Briefs

Putting on pandemic pounds: State obesity rates hit all-time highs

BY: - September 16, 2021

WASHINGTON — The number of states with high obesity among residents has nearly doubled since 2018, according to new data Wednesday from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Michigan was one of 16 states that had obesity rates among adult residents of at least 35% last year, with 35.2%. Iowa, Ohio, Delaware and […]

Parents call for statewide mask mandate, blast pols who oppose it

BY: - September 15, 2021

Updated, 6:01 p.m. 9/15/21 with a response from DHHS As COVID-19 cases rise among students and staff throughout Michigan, parents from across the state issued a message for the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Wednesday: It’s time for a statewide mask mandate in schools. The Michigan Parents Alliance for Safe Schools launched a […]

Michigan reports 6,604 COVID-19 cases since Monday

BY: - September 15, 2021

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Wednesday that a total of 983,109 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 20,597 have died from the virus — an additional 6,604 cases and 44 deaths since Wednesday. The new numbers combine Tuesday and Wednesday’s recorded cases and deaths, with an average of 3,302 […]

Arizona attorney general first to sue over Biden vaccine mandate on private businesses

BY: - September 15, 2021

WASHINGTON — Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich on Tuesday filed the first lawsuit against the Biden administration’s upcoming COVID-19 vaccine mandate for private companies with at least 100 employees, arguing that the federal requirement violates the U.S. Constitution. In the legal complaint, Brnovich argues that the vaccine mandate President Joe Biden announced last week violates the Equal Protection Clause, claiming […]

Rep. Jewell Jones jailed after violating bond a third time

BY: - September 15, 2021

When state Rep. Jewell Jones (D-Inkster) violated his bond for a second time back in July, Judge Michael Hatty warned the young state representative he would be looking at jail time if he violated any other orders. Hatty kept his word. On Tuesday afternoon, Jones was jailed after violating his bond for a third time. According […]

Here’s the latest on COVID-19 vaccine clinics in Michigan

BY: - September 14, 2021

There are more upcoming opportunities to get the COVID-19 vaccine in Michigan. The list of upcoming local community COVID-19 vaccination clinics and testing sites is from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and Protect Michigan Commission. In order to reach community-wide immunity that can protect others who cannot get vaccinated, Michigan is […]

If you’re unvaccinated, you’re 11 times more likely to die of COVID: CDC study

BY: - September 12, 2021

Those who didn’t get fully vaccinated against COVID-19 were 11 times more likely to die of the virus than those who got their shots, according to a new study from the the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention People who weren’t fully immunized also were than 10 times more likely to be hospitalized from […]

Michigan has had the equivalent of seven 9/11s in COVID-19 deaths

BY: - September 11, 2021

Michiganders across the state, including many elected officials from both parties, will on Saturday attend events mourning the almost 3,000 people who died in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in New York, Virginia and Pennsylvania. The 20th anniversary of the attacks, which sparked the two-decade-long “War on Terror,” is also taking place against the […]

Michigan reports 6,095 COVID-19 cases since Wednesday

BY: - September 10, 2021

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Friday that a total of 970,412 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 20,506 have died from the virus — an additional 6,095 cases and 59 deaths since Wednesday. The new numbers combine Thursday and Friday recorded cases and deaths, with an average of 3,047 […]

GOP businessman launches Michigan gov. exploratory committee, pledges $10M of his own funds

BY: - September 10, 2021

Metro Detroit businessman Kevin Rinke is the newest and 10th Republican to publicly consider challenging Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer for in 2022. Rinke, of Bloomfield Hills, is a third-generation auto dealer and cites his business expertise as his defining feature as a candidate, similar to another self-funder, GOP former Gov. Rick Snyder. Rinke said during […]

Nessel joins 20 AGs in lawsuit against South Carolina abortion ban

BY: - September 10, 2021

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel has joined 20 other colleagues from around the country to support Planned Parenthood in its fight against a restrictive abortion law in South Carolina. In the amicus brief filed Wednesday in the Planned Parenthood South Atlantic v. Wilson case, which is levied against South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson, the […]

Bills axing ‘tampon tax’ sail through House committee 

BY: - September 10, 2021

Two bills aimed at ending taxes on menstrual products on Thursday passed through the House Tax Policy Committee.  House Bill 5267, introduced by Rep. Bryan Posthumus (R-Cannon Twp.), and House Bill 4270, introduced by state Rep. Tenisha Yancey (D-Harper Woods), would exempt menstrual products from the state’s sales tax and use tax, respectively.  Rep. Steve […]