As Mackinac Island empties for winter, COVID arrives for a stay

October 25, 2020 | Robin Erb

Tourists flooded onto the iconic Michigan landmark during the second half of the summer. Somehow, the island escaped large COVID-19 outbreaks. That has now changed.

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.

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.

Another casualty of COVID: testing for lead poisoning in Michigan

October 21, 2020 | Robin Erb in Michigan Health Watch

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 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.

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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?”

Before you vote: These are facts, issues shaping Michigan in 2020 election

October 19, 2020 | Joel Kurth in Michigan Government

With the Nov. 3 election weeks away, take time to familiarize yourself with the Bridge Michigan’s 2020 Fact & Issue Guide to help inform your vote and separate rhetoric from facts.

COVID outbreaks in Michigan schools rise 25 percent in a week

October 19, 2020 | Ron French in Talent & Education

There are outbreaks in 84 Michigan schools in 31 counties, and college cases top 5,000, says a state report released Monday.

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