Putting on pandemic pounds: State obesity rates hit all-time highs
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 […]
Lawmakers introduce package adding marijuana caregiver regulations, as activists protest
Lawmakers on Tuesday announced proposed bipartisan legislation that would create a new license and add more regulations for marijuana caregivers. On Wednesday, cannabis activists held an already-planned rally in Lansing to protest the bills that leaders told the Advance earlier this week they had heard were in the works. The Michigan Cannabis Safety Act, House […]
Parents call for statewide mask mandate, blast pols who oppose it
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
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
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 […]
What will happen to telemedicine abortion in Michigan if Roe v. Wade is overturned?
Following a U.S. Supreme Court opinion earlier this month allowing a Texas abortion ban to go into effect, many people across the country are considering what their future options may be for safe, legal abortions. It’s the most restrictive abortion law in the U.S. to go into effect, banning abortions as early as six weeks […]
Anti-vax, anti-mask school bills clear GOP-led Senate committee
Republican Senate committee members spent part of their Tuesday afternoon hearing from parents and lawmakers who support a bill package to essentially let students at public schools flout local mask mandates, be exempt from COVID-19 testing requirements and not require vaccinations. The Senate Education and Career Readiness Committee hearing was paused at one point by […]
Billions of dollars in federal rental aid remains stalled in slow-moving states, localities
WASHINGTON — Make it simpler to apply for rental assistance money. Allow landlords to apply on behalf of unresponsive tenants. And consolidate two overlapping federal programs aimed at getting financial help to struggling renters. Those were among the proposals that U.S. House members weighed during a hearing Friday on how to better help states and localities […]
Column: I’ve worked at McDonald’s for 11 years. We deserve better working conditions.
In Detroit, the average temperature last month was 80 degrees. Now add the heat radiating from a hot stove, humidity, wearing a face mask for safety during the pandemic and physical exertion. It feels like I’m in an oven at the Detroit McDonald’s where I work. I have worked at as a crew member for […]
Here’s the latest on COVID-19 vaccine clinics in Michigan
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 […]
109 Michigan schools report COVID-19 outbreaks
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Monday that a total of 976,505 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 20,535 have died from the virus — an additional 6,093 cases and 29 deaths since Friday. The new numbers combine Saturday, Sunday and Monday recorded cases and deaths, with an average of […]
Will university vaccine mandates hold up part of Michigan’s state budget?
Updated, 9:45 a.m., 9/14/21, with new comments from Gov. Whitmer’s office With only 18 days left to finalize the rest of the state budget before the new Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 begins, leaders tell the Advance they’re confident there will be a negotiated budget in time to avoid a government shutdown — but there is […]