed jobs pay so poorly?

In this week’s clip of Making Sense on PBS NewsHour, learn about the looming shortage of home care workers, the challenging work environment and compensation that’s barely above poverty level. The national segment, which aired across the country last night was shot in Grand Ledge, Traverse City, and Detroit, MI.

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