Reactions to Michigan’s new district lines are all over the map

Michigan’s redistricting commission has approved new legislative and congressional district maps. But that’s just the beginning of a new chapter of court battles and political maneuvering. As part of the weekly series MichMash, Slate’s Cheyna Roth and WDET’s Jake Neher talk about what happens next. Subscribe to MichMash on iTunes, Spotify, Google Podcasts, NPR One or wherever you get your podcasts. It..

Matching IDs for Transgender People Is Life-Saving for the Community, Local Activist Says

Members of the trans community are disproportionately impacted by violence -- and some of the hostility has been state-sanctioned. Governmental entities have outed trans individuals by refusing to acknowledge their gender or chosen name. That trickles down into other areas of their life -- like getting health insurance. Late last year, Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson announced..

Surge of Gun Violence in 2021 Is Down in Detroit, Police Say — But Other Crimes Have Gone Up 

Detroit’s rise in violent crime during the pandemic tapered off in some ways by the end of last year, according to the Detroit Police Department. But while homicides and non-fatal shooting are lower than they were in 2020, larceny, aggravated assault and sexual assault are up. DPD reported 309 homicides, 795 instances of rape, 1,529 robberies and 12,125 aggravated assaults, including 1,065 non-fatal shootings. All..