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Michigan Gov. Whitmer asks Legislature to extend emergency powers 70 days

Michigan Gov. Whitmer asks Legislature to extend emergency powers 70 days

April 1, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is asking Michigan’s Republican-led Legislature to extend her emergency authority by 70 days amid the deadly coronavirus pandemic. The House is developing a plan to hold a session next week without violating social distancing guidelines.

Michigan prisons keep GED classes going despite fears of coronavirus

Michigan prisons keep GED classes going despite fears of coronavirus

March 31, 2020 | Ted Roelofs

Prisons are limiting class sizes, but teachers and corrections officers worry about the spread of COVID-19, which has hit scores of inmates and staff. Officials say they are balancing health risks against the need for daily routine.

Michigan axes $80M in pork spending, shifts spending to fight coronavirus

Michigan axes $80M in pork spending, shifts spending to fight coronavirus

March 30, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Bracing for what could be a multibillion dollar loss in state revenue, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and legislative leaders on Monday agreed to cancel $80 million in special project spending as they focus dwindling state resources on the coronavirus pandemic.

Trump grants some disaster aid to Michigan; state also gets N95 masks

Trump grants some disaster aid to Michigan; state also gets N95 masks

March 28, 2020 | Robin Erb

Disaster package loosens federal funds to help cover costs related to COVID-19 — from medical supplies to personal protective equipment to child care.

Coronavirus cases surge in Michigan’s crowded prisons

Coronavirus cases surge in Michigan’s crowded prisons

March 27, 2020 | Ted Roelofs

With 24 cases of the potentially deadly virus confirmed in Michigan prisons by Friday, experts warn that Michigan’s jails and prisons could see a deluge of COVID-19 cases

As Detroit ICUs fill, officials ask outstate hospitals to share the load

As Detroit ICUs fill, officials ask outstate hospitals to share the load

March 26, 2020 | Riley Beggin

Hospitals outside of southeast Michigan are being asked for 10 percent of their beds for coronavirus patients as the state looks for “alternative sites” for field hospitals.

Michigan, United States set records for weekly unemployment claims

Michigan, United States set records for weekly unemployment claims

March 26, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Nationally, more than 3.2 million Americans filed for unemployment insurance benefits last week. That was more than four times the previous recorded high of 695,000 initial claims in October 1982.

What the $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus means for you and Michigan

What the $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus means for you and Michigan

March 25, 2020 | Riley Beggin

It’s the biggest aid package in American history, pledging help for individuals, businesses and hospitals as much of the nation’s economy shuts down during the ongoing pandemic.

Coronavirus complaints overwhelm Michigan unemployment, law enforcement

Coronavirus complaints overwhelm Michigan unemployment, law enforcement

March 25, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Attorney General Dana Nessel says she’s overrun with complaints about Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s stay-at-home order, while unemployment claims burden state systems. The confusion is even causing suburban police to investigate clothing stores to ensure they’re closed.

Police: Don’t expect us to enforce Michigan’s confusing coronavirus lockdown

Police: Don’t expect us to enforce Michigan’s confusing coronavirus lockdown

March 24, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Flouting Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s stay-at-home order is a misdemeanor. But some police say they’re unlikely to wade into the confusion of who is an essential worker. ‘Good luck with that,’ one lawyer says.

What jobs are exempt from Michigan coronavirus lockdown? You may be surprised.

What jobs are exempt from Michigan coronavirus lockdown? You may be surprised.

March 23, 2020 | Riley Beggin, Jonathan Oosting

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer ordered Michigan to stay home, but allowed ‘essential’ employees to keep working. Her exemptions include more than a dozen industries employing 1 million workers.

What Michigan’s coronavirus stay-at-home order means for residents

What Michigan’s coronavirus stay-at-home order means for residents

March 23, 2020 | Ron French

You can still take a walk and get a pizza delivered, but Monday’s order means many Michigan residents will be at home the majority of the next three weeks.

 Michigan GOP to Whitmer: Use your powers to ease toll of coronavirus crisis

Michigan GOP to Whitmer: Use your powers to ease toll of coronavirus crisis

March 21, 2020 | Mike Wilkinson

House Speaker Lee Chatfield wants Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to issue more executive orders to relax rules on health care, unemployment, child care and education.  He also wants free hunting license and alcohol take-out for restaurants struggling to stay open.

Michigan strains unemployment system with most claims since Great Recession

Michigan strains unemployment system with most claims since Great Recession

March 20, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

More than 80,000 Michigan residents filed for unemployment insurance between Monday and Thursday, according to a top official. The flood of claims has strained the state website and call center, prompting delays for residents made jobless by the coronavirus pandemic.

Michigan governing goes virtual during coronavirus, posing host of questions

Michigan governing goes virtual during coronavirus, posing host of questions

March 19, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

How do you gather petitions for ballot measures during a pandemic? Or meet to approve laws during social distancing? In the past week, Michigan has had to adjust governance on the fly.

Trump lashes out at Gov. Whitmer after critical coronavirus comments

Trump lashes out at Gov. Whitmer after critical coronavirus comments

March 17, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

President Trump must’ve been watching cable news on Tuesday morning, because he lashed out at Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer minutes after she appeared on MSNBC to discuss the coronavirus epidemic.

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer: ‘We’re going to get through’ coronavirus

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer: ‘We’re going to get through’ coronavirus

March 11, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Michigan mobilizes after two confirmed cases of coronavirus. State is set to OK $75 million for response, but a lack of tests remains a big concern. Bridge answers common questions about what is happening.

Joe Biden’s path to victory in Michigan: Win every county in primary (MAP)

Joe Biden’s path to victory in Michigan: Win every county in primary (MAP)

March 11, 2020 | Mike Wilkinson, Jonathan Oosting

The former vice president crushed Bernie Sanders during balloting Tuesday, as turnout surged with no-reason absentee voting. The only potential concern for Biden: He didn’t win as thoroughly in urban areas as Hillary Clinton did in 2016.

Michigan clerks swamped as state rolls out voter reforms

Michigan clerks swamped as state rolls out voter reforms

March 10, 2020 | Riley Beggin

A massive uptick in absentee voting and same-day voter registration left hours-long waits at some city clerks offices. Benson called for the Legislature to pass changes to help.

Joe Biden wins Michigan Democratic presidential primary

Joe Biden wins Michigan Democratic presidential primary

March 10, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

The former vice president denies Bernie Sanders a repeat Michigan win, as Biden's coalition included African-American voters and college-educated white women.

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