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Michigan News

‘RIP Big Fella’: Bear killed by truck

WALKER, Mich. (AP) — A black bear nicknamed Yogi was struck and killed Tuesday on a highway ramp in the Grand Rapids area, police said. The bear, an adult male weighing roughly 250 pounds, had been spotted for a few years in Walker. He was hit by a large truck on a ramp leading to westbound ...

US auto factories likely to stay closed another 2 weeks

By TOM KRISHER AP Auto Writer DETROIT — Fiat Chrysler is backing off a planned May 4 restart at its North American factories because some U.S. states still will have stay-home orders in place. The move likely means that factories of all three Detroit automakers will be idled for at least ...

Whitmer: Construction to resume next; longer emergency eyed

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Monday she will allow commercial and residential construction to restart in Michigan within a week or two and is taking a “hard look” at whether to let industrial sectors like manufacturing reopen in the next phase of ...

Michigan wins liquor appeal

LANSING (AP) — Retailers outside Michigan can’t send alcohol directly to the state’s consumers, a federal appeals court said. The court overturned a decision by a federal judge in Detroit who had described Michigan’s restrictions as an “unjustifiable protectionist regime.” The ...

Republicans vow to cut Gov. Whitmer’s emergency powers

LANSING (AP) — Republicans who control the Michigan Legislature said they will meet today to pass bills to rein in the emergency powers of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and create a committee to oversee the state’s response to the coronavirus outbreak, a dramatic strike against the Democrat amid ...

UAW union backs Democrat Biden for president

DETROIT (AP) — The United Auto Workers union is endorsing Democrat Joe Biden for President. The roughly 400,000-member union says in a statement Tuesday that the nation needs stable leadership with less acrimony “and more balance to the rights and protections of working Americans.” The ...

Whitmer to extend stay-home order; state furloughs 6% of its workers

LANSING (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer made clear Wednesday that she will extend her stay-at-home order beyond April 30 and that some form of it will be in effect for a “long time” in Michigan, hinting that people age 65 and older and those with chronic lung problems may face ...

Prison virus deaths include man who helped wrongly convicted

DETROIT (AP) — A man who had a major role in the extraordinary exoneration of another prisoner after 45 years has died, one of 25 Michigan inmates to succumb to complications from COVID-19, authorities said. Richard Palombo, 71, had been in poor health while housed at the Lakeland prison in ...

Beaumont Health, Michigan attorney general announce job cuts

DETROIT (AP) — Beaumont Health, which has treated thousands of coronavirus victims as Michigan’s largest health care system, said Tuesday it’s cutting 450 jobs and temporarily laying off 2,475 employees due to a drastic drop in revenue from services that can’t be offered during the ...

Funeral held for veteran, age 105

FLINT TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — As mourners watched from cars, a 105-year-old World War II veteran was laid to rest in a Flint-area cemetery. Ferrald Waller Sr. lived through the 1918 flu pandemic, served in Europe during World War II and worked for General Motors, MLive.com reported. He died ...

Michigan governor: Trump’s messaging causes ‘greater danger’

LANSING (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Tuesday that President Donald Trump’s plan to suspend immigration is distracting from efforts to combat the coronavirus pandemic and part of “inconsistent messages” that spread fear and put the public in “greater danger.” Trump’s ...

Federal judge delays filing deadline for state candidates

LANSING (AP) — Michigan candidates will have 17 additional days to collect voter signatures to qualify for the ballot because of the state's order to stay home during the coronavirus pandemic, a federal judge ruled Monday, the eve of the filing deadline. The decision by U.S. District Judge ...

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 ...