Carol Thompson, The Detroit News

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Past articles by Carol:

Consumers agrees to power 1,274 state buildings with renewable energy

Michigan and Consumers Energy have reached a 20-year agreement to power 1,274 government buildings with renewable energy, the state and utility said. → Read More

Water becomes more unaffordable for Michigan's poor, report finds

Inflation adjusted water costs doubled in Michigan and tripled in Flint and Detroit between 1980 and 2018, a University of Michigan-MSU report found. → Read More

Detroit tunnel, bridge traffic backs up as Canadian border workers slow crossings

Canada Border Services Agency employees started a "work-to-rule" action, slowing the passage of traffic across the border in Detroit and Port Huron. → Read More

Michigan got walloped by COVID. How it can better prepare for next time

The lessons Michigan learned during the coronavirus pandemic could be put to use before the next disaster. → Read More

Why mosquitoes are swarming Michigan this summer

Of the 65 Michigan mosquito species, those known as "summer floodwater" mosquitoes are thriving. → Read More

Michigan vaccine lottery: how to enter, where to watch and how much money is at stake

Michigan's COVID-19 vaccination drawings will start soon, with the first winner in the MI Shot to Win Sweepstakes to be announced Monday. → Read More

Still drying out after the weekend storm? Get used to it, climate scientists say

As the climate warms, Michiganders should prepare for more extreme rainfall like Saturday's storm. → Read More

Secretary of State adds 350,000 branch appointments after some customers waited months

SOS branches went appointment-only after the pandemic hit and will stay that way once it fades. That's meant a backlog of appointment requests. → Read More

Court monitors find continued safety issues in Michigan child welfare system

Michigan's child welfare system makes progress, but court monitors highlight problems that endanger children. → Read More

See where your Michigan county ranks in COVID-19 vaccination rates

Ingham, Eaton and Clinton counties fall in the top half of counties ranked by vaccination rate. → Read More

Greater Lansing's message to redistricting board: 'Put us back together'

Although they are split among three districts, many Greater Lansing residents delivered a singular message. → Read More

Michigan sets return-to-office date for state employees

State agencies are now working on plans for employees to return to their offices on July 12. → Read More

State workers get an extra sick day to use for COVID-19 vaccination

State employees will get an extra sick day in 2021 to cover their time spent getting vaccinated against COVID-19. → Read More

What's for dinner? Increasingly, the answer is vegan 'meat,' MSU poll finds

The humble veggie burger is transforming, and Americans are increasingly on board, according to a biannual survey. → Read More

Help draw your next legislative district: Redistricting commission announces first public hearings

Michigan's Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission kicks off its first round of public hearings this week. → Read More

Compensation commission recommends 2% pay raise for state elected officials

A state compensation commission recommends raises for Michigan's top elected officials. → Read More

Fake puppies, price gouging and hoax COVID cures: a year in coronavirus scams

Want to save yourself $10,000? Don't click on that offer. It's probably a scam. → Read More

Online betting launched in January. Then, calls to Michigan's gambling helpline spiked

With casinos at limited capacity, experts say now-legal online gambling is likely behind a surge in calls to the Michigan Problem Gambling Helpline. → Read More

New rules for recycling in Lansing, East Lansing: Coffee cups OK, bulky plastic not

Rather than trucking its junk to Detroit, the cities will save $20,000 a year processing recycling in south Lansing. → Read More

Exposed to COVID-19? Quarantine for the full 14 days, even if a contact tracing app says otherwise

Don't be confused: If you were exposed to COVID-19, you should quarantine for 14 days, not 10. → Read More