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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.

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

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

May 28, 2020 | Riley Beggin

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.

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

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

May 28, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

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.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer launches investigation into Midland dam failures

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer launches investigation into Midland dam failures

May 27, 2020 | Riley Beggin

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.

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

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

May 27, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting, Robin Erb, Ted Roelofs

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.’

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

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

May 26, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

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.

For some Michigan sheriffs, Gov. Whitmer’s coronavirus orders are optional

For some Michigan sheriffs, Gov. Whitmer’s coronavirus orders are optional

May 22, 2020 | Ted Roelofs

At least a half-dozen sheriffs have resisted Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s executive orders during the coronavirus crisis; some belong to a national group that says sheriffs are the final authority on the constitution within their county. 

Small gatherings, non-essential doctors' visits now allowed, Gov. Whitmer says

Small gatherings, non-essential doctors' visits now allowed, Gov. Whitmer says

May 21, 2020 | Riley Beggin, Meghanlata Gupta

As coronavirus cases slow and economic fears grow, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is loosening some restrictions put in place to combat coronavirus.

Judge sides with Whitmer in emergency powers standoff with Legislature

Judge sides with Whitmer in emergency powers standoff with Legislature

May 21, 2020 | Riley Beggin

In a ruling that is likely to be appealed, a Court of Claims judge ruled that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer can extend emergencies without GOP input under a 1945 law.

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