Two heirs bought Midland dams as a tax shelter. Tragedy followed.

May 27, 2020 | Mike Wilkinson, Kelly House, Riley Beggin

Heirs to the fortune of the Boy Scouts founder — an architect and a bagpiper — purchased the Edenville Dam as an investment to avoid taxes, records show. For 14 years, the family trust clashed with government officials on taxes, regulations, fishing and other issues. Then came the rains.

Gov. Whitmer: I didn’t OK Dem firm for coronavirus project, despite emails

May 28, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting in Michigan Government

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday disputed a health department official’s characterization that her office gave a “green light” for the state to hire a Democratic campaign consultant’s firm to lead a volunteer COVID-19 contact tracing program.

Big cuts coming if feds don’t bail out Michigan, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says

May 28, 2020 | Riley Beggin in Michigan Government

The coronavirus pandemic and state lockdown have prompted a budget shortfall estimated at $6.2 billion, and Gov. Whitmer says Michigan and other states desperately need help from the federal government.

‘Unusual situation’ pushes 50-year bookstore owner to make survival decisions

May 28, 2020 | Paula Gardner in Business Watch

Some of Michigan’s retailers will still wait weeks to reopen, as they align staffing, their finances and how they’ll follow state guidelines. This is one story among them, as the owner of Curious and Archives in East Lansing grapples with coronavirus impacts.

Q&A with Rich Studley: Michigan hurt by ‘arbitrary’ coronavirus shutdown

May 28, 2020 | Paula Gardner in Business Watch

“Are we heading toward another lost decade?” CEO Rich Studley recently Tweeted.

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Coronavirus Tracker: Michigan’s confirmed cases tick past 56,000

May 28, 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.

Michigan nursing homes linked to 1 in 4 coronavirus deaths. Tally will grow.

May 27, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting, Robin Erb, Ted Roelofs in Michigan Health Watch

As questions swirl about transparency of Michigan nursing home data, a Democratic lawmaker slams Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s policies that required homes to accept COVID-19 patients as an ‘epic fail.’

Michigan stores are reopening. Masks are required. Who’ll enforce it?

May 27, 2020 | Paula Gardner in Business Watch

The state’s retailers can reopen by following coronavirus safety guidelines, but that may cause new problems. Now they’re caught between customers who won’t wear masks - and those who expect it.

Despite Whitmer stay-at-home order, Michigan tribes to reopen casinos

May 27, 2020 | Meghanlata Gupta in Michigan Government

At least four Michigan tribes plan to reopen facilities by Friday or Monday and a fifth on June 8, following a two-month closure that has drained funds in tribal communities.

Michigan State to bring students back to campus in fall amid coronavirus

May 27, 2020 | Ron French in Talent & Education

Classes will be back in session in East Lansing, but students will leave at Thanksgiving. Football weekends? Those are still up in the air.

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What we know about Michigan college plans in fall amid coronavirus

May 27, 2020 | Ron French in Talent & Education

The coronavirus has left college officials with hard choices about the fall semester — bring students back, continue remote learning, or find a hybrid approach. Bridge will track plans as they are announced.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer launches investigation into Midland dam failures

May 27, 2020 | Riley Beggin in Michigan Environment Watch

The state launches investigation into the failures of the Edenville and Sanford dams in mid-Michigan last week, which prompted the evacuations of more than 10,000 residents. But critics say the state agency that oversaw the dam shouldn't investigate itself.

Whitmer team gave ‘green light’ to contact tracing firm with Dem ties

May 26, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting in Michigan Government

Emails show Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s office gave the “green light” for a contact tracing deal to a controversial firm, despite her public denials about the awarding of the no-bid contract.

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