Pariah state North Korea could soon be capable of targeting America with nuclear weapons. Economic sanctions and diplomatic isolation have failed to halt its progress. What can the U.S. do to stop the authoritarian government from building up a nuclear arsenal that threatens the United States and its allies in Asia?


Hillary Clinton speaks in Warren on Thursday, August 11.
Cheyna Roth

Millions of Americans would be put to work if Hillary Clinton is elected president. That was the promise the candidate delivered in Metro Detroit on Thursday.

Clinton said Republican nominee Donald Trump is presenting a dismal and incorrect picture of Michigan’s economy. She pushed back at Trump’s economic plans while at an advanced manufacturing plant in Warren.

Clinton commented on immigration, raising the minimum wage, and Trump’s plan to eliminate the Estate Tax, which she says will not help 99.8 percent of Americans.



About 9 in 10 Americans now have health insurance, more than at any time in history. But progress is incomplete, and the future far from certain. Millions remain uninsured. Quality is still uneven. Costs are high and trending up again. Medicare's insolvency is two years closer, now projected in 2028. Every family has a stake.




Who should be able to vote and how easy should it be?

It's a question that goes to the core of democracy. Voting rights are in flux in the final months of Barack Obama's two terms as the first black president. Citing a need to combat fraud, Republican-controlled legislatures are tightening voter laws by limiting early voting and same-day registration, by requiring IDs at polling places, and more.

Trump blames globalism for industrial state ills

Aug 9, 2016
Photo of Trump speech in Detroit.
Rick Pluta / MPRN

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump blasted incompetent politicians, unfair international trade deals, and high taxes in a speech Monday in Detroit.

The address before the Detroit Economic Club was billed as a major policy speech.

Trump said industrial cities like Detroit are still struggling while current policies send jobs and wealth to other countries. He promised to change that.

“The Motor City will come roaring back – roaring back,” Trump said to the cheers of a capacity crowd in Cobo Center.

Rick Pluta

Hundreds of demonstrators waved signs and chanted slogans as Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump addressed a business lunch inside a Detroit convention center.

Jan Tjernlund carried a sign that said “Trump the Divider.” She says she doesn’t like what Trump has had to say about women, minorities, and immigration.

She says Trump doesn’t understand government and is temperamentally unfit to serve, and she has fears for the nation’s stability if he’s elected.

"I am concerned about the future of everything," Tjernlund says.

Former Michigan Gov. William Milliken, a Republican, says he will vote for Democrat Hillary Clinton for president instead of Donald Trump.

Milliken issued a statement Monday saying he was "saddened and dismayed" that Republicans had nominated a candidate who does not embrace the country's ideals of "tolerance, civility, and equality."

He says the election "will define whether we maintain our commitment to those ideals or embark on a path that has doomed other governments and nations throughout history."


How should America use its influence in a world where being a superpower doesn't get you what it once did? As instability and human tragedy in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and Syria have shown, the U.S. alone cannot impose solutions or force the surrender of adversaries like the Islamic State group, which cannot be deterred by the threat of nuclear attack.


File photo of Tim Kaine
Hilary Farrell / WGVU

Democratic Vice Presidential candidate Tim Kaine continued a weeklong campaign push with a west Michigan stop on Friday.

The Virginia senator’s Grand Rapids speech emphasized running mate Hillary Clinton’s commitment to jobs and the economy.

He also took multiple swings at Republican nominee Donald Trump.

Kaine says at the end of the day, voters care about character - a presidential quality he says Trump does not have.

A former congressman is claiming victory in a race to be the top elected official in Bay County.
Jim Barcia (BAR'-sha) told supporters Tuesday night that he's won the Democratic nomination for county executive, defeating longtime incumbent Thomas Hickner. With no one running on the Republican side, Barcia has a clear path in the fall election.
Hickner tells The Bay City Times that he appreciates his supporters and will cooperate with Barcia during the year-end transition. He's been in charge of county government for nearly 24 years.