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.

How a few coronavirus cases ended classes at a rural Michigan school

September 14, 2020 | Ron French in Talent & Education

For every student that tested positive, there were dozens of friends or classmates found to be in close contact with them, sidelining them from the classroom as well.

State identifies Michigan K-12 schools and colleges with COVID outbreaks

September 14, 2020 | Ron French, Mike Wilkinson in Talent & Education

The public can now see what K-12 schools and colleges in the state have coronavirus outbreaks, thanks to new state reporting championed by Bridge Michigan and other media outlets. There are now more than 1,300 college cases.

Fact Squad: Trump slams Biden son for buying Michigan auto firm with Chinese

September 14, 2020 | Mansur Shaheen in Michigan Government

One day after Joe Biden touted his Made in America plan, President Trump notes that the Democrat’s son teamed with a Chinese defense contractor to buy a Michigan firm that created jobs overseas.

Guns still allowed inside Michigan Capitol, after ban shot down again

September 14, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting in Michigan Government

More than four months after armed protesters brought weapons inside during a tense legislative debate, the Michigan Capitol Commissioners rejected proposals that would have banned guns from the building or prohibited open carry. But they say the debate is not over.

Michigan may get through COVID-induced bottle backlog sooner than expected

September 13, 2020 | Kelly House in Michigan Environment Watch

Michigan’s soft drink and recycling industries say they are ahead of projections for absorbing all those bottles and cans back into the system. Long lines, closures and bottle limits at groceries may ease this fall. 

In Michigan, rising lake levels disturb sacred ground

September 13, 2020 | Elena Bruess, Circle of Blue in Michigan Environment Watch

Along Lake Michigan’s shores, rising waters are eroding Indigenous Odawa burial sites. 

Officials urge 38,000 MSU students to quarantine 14 days after COVID spike

September 12, 2020 | Ron French in Talent & Education

Ingham County says 342 people linked to MSU tested positive for COVID. County health officials say off-campus parties contribute to the rise and warn that its recommendation will become an order if case increases continue. 

Trump in Michigan

Trump touts jobs in Michigan, falsely claims he saved auto industry

September 10, 2020 | Riley Beggin in Michigan Government

President Trump comes to Michigan to hype the economy before coronavirus. He boasted that he ‘saved’ the auto industry, a claim that is dubious at best since Michigan has lost auto manufacturing jobs under his watch.

Outdoor visits now ‘expected’ at Michigan nursing homes, state says

September 10, 2020 | Robin Erb in Michigan Health Watch

Michigan health officials announced that nursing homes may find ways to allow loved ones to meet with residents under certain conditions. The state also may soon approve a provision that allows family members to volunteer in homes.

Whitmer thanks Michigan COVID essential workers with free community college

September 10, 2020 | Riley Beggin, Paula Gardner, Ron French in Talent & Education

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer set aside $24 million in federal CARES Act funds to allow people required to work through the height of the coronavirus crisis to receive a free associate’s degree at a local community college.

Can Trump recapture magic with Michigan workers? Or has COVID erased gains?

September 9, 2020 | Mike Wilkinson in Michigan Government

The president returns to mid-Michigan Thursday where, until the coronavirus pandemic struck, manufacturing jobs and wages saw solid gains. Trump and Democratic rival Joe Biden are each determined to earn working-class votes.

Judge: Enbridge can resume full operations on Michigan Line 5 pipeline

September 9, 2020 | Kelly House in Michigan Environment Watch

Ingham County Circuit Court Judge James Jamo on Wednesday said Enbridge can resume normal operations on Line 5, which had been partially shut down for months after damage was discovered to an anchor support on the lakebottom petroleum pipeline.

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