Morning Briefing Jan. 27, 2022: Lodge Freeway closed in Detroit amid shooting investigation; Watch Whitmer’s State of the State address

Here are this morning’s top stories

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Police shut down Lodge Freeway in Detroit after domestic violence situation leads to shooting

Police have shut down the Lodge Freeway in Detroit to investigate a shooting that stemmed from a domestic violence situation.

Read the report here.

‘It was huge’: Couple escapes nightmare pothole on US 23 near Ann Arbor

Most of us have had a rock hit our car while we were driving, and that can be scary. But imagine that rock hitting your car at 75 mph, and shattering your windshield while on the freeway.

“It was huge,” Coleen Gleason said. “We were in shock when it happened.”

See the story here.

Watch here: Michigan Gov. Whitmer delivers 2022 State of the State address on Jan. 26

How COVID’s omicron variant is impacting restaurants in Michigan

Restaurants have suffered throughout the entire COVID pandemic and this recent omicron surge is also hurting business.

A new survey found the majority of restaurants saw a drop in customers because of the highly contagious omicron variant.

Learn more here.

Professor suspended over video sues Ferris State University

A Michigan professor asked a judge Wednesday to immediately reinstate him, two weeks after he was suspended for making a sarcastic video for students that included profanity and criticism of Ferris State University’s COVID policies.

Read more here.

Weather forecast: Continued cold with a chance of snow

Here is the weather forecast for Metro Detroit.

COVID in Michigan 🦠

Michigan reported 27,423 new cases of COVID-19 and 379 virus-related deaths Wednesday -- an average of 13,711.5 cases over a two-day period. The deaths announced Wednesday include 268 identified during a Vital Records review.

Wednesday’s update brings the total number of confirmed COVID cases in Michigan to 1,933,062, including 29,605 deaths. These numbers are up from 1,905,639 cases and 29,226 deaths, as of Monday.

Read the latest COVID report here.

About the Author:

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