Morning Briefing Oct. 19, 2021: Couple shot to death at Detroit gas station with baby in car, Detroit Tigers could become playoff contenders this offseason

Here are this morning’s top stories

Couple killed outside Detroit gas station with baby in car on Oct. 18, 2021

Couple shot, killed outside Detroit gas station with baby boy inside vehicle

Police said a mother and father were shot and killed outside of a gas station Monday on Detroit’s west side.

The couple’s baby boy was inside the car during the incident, authorities said.

See the story here.

New Yorker gets prison time for exotic cat trafficking; some were same breed that got loose in Royal Oak

A New York man was sentenced to prison for trafficking exotic African cats -- some of which were the same breed as the ones that escaped from a home in Royal Oak last week, authorities said.

A Royal Oak woman was recently issued five tickets after four African caracal cats escaped from her home, and police said this wasn’t the first time the cats got out.

Read the report here.

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Detroit Tigers could become playoff contenders this offseason with 2 free agents, 1 trade, 2 prospects

This will be the first meaningful offseason for the Detroit Tigers in half a decade, as the team hopes to take another leap from surprisingly competitive to legitimate playoff contender.

Detroit emerged from a five-year stint in baseball’s cellar to win 77 games in 2021. If not for a miserable 9-24 start to the season, the Tigers likely would have finished with an above .500 record (they went 68-61 over the final five months, after all).

Read more here.

Woman leads police on chase in stolen Tesla in Metro Detroit

A woman was arrested after leading police on a chase in a stolen Tesla in Metro Detroit.

Police said the woman was test driving the car from a dealership in Troy. Staff notified Troy police and started tracking the vehicle when she failed to return it.

See the report here.

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Weather: Cool start then warming up into the 70s

Here is the weather forecast for Metro Detroit.

COVID in Michigan 🦠

Michigan reported 8,496 new cases of COVID-19 and 46 virus-related deaths Monday -- an average of 2,832 cases over a three-day period.

The deaths announced Monday include 15 identified during a review of records. The state also reported about 17,000 recoveries on Monday, bringing the total to 962,955 confirmed recovery cases.

Monday’s update brings the total number of confirmed COVID cases in Michigan to 1,090,021, including 21,609 deaths. These numbers are up from 1,081,525 cases and 21,563 deaths, as of Friday.

Testing has increased to around 30,000 diagnostic tests reported per day on average, with the 7-day positive rate at 11.35% as of Monday, which is about the same as last week. Hospitalizations have been steadily increasing for several weeks.

The state’s 7-day moving average for daily cases was 3,638 on Monday -- the highest it has been since early May. The 7-day death average was 34 on Monday. The state’s fatality rate is 2.0%. The state also reports “active cases,” which were listed at 105,600 on Monday -- the highest it has been since May.

Michigan has reported more than 10 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine administered as of Monday, with 68.4% of 16+ residents having received at least one dose while 60.1% of 16+ residents are considered fully vaccinated.

Here’s a look at more of the data:

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