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No Season Tickets For Michigan Football In 2020

Jul 15, 2020
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The University of Michigan says fewer fans, if any, will attend games at "The Big House" if the Wolverines play college football games this year.

Whitmer Extends Coronavirus Emergency Through Aug. 11

Jul 15, 2020
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Man Killed By Police After Mask Dispute At Michigan Store

Jul 14, 2020
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Michigan To Study Toll Roads

Jul 13, 2020
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The state will hire a firm to study the possibility of changing some freeways in Michigan to toll roads.

Michigan's New Mask Mandate Kicks In Today

Jul 13, 2020

Beginning today Michigan residents must wear a face covering both inside stores and in crowded outdoor areas.

 

Whitmer Toughens Mask Mandate; Businesses Must Deny Service

Jul 10, 2020

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is toughening a requirement to wear masks during the coronavirus pandemic, mandating that businesses open to the public deny service or entry to customers who refuse to wear one. The governor on Friday also expanded where people must have a face covering beyond indoor public spaces. Starting immediately, they have to wear one outdoors if they cannot consistently keep 6 feet from non-household members, and while using public transportation, a taxi or a ride-sharing vehicle. Violators will be subject to a misdemeanor fine.

Whitmer: Health Workers Must Get 'Implicit Bias' Training

Jul 9, 2020

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — All health workers in Michigan will be required to receive "implicit bias" training under a directive issued by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who says the mandate is intended to address the coronavirus pandemic's disproportionate impact on people of color. The order requires the state licensing department to write rules requiring the training as part of the licensing and registration of health professionals.

Michigan's Daily Virus Cases Top 600; Highest Since May

Jul 9, 2020
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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan’s new coronavirus infections topped 600 Wednesday, the highest daily number since late May. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has warned that restrictions are possible if cases heat up. Whitmer plans to speak to reporters Thursday. The state reported 610 new cases and 10 additional deaths. It had 607 new cases on May 29 and 659 back on May 20. Since March, the state has reported more than 67,000 confirmed cases and 6,015 COVID-19 deaths. Tens of thousands of people have recovered.

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Organizers say they will begin collecting voter signatures within days for a veto-proof measure that would repeal a law that has given Gov. Gretchen Whitmer broad emergency powers during the pandemic. The ballot committee Unlock Michigan announced its plan after the state elections board approved a summary of the petition Monday. It would rescind a 1945 law that the Democratic governor has cited to close businesses, limit gathering sizes and restrict other activities to curb the coronavirus.

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LAGRANGE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Hundreds of people spent Independence Day in swimsuits but no masks at a lake in southwestern Michigan. The turnout disappointed authorities who warn that the coronavirus remains a threat. The party occurred Saturday at Diamond Lake, near Cassopolis in Cass County. The sheriff’s office said it couldn’t stop the gathering, although officers were at the lake to ticket people for certain offenses. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s office said it was “incredibly disappointing” to see so many people ignoring safe distance guidelines.

Swimmer Fatally Struck By Boat On Western Michigan Lake

Jul 6, 2020
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GULL LAKE, Mich. (AP) — Police say a man was fatally struck by a boat while swimming in a western Michigan lake over the weekend. The man was hit Sunday afternoon on Gull Lake near Kalamazoo. The Kalamazoo County Sheriff's Office says the man was brought to shore for lifesaving measures but was pronounced dead from his injuries at the scene. That incident followed a 17-year-old from Inkster drowning Saturday at a privately operated lake in southeastern Michigan. The Monroe County Sheriff's Office said divers found boy's body about 30 feet from the shore of Milan Beach.

 

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LANSING, Mich (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is closing indoor seating in bars in parts of the state, including a city with a bar that has been linked to a rising number of infections. Whitmer on Wednesday also signed a bill allowing bars and restaurants to sell cocktails-to-go in an effort to help those businesses. Bars won’t have to close down completely, according to an new executive order. And the Upper Peninsula and much of northern Michigan are not subject to the order due to low numbers of reported COVID-19 virus cases. All bars may still keep open their outdoor patios.

Michigan Governor Announces Plan To Reopen K-12 Schools

Jul 1, 2020
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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan’s governor has unveiled her plans to return students to the classroom this fall for the first time since schools were closed in March in favor of remote learning to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer told reporters Tuesday that the Safe Start plan requires districts to make safety plans in preparation for the upcoming school year and includes $256 million from the state to support those efforts. The plan lays out requirements and makes recommendations for districts to follow. Different stages are tied to Whitmer’s six-phase regional approach to economically reopening the state.

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Orders have been issued by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services that allow for expanded visitations at nursing and other residential facilities. Visits to the facilities have been restricted to slow the spread of COVID-19. The two orders signed Tuesday by MDHHS Director Robert Gordon allow exceptions to the restrictions as long as the facilities meet specific safety requirements, such as requiring masks during visits.

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Governor Gretchen Whitmer and the Legislature’s Republican leaders have reached a deal to address a shortfall in the current budget caused by COVID-19 and its impact on the state’s economy.

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Governor Gretchen Whitmer has rolled out proposals to address the excessive use of force by law enforcement. The plan calls for incentives for police officers to live in the communities where they work.

Michigan Drivers Face New Insurance Choice Starting Thursday

Jun 28, 2020
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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan drivers who renew or buy car insurance face a choice starting this week: stick with unlimited medical coverage, go with less or -- for seniors with Medicare -- opt out entirely. The decision is a signature feature of a new law that will lower the cost of personal injury protection benefits. It boils down to people's risk tolerance and desire for savings. But unlike with choosing a deductible, the selection can have long-term implications in the event of a serious crash.

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COLOMA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A 47-year-old man has been shot to death by a homeowner during an alleged break-in in southwestern Michigan. The Herald-Palladium of St. Joseph reports that police responded about 2:30 a.m. Thursday to a report of a home invasion in progress in Coloma Township. Coloma Township Police Chief Wes Smigielski says the homeowner came outside with his hands up when officers arrived. Officers found the body of Kevin Cox inside the home. He had been shot once. Smigielski says the homeowner did not know Cox. The shooting remains under investigation.

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A federal appeals court has halted a lower judge’s order and kept closed gyms and fitness centers that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer ordered shut months ago to curb the coronavirus. The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 3-0 late Wednesday to grant an emergency stay sought by the governor. U.S. District Judge Paul Maloney said last week that gyms could reopen at 12:01 a.m. Thursday. Whitmer had planned to reopen gyms, movie theaters and bowling alleys by July 4 if coronavirus case trends remain favorable.

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LANSING, Mich (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has signed three bills into law aimed at easing police interactions with those with autism. Starting in July 2021, people will be able to have a communications impediment designation associated with their driver’s license, state ID or chauffeur’s license that alerts law enforcement to a difficulty in communication so they can access how to proceed in a situation. The bills, signed Tuesday, had bipartisan support.

2nd Presidential Debate Moves From Michigan To Florida

Jun 23, 2020
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The nonpartisan commission that sponsors presidential debates says a debate that had been scheduled to be held in Michigan will now take place in Florida. The Commission on Presidential Debates announced Tuesday that that Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County in Miami will host the debate originally set for the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. The commission says the university concluded it is no longer "feasible" to host the debate.

Lawsuit: Michigan Teen Screamed 'I Can't Breathe' During Restraint

Jun 22, 2020
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WEST BLOOMFIELD, Mich. (AP) — A civil lawsuit filed Monday following the death of a 16-year-old in a Michigan youth facility says he screamed "I can't breathe" as a staff member placed weight on the Black teen's chest for nearly 10 minutes. The lawsuit filed Monday names Lakeside Academy in Kalamazoo and Sequel Youth and Family Services as defendants. Cornelius Fredericks died May 1 after going into cardiac arrest April 29. At the time, authorities said he was being restrained by staff after throwing a sandwich.

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The Michigan Supreme Court says it’s unconstitutional to allow remote testimony by expert witnesses over the objection of defendants facing criminal charges. The court ruled six-to-zero that video testimony can deny defendants the right to directly confront witnesses. The court also ordered the lower court to decide whether that violation might have changed the result in this case, which was a conviction on a charge of rape.   

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — The fall term at the University of Michigan will open Aug. 31 with a mix of remote learning and in-person classes at the Ann Arbor campus. The school announced its latest response to the coronavirus. Residence halls will be open, but there will be an emphasis on boxed meals and fewer people at one time in dining rooms. Large classes will be held online. Small classes will meet in-person, and class sizes in the middle will be a mix of both. President Mark Schlissel is promising more details in the weeks ahead.

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ROYALTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A body has been recovered from a river in southwestern Michigan two days after a 45-year-old man was reported missing while rescuing a juvenile who was struggling in the water. The Berrien County sheriff's office says members of its marine unit found the apparent drowning victim shortly before 9 a.m. Sunday in the Saint Joseph River. The body was found about a half-mile from the area in Royalton Township where two adults and three juveniles were swimming Friday evening from a pontoon boat.

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan state parks will resume collecting admission fees Monday after a three-month break because of the coronavirus. The recreation passport costs $12 when renewing a license plate registration through the secretary of state or $17 at park entrances. The cost is lower for motorcycles. The pass is valid for one year or until the current vehicle registration expires. The pass allows people to visit more than 100 state parks and recreation areas. Camping, overnight lodging facilities and day-use shelters in state parks also reopen Monday.

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More than 50 workers at a farm in Coldwater are under quarantine after testing positive for COVID-19.

Lawmakers: Open Mich. Unemployment Offices, Give $1K Loans

Jun 20, 2020
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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan lawmakers increasingly frustrated over delayed unemployment benefits for people out of work due to the coronavirus pandemic are urging Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to reopen offices so the jobless can get in-person assistance. Legislators from both parties say the dozen offices, closed due to COVID-19, should open their doors again, by appointment only.

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DETROIT (AP) — A federal judge has thrown down the yoga mat and said gyms and fitness centers can reopen next week in Michigan. Judge Paul Maloney says Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s administration had failed to show any rational link between the coronavirus threat and the business shutdown. Maloney noted that gyms are closed while restaurants, bars, barbershops and hair salons are back in business. Whitmer plans to appeal. The governor had planned to reopen gyms, movie theaters and bowling alleys by July 4 if coronavirus case trends remain favorable.

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