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Michigan teachers raise classroom pets at home amid pandemic

DETROIT (AP) — Some Michigan teachers are taking care of classroom pets that were removed from schools after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced closures in March due to the coronavirus outbreak. Scott Kefgen, who works at Harlan Elementary School in Birmingham, is one of those teachers. He ...

69K more file for Michigan unemployment

LANSING (AP) — Nearly 69,000 people in Michigan filed initial claims for unemployment last week, bringing the state's seven-week total in the coronavirus pandemic to more than 1.3 million. The number of new claims dropped for the fourth straight week — it hit 388,000 the week ending April ...

4th person charged in shooting of guard over face mask

FLINT (AP) — Authorities charged a fourth person Thursday in the fatal shooting of a Michigan security guard who had refused to let a customer inside a store without a face mask during the coronavirus outbreak. Brya Bishop's alleged crimes occurred after the death of Calvin Munerlyn, who was ...

Whitmer restarts manufacturing, extends stay-home to May 28

LANSING,(AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Thursday that auto and other manufacturing workers can return to the job next week, further easing her stay-at-home order while extending it through May 28 because of the coronavirus pandemic. Manufacturers — which account for 19% of the ...

Michigan Legislature sues to block Whitmer’s virus orders

LANSING (AP) — The Republican-led Michigan Legislature sued Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday, asking a judge to declare invalid and unenforceable her stay-at-home order and other measures issued to combat the coronavirus pandemic. The lawsuit, filed in the state Court of Claims, ...

USDA buys cherries from Michigan farmers to help communities

TRAVERSE CITY (AP) — Some Michigan farmers say the U.S. Department of Agriculture's plan to buy tart cherries to feed communities and support farmers will help the industry as cold weather threatens their crops. The department announced this week that it will buy $20 million worth of U.S. ...

Regulators want details on Great Lakes tunnel plan

TRAVERSE CITY (AP) — Enbridge's application for an oil pipeline tunnel beneath a Great Lakes channel can't be processed without more information, including an analysis of alternatives to the project, state regulators say. The Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy requested ...

Guns not banned at Michigan Capitol unless lawmakers act

LANSING (AP) — Guns cannot be banned from Michigan's Capitol unless legislators change state law, an official who helps oversee the building said Wednesday, less than a week after some protesters armed with rifles shouted at lawmakers inside the Senate chamber. John Truscott, vice chairman ...

Justice put on mute

LANSING (AP) — The stress of video conferences: Michigan's chief justice apologized Wednesday after a colleague on the Supreme Court was put on mute while trying to speak to a lawyer. "As a blind person, I'm not able to use Zoom. So I'm at an extreme disadvantage," said Justice Richard ...

Woman arraigned in mask case

FLINT (AP) — A Michigan woman was formally charged Tuesday in the fatal shooting of a store security guard who refused to allow her daughter inside because she wasn’t wearing a face mask to protect against transmission of the coronavirus. Sharmel Teague, 45, was arraigned via video Tuesday ...

Michigan AG to police: Whitmer orders are valid, enforceable

LANSING (AP) — Michigan’s attorney general on Tuesday backed Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and told local law enforcement officials that her stay-at-home directive and restrictions on pla ces of public accommodations are valid and enforceable despite Republican lawmakers’ refusal to extend ...

Parking lot at state park closed

GRAND HAVEN (AP) — Officials have closed the parking lot at a Michigan state park after crowds of visitors ignored social distancing guidelines designed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Grand Haven State Park’s parking lot was shut down on Sunday. Mayor Robert Monetza said the ...

3 charged in killing of store security guard over virus mask

FLINT (AP) — A woman, her adult son and husband have been charged in the fatal shooting of a security guard who refused to let her daughter enter a Family Dollar in Michigan because she wasn’t wearing a face mask to protect against transmission of the coronavirus. Calvin Munerlyn was shot ...

State: Docs have discretion; order eases burden on morgues

LANSING (AP) — Michigan hospitals and physicians have “broad discretion” to decide whether to continue delaying procedures during the pandemic, the state said in new guidance issued in the face of pressure to let providers do more as the curve of coronavirus cases flattens. Dr. Joneigh ...

Conviction stands in death

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan appeals court has affirmed the murder conviction of an Ottawa County man who told police that he killed a neighbor on the day after Christmas because she was a nuisance to the neighborhood. Wendell Popejoy argued that jurors should have been allowed to ...

Hard-to-count Arab Americans urged to prioritize census

By JEFF KAROUB and MIKE HOUSEHOLDER Associated Press DEARBORN — At a Michigan gas station, the message is obvious — at least to Arabic speakers: Be counted in the 2020 census. “Provide your community with more/additional opportunities,” the ad on the pump handle reads in Arabic. In ...

Farmers markets scaling down with eye on safety due to virus

DETROIT (AP) — Johnny Gyergyou has been selling his farm’s meat, poultry and eggs at a Detroit farmers market for more than a decade, but like many of his regular shoppers, he’s been staying home in recent weeks to wait out the coronavirus crisis. Gyergyou, 72, said the crowds at Eastern ...

Whitmer says ‘racism’ fueled protests over virus response

LANSING (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Sunday said gun-toting protesters who demonstrated inside the state Capitol in opposition to some of her moves to battle the coronavirus “depicted some of the worst racism” and “awful parts” of U.S. history. Whitmer made the assertion ...

‘Everyone’s watching’: Biden’s VP audition process begins

WASHINGTON (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer wore a T-shirt on television emblazoned with the words “that woman from Michigan,” a cheeky reference to President Donald Trump’s dismissal of her. Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar joined her onetime nemesis, Pete Buttigieg, for a friendly virtual ...

Nessel to investigate contract

LANSING (AP) — Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel said Thursday her office will investigate how the state awarded a since-canceled contract to a Democratic political firm to help contact and warn people who were potentially exposed to the coronavirus, after Republicans raised ...