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Whitmer: Michigan school reopening threatened by rising coronavirus cases

Whitmer: Michigan school reopening threatened by rising coronavirus cases

July 9, 2020 | Ron French, Riley Beggin

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer warned Michigan families Thursday: If you want kids back in school in September, wear face masks today. She also hinted at stronger enforcement actions in the coming days.

As coronavirus cases rise, Whitmer halts plans to further reopen Michigan

As coronavirus cases rise, Whitmer halts plans to further reopen Michigan

July 1, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting, Robin Erb, Mike Wilkinson

Public health experts say they expected coronavirus cases to rise as Michigan's businesses reopened but say they worry about COVID fatigue leading to more cases.

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer closes most bars as coronavirus cases spike

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer closes most bars as coronavirus cases spike

July 1, 2020 | Riley Beggin, Paula Gardner

As some service workers and others call for even more restrictions, Whitmer says ‘we need to take aggressive action right now to ensure we don’t wipe out all the progress we have made.’

Whitmer strips name of slavery advocate Cass from Michigan office building

Whitmer strips name of slavery advocate Cass from Michigan office building

June 30, 2020 | Sophia Yoon

 The Lewis Cass Building in Lansing will now bear the name Elliott-Larsen, in honor of the authors of Michigan’s landmark civil rights act.

Michigan prison reform faces hurdles from Democrats Whitmer and Nessel

Michigan prison reform faces hurdles from Democrats Whitmer and Nessel

June 30, 2020 | Ted Roelofs

A group seeking to end mandatory minimum sentences is facing challenges from Michigan’s progressive governor and attorney general in it tries to get the issue on the November ballot. COVID-19 plays a pivotal role in the legal battle. 

Michigan Gov. Whitmer wants state ban on police chokeholds, other reforms

Michigan Gov. Whitmer wants state ban on police chokeholds, other reforms

June 29, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Michigan’s Democratic governor wants lawmakers to send her bills to ban chokehold use by officers and to classify "false, racially-motivated 911 calls" as hate crimes, she said Monday as protests over police brutality continued nationwide.

Gretchen Whitmer, Republicans strike deal to plug $2.2B Michigan budget hole

Gretchen Whitmer, Republicans strike deal to plug $2.2B Michigan budget hole

June 29, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Michigan’s Democratic governor and Republican lawmakers announce budget deal for this fiscal year, but plenty of work could remain on an even bigger budget shortfall that is fast approaching because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Petition drives target Gretchen Whitmer. And she’s raising money off them.

Petition drives target Gretchen Whitmer. And she’s raising money off them.

June 23, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Republican activists and organizers attempting to recall Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and limit her emergency powers are rushing to put petitions before voters this summer. But one effort has uncorked a law that lifts the limit for campaign donations.

Whitmer: Michigan students can return to class if coronavirus stays steady

Whitmer: Michigan students can return to class if coronavirus stays steady

June 17, 2020 | Ron French, Jonathan Oosting

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced Wednesday that schools will reopen in September. But what those classrooms will look like will vary greatly among school districts.

Whitmer lifts ban on summer camps, some school sports workouts

Whitmer lifts ban on summer camps, some school sports workouts

June 12, 2020 | Sophia Yoon

As coronavirus infections and deaths recede in Michigan, the governor on Friday lifted a ban on children summer camps. That’s a huge relief to some families.

Salons to reopen statewide June 15, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says

Salons to reopen statewide June 15, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says

June 5, 2020 | Riley Beggin

Northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula will have even more freedoms beginning June 10, when most entertainment venues and gyms will also be allowed to reopen.

Michigan Supreme Court kicks GOP challenge of Whitmer powers to lower court

Michigan Supreme Court kicks GOP challenge of Whitmer powers to lower court

June 4, 2020 | Riley Beggin

The Michigan Supreme Court, in a close ruling mirroring the bench's split, tells the state Legislature that a lower court must first consider its challenge to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's emergency powers.

Line 5 tunnel’s future could hinge on a few words in 2018 law, court learns

Line 5 tunnel’s future could hinge on a few words in 2018 law, court learns

June 3, 2020 | Kelly House

The Michigan Court of Appeals to decide whether a law that paved the way for a planned tunnel in the Straits of Mackinac is constitutional, since words in its title didn’t match the text of the law.

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer calls for anti-bias training, police reforms

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer calls for anti-bias training, police reforms

June 3, 2020 | Riley Beggin

The Democratic governor urges police to increase training and implement ‘duty to intervene’ policies, as protests against police brutality and racial injustice continue in communities throughout Michigan and worldwide.

From coronavirus to unrest, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer shaped by crises

From coronavirus to unrest, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer shaped by crises

June 2, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Her agenda waylaid by one emergency after another, Gretchen Whitmer now faces civil unrest in Michigan’s biggest cities. Add in a huge deficit and she could spend her term in reaction mode — provided she doesn’t leave for D.C.

Whitmer lifts stay-at-home order, will allow bars and restaurants to open statewide

Whitmer lifts stay-at-home order, will allow bars and restaurants to open statewide

June 1, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Gretchen Whitmer will allow the rest of the state to follow the lead of northern Michigan next week as she lifts coronavirus restrictions, sources tell Bridge Michigan.

Michigan Gov. Whitmer: Trump ‘determined to sow the seeds of hatred’

Michigan Gov. Whitmer: Trump ‘determined to sow the seeds of hatred’

June 1, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer blasted President Donald Trump after he reportedly lashed out at governors, telling them to “dominate” protesters or “you’re going to look like a bunch of jerks.”

How Michigan can save $80M and give state workers a raise amid coronavirus

How Michigan can save $80M and give state workers a raise amid coronavirus

May 30, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is utilizing a federal “work share” program to furlough state employees one day per week. Because of federal benefits, many state workers will earn more than they would have working five days per week.

Feds back Michigan businesses in suit against Whitmer’s coronavirus orders

Feds back Michigan businesses in suit against Whitmer’s coronavirus orders

May 29, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

The U.S. Department of Justice announced late Friday that it is backing a lawsuit against Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, arguing she “imposed arbitrary and irrational limits” on businesses to fight COVID-19.

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

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

May 28, 2020 | Paula Gardner

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

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