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Republican state representative Bryan Posthumus has been sentenced to a 15-day jail stay for drunk driving.

Posthumus represents West Michigan’s 73rd District. In April, he flipped his car and was arrested for operating a vehicle while intoxicated.

Flint continues to make progress in reducing lead in its drinking water.

In 2016, tests showed Flint’s drinking water contained high levels of lead contamination (20 parts per billion). Government standards require action to be taken if lead levels top 15 parts per billion. 

It's been a mosquito-heavy July for many Michiganders. Experts say the reason for this boom is recent warmer temperatures and heavy rainfall.

The Justice Department will not open a civil rights investigation related to COVID-19 deaths in Michigan's nursing homes.

The notification to Governor Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday came nearly 11 months after the department's Civil Rights Division requested data from the Democratic governors of four states, including Michigan, and said it was considering whether to investigate under a federal law that protects the rights of people in public nursing homes.

State attorneys general have settled a number of lawsuits against opioid makers and distributors—and Michigan could get up to $800 million as a result, state Attorney General Dana Nessel said on Wednesday.

The $26 billion proposed nationwide settlement is with drug-maker Johnson & Johnson, and three prescription drug distributors: Cardinal Health, McKesson, and AmerisourceBergen. This agreement should settle most of those lawsuits. Numerous state and local governments had sued the companies, accusing them of fueling the opioid addiction crisis.

A law Governor Gretchen Whitmer used to issue emergency orders during the early part of the COVID-19 pandemic was repealed Wednesday by a vote by the state House of Representatives.

Republicans were frustrated by Whitmer’s continued use of unilateral COVID orders.

Representative Andrew Fink (R-Hillsdale) said Whitmer used those powers in defiance of the wishes of the Legislature.

Former Detroit Police Chief James Craig says he's launching an exploratory committee to run for governor in 2022. That committee allows a candidate to begin fundraising and spending money.

The state Senate will begin hearings soon on a proposed overhaul of how Michigan offers publicly funded mental health services. There are lots of different ideas on how to fix the system, but there is one area of wide agreement: The current approach is not working.

A mental health system overhaul is a key area of interest for Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake), who says the quality of care right now depends largely on where a patient lives. The system is managed by county mental health boards.

On Wednesday, the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals will hear arguments on whether requiring Michigan students to wear masks in classrooms violates their constitutional rights.

The case involves a Catholic elementary school – Lansing-based Resurrection School – which contends that any state mandate that children age five and older wear a mask in classrooms is unconstitutional. 

The school says such a rule would violate “sincerely held religious beliefs” because they say humans were made in the image of God, and masks shield that image from being seen.

It is another devastating statistic from 2020.

 

Michigan had a 16% increase in drug overdose deaths in 2020 as compared to the previous year, according to provisional numbers released by the Centers for Disease Control.

This disrupts Michigan's decrease in overdose deaths since 2018. 

The University of Michigan is taking big steps to address sexual misconduct and institutional problems, hiring consultant Guidepost Solutions after a law firm uncovered sexual misconduct by then-Provost Martin Philbert

President Joe Biden has issued a presidential declaration of disaster for Wayne and Washtenaw Counties, following severe storms and flooding on June 25-26 that impacted homes and businesses around the region.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer requested that Biden issue a presidential declaration on Tuesday, July 13. She declared a state of emergency in Wayne County on June 26, then extended that to Washtenaw County on July 8. 

Updated July 15 at 1:30 p.m.

The Republican-controlled Michigan Senate has approved a petition initiative to repeal the emergency powers law used by Governor Gretchen Whitmer in the earliest months of the COVID-19 crisis. The initiative cannot be vetoed by Whitmer. The initiative now goes to the state House, which is expected to approve it next week. 

Long COVID is a range of prolonged symptoms after a COVID infection. It can include brain fog, fatigue, gastrointestinal issues—not to mention anxiety and depression. But there can also be some financial side effects: high out-of-pocket costs and medical debt.

Fifteen months after getting COVID, Becca Meyer from Kalamazoo is still dealing with some serious side effects. She’s also trying to manage the financial burden of Long COVID.

There could be money in getting vaccinated.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced the first four $50,000 COVID-19 vaccine “MI Shot to Win” lottery prize winners Wednesday. There will also be a $1 million drawing, a $2 million drawing and scholarship prizes.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer is trying to reassure tens of thousands of Michiganders who’ve been warned they might have to pay back federal jobless benefits.

This affects nearly 650,000 people who initially qualified for the "Pandemic Unemployment Assistance" program. 

The problem is the state included four ways a person could qualify that ultimately were not approved by the federal government. 

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is asking the White House for a disaster declaration to secure federal aid to deal with damage from last month's flooding in southeast Michigan.

Parts of the region saw about 7 inches of rain over a 12-hour period between the night of June 25 and the morning of June 26.

A new Michigan-based company is tapping into a market opened by a policy shift by the NCAA allowing student athletes to more readily use their name, image, and likeness to earn money. 

PlayBooked is an app that helps college athletes navigate business opportunities and legal rights following a reversal by the NCAA Board of Directors in June. 

The campaign to expand Michigan’s civil rights law has been given more time to show it has collected enough signatures to qualify for the statewide ballot.

The Fair and Equal Michigan campaign wants to add LGBTQ protections to the civil rights act.

The campaign is challenging a finding by the Michigan Bureau of Elections that it fell short of the necessary number of signatures of registered voters.

Tuesday afternoon in the library at East Kentwood High School, Governor Gretchen Whitmer sat at a table surrounded by students and signed a statewide education budget bill 27 years in the making.

Vice President Kamala was in Detroit Monday, discussing voting rights and the COVID-19 vaccine. She arrived Monday morning, and participated in a voting rights listening session with Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson.

A coalition of groups is asking the Michigan Public Service Commission to schedule public hearings on Consumers Energy's proposed 15-year plan, known as an Integrated Resource Plan, or IRP.

The plan lays out how the utility will maintain reliability while reducing emissions from its operations.

Bill Wood is Executive Director of the West Michigan Environmental Action Council. He noted Consumers plans to shut down all its coal plants by 2024, which is good. But it's switching to natural gas to take coal's place.

People will have the opportunity this week to raise objections to a proposed settlement of civil claims tied to the Flint water crisis.

Starting Monday, a federal judge will hold the first of three days of hearings.

The Michigan Supreme Court will not give more time for a commission created to draw the state’s new political maps.

Tired of politicians drawing maps for Congressional seats and legislative districts, Michigan voters in 2018 decided to hand the job over to an independent commission.

More than 5,600 residents and 77 staff members of Michigan long-term care facilities have died in the COVID-19 pandemic so far, at least according to state data. But what if that’s a significant undercount? 

Last month the U.S. Department of Interior announced an investigation into the hundreds of now-closed residential boarding schools across the United States. For more than a century, the federal government forcibly enrolled Native American children in these schools, meant to assimilate them into white culture.

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.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed a bill into law on Wednesday that appropriates $4.4 billion of federal COVID-19 relief funds for Michigan schools.

This supplemental aid comes from the federal Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief, or ESSER. $841 million comes from ESSER II funding allocated in December 2020 and the other $3.3 billion comes from ESSER III funding from the American Rescue Plan.

Archaeologists at Fort Michilimackinac uncovered a unique artifact from an archaeological site over the holiday weekend: a pocket knife found in the root cellar of a fur trader’s house.

Dr. Lynn Evans is the curator of archaeology for Mackinac State Historic Parks.

Provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/ Alissa Eckert, MS

 

Berrien County is continuing to see low COVID-19 cases. During a July 7 press conference, county health officer Nicki Britten said that on average, they’re seeing less than three cases per day. About three percent of tests are coming back positive, and the county currently has nobody in the ICU with COVID-19.

Britten also said the county has not detected any cases of the highly contagious Delta variant yet, but that does not mean there are none in the area.

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