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Michigan lawmaker seeks Capitol gun ban ahead of coronavirus protest

Michigan lawmaker seeks Capitol gun ban ahead of coronavirus protest

May 12, 2020 | Riley Beggin

The debate over whether to ban weapons within the Michigan Capitol is coming to a head as another protest is planned for later this week.

Health board accuses Michigan State Police of being lax on Capitol protesters

Health board accuses Michigan State Police of being lax on Capitol protesters

May 12, 2020 | Robin Erb, Jonathan Oosting, Riley Beggin

An Ingham County community health board said state and Lansing officials endanger public safety by not cracking down on anti-Whitmer protesters who do not follow restrictions intended to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Police say they will take enforcement action when necessary.

Ferris State latest in Michigan to return students in fall amid coronavirus

Ferris State latest in Michigan to return students in fall amid coronavirus

May 12, 2020 | Ron French

The majority of colleges in Michigan that have announced plans for the fall semester are choosing to return to face-to-face classes, presenting challenges for schools trying to keep students safe.

Whitmer: GOP lawsuit adds a ‘constitutional crisis’ to coronavirus crisis

Whitmer: GOP lawsuit adds a ‘constitutional crisis’ to coronavirus crisis

May 12, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Michigan’s Republican-led Legislature is attempting to “build a constitutional crisis atop a public health crisis” by challenging Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s emergency authority during the coronavirus pandemic, her attorneys said Tuesday in a court filing

Long-term changes proposed for Michigan’s unemployment system

Long-term changes proposed for Michigan’s unemployment system

May 12, 2020 | Paula Gardner

With 1.3 million residents filing for jobless benefits, the system is under a spotlight. Now, some policy experts and Democrats say, it’s time to revise it. Business leaders aren’t sure.

Phil Power | National service program could help combat coronavirus

Phil Power | National service program could help combat coronavirus

May 12, 2020 | Phil Power

Proposal to multiply the number of young national volunteers holds potential promise to help the country recover from the COVID-19 crisis.

As tensions rise, Gov. Whitmer faces Michigan showdown on quarantine order

As tensions rise, Gov. Whitmer faces Michigan showdown on quarantine order

May 12, 2020 | Riley Beggin

A potentially armed demonstration looms Thursday. Republican lawyers will ask a judge Friday to rein in Whitmer’s emergency powers. And a small-town barber refuses to close. It’s a big week for the future of the governor’s coronavirus plan.

Opinion | Reopening Michigan: Policies ignore how vulnerable Americans really are

Opinion | Reopening Michigan: Policies ignore how vulnerable Americans really are

May 11, 2020 | Scott L. Greer, Katarzyna Klasa, Neil Mehta

It is not just a few people with esoteric diseases that society needs to be concerned about. It is most of us, from our employees to our neighbors to our families to the guy on the next treadmill at the gym when it reopens and, for a majority of Michiganders, ourselves. 

No, the Michigan Capitol Commission will not ban guns, at least not yet

No, the Michigan Capitol Commission will not ban guns, at least not yet

May 11, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

The Michigan Capitol Commission won’t immediately ban guns at the building despite the potential for more armed demonstrators this week at another planned protest over Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s coronavirus stay-at-home order. Instead, the body appointed a study committee.

Central Michigan University brings students back to campus for fall despite coronavirus

Central Michigan University brings students back to campus for fall despite coronavirus

May 11, 2020 | Ron French

Students may sit farther apart, and residence hall suites will be less crowded, but CMU’s campus will be teeming with students again in September.

Michigan governor, GOP leader inflate the rhetoric in coronavirus fight

Michigan governor, GOP leader inflate the rhetoric in coronavirus fight

May 11, 2020 | Mike Wilkinson

With more than 4,500 Michiganders dead and nearly 48,000 confirmed cases, COVID-19 has already captured residents’ attention. But officials have inflated or mischaracterized facts in the battle to publicly frame debate.

Poop sleuths: MSU studies Detroit wastewater for next coronavirus outbreak

Poop sleuths: MSU studies Detroit wastewater for next coronavirus outbreak

May 11, 2020 | Kelly House

By analyzing the prevalence of COVID-19 in Detroit’s sewage, researchers hope to create an early warning system capable of detecting new outbreaks before patients start showing up at area hospitals.

Michigan tribal casinos delay openings to June 1 due to coronavirus

Michigan tribal casinos delay openings to June 1 due to coronavirus

May 11, 2020 | Meghanlata Gupta

What last week looked like a potential conflict between tribal leaders and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Attorney General Dana Nessel is headed off for now with the delay of reopening of Kewadin’s five casinos.

See what Bridge readers selected for our first Michigan book club pick

See what Bridge readers selected for our first Michigan book club pick

May 11, 2020 | Monica Williams, Amber DeLind

We want you to participate in our virtual book club. Here’s how you can take part.

GOP leader: Up to 25 percent cuts to Michigan schools from coronavirus

GOP leader: Up to 25 percent cuts to Michigan schools from coronavirus

May 11, 2020 | Ron French

The Senate education committee chair said drastic cuts of $2,000 per student may be unavoidable in the fall following huge tax revenue losses from the pandemic. School officials cite the need for more services, not fewer.

Opinion | Liberate Michigan? Here's where we can start.

Opinion | Liberate Michigan? Here's where we can start.

May 10, 2020 | Justin Schott

"I, too, support many forms of liberation, albeit of a different stripe than most protesters in Lansing have in mind."

In Michigan, 23K are ‘recovered’ from COVID. Many still feel like hell.

In Michigan, 23K are ‘recovered’ from COVID. Many still feel like hell.

May 10, 2020 | Robin Erb

Destroyed kidneys, ravaged lungs and liver — the coronavirus that nearly killed some patients leaves them struggling to do everyday tasks long after Michigan considers them ‘recovered.’

Michigan’s definition of coronavirus ‘recovery’ looser than other states

Michigan’s definition of coronavirus ‘recovery’ looser than other states

May 10, 2020 | Robin Erb

Michigan counts those “who are 30 days out from their onset of illness” as recovered. The definition reflects the disconnect between data and real life underscores both the shortcomings in reporting.

Michigan launches coronavirus contact tracing. Here’s what you need to know.

Michigan launches coronavirus contact tracing. Here’s what you need to know.

May 9, 2020 | Kelly House, Riley Beggin

Contact tracers are a key to reopening Michigan safely. With some setbacks, the state is on track to meet the need. On Saturday, state officials announced a contract with a company affiliated with billionaire Dan Gilbert to help the effort.

 Part nurse, part detective: A day in the life of a Michigan contact tracer

Part nurse, part detective: A day in the life of a Michigan contact tracer

May 9, 2020 | Kelly House

Since the coronavirus pandemic hit Michigan, Christina Zilke has been on a mission to make sure COVID-19 carriers don’t spread the disease.  Soon, there will be thousands of others like her tracing the movements and staying in touch with those infected by the illness.

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