Emma Winowiecki

Emma is currently the online news intern at Michigan Radio. In addition to covering news, she assists with The Environment Report and other programs. Emma is a senior at the University of Michigan majoring in Communication Studies and Screen Arts & Cultures, and plans to pursue radio and digital journalism in the future. When she's not at Michigan Radio, Emma can be found at various coffee shops around Ann Arbor.

Michigan has passed a grim COVID-19 milestone.

On Friday, the state reported a total of 20,011 confirmed deaths due to COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic. Michigan's first confirmed death was in March 2020.

The number of daily deaths has steadily decreased in the state since late April, when vaccinations became more widely available. The current weekly average as at 3.86 deaths per day, while the weekly average number of cases has started to increase again due to the more-contagious delta variant of the virus.

Update: 07/30/2021 at 4:40 p.m.

Michigan State University will join the University of Michigan in requiring COVID-19 vaccines for students, staff and faculty on campus this fall.

President Samuel Stanley Jr. announced Friday that all students and employees must be fully vaccinated by August 31 if they plan to be on campus this fall. There are a few medical and religious exemptions. The announcement comes days after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated masking and testing guidelines nationwide to combat the delta variant.

While tropical storms are threatening the southern United States and extreme heat seriously impacted the Pacific Northwest, Michigan is getting its own wave of wild weather.

High winds and thunderstorms left hundreds of thousands of residents without power in southeast Michigan this week, just days after storms flooded Metro Detroit, and more storms are already in the forecast.

Michigan will lift all indoor capacity restrictions and mask requirements next week, 10 days sooner than planned amid vaccinations and plummeting COVID-19 infections.

Starting Saturday, fully vaccinated Michiganders are no longer required to wear a face mask inside or outdoors.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has announced a plan to tie the lifting of coronavirus restrictions to Michigan's vaccination rate, setting four specific benchmarks that must be reached to return to normal. As more people get shots, she says, the state will allow in-person work for all business sectors, relax indoor capacity limits and ultimately lift them.

Michigan paused the use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine today after federal health officials recommended doing so Tuesday morning.

It’s that time of year: the days are getting shorter, the temperature is dropping, and Michiganders are beginning to (reluctantly) accept that winter is near.

The last two winters have been overall warmer on average, but with multiple periods of “polar vortex,” or extremely frigid temperatures.

After one month of striking, the United Auto Workers have reached a deal with General Motors.

The proposed deal, which was announced Thursday, would increase wages, keep the Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Plant Plant open, and lead to 9,000 new or retained jobs - a jump from GM's original proposal of 5,400 jobs.

Columbus Day is a famously contentious holiday, and it may be one that Michigan no longer celebrates in the future.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued a proclamation naming October 14, 2019 Indigenous Peoples' Day, but that decision can't become law unless the legislation is passed and signed into law.

The University of Michigan will host the second of three presidential debates on October 15, 2020. 

The Commission on Presidential Debates made the announcement Friday. The debate format and moderators are yet to be announced. The other two debates will be held at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City on October 7 and Belmont University in Nashville on October 22.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services announced Friday that an adult man has died from a vaping-related lung injury. It's the first such death to happen in the state.

On Tuesday, the Centers for Disease Control reported a nationwide total of 18 vaping-related deaths and 1,080 cases so far. Those numbers do not include the Michigan death, or any other deaths that have been reported in other states since Tuesday.

As the 2020 election draws closer, abortion is becoming a pressing issue in Michigan.

Two anti-abortion petition drives are underway in the state: one would ban the abortion procedure known as dilation and evacuation (D&E), and the other would ban abortions as soon as a cardiac activity can be detected.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services confirmed on October 2 a person in Battle Creek who contracted Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) has died, bringing the total number of human fatalities to four.

On October 8, MDHHS announced that it has completed all aerial pesticide spraying, which covered more than 557,000 acres across 14 counties.

Three Michigan Congressional delegates are joining calls for an inquiry into the possibility that President Trump attempted to coerce a foreign government into investigating a political rival.

Over the weekend, reports emerged of a call Trump had with the Ukranian president Volodymyr Zelensky in July. A whistleblower claimed that Trump had suggested Zelensky investigate former Vice President and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden's son, Hunter, who worked with a gas company owned by a Ukranian oligarch.

President Trump is addressing the United Nations General Assembly in New York today.

Attorney General Dana Nessel and Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson announced on Monday that they have filed six felony charges against Southfield City Clerk Sherikia Hawkins.

 

Traffic deaths in Michigan are up 2% this year, making it an opportune time to give drivers a refresher on Michigan’s forgotten (or ignored) traffic rules.

So we asked Lieutenant Micheal Shaw of the Michigan State Police to help drivers brush up on the rules of the road.

The United Auto Workers union authorized a strike against General Motors Sunday - the first since 2007.

Negotiations between UAW and GM fell through over the weekend, and the union’s contract with the company expired midnight Saturday. Now, 46,000 union members are on strike while negotiations continue.

The Education Department is fining Michigan State University $4.5 million for failing to respond to sexual assault complaints against Larry Nassar

Governor Gretchen Whitmer ordered the state health department to ban flavored nicotine vaping products on Wednesday.

When President Donald Trump announced in 2017 that the United States would pull out of the Paris Agreement, cities across the country declared that they would uphold the goals of the accord on their own.

Two years later, a handful of Michigan cities have plans in place to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, but many more are just in the process of putting a plan together. Which is good, says Jenna Jorns, because cities are especially vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. Jorns is the program manager for the Great Lakes Integrated Sciences and Assessments Center.

In a series of tweets on Sunday, President Donald Trump told Rep. Rashida Tlaib and three other minority Congresswomen to "go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came."

Rep. Tlaib (D-Detroit), who was born and raised in Detroit, responded to the attack, saying she was proud of her Palestinian roots.

Just down the street from the Michigan Radio office is an iconic Ann Arbor destination: Washtenaw Dairy. It didn’t come by the label of “icon” lightly; the dairy is celebrating its 85th anniversary this week.

Today, Washtenaw Dairy is known for ice cream, doughnuts, and coffee. But when Edwin Laubengayer opened the shop in the middle of the Great Depression, it was one of the state’s many dairy shops.

The U.S. Supreme Court says federal courts should stay out of disputes over partisan gerrymandering.

A lot of Michiganders have hometown pride. It’s the reason you see so many locals sporting everything from bumper stickers to tattoos celebrating their home. But in some cities, hometown pride is a bit more complicated.

Cities like Dearborn, Michigan.

Dearborn native Rima Fadlallah says many people from her city see being “too Dearborn” as a negative thing. Being associated with the city's large Arab American community, she says, "in some ways is an unpopular thing to do."

The measles outbreak in Oakland County is over.

Officials announced Wednesday that the months-long outbreak has successfully been contained.

After months of turmoil, Michigan State University has a new president.

The school's Board of Trustees announced Tuesday that Samuel L. Stanley, Jr. will be the official successor to Lou Anna Simon, who stepped down in January 2018 in the fallout of the Larry Nassar scandal.

When people think of Michigan, a handful of places come to mind. Big cities like Detroit and Grand Rapids, tourist destinations like Traverse City, the political hub of Lansing. And that’s with good reason — all of those cities are deservedly beloved by those who live there and those who visit.

But what about the places that are often overlooked? That town you drive past every time you go on vacation, for instance, or a city that you’ve never been to but could probably find on a map.

State Representative Larry Inman (R-Traverse City) has been voted out of the House Republican caucus by his fellow GOP legislators.

Inman was charged on May 15 with soliciting a bribe, extortion, and lying to the FBI. He is currently scheduled to be arraigned in federal court in Grand Rapids. 

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