Michigan

On this day: Former Michigan Gov. Frank Murphy dies

BY: - July 19, 2020

Frank Murphy, former Michigan governor and U.S. Supreme Court justice, died on July 19, 1949, after suffering a fatal heart attack. He was 59. He was serving on the nation’s high court at the time of death.  Born William Francis Murphy in Sand Beach, Mich. (now known as Harbor Beach) on April 13, 1890, he […]

Key senators predict victory over Trump in renaming military facilities honoring Confederates

BY: and - July 13, 2020

WASHINGTON — Key U.S. senators are preparing for battle with the White House over renaming military facilities that honor Confederates — and they’re expecting to win. U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine, a Virginia Democrat who backs the effort, said he believes the GOP-controlled Senate would override a possible presidential veto of a defense policy bill that […]

COMMENTARY

Column: Shut down Line 5 — it’s too risky

BY: - July 5, 2020

Enbridge’s Line 5 oil pipeline is too risky to keep operating and now the state of Wisconsin can permanently shut it down. (Part of Line 5 is currently, temporarily shut down thanks to the efforts of Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel after the discovery of damage to the pipeline.) The 67-year old pipeline has already […]

Report: 827K Michiganders would lose health coverage if ACA is overturned

BY: - July 2, 2020

A repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) could leave about 23.3 million Americans — including 827,000 Michigan residents — without health care coverage during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new report. Research from the Center for American Progress, a left-leaning think tank, looks at what could happen if the ACA is overturned in […]

COMMENTARY

Column: How are kids doing in Michigan? Let’s look at the numbers.

BY: - July 1, 2020

For some of us, tracking the COVID-19 pandemic has become a part of daily life. In a small way, peering over the trackers, maps, graphs and charts can help us feel in control — like we know what’s going on around us and around the world.  We all cope in different ways. For some, that […]

Michigan reports 323 new COVID-19 cases, 4 deaths

BY: - June 24, 2020

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reports Wednesday that 61,953 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 5,868 have died from the virus — an additional 323 cases and four deaths since Tuesday. DHHS also notes that an additional 6,602 Michiganders have been identified as “probable” cases for COVID-19, as well as […]

Whitmer: State not yet ready for phase 5 of reopening plan

BY: - June 23, 2020

The rest of Michigan will not be moving into phase five of its COVID-19 reopening plan this week as planned, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer told WWJ News Radio on Tuesday. “My hope was to do it this week — we’re not gonna do it this week. … We’re not in a position to do that yet. […]

Pence talks reopening, meets John James during Macomb Co. swing

BY: - June 18, 2020

Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday visited Michigan to tour manufacturing plants in Macomb County, part of a swing through the newly reopened state. U.S. Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia joined Pence in Sterling Heights. Both officials said the Trump administration can expand Michigan’s economy — and by extension, the national economy — to the […]

Census protesters

Michigan 1st in nation to hit census milestone

BY: - June 18, 2020

Despite COVID-19 putting a halt to all in-person census events this spring, the state’s census campaign announced that Michigan is the first state in the country to match its 2010 Census self-response rates. The Michigan Census Bureau announced that 67.7% of Michiganders have filled out their census, an increase of 12.7% from mid-April. The “Michigan […]

State unemployment rate falls slightly to 21.2% in May

BY: - June 17, 2020

Michigan’s seasonally adjusted jobless rate fell to 21.2% in May during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to new data released Wednesday by the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget (DTMB). That is down from April’s 24% revised jobless rate. It’s the second month in a row Michigan has remained over 20% — one of only […]

Michigan reports 125 more COVID-19 cases, 18 deaths

BY: - June 16, 2020

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reports Tuesday that 60,189 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 5,790 have died from the virus — an additional 125 cases and 18 deaths since Monday. DHHS also notes that an additional 6,080 Michiganders have been identified as “probable” cases for COVID-19, as well as […]

Michigan eclipses 60K COVID-19 cases, reports 2 new deaths

BY: - June 15, 2020

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reports Monday that 60,064 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 5,772 have died from the virus — an additional 74 cases and just two deaths since Sunday. The DHHS also notes that an additional 6,021 Michiganders have been identified as “probable” cases for COVID-19, as […]