Nightside Report Sept. 30, 2021: USPS to institute changes ahead of holiday shipping season, Crews digging where road buckled in Southwest Detroit

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FILE - In this Aug. 18, 2020, file photo, mail delivery vehicles are parked outside a post office in Boys Town, Neb. The United States Post Office said Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021 that it has chosen Oshkosh Defense to build its next-generation mail-delivery vehicle, part of an effort to make the USPS more environmentally friendly by switching a portion of its huge fleet to electric vehicles. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File) (Nati Harnik, Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

United States Postal Service to institute changes ahead of holiday shipping season

DETROIT – Multiple people across Metro Detroit are experiencing mail issues and things might get worse before they get better.

New changes that go into effect Friday could slow delivery down even more, leaving many residents concerned as we head into the busy holiday season.

Residents should expect a slow down in some first class mail delivery. Additionally, starting Sunday, prices on all commercial and retail packages will increase through the end of the year.

According to the United State Postal Service, “most first-class mail (61%) and periodicals (93%) will be unaffected by the new service standard changes.”

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Michigan COVID: Here’s what to know Sept. 30, 2021

Metro Detroit weather: Calm, quiet night ahead of potential weekend showers

It’s another beautiful day in paradise, with abundant sunshine and temperatures near 70 degrees (21 degrees Celsius) in most areas.

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4 Fast Facts

  • Nearly three weeks ago, the ground in Southwest Detroit heaved into the air. It buckled the road, destroyed buildings, and left residents with questions as to what caused it. Click here to read more.
  • Survivors of Larry Nassar joined forces with survivors of Robert Anderson in Lansing Thursday. Click here to read more.
  • Juwan Deering, 50, walked out of prison a free man on Thursday (Sept. 30) after his conviction in a fatal Royal Oak Township fire was vacated. Click here to read more.
  • Horland Patterson was intentionally struck and killed in a parking lot of a Detroit Coney Island restaurant in 2019. His family are still demanding answers two years later. Click here to read more.

Be Informed

Here’s what’s going around: Metro Detroit doctors seeing coughs, injuries caused by yard work

There is a lot of coughing going around Metro Detroit this week. While it’s not unusual for this time of the year, given the ongoing COVID pandemic, the coughs are attracting more attention than they used to.

While coughing can be a symptom of COVID, there are several other illnesses going around than can cause a cough. Metro Detroit doctors and hospitals have reported a steady number of COVID-positive patients.

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Michigan schools face nurse shortage as COVID continues to spread

As Michigan schools prepare for more COVID outbreaks, school nurses are on the frontlines for thousands of students, teachers and families.

According to the National Association of School Nurses, Michigan is one of seven states that doesn’t keep track of how many school nurses are taking care of students. The last comprehensive check was in 2014. At the time, Michigan had about 500 school nurses, leaving about 800,000 students without a full-time nurse.

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DeJanay Booth joined WDIV as a web producer in July 2020. She previously worked as a news reporter in New Mexico before moving back to Michigan.