Morning Briefing Oct. 1, 2021: Madison Heights pharmacy busted for selling prescription drugs without prescriptions, some Michigan counties rescind school mask mandates

Here are this morning’s top stories

Madison Heights pharmacy busted for selling thousands of prescription drugs

A pharmacy in Madison Heights has been busted for the illegal sale of thousands of controlled substances to people without prescriptions, officials said.

Read the report here.

Several Michigan counties rescind school mask mandates over budget language

Wayne, Oakland and Washtenaw counties are keeping their K-12 school mask mandates in place, but it’s a mixed bag across the rest of the state.

The issue is language in the budget bill passed by the Michigan Legislature and signed by the governor.

See the story here.

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Thieves steal 4 high-end vehicles from Highland Township car dealership; 4 arrested after purchase

Thieves smashed their way through a glass wall at a Highland Township car dealership while making off with four high-end vehicles, police said.

Officials said the vehicles were stolen Wednesday, Sept. 29 from Szott Dodge on East Highland Road. These thefts were reportedly connected to a series of smash-and-grab break-ins at gas stations in Waterford Township and White Lake Township.

Read more here.

Family says it was not notified of man’s body being at Wayne County morgue until 17 months later

Tim Majchrzak, 59, was found dead in Detroit and brought to the Wayne County Medical Examiner. Despite ID being on him, his family was not contacted until 17 months later.

See the report here.

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Merck says experimental pill cuts worst effects of COVID-19

Drugmaker Merck said Friday that its experimental COVID-19 pill reduced hospitalizations and deaths by half in people recently infected with the coronavirus and that it would soon ask health officials in the U.S. and around the world to authorize its use.

If cleared, the drug would be the first pill shown to treat COVID-19, a potentially major advance in efforts to fight the pandemic. All COVID-19 therapies now authorized in the U.S. require an IV or injection.

Read more here.

Royal Oak School District apologizes after mass email mistake exposes some personal information

The Royal Oak School District took action after a mass email was accidentally sent out containing private information.

A file containing Mistar ParentConnect pins and passwords, students names and grades, and addresses was sent out to Royal Oak High School seniors and their parents.

See more here.

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Nation’s most restrictive abortion law back in Texas court

A federal judge on Friday will consider whether Texas can leave in place the most restrictive abortion law in the U.S., which since September has banned most abortions and sent women racing to get care beyond the borders of the nation’s second-most populous state.

A lawsuit filed by the Biden administration seeks to land the first legal blow against the Texas law known as Senate Bill 8, which thus far has withstood an early wave of challenges — including the U.S. Supreme Court allowing it to remain in force.

Read more here.

Search continues for Southfield driver who killed man in wheelchair, dragged him 220 feet

Police are still searching for the Southfield hit-and-run driver who fatally struck a 28-year-old man in a wheelchair and dragged him for 220 feet.

See the story here.

Weather: Nice Friday before weekend rain chances

Here is the weather forecast for Metro Detroit.

COVID in Michigan 🦠

Michigan reported 6,773 new cases of COVID-19 and 100 virus-related deaths Wednesday -- an average of 3,366.5 cases over a two-day period.

Of the 100 deaths announced Wednesday, 50 were identified during a review of records.

Wednesday’s update brings the total number of confirmed COVID cases in Michigan to 1,022,575, including 20,998 deaths. These numbers are up from 1,015,802 cases and 20,898 deaths, as of Monday.

Testing has increased to around 30,000 diagnostic tests reported per day on average, with the 7-day positive rate at 9.32% as of Wednesday, slightly lower than the previous week due to the increasing test volume. Hospitalizations have been steadily increasing for several weeks.

The state’s 7-day moving average for daily cases was 2,935 on Wednesday -- the highest it has been since early May. The 7-day death average was 32 on Wednesday. The state’s fatality rate is 2.1%. The state also reports “active cases,” which were listed at 77,100 on Monday.

Michigan has reported more than 9.9 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine administered as of Wednesday, with 67.7% of 16+ residents having received at least one dose while 59.1% of 16+ residents are considered fully vaccinated.

Here’s a look at more of the data:

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Cassidy Johncox is a senior digital news editor covering stories across the spectrum, with a special focus on politics and community issues.