What to know today 🌅
The number of laid-off workers applying for unemployment aid fell below 1 million last week for the first time since the pandemic intensified five months ago yet still remains at a high level. The viral pandemic keeps forcing layoffs just as the expiration of a $600-a-week federal jobless benefit has deepened the hardships for many.
Somehow, amid the myriad of important issues and crises in the world, we’re talking about showerheads and water pressure. Why?
On Wednesday, the Trump administration said it wants to change a 28-year-old energy law that regulates how much water comes out of your showerhead -- because it’s a pet peeve of President Donald Trump.
Tanaya Lewis pleaded no contest to first-degree murder in the 2018 death of Danyna Gibson, 16. Gibson was stabbed to death inside Warren Fitzgerald High School in front of more than a dozen students.
Gretchen Whitmer wanted out.
The Michigan governor had caught the interest of Joe Biden and his vice presidential vetting committee, who were drawn to her prominence in a crucial battleground state and her aggressive response to the coronavirus outbreak there. But after a national movement against racism was sparked by the killing of George Floyd in the spring, Whitmer later recommended Biden pick a Black woman.
Local 4 is hosting a virtual town hall on education and the return to school amid the coronavirus pandemic. Devin Scillian and Paula Tutman will be joined by education leaders from across the state to answer questions on the complicated decisions being made by schools and parents heading into the 2020-2021 school year.
As the struggle against the coronavirus pandemic continues in Michigan, K-12 school districts are beginning to announce their learning plans for the fall. Some districts are opting to begin the school year entirely online, while others are planning to offer a hybrid of online and in-person learning.
A former attorney at Fieger Law is suing, claiming Geoffrey Fieger fired her when she tried to take paid time off to care for her sick child at the beginning of the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.
It’s time to be counted and census workers might be reaching out to make sure you filled it out. Census workers are in neighborhoods answering questions and encouraging residents to fill out the census.
The number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Michigan has risen to 89,271 as of Wednesday, including 6,273 deaths, state officials report.
Wednesday’s update represents 515 new cases and nine additional deaths. Tuesday’s totals were 88,756 confirmed cases and 6,264 deaths.
New cases have plateaued in the last two weeks, while deaths remain flat in Michigan. Testing has remained steady, with an average of more than 25,000 per day, with the positive rate between 3 and 4 percent. Hospitalizations have increased slightly, but remain considerably lower than in April.
- New tool helps calculate risk factors for developing severe illness from COVID-19
- Is it safe to drink from a fountain during the pandemic?
Here’s a look at more of the data:
- Track the live Michigan Weather Radar here
- Track severe weather alerts here
- Submit storm photos here
- Find more weather forecast articles at Weather Center
- Police believe Dearborn murder suspect could be linked to other crimes
- Novi police officer helps Romulus man tie a tie before wedding
- Wayne County sheriff defends lavish spending of campaign funds
- Employee charged with attacking Alzheimer’s patient at West Bloomfield nursing home
- Let it flow: Trump administration eases showerhead rules
- Census officials face subpoenas if they refuse interviews
- Facebook beefs up anti-misinfo efforts ahead of US election
- Africa begins continent-wide study of COVID-19 antibodies
- Thousands in Belarus form ‘lines of solidarity’ in protest
- Lebanon’s military gets sweeping powers after Beirut blast
- Experts warn Spain is losing the 2nd round in virus fight
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- The Detroit Tigers are in the playoff hunt -- it’s time for management to start acting like it
- 2 trades, 2 free agents, 2 call-ups Detroit Tigers could consider to replace C.J. Cron