Michigan has 6th-lowest nursing home staff vaccination rate in country, feds say

BY: - January 21, 2022

As the deadline nears for health care workers to become vaccinated against COVID-19, Michigan still has a ways to go before its nursing home workers meet federal requirements. About 72% of nursing home workers in Michigan are fully vaccinated, according to the newest numbers from the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The […]

MIGOP Co-Chair Meshawn Maddock says Trump campaign directed false elector scheme

BY: - January 21, 2022

Michigan Republican Party Co-Chair Meshawn Maddock said former President Donald Trump’s campaign directed the operation to have 16 fake Electoral College delegates submit a certificate declaring Trump the winner of the state’s electoral votes in December 2020. “We fought to seat the electors. The Trump campaign asked us to do that,” Maddock is heard saying […]

At campaign kickoff, GOP gov. candidate Kevin Rinke says he’s fighting ‘tyrannical’ govt.

BY: - January 21, 2022

Kevin Rinke, a Bloomfield Township businessman who announced his GOP gubernatorial campaign on Nov. 22, held a “campaign kickoff” Thursday evening in Plymouth. Rinke, who has vowed to spend $10 million of his own money on his bid, opened the event for about 50 people at the Bearded Lamb Brewing Co in Southeast Michigan by […]

4 Michigan Superfund sites to soon receive federal funding for cleanup projects

BY: - January 21, 2022

Cleanup projects at four Michigan Superfund sites that have been awaiting funding for years will soon finally have those dollars, thanks to a plan announced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) last month. The sites in Charlevoix, Mancelona Township, St. Clair Shores and St. Louis are among 45 others across the country set to […]

Agriculture secretary pressed about pandemic relief funds for farmers

BY: - January 21, 2022

WASHINGTON — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack faced questions on how his agency is doling out emergency pandemic aid and fostering collaboration with historically Black colleges during a Thursday hearing before the House Agriculture Committee. Committee Chairman David Scott, a Georgia Democrat, asked Vilsack for “critical updates on the implementation of pandemic relief programs, including the […]

Sen. Hollier: Remove Lewis Cass statue in D.C., give honor to Detroit’s first Black mayor

BY: - January 20, 2022

State Sen. Adam Hollier (D-Detroit) told the Advance on Thursday he will introduce a resolution to remove the Lewis Cass statue in the National Statuary Hall Collection on Capitol Hill and replace it with former Detroit Mayor Coleman A. Young.  “I think that it is important for us to erect statues to honor the people […]

Biden says ‘big chunks’ of his spending bill could still succeed, including climate plan

BY: - January 20, 2022

President Joe Biden said Wednesday the climate and child care provisions in his domestic spending agenda could still become law this year, even as the larger plan has stalled in the Senate over other items that Biden conceded may not pass — such as an expanded child tax credit. In a nearly two-hour news conference, […]

Is this ‘the beginning of the end’ of Michigan’s 4th COVID surge?

BY: - January 20, 2022

Updated 5:21 p.m., 1/20/22 with additional information about the omicron variant’s peak Every day, Dr. Russell Lampen braces himself for a report that comes to the infectious disease expert: the people who have died from COVID-19 at Spectrum Health in West Michigan. “It’s five to seven people every day,” said Lampen, the division chief of […]

State issues order requiring Michigan nursing homes to offer COVID shots to residents

BY: - January 20, 2022

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) on Thursday issued an epidemic order that nursing homes must offer COVID-19 vaccines for residents onsite. The vaccine is free. “With the omicron variant rapidly spreading across our state and cases of COVID-19 continuing to remain high, we want to make sure our most vulnerable Michiganders […]

Federal pipeline standards backed by top energy regulator after Colonial Pipeline hack

BY: - January 20, 2022

New federal powers are needed to prevent major energy disruptions like the cyberattack on the Colonial Pipeline that left the East Coast short of gas at the pumps for days, the chairman of the federal commission overseeing energy and some U.S. House Democrats said Wednesday. A House Energy and Commerce subcommittee discussed a proposal by […]

U.S. Senate blocks change in the filibuster for voting rights bills

BY: - January 20, 2022

WASHINGTON — Every Republican in the U.S. Senate and two Democrats on Wednesday night rejected a proposed change in the filibuster to pass voting rights legislation, dealing a major blow to attempts in Congress to counter restrictive voting laws passed in the states. In a 48-52 vote, two Democrats — Sens. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona […]

State reports 74 new COVID-19 school outbreaks in last week

BY: - January 19, 2022

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Wednesday that a total of 1,832,716 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 28,980 have died from the virus — an additional 86,009 cases and 501 deaths since Friday. The new numbers combine Saturday’s, Sunday’s, Monday’s and Tuesday’s recorded cases and deaths, with an average […]