Whitmer: Michigan movie theaters can open and K-5 students must wear masks

September 25, 2020 | Riley Beggin

Many businesses set to reopen on Oct. 9 — like event venues and bowling alleys — have been closed in much of the state since mid-March.

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Coronavirus Tracker | Three straight days of 900 infections, a first since April

September 26, 2020 | Bridge Staff in Michigan Health Watch

This continuously updated post includes details of Michigan's confirmed COVID-19 cases, maps of locations, state curve data, what the state is doing to contain the spread, and expert suggestions on how you can stay safe.

Whitmer orders Michigan schools to tell the public about COVID cases

September 25, 2020 | Robin Erb, Ron French in Michigan Government

Pressure mounted for more than a month on the administration to require more immediate public notifications of coronavirus outbreaks at Michigan schools as students returned for the fall term.

MSU, U-M, Wayne State presidents: Don’t expect in-person classes until fall 2021

September 25, 2020 | Ron French in Talent & Education

College students better keep recharging their laptops. Classes are likely to remain online rather than in-person for the full 2020-21 academic year at the University of Michigan, Wayne State and Michigan State.

State and national Republicans sue Michigan over extended ballot deadline

September 25, 2020 | Riley Beggin in Michigan Government

A Court of Claims judge temporarily blocked a rule requiring ballots be received by Election Day for them to count. Republicans hope to reverse that.

Michigan 2020 Election Tracker | Democrats push James to stake position on SCOTUS vacancy

September 25, 2020 | Bridge Staff in Michigan Government

This continuously updated post includes details of Michigan's elections, campaigns, politics and voting news.

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After Breonna Taylor decision, protests still outpace legislation in Michigan

September 25, 2020 | Ted Roelofs in Michigan Government

Key police reform bills were urgently drafted in June, following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. But they are still awaiting approval in Lansing, which one lawmaker predicted would come in this year’s lame-duck session.


Michigan’s Upper Peninsula getting hit hard by surge of coronavirus cases

September 24, 2020 | Mike Wilkinson in Michigan Health Watch

After months of relatively few cases, the Upper Peninsula has seen coronavirus case counts soar, with most in the western part of the region along the border with Wisconsin.

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Michigan earnings shot up 54 percent in spring. Thank the stimulus funds.

September 24, 2020 | Paula Gardner in Business Watch

'This is going to be the only recession in history where income goes up,' said University of Michigan economist Donald Grimes.

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Bills to wipe criminal records clean pass Michigan Legislature

September 24, 2020 | Riley Beggin in Michigan Government

The package may make hundreds of thousands more Michiganders eligible for expungement.

Bill to speed up absentee ballot counting passes Michigan House

September 24, 2020 | Riley Beggin in Michigan Government

Democrats have said the GOP-led legislation doesn’t go far enough, but all agree it will at least partially help ease the crush of expected ballots.

Michigan State, U-M change reporting to disclose more campus COVID cases

September 24, 2020 | Robin Erb in Talent & Education

The number of coronavirus cases on the Michigan State University website since Aug. 24 jumped to 1,219 Thursday, two days after Ingham County health officer Linda Vail noted the website was significantly undercounting MSU-related cases. U-M boosts its reporting too.  

MI ‘actively considering’ ordering K-12 schools to reveal COVID outbreaks

September 24, 2020 | Riley Beggin in Michigan Government

Hours after a committee hearing in which health officials said they can’t report school outbreaks more than once a week, Michigan’s public health director told Bridge Michigan the Whitmer administration may order schools to publicly reveal outbreaks as they are confirmed.

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