Canvassers certify election. Joe Biden wins Michigan, its 16 electoral votes

November 23, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting, Madeline Halpert

After a week of drama, the Michigan Board of State Canvassers affirmed Democrat Joe Biden’s 154K win in a 3-0 vote,  dealing what could be a lethal blow to President Trump’s long-shot bid to persuade lawmakers to defy the popular vote.

Thousands fled Michigan schools in fall. Will COVID home-schoolers come back?

November 18, 2020 | Ron French in Talent & Education

Michigan schools are uncertain how many students who’ve fled public schools during the pandemic will return when there is a vaccine.

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City of Flint, McLaren join water crisis settlement, bringing pot to $641M

November 18, 2020 | Kelly House in Michigan Environment Watch

Three new defendants have signed onto a preliminary settlement tied to the Flint water crisis and a judge is reviewing the agreement, bringing residents one step closer to financial compensation for the manmade catastrophe.

As Great Lakes pummel Michigan, beach towns rush to set development rules

November 18, 2020 | Kelly House in Michigan Environment Watch

Facing widespread coastal damage amid record high water levels, some lakeshore communities are rethinking policies that allowed people to build too close to the water.

Five themes to watch as Michigan reconsiders its use of public lands

November 18, 2020 | Kelly House in Michigan Environment Watch

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is working on an update to the plan that guides management decisions over 4.6 million acres of public lands. Here’s what to expect.

Wayne County changes course, certifies election as GOP members relent

November 17, 2020 | Madeline Halpert, Jonathan Oosting in Michigan Government

After deadlocking earlier Tuesday, Michigan’s largest and most Democratic county switches course agrees to certify and audit its election. GOP canvassers had initially refused, citing unbalanced precincts, but agreed to a compromise amid withering criticism of disenfranchisement.

GOP leader: Michigan doesn’t need COVID mandates — or to impeach Gov. Whitmer

November 17, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting in Michigan Government

Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey says Republicans aren’t planning legislation to curb ‘runaway’ COVID-19 cases. But he says efforts to recall Gretchen Whitmer are a ‘distraction’

Beaumont Health paid CEO $2.6 million bonus weeks before bailout

November 17, 2020 | Jennifer Dixon, Detroit Free Press in Michigan Health Watch

Beaumont Health paid its chief executive a $2.6 million bonus weeks before the state's largest hospital system turned to the federal government for a financial bailout.

Joe Biden won, Michigan elector coup ‘not going to happen,’ GOP leader says

November 17, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting in Michigan Government

Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey says Democrat Joe Biden is the president-elect and the Legislature’s investigation of the election won’t change the results in Michigan.

Michigan business leaders fear more closures after 3-week COVID ‘pause’

November 17, 2020 | Paula Gardner in Business Watch

Frustrations are mounting because Michigan’s restrictions don’t set goals for case counts. That’s prompted some leaders to fear the three-week ‘pause’ could stretch for many more weeks.

‘How am I going to do this again?’: Michigan families squeezed as COVID cases skyrocket and classrooms shut down

November 17, 2020 | Koby Levin, Chalkbeat in Talent & Education

The Troy School District in suburban Detroit shut down its in-person classrooms last week because of an alarming rise in COVID-19 cases. Just like that, life for the Onyx family was back to impossible.

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‘Shock and despair’ as Michigan bars, restaurants take another COVID hit

November 16, 2020 | Paula Gardner in Business Watch

In a Q&A, the head of a licensed beverage industry group said the state’s three-week ban on indoor service is not justified by where outbreaks are happening and will devastate businesses and laid-off workers if relief doesn’t come soon.

As Trump lawsuit sputters, Michigan moves closer to certifying election

November 16, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting in Michigan Government

President Donald Trump has sued to stop certification of Michigan’s elections. But the case can’t proceed because his attorneys still haven’t taken the simple step of notifying state officials of the lawsuit.

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