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Dave Boucher

Detroit Free Press

Detroit, MI, United States

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Recent articles by Dave:

Michigan Senate GOP OKs bills restricting student COVID-19 vaccine, mask rules

There are currently no statewide vaccine or mask mandates for K-12 schools, one of several reasons Gov. Whitmer may veto this legislation. → Read More

Prosecutors won't charge Rep. Marino with stalking after Rep. Manoogian alleged abuse

MSP presented possible stalking charges against Rep. Steve Marino, but prosecutors were unable to prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt. → Read More

Nancy Pelosi in Michigan: Speaker says 'Build Back Better' deal as soon as Monday

Nancy Pelosi said 90% of the controversial legislation is written but "we can't get everything" originally desired in the final measure. → Read More

Michigan leader waffles on whether Benton Harbor water is safe

Liesl Clark, director Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy, repeatedly said residents should only drink bottled water → Read More

Gov. Whitmer will veto Michigan GOP's school voucher proposal

The measure may skirt a constitutional ban on using public money for private education, but would lose hundreds of millions in tax dollars. → Read More

Senate committee investigating Michigan's response to Benton Harbor water crisis

Benton Harbor community members argue the city and state have not appropriately responded to a crisis known of since at least 2018. → Read More

CVS Health hires Dr. Joneigh Khaldun to be its first chief health equity officer

Dr. Joneigh Khaldhun, who led Michigan through the coronavirus pandemic, has been named vice president and chief health equity officer of CVS Health. → Read More

Whitmer vetoes election bills, saying they 'fail to advance' safe and secure elections

One bill strove to shorten timeline for certifying initiative petitions. The other required county clerks to regularly remove dead voters from rolls. → Read More

Michigan House votes to eliminate taxes on tampons, hygiene products

The bills would exempt tampons, pads and other similar feminine hygiene products from Michigan's 6% sales and use taxes. → Read More

CMU says report clears educators, but inquiry shows student reported 'toxic environment'

While the report states CMU educators were never told of allegations of sex misconduct at a Lansing firm, a student reported a 'toxic environment' → Read More

Michigan Senate Republicans make big changes to voter ID bill to include new restrictions

Senate Republicans modified a voter ID bill to include restrictions on election funding and a ban on mailing unsolicited absentee ballot applications. → Read More

Biden in Michigan: U.S. is 'falling behind' without new infrastructure, human investments

Biden took his message to a union training facility in Michigan, hoping to gain support outside of ongoing debate in Washington, D.C. → Read More

President Biden to pitch infrastructure bill, 'Build Back Better' plan during Howell trip

The visit comes as the president needs to shore up Democratic support ahead of a critical deadline on the debt ceiling. → Read More

Oakland County Rep. Andrea Schroeder, 57, dies after battling stomach cancer

Michigan Rep. Andrea Schroeder, 57, an Independence Township Republican and mother of three, died after long bout with rare form of stomach cancer → Read More

Whitmer keeps bashing Michigan abortion law, but has little power to change it

Whitmer has repeatedly called on lawmakers to overturn the state's abortion ban, but it's very unlikely the GOP-controlled Legislature will do so. → Read More

FAQ: Lose your license due to fines or fees? You may be able to legally hit the road again

Many Michiganders are newly eligible to legally drive following laws taking effect Friday. Here's how to find out if you qualify. → Read More

Michigan budget prompts counties to nix school mask orders; cities still want vaccine rule

Whitmer says language threatening funding for local agencies with mask mandates is unconstitutional, but some don't want to risk a lawsuit. → Read More

Whitmer to veto more than $16M in anti-abortion funding in Michigan budget

The funding, for entities that promote alternatives to abortion, did not "fully support reproductive health and choice," said Whitmer's spokesman. → Read More

Whitmer to declare budget parts nixing pandemic powers unconstitutional, unenforceable

While the governor eventually signaled she would deemed these provisions unconstitutional, school and health leaders anxiously called for clarity. → Read More

Michigan's new definition of a COVID-19 school 'outbreak' will mean fewer are reported

The change will result in fewer reported outbreaks, but the state argued it's necessary to assist with national efforts to collect uniform data. → Read More