Michigan economy keeps beating predictions, thanks largely to stimulus

January 15, 2021 | Jonathan Oosting

Michigan is still down 435,000 jobs because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but personal income is up and online sales have exploded largely following two rounds of federal stimulus checks.

Michigan defends COVID vaccine rollout, says it’s not as bad as data suggest

January 13, 2021 | Mike Wilkinson in Michigan Health Watch

Michigan officials blame a reporting lag for vaccine undercounts as federal officials warn that states with poor performance will get fewer doses when reserves are released.

Not if, but when: Michigan on lookout for faster-moving COVID variant

January 13, 2021 | Robin Erb in Michigan Health Watch

Identifying new variants of COVID is a high-tech, genetic search for a “needle in a haystack,” with just two labs doing the work in a state with thousands of new coronavirus samples each day. But while Michigan studies only a small sliver of testing specimens, it’s doing better than other states.

Fred Upton, Peter Meijer join Michigan Democrats in impeaching Trump

January 13, 2021 | Madeline Halpert in Michigan Government

The two Republicans were among 10 to cross party lines in a historic vote to impeach President Donald Trump for the second time.

Michigan restaurants frustrated by tentative Feb. 1 reopen date

January 13, 2021 | Paula Gardner, Jonathan Oosting in Business Watch

‘Everything we’ve worked for is in jeopardy,’ says Andy French of Aubree’s Pizzeria and Grill. Feb. 1 is the most recently announced possible date for reopening, but state officials still have not released specific requirements.

Older adults in Michigan frustrated in efforts to get COVID vaccine

January 12, 2021 | Robin Erb in Michigan Health Watch

 A week after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced people 65 and older would be eligible for a vaccine, health department websites and other government offices are being flooded by residents trying to get registered.

Lansing braces for violence but fears some threats aren't taken seriously

January 12, 2021 | Madeline Halpert in Michigan Government

FBI warnings prompt the Lansing mayor to ask for National Guard protection and plans for a fence around the Capitol. Some officials, though, say threats against their lives have been ignored.

Bridge’s next Lunch Break will look at what’s next for our 2021 reporting

January 12, 2021 | Amber DeLind, Kathryn Dugal in The Center for Michigan

Bridge president and CEO John Bebow, senior editor David Zeman, managing editor Joel Kurth and business editor Paula Gardner will join this forward-looking discussion about what you can expect from Bridge Michigan in the new year.

Rick Snyder, top aides expected to face charges in Flint water crisis

January 12, 2021 | Jonathan Oosting, Kelly House in Michigan Government

Prosecutors are expected to bring new charges Thursday against a host of public officials in the poisoning of Flint. Residents welcome the charges, but attorneys call the case a ‘debacle’ and ‘trial by ambush.’

COVID trends improve in Michigan. Will Whitmer lift restaurant dining ban?

January 12, 2021 | Mike Wilkinson in Michigan Health Watch

Restrictions due to expire on Friday may have helped Michigan avoid a surge in coronavirus that swept the nation, but its unemployment rate is higher than most states.

Enbridge to Michigan: We won’t shut down Line 5

January 12, 2021 | Kelly House in Michigan Environment Watch

In a letter Tuesday to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, a senior executive for the Canadian oil company said Enbridge won’t comply with Whitmer’s order to shut down the pipeline and alleged state officials relied on outdated and faulty information to justify the shutdown order.

Michigan ended surprise medical bills, but left out ground ambulances

January 11, 2021 | Ted Roelofs in Michigan Health Watch

Despite recent reforms that shield patients from unexpected bills they thought were covered by insurance, ground ambulance services can still charge high fees if they are outside a patient’s insurance network. A lawmaker promises to look into the matter.

Henry Ford study on hydroxychloroquine for COVID quietly shut down

January 11, 2021 | Robin Erb in Michigan Health Watch

Henry Ford Health System and Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan touted the study in April as a possible game-changer in protecting first responders from the deadly virus. But low participation and criticism of the health system’s research doomed the effort, which was ended before Christmas.

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