Nightside Report Jan. 11, 2021: Michigan begins making $300 payments to eligible residents, Feds say man made fraudulent unemployment claims in multiple states

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View of Detroit from the Windsor sky camera on Jan. 11, 2021 at 9:25 p.m.
View of Detroit from the Windsor sky camera on Jan. 11, 2021 at 9:25 p.m. (WDIV)

Michigan begins making $300 COVID-19 unemployment payments to eligible residents

DETROIT – Michigan has started making the $300 weekly COVID-19 unemployment payments to eligible residents who were affected by the pandemic.

According to the Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity, the state started issuing the payments to around 365,000 claimants this weekend.

The Pandemic Unemployment Compensation payments run from Dec. 27, 2020, through March 13, 2021. They offer an additional $300 in benefits per week to Michigan claimants who were negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The latest: Michigan coronavirus cases up to 523,618; Death toll now at 13,401

Metro Detroit weather: Dry with milder temperatures until end of week

Parts of the deep south were dealing with snow early this week. We’re not, and we won’t be until the end of the week. But enjoy some milder numbers in the meantime.

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4 Fast Facts

  • Investigators are going after anyone who took advantage of the unemployment system. That includes a Metro Detroit man who investigators said withdrew nearly $150,000 before he was arrested. Click here to read more.
  • A local attorney who was recently ticketed for his Black Lives Matter sign now has a new set of problems. Click here to read more.
  • Jayden Hayden, 20, came before a judge on Monday in the case of the May 15 brutal beating of 75-year-old Norman Bledsoe at Westwood Nursing Center. Click here to read more.
  • On Monday, the North American International Auto Show announced it will not hold the annual event in 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic. Click here to read more.

Be Informed

Beaumont COVID-19 scheduling system back up and running after crashing due to demand

Demand to get the COVID-19 vaccine was so high that it crashed Beaumont’s scheduling system over the weekend. The system was back up and running on Monday, but concerns were raised about the supply of vaccines. Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has requested to purchase 100 thousand doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. The demand in Michigan has been far more than the supply.

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Paths Metro Detroit residents can take to get vaccinated for COVID-19

Monday marks the first day that people over 65 and some groups of essential workers are eligible to get vaccinated for COVID-19. But there is a lot of confusion over how to actually go about getting an appointment.

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Michigan officials begin statewide audit of 2020 election results

Michigan election workers and employees rolled a 10-sided die to choose 20 numbers that will go through a random number generating software to choose ballots to be inspected and audited. More than 18,000 ballots will be used for what the state calls a risk-limiting audit. The ballots will be hand counted by clerks from both parties.

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