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Gov. Gretchen Whitmer expected to extend stay-home order until May 15

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer expected to extend stay-home order until May 15

April 24, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Gretchen Whitmer’s pending announcement comes as Republican lawmakers plan a meeting to review her handling of the coronavirus crisis, and to lobby to reopen the economy.

Michigan’s new stay-home order allows landscaping, boating and golf

Michigan’s new stay-home order allows landscaping, boating and golf

April 24, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting, Riley Beggin

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Friday extended Michigan’s stay-at-home order through May 15 but relaxed rules for large retailers while allowing landscapers, plant nurseries, bike repair shops and other select businesses to resume operations. 

What Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s stay-at-home executive order means to Michigan

What Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s stay-at-home executive order means to Michigan

April 24, 2020 | Riley Beggin

You’re required to wear a mask in public enclosed spaces, but you can buy non-essential items for curbside pickup, among other changes.

Michigan Republicans launch attack on Gov. Whitmer’s emergency powers

Michigan Republicans launch attack on Gov. Whitmer’s emergency powers

April 23, 2020 | Riley Beggin, Jonathan Oosting

The GOP-led Legislature announced plans to vote on limiting Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s emergency powers and form a panel to conduct oversight of her actions during the state’s economic shutdown.

Whitmer laying off government workers as coronavirus hits Michigan budget

Whitmer laying off government workers as coronavirus hits Michigan budget

April 22, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Michigan state budget coffers have been hit hard by the coronavirus, and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's staff begin sending emails to state employees Wednesday announcing 10-day layoffs.

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer wants to extend stay-home order past May 1

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer wants to extend stay-home order past May 1

April 22, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting, Riley Beggin

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer seeks to tamp down expectations that the economy will reopen next week, saying the state likely needs more time to avoid a second wave of coronavirus. Republicans have signaled an opposition to any extension.

Want Michigan to reopen soon? Stay home now, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer urges

Want Michigan to reopen soon? Stay home now, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer urges

April 20, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is urging Michigan residents to continue staying at home as the state’s coronavirus curve appears to bend and she develops plans to begin reopening parts of the economy by May 1.

Michigan Legislature won’t extend Whitmer’s stay-home order, Shirkey says

Michigan Legislature won’t extend Whitmer’s stay-home order, Shirkey says

April 18, 2020 | Mike Wilkinson

 Senate majority leader says, unlike other states, Michigan won’t extend its stay-home order after April 30. But Mike Shirkey says plenty of restrictions are likely even after the order expires.

Inside Michigan Gov. Whitmer’s coronavirus fight: ‘We know we saved lives'

Inside Michigan Gov. Whitmer’s coronavirus fight: ‘We know we saved lives'

April 16, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

First-term Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s national profile is rising, along with criticisms about her stay-at-home order and handling of the coronavirus. Internal documents show state workers spent weekends preparing but Whitmer acknowledges some regret: “If I could go back in time, would I have started stockpiling N-95 masks? Absolutely.”

Gov. Whitmer, Midwest governors team up on plans to reopen state economies

Gov. Whitmer, Midwest governors team up on plans to reopen state economies

April 16, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

The bipartisan team includes Democratic Govs. Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan, Tony Evers of Wisconsin, J.B. Pritzker of Illinois and Andy Beshear of Kentucky, along with Republican Govs. Mike DeWine of Ohio and Eric Holcomb of Indiana.

‘Operation Gridlock’ protest of Gov. Whitmer stay-home order jams Lansing

‘Operation Gridlock’ protest of Gov. Whitmer stay-home order jams Lansing

April 15, 2020 | Riley Beggin

SLIDESHOW: Hundreds of cars descend on downtown Lansing to protest Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s stay-home order. Protesters say the new limits go too far and infringe on liberties. Whitmer says they’re necessary to save lives.

Opinion | Gov. Whitmer needs our help in this crisis. That's common sense.

Opinion | Gov. Whitmer needs our help in this crisis. That's common sense.

April 14, 2020 | Beth Bowen

Whether you voted for Gretchen Whitmer or not, whether you are a Democrat or Republican, whether you live in Onekama or Detroit, she is working to protect you and your family.

As Michigan coronavirus cases slow, Gov. Whitmer eyes reopening economy

As Michigan coronavirus cases slow, Gov. Whitmer eyes reopening economy

April 13, 2020 | Riley Beggin

The end of Michigan’s coronavirus nightmare may be in sight, but ‘we need to get this right,’ Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Monday.  The business shutdown from the virus has left more than 1 million residents jobless.

Can you buy seeds in Michigan? Confusion reigns over Whitmer stay-home order.

Can you buy seeds in Michigan? Confusion reigns over Whitmer stay-home order.

April 13, 2020 | Riley Beggin

Several days after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer expanded her stay-home order, retailers are still confused by it and say the state is providing little guidance. Whitmer in turn accuses U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos of helping fund a protest against the rules.

Opinion | Gov. Whitmer’s stay-at-home order needs common-sense changes

Opinion | Gov. Whitmer’s stay-at-home order needs common-sense changes

April 12, 2020 | Mike Shirkey

“The list of absurdities in the governor’s order is long, and unlike our gardens, it’s growing,” writes Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey.

GOP, merchants upset Michigan’s stay-home order is tougher than other states

GOP, merchants upset Michigan’s stay-home order is tougher than other states

April 11, 2020 | Mike Wilkinson, Jonathan Oosting

Michigan’s coronavirus caseload is beginning to slow, prompting some to question Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s expanded stay-home order. She and doctors say vigilance is necessary or infections will spike.

Coronavirus pandemic extends Michigan stay-at-home order until end of April

Coronavirus pandemic extends Michigan stay-at-home order until end of April

April 9, 2020 | Riley Beggin, Jonathan Oosting

Additional restrictions will be put on large stores under extended stay-at-home order and vacation travel is banned.

Some in masks, Michigan lawmakers extend Whitmer authority amid coronavirus

Some in masks, Michigan lawmakers extend Whitmer authority amid coronavirus

April 7, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

State lawmakers answered screening questions, had their temperature checked and some wore masks in the Michigan Capitol on Tuesday as they extended Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s emergency authority to battle the coronavirus through April 30.

Michigan Gov. Whitmer: I’m trying to be transparent about coronavirus data

Michigan Gov. Whitmer: I’m trying to be transparent about coronavirus data

April 7, 2020 | Riley Beggin, Jonathan Oosting

Gretchen Whitmer says hospital data are slowly improving about the coronavirus and blames a lack of funding for jammed phone lines for those trying to file for unemployment.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says COVID-19 antibody test could help reopen economy

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says COVID-19 antibody test could help reopen economy

April 6, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Michigan’s governor wants to identify residents who have recovered from the coronavirus to help plan when to reopen the economy. The state also will begin publishing recovery data, as Whitmer comes under scrutiny over transparency.

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