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Michigan court rebukes Whitmer, ending COVID powers now rather than 28 days

Michigan court rebukes Whitmer, ending COVID powers now rather than 28 days

October 12, 2020 | Riley Beggin

A 6-1 Michigan Supreme Court decision is another blow to the governor, whose unilateral emergency powers were struck down earlier this month. 

Coronavirus cases surpass 5,000 in Michigan schools, colleges

Coronavirus cases surpass 5,000 in Michigan schools, colleges

October 12, 2020 | Ron French

Cases on college campuses continue to rise, but the good news is that K-12 schools continue to have few COVID-19 infections. Parents also can now get faster disclosure of coronavirus cases in their local schools.

‘Open up everything!’ Michigan GOP’s push for herd immunity on COVID

‘Open up everything!’ Michigan GOP’s push for herd immunity on COVID

October 12, 2020 | Robin Erb

A Michigan infectious disease doctor says we’ve overdone coronavirus lockdown rules, an argument embraced by Republican Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey. The medical establishment calls such views dangerous.

50 men held an Upper Peninsula retreat traced to COVID. No one’s talking.

50 men held an Upper Peninsula retreat traced to COVID. No one’s talking.

October 9, 2020 | Robin Erb

Officials said the organizer hung up on a nurse trying to warn others of possible exposure. Another person accused health officials of ‘working for Satan.’ Meanwhile, infections proliferate in the eastern U.P.

Michigan benefited from COVID stimulus and jobless aid. Now what?

Michigan benefited from COVID stimulus and jobless aid. Now what?

October 9, 2020 | Paula Gardner

Economic relief programs that helped the state’s businesses and jobless now are on hold as the United States pauses new stimulus talks and the state confronts upheaval that impacts state unemployment benefits.

FBI claims Michigan militia group tried to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer

FBI claims Michigan militia group tried to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer

October 8, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting, Kelly House

Federal authorities arrest six men on allegations they tried to kidnap and put Whitmer on trial. They called her a ‘tyrant,’ echoing language of opponents of her COVID-19 restrictions.

Read affidavit accusing Michigan militia group of plot to kidnap Gov. Whitmer

Read affidavit accusing Michigan militia group of plot to kidnap Gov. Whitmer

October 8, 2020 | Bridge Staff

Here is a copy of the federal affidavit accusing six men of conspiracy to kidnap the Michigan governor and put her on trial.

‘Government is slavery,’ accused Michigan kidnap plotter vented online

‘Government is slavery,’ accused Michigan kidnap plotter vented online

October 8, 2020 | Mike Wilkinson, Mansur Shaheen

Social media accounts of men accused of attempting to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer show they shared a love of guns and hatred of the government. ‘If they mean to have a war, let it begin here.”

Gun ban unlikely at Michigan Capitol, despite plot to storm it, take hostages

Gun ban unlikely at Michigan Capitol, despite plot to storm it, take hostages

October 8, 2020 | Riley Beggin

Members of a group that oversees the Capitol say they’re ‘as surprised as anyone’ about an alleged plot to overthrow the government. But their position on a gun ban hasn’t changed.

Whitmer accuses Trump of ‘fomenting anger’ that fueled Michigan kidnap plot

Whitmer accuses Trump of ‘fomenting anger’ that fueled Michigan kidnap plot

October 8, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer thanks law enforcement, calls her alleged kidnap plotters ‘sick and depraved’ and accuses President Trump of egging on extremists. The White House accuses Whitmer of 'sowing divisions.'

‘Liberate Michigan’: Months of angry rhetoric precede Whitmer kidnap plot

‘Liberate Michigan’: Months of angry rhetoric precede Whitmer kidnap plot

October 8, 2020 | Kelly House, Paula Gardner, Riley Beggin

Emotions have boiled over repeatedly this year over coronavirus lockdown orders. Violence has erupted over masks and protests have included guns. And now, a plot to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

Two brothers charged in Whitmer plot photographed with guns at Capitol

Two brothers charged in Whitmer plot photographed with guns at Capitol

October 8, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Identical twins charged with terrorism were part of a rally against Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer that spilled into the Capitol on April 30, state officials confirm. ‘We literally dodged death,’ one lawmaker says.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s year: Nooses, beheadings and shouts of tyranny

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s year: Nooses, beheadings and shouts of tyranny

October 8, 2020 | Ron French

The Michigan governor faced criticism for her emergency orders during the coronavirus pandemic. But Whitmer also endured seven months of ominous threats, intimidation and accusations that culminated in an alleged plot to kidnap her.

Opinion | COVID-19 highlights Michigan's broken school funding model

Opinion | COVID-19 highlights Michigan's broken school funding model

October 7, 2020 | Jim Stapleton

The new school year began under an obsolete school funding approach that disregards the unique needs of students and threatens our state’s economic resurgence.

State of Michigan not releasing details of kids' coronavirus deaths

State of Michigan not releasing details of kids' coronavirus deaths

October 7, 2020 | Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press

Michigan is among eight states nationally that have not released details about the number of children who've died from novel coronavirus since the pandemic began.

As coronavirus spreads in Michigan, racial and age disparities shrink

As coronavirus spreads in Michigan, racial and age disparities shrink

October 7, 2020 | Mike Wilkinson

In recent weeks, the coronavirus is striking more middle-age residents after disproportionately hitting younger ones. And as it moves statewide, the virus is impacting fewer African Americans.

Opinion | Amid mandates, collaboration is the key for managing COVID-19

Opinion | Amid mandates, collaboration is the key for managing COVID-19

October 6, 2020 | Erik Nordman

Local governments and businesses may experiment and find new approaches that work even better than government intervention.

Michigan re-orders schools to disclose COVID cases after Supreme Court ruling

Michigan re-orders schools to disclose COVID cases after Supreme Court ruling

October 6, 2020 | Ron French

The administration of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is moving quickly to reinstate a school coronavirus reporting mandate that was struck down Friday by the state’s high court.

Michigan Gov. Whitmer: Unemployment benefits are at risk and GOP is dawdling

Michigan Gov. Whitmer: Unemployment benefits are at risk and GOP is dawdling

October 6, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

A Michigan Supreme Court ruling invalidating executive orders from governor also could jeopardize unemployment pay extensions. Tensions are flaring, with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer calling Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey an “anti-masker.”

Once a state hotspot, Detroit has one of the lowest rates of coronavirus in Michigan

Once a state hotspot, Detroit has one of the lowest rates of coronavirus in Michigan

October 6, 2020 | Olivia Lewis, Mike Wilkinson

Once a COVID hotspot, Detroit lost 1,300 people to the virus. The city and its residents fought back and say limited interactions, face masks and frequent hand-washing make the difference. Detroit now has one of the lowest rates in the state.

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