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Michigan News

Enbridge seeks permits to build Great Lakes oil tunnel

By JOHN FLESHER AP Environmental Writer TRAVERSE CITY— Enbridge Inc. applied Wednesday for state and federal authorization to construct an oil pipeline tunnel beneath the Michigan waterway that connects two of the Great Lakes. The Canadian company wants to build a roughly 4-mile-long ...

Roadside pantries created to aid communities amid COVID-19

BELLAIRE (AP) — Northern Michigan set up roadside pantries in efforts to help neighbors during the coronavirus pandemic, including stocking Little Free Libraries with food and supplies instead of books. The roadside pantry idea was inspired from a similar effort by an Indiana man who wanted ...

Coronavirus is ‘starting to weaken’ in Detroit, mayor says

By ED WHITE Associated Press DETROIT — The mayor of Detroit said Wednesday that the coronavirus is “starting to weaken” in Michigan’s largest city, but he also pleaded with residents to keep the momentum going by wearing masks and avoiding large groups. Health officials, meanwhile, ...

Michigan lawmakers extend emergency pandemic declaration

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — The Republican-led Michigan Legislature on Tuesday lengthened Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s coronavirus emergency declaration by 23 days, through April, rather than adopt the 70-day extension that she had sought. At their first session in ...

State’s churches adopt drive-in services amid pandemic

DETROIT (AP) — Some suburban Detroit churches are offering drive-in services to provide churchgoers a place to gather and worship in wake of coronavirus outbreak. Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said places of worship will not be penalized if they congregate under the stay-at-home order, ...

Michigan jobless claims ahead of ‘19; virus cases at 17,221

By DAVID EGGERT and ED WHITE Associated Press LANSING — Nearly 800,000 people have filed for unemployment benefits in Michigan since mid-March, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Monday, detailing the extraordinary impact of the coronavirus on the economy with only businesses deemed essential ...

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 ...