Another casualty of COVID: testing for lead poisoning in Michigan

October 21, 2020 | Robin Erb

In old paint, water pipes and the ground, lead can leave a child with a lifetime of learning problems and mental health issues. But during the pandemic, the number of children being tested for poisoning has been cut in half.


Michigan business leaders urge Whitmer and Republicans to unite on COVID

October 21, 2020 | Paula Gardner in Business Watch

Some of the state’s top CEOs sent a letter Wednesday urging Republican lawmakers and the state’s Democratic governor to present a united front on coronavirus safety measures as Michigan braces for a second wave of the virus.

Mail delivery delays up in southeast Michigan in weeks before election

October 21, 2020 | Riley Beggin in Michigan Government

A new report finds that the U.S. Postal Service’s Detroit District had the worst on-time delivery rate of any region in the nation in the last period available. That’s increased some fears about the delivery of absentee ballots.

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Coronavirus Tracker | Nearly 1,600 new COVID cases; nursing home visits expand

October 21, 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.

Months after COVID, 1 in 4 Michiganders studied have yet to recover

October 21, 2020 | Robin Erb in Michigan Health Watch

In a study of people who suffered severe to minimal symptoms, there were significant levels of fatigue, shortness of breath and stress. Researchers at the University of Michigan will continue to examine the ongoing toll in the state.

Michigan 2020 Election Tracker | Pence, Trump Jr. to make Michigan stop Thursday

October 21, 2020 | Bridge Staff in Michigan Government

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

Michigan Dems prep for doomsday scenario: What if Trump loses, won’t concede?

October 21, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting in Michigan Government

Democratic attorneys in Michigan are preparing for what would happen if election results are contested into December, and the GOP-controlled Legislature casts Electoral College votes for Trump. Both sides say it’s unlikely, but ...

Michigan early voting returns heaviest so far in Democratic counties

October 20, 2020 | Riley Beggin, Mike Wilkinson in Michigan Government

In a year of record turnout, absentee voting is strongest in counties where Hillary Clinton did well in 2016. It’s unclear if the trend will hold through Nov. 3, but it’s bad news so far for Trump, Republicans.


As COVID spreads, University of Michigan’s 31,000 undergrads ordered to stay home

October 20, 2020 | Ron French in Talent & Education

In issuing the order, which runs until Election Day, local health and university officials are trying to rein in student social gatherings in an effort to flatten a spike in coronavirus cases. But, hey, football games will go on.

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Fact Squad | GOP ad smears Scholten legal work, claiming she helped ‘evade law’

October 20, 2020 | Mansur Shaheen in Michigan Government

A new TV ad claims Hillary Scholten’s work as an immigrations attorney made west Michigan unsafe. The ad twists some facts to reach reckless conclusions.

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Some Michigan Republicans propose local opt-out for COVID lockdown orders

October 20, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting in Michigan Government

House Republicans want to allow communities with low rates to opt out of mask mandates, business rules and the like. Few counties meet those thresholds now.

Benson defends Michigan ban on guns at polls, says state police will enforce

October 20, 2020 | Riley Beggin in Michigan Government

A lawsuit is expected this week from gun rights groups, but Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson the law is on her side. “This is an effort to protect our voters from intimidation,” she said.

Coronavirus sidelines veteran poll workers, adding to Michigan election stress

October 19, 2020 | Madeline Halpert in Michigan Government

Many elections workers, who tend to be retirees, are sitting out Nov. 3, so clerks are turning to younger recruits for an Election Day that could be like few others. Among the newbies’ questions: What to do if people “walk in with AR-15s?”

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