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Michigan News

U.P. Energy Task Force to meet

LANSING (AP) — A panel studying ways to secure energy for Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is developing recommendations on propane supplies. The U.P. Energy Task Force will meet today by video conference to wrap up the list, which must be submitted to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer by Friday. More than ...

Food bank delays opening gardens due to pandemic

LANSING (AP) — A Lansing-area food bank has postponed opening 19 community gardens because of concerns that residents using them or sharing gardening tools could spread or contract the coronavirus. The Greater Lansing Food Bank mission for the Garden Project provides home and community ...

Brighton bakery’s rescheduled TV segment set to air in April

By JENNIFER TIMAR Livingston Daily BRIGHTON (AP) — Husband and wife Brighton bakery owners Keri and Greg Hayes were handed a big disappointment in March when the Home Shopping Network canceled taping shows due to the coronavirus. “We got bumped,” Keri Hayes, who co-owns Whey Better ...

Detroit residents discover happy rocks during virus outbreak

By BRANDEN HUNTER Detroit Free Press DETROIT (AP) — It’s been said that if you want to find happiness, you just have to look around you. Well, residents of North Rosedale Park on Detroit’s west side are discovering that the seemingly Pollyannaish mantra is actually true, at least in ...

Michigan reports a Sunday dip in virus cases but might be fewer tests

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan public health officials reported a big drop in the daily number of COVID-19 cases on Sunday but cautioned against drawing wider conclusions as fewer tests are conducted on weekends. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services reported 645 new cases ...

Whitmer extends stay-at-home order through April

By DAVID EGGERT and ED WHITE Associated Press LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday extended Michigan’s stay-at-home order through April, saying it must continue longer to combat the coronavirus pandemic that has sickened more than 21,000 people and contributed to nearly 1,100 ...

Great Lakes to get extra funds

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Additional funds provided by Congress for Great Lakes environmental improvements will be used to hasten cleanups of highly toxic sites and step up work on other longstanding forms of pollution, federal officials said Thursday. Lawmakers last fall put $320 million ...

Nearly 385,000 more file unemployment claims in Michigan

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Nearly 385,000 people filed initial claims for unemployment in Michigan last week amid the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, marking a third straight week of historically high claims. More than 817,000 sought jobless benefits over ...

US to buy ventilators from GM

MICHIGAN (AP) — The federal government will buy 30,000 ventilators from General Motors by the end of August for $489.4 million. GM says it will cover its costs but won't make a profit on the devices, which will cost the Department of Health and Human Services just over $16,300 each. That ...

Enbridge seeks permits to build Great Lakes oil tunnel

By JOHN FLESHER AP Environmental Writer TRAVERSE CITY— Enbridge Inc. applied Wednesday for state and federal authorization to construct an oil pipeline tunnel beneath the Michigan waterway that connects two of the Great Lakes. The Canadian company wants to build a roughly 4-mile-long ...

Roadside pantries created to aid communities amid COVID-19

BELLAIRE (AP) — Northern Michigan set up roadside pantries in efforts to help neighbors during the coronavirus pandemic, including stocking Little Free Libraries with food and supplies instead of books. The roadside pantry idea was inspired from a similar effort by an Indiana man who wanted ...

Coronavirus is ‘starting to weaken’ in Detroit, mayor says

By ED WHITE Associated Press DETROIT — The mayor of Detroit said Wednesday that the coronavirus is “starting to weaken” in Michigan’s largest city, but he also pleaded with residents to keep the momentum going by wearing masks and avoiding large groups. Health officials, meanwhile, ...

Michigan lawmakers extend emergency pandemic declaration

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — The Republican-led Michigan Legislature on Tuesday lengthened Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s coronavirus emergency declaration by 23 days, through April, rather than adopt the 70-day extension that she had sought. At their first session in ...

State’s churches adopt drive-in services amid pandemic

DETROIT (AP) — Some suburban Detroit churches are offering drive-in services to provide churchgoers a place to gather and worship in wake of coronavirus outbreak. Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said places of worship will not be penalized if they congregate under the stay-at-home order, ...

Michigan jobless claims ahead of ‘19; virus cases at 17,221

By DAVID EGGERT and ED WHITE Associated Press LANSING — Nearly 800,000 people have filed for unemployment benefits in Michigan since mid-March, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Monday, detailing the extraordinary impact of the coronavirus on the economy with only businesses deemed essential ...

In years before outbreak, investment in public health fell

By SARA BURNETT Associated Press In the decade before Michigan and its largest city became the latest hot spot for the deadly coronavirus, officials were steadily, and at times dramatically, cutting back on their first line of defense against pandemics and other public health ...

Campaign says ‘Stop the Spread’

DETROIT (AP) — Some small business owners and grassroots organizers in Michigan are hoping to encourage people to stay at home for at least 15 consecutive days to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The #ShutItDown! Stop the Spread campaign was started Thursday and hopes to get at ...

Court revives anti-fracking effort

LANSING (AP) — A proposal to ban fracking in Michigan could land on the ballot in November. The state appeals court last week ruled in favor of fracking opponents and revived their effort to present the issue to voters. Hydraulic fracturing is a process in which millions of gallons of ...

Most open burn permits suspended

LANSING (AP) — State officials are reminding residents that permits to openly burn yard debris remain suspended across most of Michigan and that the dangers of fire are increasing as temperatures warm. Recent fires, including a 21-acre blaze wildfire in Presque Isle County, have been caused ...

State officials require faster reporting of COVID-19 deaths

LANSING (AP) — State officials issued an emergency order designed to speed up the reporting of COVID-19 deaths in Michigan as the number of cases continued to surge. The Department of Health and Human Services issued a directive late Saturday for funeral directors and medical professionals. ...