Michael Finch Ii, Baton Rouge Advocate

Michael Finch Ii

Baton Rouge Advocate

New Orleans, LA, United States

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Recent:
  • Baton Rouge Advocate
Past:
  • NOLA.com
  • The Tribune
  • The Sacramento Bee
  • The Fresno Bee
  • The Modesto Bee
  • MercedSunStar
  • news-journalonline
  • The Ledger
  • AL.com Mobile

Recent articles by Mike:

Here are the Louisiana insurers that have gone broke or left the state amid deepening crisis

Louisiana is in the middle of a property insurance crisis: As of this week, nine insurance companies that wrote homeowners policies in the state have gone belly-up since a series → Read More

Ninth insurer in Louisiana goes under; here's what it means for 1,500 open claims

Fednat Insurance Co., a Florida-based insurer with a presence in Louisiana, has been steered into insolvency by regulators after struggling to pay existing claims. It’s the ninth company with policies → Read More

Louisiana Citizens wants 63% rate increase for homeowners' policies amid failures

Louisiana Citizens Insurance Corp., the state’s insurer of last resort, wants to raise its already-high prices by more than half, following a dramatic increase in demand for coverage after eight → Read More

Louisiana’s homeowners insurance market unraveling under the weight of 600,000 claims

Failed insurance companies. Multi-billion dollar losses. Consumers on edge. → Read More

CA vaccine laws have worked, study finds. More kindergarten students start school up to date

After a measles outbreak in 2013, California lawmakers passed a series of new laws that put restrictions on the number of children who could be exempted from vaccinations. They also launched an education campaign among staff at kindergartens. → Read More

When your school is a health center. How clinics offer lifeline for uninsured kids

School-based health programs have been around for decades. Although California has extended Medi-Cal to financially stressed children, the role of such programs is more pivotal than ever. → Read More

Why ‘technical’ violations are still sending ex-cons back to California lockups

Parole and probation are supposed to help lower the number of people in jails and prison. New data shows California spent $235 million to house ex-cons sent back to jail for violations of supervised release. → Read More

Rents are up in Sacramento, but housing market is slowing down. Here’s why.

Homes values were still up slightly since last year in six California metro areas except for San Jose where values declined by nearly 6 percent. In Sacramento, homes values fell by a modest one-tenth of a point in May → Read More

Sacramento Officer Tara O’Sullivan killed on one of most dangerous police calls: Domestic violence

Police officers like Tara O’Sullivan responding to domestic violence calls face danger. A Sacramento man with a history of violence was arrested and charged with shooting O’Sullivan. A look at training and risks in California. → Read More

How well does California care for children? New report ranks state just below Kentucky

In many ways, the report reflects a familiar story for the state: Prosperity is unevenly divided, the education system is inadequate and families are worse off because of the shortcomings in public programs. → Read More

Sacramento city schools could save millions on teachers’ health care. Will union play ball?

The Sacramento City Unified School District wants to shave millions in health care spending to ease pressure on its budget, a move that will likely lead to further conflict with its most powerful employee group: the teachers union. → Read More

Gavin Newsom is using the Obamacare playbook to count Californians in the 2020 census

California Gov. Gavin Newsom is trying some unusual strategies to encourage hard-to-count populations, including undocumented immigrants and the uninsured, to participate in the 2020 census. → Read More

Sacramento builds more homes than any California city north of LA. See where other cities rank

Sacramento led Northern California in 2018 in new housing construction, with Roseville not far behind in home building. The market in Fresno and Rocklin is in a boom. With job growth strong, no crash is in sight. → Read More

McClatchy reports large increase in digital subscriptions, first quarter earnings loss

Sacramento-based media company McClatchy’s earnings losses widened in the first quarter. Digital subscriptions for the company increased 60 percent. → Read More

School nurses on front line against anti-vaxxers, measles outbreaks. Why aren’t there more of them?

School nurses help contain the spread of diseases like measles. Too bad most California districts have few or none at all → Read More

Tourism spending in California tops $140 billion in 2018

Travelers and residents spent more than $140 billion dollars at restaurants, stores and other businesses last year — a 5 percent increase from the previous year, according to a new report from Visit California. → Read More

This map shows every measles case in California outbreak this year

California has 40 confirmed measles cases, according to the California Department of Public Health. This map shows every case in the outbreak by county in the state in 2019. → Read More

More millennials will be looking to buy homes. Will Sacramento have enough housing?

Thousands of millennial homebuyers are expected to enter the Sacramento region real estate market in the next 10 years, but it’s not clear if the area has enough housing to support the influx. → Read More

Search the list of 44 Sacramento priests accused of sexual abuse

Here is a list of the more than 40 priests in the Catholic Diocese of Sacramento, CA, were credibly accused of sexually abusing about 130 victims in the past 70 years. The diocese stretches from Vallejo to Oregon border. → Read More

Census: Black, Latino, younger voters made large gains in the 2018 midterms

Turnout in the 2018 midterm election was expected to be historic in part because of disapproval President Trump. The census estimated nearly 4 million more Californians voted in the 2018 midterms. → Read More