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Michigan adds testing for essential workers without symptoms

LANSING (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Monday said the state is working with major retailers to open more drive-thru sites to test as many as 1,000 people a day for the coronavirus, especially people who don’t have symptoms but still are required to work outside their ...

Syrian diner trying to stay afloat amid coronavirus pandemic

By MARK KURLYANDCHIK Detroit Free Press AP Member Exchange DETROIT — It was war that took it from them the first time they lost everything. Their sixth-floor flat in the heart of Damascus, the city where they were born, met, married, raised children and lived their whole lives; the ...

MSU, CMU freeze fall tuition

EAST LANSING (AP) — The president of Michigan State University said tuition rates will remain frozen in fall to ease pressure on families whose finances have been affected by the coronavirus. "We are doing what we can to ensure students can stay in our Spartan family," Samuel Stanley Jr. ...

Whitmer: Reopening state stalled by lack of virus testing

LANSING (AP) — Michigan’s governor said Sunday she was eager to loosen businesses restrictions while also avoiding new flareups of the coronavirus illness that has killed nearly 2,400 people in the state. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said a lack of virus testing supplies is delaying such steps ...

Brothers charged in mom’s death

TRENTON (AP) — The Michigan appeals court has reinstated murder charges against two Detroit-area brothers who were accused of allowing their severely disabled mother to wither and die. In a 2-1 decision last week, the appeals court said there was “sufficient evidence” to allow a jury to ...

1 million file for Michigan unemployment in a month

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — An additional 219,000 people in Michigan filed for unemployment last week, bringing the total number who have lost their jobs in the coronavirus pandemic to more than 1 million — a staggering quarter of the state’s workforce. The initial ...

Annual cherry festival in Traverse City canceled

TRAVERSE CITY (AP) — The National Cherry Festival, a major northern Michigan summer destination for decades, has been canceled for 2020 due to uncertainty over the coronavirus, organizers said Thursday. The festival in Traverse City was scheduled for July 3-10. The event coincides with ...

Michigan deaths cross 2,000 but hospitals say virus cases flattening

By DAVID EGGERT and ED WHITE Associated Press LANSING — Major health care providers in southeastern Michigan reported significant reductions in COVID-19 patients Thursday, while Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said she would work with Midwestern states on a strategy to reopen their virus-stunted ...

Hundreds roil Capitol over Whitmer orders

By MIKE HOUSEHOLDER and ED WHITE Associated Press LANSING — Hundreds of flag-waving, honking protesters drove past the Michigan Capitol on Wednesday to show their displeasure with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s orders to keep people at home and businesses locked during the coronavirus ...

Detroit drops ticket against abortion protester during virus

DETROIT (AP) — The city of Detroit has agreed to drop a misdemeanor ticket against a man who was accused of violating Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s stay-home order while protesting outside an abortion clinic. Detroit and the governor agree that Andrew Belanger’s conduct was not illegal, ...

Detroit facing fresh fiscal woes with coronavirus closures

By COREY WILLIAMS Associated Press DETROIT — Barely surviving the 2008 economic meltdown and humbled by its 2013 bankruptcy, Detroit’s fiscal future now faces another daunting foe in the coronavirus. The state-forced shutdown of its three casinos, auto plants and other businesses to slow ...

Detroit to see layoffs, pay cuts due to virus-caused deficit

By COREY WILLIAMS, DAVID EGGERT and ED WHITE Associated Press DETROIT — The city of Detroit will begin some layoffs, cut back hours to other employees and reduce services to meet a projected $44 million deficit due to the coronavirus pandemic. Mayor Mike Duggan laid out the plan Tuesday ...

Michigan Republicans decry Gov. Whitmer’s latest stay-home order

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s decision to toughen rather than relax what already was one of the nation’s strictest stay-home orders in response to the coronavirus is hitting opposition in her home state, where Republicans who backed her ...

Liquor buy back available

LANSING — The state of Michigan will offer cash-strapped bars and restaurants relief by buying back their liquor inventory during the coronavirus pandemic. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed an order authorizing the program in a flurry of moves late Monday. She also delayed the expiration of ...

Whitmer: Virus infection curve is starting to flatten in state

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING— The growth in coronavirus infections in Michigan is starting to flatten due to the extraordinary restrictions on people’s movements, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Monday. But she warned that this doesn’t mean business as usual will resume ...

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 ...