Upper Peninsula

Nessel got Line 5 shut down, for now. Enviros say Whitmer can shut it down for good.

BY: - June 27, 2020

At long last, environmentally minded Michiganders got their wish this week as Canadian oil company Enbridge was forced to halt operations on its controversial oil pipeline, Line 5. Attorney General Dana Nessel had called for, and was subsequently granted, the court-ordered shutdown on Thursday. That action, however, is only temporary. Long-term solutions rely on Gov. […]

Whitmer ‘optimistic’ about reopening more regions, will testify in D.C. on COVID-19 response

BY: and - May 30, 2020

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said more information about different regions of the state opening back up will be announced in the “coming days” as the rate of Michigan’s COVID-19 cases continue to drop. “If it continues this way, I’m optimistic that in the coming days we’ll be in a position to take another step forward,” Whitmer […]

GOP senator calls female colleagues ‘shrill,’ accuses them of ‘feigned’ outrage during COVID-19 crisis

BY: - May 28, 2020

Tensions boiled over in the state Senate chamber during session Thursday, with one Democratic state lawmaker saying she walked out of session after hearing a Republican senator describe her female colleagues in dismissive and sexist terms. “The ability to simply generalize who is and who isn’t in support of your district or your people … […]

DOC: Michigan will soon be 1st state to test all prisoners for COVID-19

BY: - May 19, 2020

By Friday, the Michigan Department of Corrections (DOC) says that the Great Lakes state could be the first in the nation to test every single prisoner at its state-owned correctional facilities for COVID-19. “Right now we’ve tested about 31,000 prisoners — and in Michigan right now, we have about 36,500 [total]. So just about 5,000 […]

U.P., parts of northern Mich. will be back in business before Memorial Day

BY: - May 18, 2020

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Monday announced the partial reopening of the Upper Peninsula and northern Michigan as the rate of new cases of COVID-19 continues to slow. Whitmer’s plan allows retail businesses and offices to reopen, but bars and restaurants will be required to operate at 50% capacity in time for Memorial Day weekend, usually […]

National Guard to test 7,500 U.P. prisoners for COVID-19 by Saturday

BY: - May 4, 2020

Starting Monday, the Michigan National Guard is stepping in to help the Michigan Department of Corrections (DOC) test inmates for COVID-10 at all six of the Upper Peninsula’s state prisons in just six days. The U.P. correctional facilities have, so far, seen few tests. As of Sunday evening, just 108 tests had been done between […]

When will people be comfortable traveling? For Michigan, that’s a multi-billion-dollar question.

BY: - May 3, 2020

Alyson Burch was planning to visit family and friends in the Flint area on her vacation in August. Now she’s thinking about canceling. Burch, 33, lives in Dickinson County in the Upper Peninsula, where there have been only three confirmed cases and two deaths from COVID-19. Flint is located in Genesee County, which has more […]

COVID-19 is in all Lower Peninsula counties, Mich. has 2,800 deaths 

BY: - April 22, 2020

Michigan has now had 2,813 people who have now died of COVID-19. That’s 113 new deaths since the 2,700 posted on Tuesday. A statewide coronavirus hotline is open 7 days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 1-888-535-6136. Information can be found on the DHHS website or the U.S. Centers for Disease Control […]

How will rural, low-income Michigan students learn during a pandemic?

BY: - April 20, 2020

Millions of kids across the country are at home, academic years interrupted, due to school closures caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.  In Michigan, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer ordered K-12 schools closed to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Under the governor’s order, issued April 2, school districts are required to provide further educational opportunities through remote or […]

Mich. has 3rd-highest census participation, but has a ways to go to hit goal

BY: - April 16, 2020

Michigan set out with a big goal for the 2020 census — 82% participation — but so far is falling short. Only 55% of Michiganders have filled their census out, but that’s enough to put the state in the top three nationally. The COVID-19 outbreak has had a devastating impact on the health and economy […]

Whitmer task force lays out energy alternatives to Line 5 for U.P. residents

BY: - March 26, 2020

After almost 10 months of research, presentations and meetings, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s U.P. Energy Task Force has released a draft of its recommendations for the state’s Upper Peninsula to lessen its dependence on propane from the Line 5 pipeline and look at alternative energy solutions for Michigan’s northernmost region. Public comments on the draft recommendations […]

Are hospitals near me ready for coronavirus? Here are 9 different scenarios.

BY: , , and - March 25, 2020

This story is from our partners at ProPublica, a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for The Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox. Though the U.S. health care system is projected to be overwhelmed by an influx of patients infected with the novel coronavirus, the pressure on hospitals will […]