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Michigan News

Beaumont Health scrambling with hundreds of virus cases

DETROIT (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday again pleaded with Michigan residents to stay at home to rein in the coronavirus while the state’s chief medical executive said hospitals with empty beds were stepping up to ease the burden on overwhelmed medical centers. They spoke to ...

Police ID body found in river

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Authorities in western Michigan have identified a body that was found by an angler along a river. The victim’s name has not been released, but relatives have been notified, Grand Rapids police said. An autopsy Thursday revealed the cause of death as a drowning. ...

Ford, Fiat Chrysler, Honda, Toyota seek to restart factories

DETROIT (AP) — Ford, Fiat Chrysler, Honda and Toyota took steps Thursday to restart North American factories that have been closed to protect workers from the coronavirus. The plants would reopen in early or mid-April, restoring the largest source of cash for automakers that generally book ...

Thieves steal toilet paper

EMPIRE, MICH. (AP) — Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in northern Michigan has closed all of its restrooms after vandals ransacked them and made off with toilet paper and hand sanitizer, two items made scarce by the coronavirus pandemic. Park Superintendent Scott Tucker said vandals ...

Michigan hospitals jammed as coronavirus cases, deaths rise

DETROIT (AP) — Michigan hospitals braced Wednesday for a surge of coronavirus cases, as the number of cases in the state rose to at least 2,294 and the number of deaths nearly doubled, from 24 to 43. Most of the cases — 85% — were reported in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties, but more ...

2 men freed from prison

DETROIT (AP) — A judge on Tuesday dismissed the convictions of two men in prison for drug crimes, including one who has been locked up for more than seven years, after prosecutors said the cases were spoiled by Detroit police misconduct. “These are the first cases that deal directly with ...

Macomb County prosecutor charged with running a slush fund

DETROIT (AP) — Authorities charged a suburban Detroit prosecutor with corruption Tuesday, alleging he ran a criminal enterprise and embezzled cash for country club catering, home security cameras and other perks. Eric Smith, the chief law enforcer in Macomb County, Michigan’s ...

Whitmer: Detroit-area hospital system ‘almost at capacity’

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer warned Tuesday that a Detroit-area hospital system was “almost at capacity” treating people with the coronavirus, as the state’s stay-at-home order kicked in to reduce the spread. The governor, speaking about her ...

Who and what is exempt from Michigan stay-at-home order

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Monday issued a three-week order that residents stay at home and not gather in public or private with people who are not part of their household, with exceptions. A partial list of who and what is exempted: CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE WORKERS ≤Health care and public ...

‘Do not panic’: Whitmer issues stay-at-home order

LANSING (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Monday told Michigan residents to stay at home, in her most sweeping order of the coronavirus crisis, warning that a million people could need hospital beds if they keep mixing with each other and spreading the illness. Whitmer talked about dire ...

Michigan gov urges national strategy on coronavirus fight

DETROIT (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Sunday that Michigan needs the federal government to provide not only more test kits and masks but also clear guidance on how best to fight the spread of the coronavirus. “We’re all building the airplane as we fly it right now. We’re doing the ...

Many apply for redistricting panel

LANSING (AP) — Applications still are pouring in to serve on a Michigan commission that will create districts for seats in the Legislature and Congress. The secretary of state said at least 3,590 notarized applications have been processed so far, and thousands more have been received. All ...

St. Clair business employing people with special needs

By BRYCE AIRGOOD Port Huron Times Herald AP Member Exchange ST. CLAIR — Milinda Brewington sang along as "My Girl" by The Temptations played on the speakers, the light shining off her collection of necklaces as she worked preparing silverware. Brewington said the work keeps her busy, ...

Michigan has at least 3 deaths related to virus outbreak

By ED WHITE Associated Press DETROIT (AP) — At least three people in Michigan have died from the coronavirus outbreak, officials said Thursday. A woman in her 50s with other health complications died at McLaren Oakland medical center in Pontiac, while an 81-year-old man died at Henry ...

Man convicted in killing of 3

DETROIT (AP) — A 19-year-old Detroit man has been convicted of gunning down two gay men and a transgender woman who authorities believe were targeted because of their sexual orientation last year following a house party. A Wayne County jury convicted Devon Kareem Robinson on Tuesday of ...

Florida dog found in Michigan

MOUNT MORRIS TOWNSHIP (AP) — A dog from Florida, missing for more than two months, has been found 1,400 miles away in Michigan. Kris Gibson discovered Simba last week standing at her fence in Mount Morris Township, north of Flint. She lured him with a snack and took him to an animal clinic, ...

Michigan legislators approve $125M for COVID-19 outbreak

By ED WHITE and DAVID EGGERT Associated Press DETROIT — Michigan lawmakers late Tuesday approved $125 million in emergency relief to fight the coronavirus outbreak, including $50 million to help expand the health care system’s capacity amid rising cases during the pandemic. The spending ...

Automakers dodged parts shortage, but virus poses new threat

DETROIT (AP) — When the coronavirus cut off the flow of parts from China in early January, most global automakers were ready: Anticipating such a crisis, they had prepared to tap other suppliers and to conserve parts that they had stored. Now, they face fast-moving new threats that seem ...

School chief acquitted at trial

BELLAIRE, Mich. (AP) — A school superintendent in northern Michigan said he feels blessed after a jury acquitted him in an investigation of anonymous allegations of assault against a principal. “My message to anyone who wants to listen is to keep the faith,” Terry Starr said after the ...

Expert: Flint children’s baby teeth to be examined for lead

FLINT (AP) — A pediatrician and public health expert says about 100 baby teeth from Flint children will be evaluated to determine lead exposure, nearly six years after the city's drinking water was contaminated after a switch to a new source. Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha helped end the city's use ...