Michigan's poor roads threaten to derail its economic recovery, according to a new report by a national transportation research group. "Your transportation system is tied very much to your economic system," said Rocky Moretti, director of policy and research for TRIP, a national research group funded by insurance companies, road builders and equipment manufacturers among others. "Michigan's three largest economic sectors – manufacturing, agriculture and tourism – are highly reliant on an efficient and well-maintained transportation system." (Detroit Free Press)

MATTAWAN, MI -- The Mattawan Consolidated School Board of Education is taking a hard look at promoting Assistant Superintendent Robin Buchler to replace Superintendent Patrick Bird when he retires at the end of December. At this point, the board has decided to interview Buchler for the job and make a decision on her candidacy before recruiting external candidates, said Gary Rider of Michigan Leadership Institute and the board's search consultant. (Kalamazoo Gazette)

SOUTH HAVEN, MI - They filed a federal lawsuit in March alleging South Haven police officers roughed up their client during a 2013 traffic stop. Now, attorneys for Michael Sollitt Kinney are taking the city, South Haven Police Chief Tom Martin and a records clerk to state court because they say dash-cam video they requested under the Michigan Freedom of Information Act has been wrongfully withheld from them for more than a year. (Kalamazoo Gazette)

Robbie Feinberg

When Michigan’s Native American tribes end up in the headlines, it often revolves around casinos. But there’s a lot more to the story. In Southwest Michigan, tribes are starting to inject their casino revenue into brand new businesses, like architecture and renewable energy.

Nicolette Hahn Niman

Why would a vegetarian defend beef? Nicolette Hahn Niman, environmental lawyer, rancher, food activist, and vegetarian, does just that in her controversial new book, Defending Beef: The Case for Sustainable Meat Production, The Manifesto of an Environmental Lawyer and Vegetarian Turned Cattle Rancher, published by Chelsea Green in October 2014. Hahn Niman speaks at Kalamazoo College on April 27 at 7 p.m. and at the Portage District Library on April 28 at 6:30 p.m.