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Judge denies GOP gov. candidate Kelley’s request to carry gun

BY: - June 17, 2022

Updated, 3:18 p.m., 6/17/22 A federal judge has denied a request by Republican gubernatorial candidate Ryan Kelley to possess a firearm while he faces charges related to the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol. Kelley, who was arrested by the FBI at his Allendale Township home last week, is charged with four misdemeanor […]

Senate passes bill spending federal COVID funds on mental health, hospitals

BY: - June 15, 2022

The Michigan Senate nearly unanimously approved a bill Wednesday that would make appropriations of $566 million to improve hospital infrastructure and invest in behavioral and mental health across the state.  Most of the funding in Senate Bill 714, introduced by Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake), would come from the state’s COVID-19 relief funding.  The […]

Michigan reports 15,578 COVID-19 cases and 137 deaths in the last week

BY: - June 15, 2022

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Wednesday that a total of 2,581,397 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 36,675 have died from the virus — an additional 15,578 cases and 137 deaths in the last week. The new COVID-19 numbers reported by the state Wednesday combine recorded cases and deaths […]

State reports 13 new COVID-19 outbreaks in schools during the last week

BY: - June 14, 2022

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reports that 141 pre-kindergarten-12 schools are reporting new or ongoing COVID-19 outbreaks as of Tuesday. Of those, 13 K-12 schools in five counties are experiencing new outbreaks or clusters as of Monday that total 64 COVID-19 cases. The state reports school-and-sports-related COVID-19 outbreaks on a weekly […]

On this day in 1973: Historic Black television ownership teams charts plan forward

BY: - June 14, 2022

After the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) unanimously voted to grant a permit by African Americans to operate a television station in Detroit, those who applied for the opportunity announced plans on June 14, 1973, to make history.  “There wouldn’t be any need for a station of this type if things were running as a democratic […]

Federal judge tosses GOP gov. candidate Johnson’s longshot bid to stay on ballot

BY: - June 13, 2022

Another GOP gubernatorial hopeful has reached the end of the line, with a federal judge on Monday denying businessman Perry Johnson’s last-ditch court effort to stay on the Aug. 2 primary ballot. Johnson, a self-proclaimed “quality guru,” had filed suit Tuesday in the hopes of compelling the U.S. District Court for Michigan’s Eastern District to […]

GOP gov. candidate Ryan Kelley arraigned on charges from Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol attack

BY: - June 9, 2022

Michigan Republican gubernatorial candidate Ryan Kelley has been arraigned on federal charges related to the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol following a raid by the FBI Thursday morning at his home in Allendale Township in West Michigan. FBI spokesperson Mara Schneider told the Michigan Advance that FBI agents from the Grand Rapids office […]

Michigan Supreme Court denies Brandenburg’s appeal to get on the ballot

BY: - June 9, 2022

Another Republican gubernatorial candidate had an appeal denied by the Michigan Supreme Court. The court on Wednesday declined to overturn a decision by the Board of State Canvassers that businesswoman Donna Brandenburg did not qualify to appear on the Aug. 2 Republican primary ballot. Brandenberg was among five Republican candidates for governor who were tossed […]

State reports 18,453 new COVID-19 cases over the last week, third week of declines

BY: - June 8, 2022

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Wednesday that a total of 2,565,819 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 36,538 have died from the virus — an additional 18,453 cases and 131 deaths in the last week. The new COVID-19 numbers reported by the state Wednesday combine recorded cases and deaths […]

4 Starbucks stores in Ann Arbor vote to unionize, and a 5th votes against it

BY: - June 8, 2022

Baristas at four Starbucks stores in Ann Arbor overwhelmingly voted to form a union Tuesday, and employees at a fifth store voted against it. On Thursday, five Starbucks stores in Clinton Township, East Lansing, Flint, Grand Blanc, and Lansing are set to vote on unionizing. Since December, 135 Starbucks stores in 28 states have voted […]

GOP Senate leaders postpone Pride Month vote after passing resolution last year 

BY: - June 8, 2022

A year after adopting a resolution for the first time recognizing June as LGBTQ+ Pride Month, Republican leaders in the Michigan Senate delayed a vote Tuesday on a similar resolution. Put forward by Sen. Jeremy Moss (D-Southfield), the first openly gay senator in Michigan, the GOP majority postponed consideration of Senate Resolution 149. No reason […]

State reports 25 new COVID-19 outbreaks in schools in the last week

BY: - June 6, 2022

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reports that 176 pre-kindergarten-12 schools are reporting new or ongoing COVID-19 outbreaks as of Tuesday. Of those, 25 K-12 schools in nine counties are experiencing new outbreaks or clusters as of Monday that total 158 COVID-19 cases. The state reports school-and-sports-related COVID-19 outbreaks on a weekly […]