Coronavirus kept us home, igniting real estate frenzy in northern Michigan

September 17, 2020 | Paula Gardner

Prices are climbing and competition is fierce as traditionally slow areas of Michigan become real-estate hotspots. No longer geographically tied to their workplaces and enjoying low interest rates, buyers are sparking a ‘feeding frenzy’ in northern Michigan.

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Coronavirus Tracker | Case, averages continue to decline

September 19, 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.

How do Michigan universities compare on COVID outbreaks? Hard to tell

September 18, 2020 | Sammy Sussman in Talent & Education

The University of Michigan counts COVID tests it administers on its website, but leaves out testing performed by county health officials. Disparate testing plans from school to school make it difficult to compare coronavirus spread across campuses.

Michigan’s unemployed to get $900 more. System glitches remain

September 18, 2020 | Paula Gardner in Business Watch

The state was approved for three more weeks of Lost Wages Assistance, and jobless workers should see that money by the end of September.

Michigan 2020 Election Tracker | James narrows race against Gary Peters, new Free Press poll shows

September 18, 2020 | Bridge Staff in Michigan Government

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

Michigan officials have dwindling faith in an accurate census count

September 18, 2020 | Bisma Parvez in Michigan Government

Amid a pandemic and several major changes, Michigan officials say the Census 2020 count can’t be right.

Voting activists get twin victories in Michigan with transport, ballot cases

September 18, 2020 | Riley Beggin, Jonathan Oosting in Michigan Government

In separate rulings, judges rule that ballots postmarked by Nov. 2 will count in the election and block a ban on providing transportation to the polls.

Michigan infant, whose death was tied to COVID, had serious health troubles

September 18, 2020 | Robin Erb in Michigan Health Watch

Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, the state’s chief medical executive, had said the boy died “because of COVID-19.” But a medical examiner’s report lists a birth defect as the cause of death, with respiratory problems caused by COVID as a complicating factor. 

As home prices rise in Michigan, so do worries about affordability

September 18, 2020 | Paula Gardner in Business Watch

Affordability and accessibility are a problem in the state’s housing market. Officials and industry experts are watching to see how the coronavirus pandemic affects that.

Militias, far-right groups recast selves as mainstream at Lansing gun rally

September 17, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting in Michigan Government

An annual Second Amendment rally in the capital saw traditional gun rights groups joined by a variety of militia and far-right organizations who say they are needed to protect against government overreach and the unrest they equate with protests over police violence.   

Whitmer: Michigan could remain in COVID-19 state of emergency for months

September 17, 2020 | Paula Gardner in Business Watch

Amid frustrations from some business owners about emergency orders, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says she’s weighing case counts, vaccine development and other factors in determining how long the crisis will last.

Q&A: Michigan builders want state’s help to build affordable homes

September 17, 2020 | Paula Gardner in Business Watch

New construction remains suppressed across the state, and low- to middle-income residents are bearing the brunt of the lack of affordable new homes. Bob Filka, CEO of the Home Builders Association of Michigan, hopes to lead policy changes to make more building possible at mid-range prices.

Fact Squad: Meijer goes low, misleads with ad tying Scholten to ‘extremists’

September 17, 2020 | Mansur Shaheen in Michigan Government

In the 3rd Congressional District, a Peter Meijer ad links Hillary Scholten to riot sympathizers. A mix of thin facts and insinuation, it’s inflammatory and misleading.

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