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MHSAA Cancels 2020 Fall Football Season

Aug 14, 2020
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Officials with the Michigan High School Athletic Assn. announced that the fall 2020 football season will not be played.

Four Million Free Masks Available In Michigan

Aug 14, 2020
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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says 4 million masks will be distributed to residents — free of charge — to help combat the coronavirus pandemic. The face coverings will go to low-income residents, seniors, schools and homeless shelters through a partnership among the state, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and Ford Motor Co. FEMA is supplying 2.5 million of the masks, including 1.5 million that the state has already sent to social service agencies. Ford is paying for 1.5 million masks.

Michigan Sees COVID-19 Case Surge

Aug 14, 2020
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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan reports more than 1,100 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, the highest number recorded in one day in nearly three months. The state health department on Thursday also recorded 16 deaths, including nine that occurred days or weeks earlier following a review of death certificates. The 1,121 daily confirmed cases of coronavirus are the most since May 14 except for July 26, when a spike was attributed to cases that should have been reflected in the previous day’s count.

Michigan's Mail-In Ballot Plans

Aug 14, 2020
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LANSING, Mic. (AP) — Michigan will mail postcards telling 4.4 million registered voters they can vote from home in November’s presidential election, and it will spend $2 million to reimburse local governments that provide pre-paid postage on absentee ballot return envelopes. Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson says the moves are needed to ensure safety. She pointed Thursday to the record number of absentee ballots cast in last week’s primary.

Whitmer To Speak At Democratic National Convention

Aug 11, 2020
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Mid-American Conference Cancels Fall Football Due To Virus

Aug 8, 2020
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The Mid-American Conference has become the first league at college football's highest level to cancel its fall season because of COVID-19. MAC schools rely heavily on revenue from road games against power conference teams. Most of those games were canceled when the Power Five went to exclusively or mostly conference schedules. Without them, the strain became too much of trying to keep players and staff safe during a pandemic.

 

Whitmer Vetted For Biden's VP

Aug 8, 2020
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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Joe Biden recently talked with Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who traveled to Delaware to meet with Biden as he neared the announcement of his vice presidential choice. That is according to two high-ranking Michigan Democrats. The officials, who spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity, say Whitmer visited Biden last Sunday. It's his first confirmed in-person meeting with a potential pick. Whitmer, the first-term governor of a battleground state, has long been on his short list of possible running mates.

Whitmer Extends Coronavirus Emergency Through Sept. 4

Aug 7, 2020
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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has extended Michigan's coronavirus emergency through Sept. 4, enabling her to keep in place restrictions designed to curb COVID-19. The Democratic governor on Friday pointed to an uptick in cases. Since nearly two months ago, the seven-day statewide average is up six-fold, to about 700, per an Associated Press analysis of data from Johns Hopkins University. The rate of positive tests also has trended higher since early June.

Whitmer Extends Mask Requirement To Day Care Centers, Camps

Aug 6, 2020

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has extended her mask requirement to include many children who attend day care and camps, saying the step is necessary to ensure the facilities remain open during the pandemic. Previously, day care centers and camps were exempt from her order to wear a face covering inside enclosed public spaces and crowded outdoor places. The new directive applies to children ages 2 and up when they're on a school bus and those ages 4 and older when they're in indoor hallways and common areas.

Michigan Senator Launches Investigation Into Postal Service Delays

Aug 6, 2020
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WASHINGTON (AP) — A Democratic senator says he is launching an investigation into changes at the U.S. Postal Service that are causing delays in deliveries across the country. Democrats say the delays will be especially bad because of an expected big volume increase for mail-in ballots ahead of the November election. A plan imposed by Louis DeJoy, a Republican fundraiser who took over the top job at the Postal Service in June, eliminates overtime for hundreds of thousands of postal workers and orders that mail be kept until the next day if distribution centers are running late.

After Michigan's Primary Election, What Lessons Were Learned For November?

Aug 6, 2020
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Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson says based on how the August primary went this week, changes are needed before the November general election.

Whitmer Takes Steps To Combat Racism, Reports Case Plateau

Aug 5, 2020
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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has announced additional steps to combat racism, declaring it a public health crisis and ordering state employees to complete implicit bias training as the state confronts what she called systemic inequities highlighted by the coronavirus pandemic. The governor on Wednesday also created an advisory council of Black leaders and asked the state health department to make health equity a major goal. Black people account for about 39% of Michigan's nearly 6,500 confirmed and probable deaths related to COVID despite making up 14% of the population.

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Democrat Jon Hoadley has been declared the winner of the Democratic primary for the Michigan 6th Congressional District race. Hoadley got 52.3% of the vote over Jen Richardson's 47.7% with 100% of the results in. 

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BENTON HARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State Police will send six troopers to Benton Harbor to crack down on large gatherings, loud music and reckless drivers. Benton Harbor reached out to state police in response to residents' pleas to restore "order and tranquility" in the city. The troopers will hit the streets for several weeks, starting Wednesday. Daniel McGinnis, director of public safety in Benton Harbor, says hundreds of young adults have been gathering, despite the risk of the coronavirus. McGinnis says they play loud music, twerk on top of cars and shoot guns in the air.

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It’s primary election day in Michigan. Polling places are expected to be equipped with hand sanitizer and sneeze guards as some of the precautions against spreading COVID-19.

Today Is The Primary Election In Michigan

Aug 4, 2020
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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan’s primary features a viable challenge to an incumbent congresswoman and campaigns for two U.S. House seats where a Republican and a former GOP member are retiring. Tuesday’s election, which is being marked by a surge of mail-in absentee ballots during the coronavirus pandemic, also will shape races in November for a couple of potentially competitive congressional districts that Democrats flipped in the midterm. Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib and Detroit City Council President Brenda Jones will have a one-on-one rematch after a close 2018 race.

Michigan Orders Tests On Ag Migrant Workers After Outbreaks

Aug 3, 2020
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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan has ordered coronavirus testing of agricultural and migrant workers, citing 11 outbreaks at farms and food-processing plants in recent weeks. Under Monday's emergency order from the state Department of Health and Human Services, migrant housing camp operators must do initial baseline testing of all residents age 18 and older. New residents must be tested within 48 hours of their arrival. Agricultural operations with more than 20 workers on site at a time must also ensure testing. The requirement applies to meat, poultry and egg processing plants; greenhouses; and employers hiring migrant or seasonal workers who don't live on site.

LAKESIDE, Mich. (AP) — The body of a 13-year-old Otsego girl has been found near a beach along Lake Michigan in southwestern Michigan following an apparent drowning. The Berrien County sheriff's office says the body was reported about 12:30 p.m. Friday in Lakeside. The girl was reported missing about 9 p.m. Thursday at Warren Dunes State Park in Lake Township. A search for her was suspended Thursday night due to darkness. It was resumed Friday morning.

 

Michigan High Court Won't Hear Absentee Ballot Deadline Case

Jul 31, 2020
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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court has declined to hear a case seeking to extend the deadline to receive absentee ballots ahead of the presidential election in the swing state. In a 4-3 order Friday, justices said they were not persuaded that the questions presented should be reviewed. A dissenting justice says he is "baffled and troubled." The decision leaves intact an appeals court decision that says state law requires that absentee ballots be received by the time polls close on Election Day to be counted.

ST. JOSEPH, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a 44-year-old Indiana man has drowned in Lake Michigan while trying to save his two children. Police say four people were seen struggling in the lake about 8 p.m. Thursday at Lions Park Beach in southwestern Michigan's St. Joseph. The man's two children, ages 17 and 12, were swept away. They were rescued by a St. Joseph reserve officer. Their father was pulled from the water, but later was pronounced dead at a hospital. He was from Lakeville, Indiana, south of South Bend. A man on a surfboard was able to rescue the other two people.

 

Photo Of The Week - Sunset Coast

Jul 30, 2020
Lynn Gordon

This is the time of year when living along Lake Michigan's "sunset coast" provides stunning images. Thanks to Lynn Gordon for this photo she took earlier this month in Union Pier, Michigan.

We'd love to see what you are taking pictures of. Email them to us at wvpe@wvpe.org. 

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MHSAA Waits To Clear Football, Soccer, Volleyball Games

Jul 30, 2020
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Michigan emergency services say they have seen a “substantial increase” in opioid overdoses during the coronavirus pandemic. 

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Governor Gretchen Whitmer has signed an executive order that will allow Detroit’s casinos to re-open next week, but at a reduced capacity. It could also force many bars and restaurants in northwest lower Michigan and the Upper Peninsula to shut down Friday.

MI Sec'y Of State: Don't Mail Your Absentee Ballot

Jul 29, 2020
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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan’s top election official is urging people with an absentee ballot to return it to their local clerk’s office or drop box instead of using the mail to ensure it’s counted in the Aug. 4 primary. Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson gave the guidance Tuesday, a week before the election. A ballot must be received by 8 p.m. on Election Night to be counted. Voters can only return their ballot to the drop box in their city or township. Nearly 2 million absentee ballots have been issued, 3.6 times the 546,000 that were issued in 2016.

Michigan Drivers Refunded $95M In Premiums Due To Virus

Jul 28, 2020
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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan motorists are being refunded nearly $95 million in car insurance premiums due to a drop in driving and crash claims during the coronavirus pandemic. The amount paid back varies by insurer. The state Department of Insurance and Financial Services said Monday it typically was 15% to 20% in April, May and June. Director Anita Fox in late May and early July issued orders requiring insurers to file a plan to issue refunds, credits or premium waivers to their customers, or to explain why such a modification was not warranted.

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DETROIT (AP) — A hospital system in southeastern Michigan is looking for up to 5,000 volunteers for a COVID-19 vaccine study. Henry Ford Health System is working with the National Institutes of Health and Moderna Inc., which want 30,000 people in the U.S. Volunteers won’t know if they’re getting the real shot or a dummy version. After two doses, scientists will closely track which group experiences more infections as they go about their daily routines. People who want to volunteer or learn more about the vaccine trial can visit www.henryford.com/ModernaVaccine.  

Michigan Wolf Population At Nearly 700 But Leveling Off

Jul 27, 2020
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MSU Football Suspends Workouts Due To Virus Infections

Jul 25, 2020
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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan State University football team has suspended workouts and its players will quarantine for 14 days after a second staff member and a player tested positive for the coronavirus. Meanwhile, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has extended a ban on family visitors at nursing homes and congregate care sites through Aug. 31. There's an exception for people who want to see someone in serious or critical condition or in hospice care. Facilities must make "best efforts" to help residents communicate with people by phone or electronic devices.

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