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Michigan News

State senate OKs virus relief bill; nursing home order questioned

LANSING (AP) — Michigan’s Legislature on Wednesday began authorizing the state to spend half a billion dollars of federal coronavirus relief funding, while majority Republicans voiced concern about the safety of nursing homes for residents who don’t have COVID-19. The state, meanwhile, ...

Virus restrictions fuel anti-government ‘boogaloo’ movement

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — They carry high-powered rifles and wear tactical gear, but their Hawaiian shirts and leis are what stand out in the crowds that have formed at state capital buildings to protest COVID-19 lockdown orders. The signature look for the “boogaloo” anti-government ...

Teacher charged in student’s death

DETROIT (AP) — A swimming teacher has been charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death of a Detroit teenager who was at the bottom of a school pool, authorities said Tuesday. Kareem Sigler was away from the pool and in another room when De’Sean Blanding, 15, was in distress during a ...

Former state legislator Hood dies from virus complications

WEST BLOOMFIELD (AP) — Morris Hood III, a former Democratic state legislator from Detroit, has died of COVID-19. He was 54. Hood’s family confirmed he died on Monday, Wayne County Executive Warren Evan’s office said Tuesday. “He was the very definition of a public servant, one who ...

Michigan woman at center of transgender rights case dies

DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit-area woman who was fired by a funeral home after she no longer wanted to be recognized as a man died Tuesday before the U.S. Supreme Court could rule on whether federal civil rights law protects transgender people. Aimee Stephens’ death was announced by the ...

Detroit-area residents lift spirits with costumed parades

FERNDALE, Mich. (AP) — Sarah Ignash spends her days looking after dogs in normal times. With her business temporarily shuttered because of the coronavirus, though, she’s taken to walks on the wild side through her Detroit suburb with dancing bears, bipedal zebras and the like. Ignash, ...

Senator warns of potential 25% cut in Michigan school funds

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi unveiled a more than $3 trillion coronavirus aid package, a sweeping effort with $1 trillion for states and cities, “hazard pay” for essential workers and a new round of cash payments to individuals. The House is expected to vote on the ...

Woman at center of suit in hospice

GARDEN CITY (AP) — A Detroit-area woman at the center of a U.S. Supreme Court case about transgender rights is in hospice care while awaiting a decision. Aimee Stephens has kidney disease and was in a wheelchair when the court heard arguments in October, The Detroit News reported ...

Whitmer: Goal is to test 450,000 residents for virus in May

LANSING (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced Monday she wants 450,000 Michiganders to be tested for the coronavirus this month, an average of nearly 15,000 a day, a critical goal because she said social-distancing cannot go on indefinitely until a vaccine is developed. Testing is on the ...

Commission delays decision on gun ban at Michigan Capitol

LANSING (AP) — A commission that oversees Michigan’s Capitol delayed a decision Monday on banning guns from the building before a planned protest against the govern or’s coronavirus restrictions, in a meeting that later ended abruptly due to racist and threatening messages posted ...

Community celebrates a WWII vet’s 100th birthday

By JEFF SEIDEL Detroit Free Press AP Member Exchange DETROIT — Jim Curry came out of the house and moved quickly down the driveway, pushing a walker. He flashed a tender smile one day before his 100th birthday. “Happy birthday!” Curry was told from about 15 feet away, trying to ...

Port Huron looks to expand, meet demand in ‘sprouts’ program

By JACKIE SMITH The Times Herald AP Member Exchang e PORT HURON — It’s planting season, but for the hundreds taking the city of Port Huron up on its free sprouts program to grow veggies at home, it may be their first time figuring out how to navigate it. Luke Marion, whose ...

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 ...