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Michigan News

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. ...

Michigan lawmakers spar over emergency length, need to meet

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Michigan lawmakers plan to convene for the first time in weeks to lengthen Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s emergency declaration amid the coronavirus pandemic but are at odds over the extension and whether the session is even necessary. The ...

Record 311,000 file initial unemployment claims

By DAVID EGGERT and MIKE HOUSEHOLDER Associated Press LANSING — Claims for unemployment benefits continued to skyrocket in Michigan last week during the coronavirus pandemic, when 311,000 people filed initial applications — more than double from the previous week. The number of ...

Michigan virus cases clear 10,000; peak still weeks away

By DAVID EGGERT and COREY WILLIAMS Associated Press LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Michigan is probably a month away from reaching the peak of the coronavirus outbreak, which topped more than 10,000 cases and 417 deaths in the state Thursday. “No one is immune from this virus,” ...

Senior PGA Championship cancels downstate stop

BENTON HARBOR (AP) — The Senior PGA Championship in Michigan has been canceled. The PGA of America says it based its decision on Michigan’s stay-at-home order that was enacted March 23. The Senior PGA in Benton Harbor was to be played May 21-24. It will be held next year at Southern Hills ...

Man charged in wife’s beating death

HAZEL PARK (AP) — A suburban Detroit man has been charged with first-degree murder in the killing of his wife. Jeff Sherwood, 45, was arraigned Monday in the killing of his 64-year-old wife, Susan Klepsch. She died of blows to the head and neck, according to the the Oakland County medical ...

Michigan virus cases top 9,300; new ventilators are put to work

By ED WHITE and DAVID EGGERT Associated Press DETROIT — The number of Michigan residents who have contracted COVID-19 crept toward 10,000 on Wednesday — one of the highest totals in the U.S. — while the state said hundreds of ventilators from the federal government would be quickly put ...

MSU says health care grads can help; deaths rise to 259

By ED WHITE Associated Press DETROIT — Hundreds of new health care graduates from Michigan State University are available to respond to the cor onavirus outbreak, the school said Tuesday, as statewide cases rose 17% and deaths topped 250. State officials have made a desperate plea ...

Lizzo treats Detroit hospital staff to lunch amid pandemic

DETROIT (AP) — Music artist Lizzo brought lunch to staff at a Michigan hospital, expressing gratitude for their services during coronavirus pandemic, according to hospital officials. In a Monday Twitter post, Henry Ford Hospital officials announced that the Detroit native provided emergency ...

Trump allies warn against feud with Whitmer

By STEVE PEOPLES and DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — President Donald Trump’s allies are trying to contain a politically risky election year fight with Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer as he struggles to balance presidential politics with a global pandemic in one of the nation’s ...

Police nab wanted serial flasher

CASCADE TOWNSHIP (AP) — A western Michigan man suspected of exposing himself to people for nearly two decades was arrested last week on sexual delinquency charges, police said. Police say Steven Todd Pastoor, 56, was arrested Wednesday and confessed to exposing himself from the waist down to ...

Macomb County prosecutor under corruption charges calls it quits

MOUNT CLEMENS (AP) — A suburban Detroit prosecutor charged with corruption resigned Monday, saying he’s confident he’ll be cleared but decided to quit “for the betterment of my family, my health and the citizens of Macomb County.” Eric Smith, who was first elected in 2004, is charged ...

Whitmer OKs $150M to fight pandemic

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Monday signed onto a $150 million funding package to fight the coronavirus pandemic while vetoing $167 million she said should be saved as Michigan confronts what are expected to be plummeting tax revenues amid the ...

Michigan officials plead for ventilators, people to run them

By DAVID EGGERT and ED WHITE Associated Press LANSING — Michigan desperately needs thousands of ventilators to treat victims of the coronavirus and more health care workers willing to pitch in during the crisis, state officials said Monday. TCF Center in downtown Detroit soon will be ...

Man charged after touching carts

GENESEE TOWNSHIP (AP) — A Michigan man was arrested after grabbing shopping carts at a grocery store and claiming he had the coronavirus. Jonathan David-Asher Miracle, 26, also kissed the window of a police car Friday, the Genesee County prosecutor’s office said. Miracle was charged with ...

Trump uses wartime act but GM says it’s already moving fast

By TOM KRISHER AP Auto Writer DETROIT— Twelve days ago, General Motors put hundreds of workers on an urgent project to build breathing machines as hospitals and governors pleaded for more in response to the coronavirus pandemic. But President Donald Trump, claiming the company wasn’t ...