Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens seeks injunction to stop bridge protest, get traffic moving
The city of Windsor is in the process of going to a judge and asking for an injunction to have the provincial police move in and end the blockade; We heard from Windsor’s Mayor Drew Dilkens earlier Thursday (Feb. 10) afternoon.
Michigan Gov. Whitmer pushes tax cuts, education funding in State of the State address
Fresh off a victory with a 7 billion dollar investment from General Motors, Governor Whitmer pitches her plans as she heads into an election year. Because of COVID, Gov. Whitmer did her State of the State remotely. Breaking tradition, Whitmer took her show on the road to Detroit Diesel to give her address.
Fixing the roads: Michigan unveils big new projects and the tool for tracking them
Gretchen Whitmer announced new projects regarding Michigan roads that are expected to get underway soon. Officials also announced a new tool to help residents track road projects in their area. The Rebuilding Michigan Plan means work will continue on roads this construction season. AdREAD: More Michigan road coverageWatch the video above for the full report. Michigan 2021 state highway road construction projects: Here’s what’s plannedThe Michigan governor announced a list of 21 state highway road construction projects Tuesday that are planned for the 2021 season through the Rebuilding Michigan bonding program.
Militias in Michigan: A troubling presence dating back decades
The Michigan Militia was first brought to the spotlight after the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995. AdTimothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols, the men who carried out the attack on the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, were said to have attended Michigan Militia meetings. Dr. JoEllen Vinyard, a retired EMU history professor, studied the Michigan Militia in the late 1990s and into the early 2000s. “That was one of their major worries across all the different groups.”The early meetings of the Michigan Militia were attended by McVeigh and Nichols. April 9, 2013: Hutaree members sue FBI, Michigan State PoliceAdArena said militia groups have always been a concern for the FBI.
Michigan Gov. Whitmer makes pitch for federal funding to fix roads in testimony before US Senate
On Wednesday, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer testified before the U.S. Senate regarding what she said is a desperate need for federal funding to fix Michigan’s roads. “I was known for running on and getting elected to ‘fix the damn roads’ in Michigan and I have to say that we need significant investments in our roads and bridges,” Whitmer said. READ: Michigan Gov. Whitmer to Senate: Investment in roads, bridges needed to remain competitive
COVID relief funds battle: Why Republicans won’t budge on Michigan Gov. Whitmer’s $5.5B request
LANSING, Mich. – Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is asking state Legislature for $5.5 billion to battle COVID. In a statement, the office said “There is $40 million in the pipeline for release to local public health departments. Local health departments may need to take some actions to accept the funding, but money should be very close to being released.”AdHowever, Frederick said that that is not enough. Whitmer proposes $67 billion state budget that prioritizes pandemic recoveryREAD: Michigan Gov.
Michigan lawmakers take on key role in fight against terrorism
WASHINGTON, D.C. – It’s been going on in plain sight for decades, but since the deadly siege on the U.S. Capitol Building, the fight against domestic terrorism has become a top priority. READ: Slain Capitol Police officer honored: ‘We will never forget’Two Michigan Legislatures are taking prominent roles in that fight. Rep. Elissa Slotkin, who served as an expert in militias and terrorism for the CIA, announced Thursday she will bring that experience to combating domestic terrorism. “We have been dealing with this rise of extremism and domestic terrorism long before Jan. 6,” Slotkin said. “That will change.”Both Peters and Slotkin pointed to Michigan’s strong domestic terrorism laws and hope their home state will be used as examples for both the good and bad as Michigan take the lead role in a national fight.
Michigan high schools allowed to reopen today as part of revised COVID order
LANSING, Mich. – Michigan high schools are allowed to resume in-person learning on Monday as a part of Michigan’s revised COVID-19 order issued before the holiday break in December. Indoor venues where people can remain masked and socially distanced -- movie theaters, stadiums, bowling alleys, casinos -- can reopen without food or drink concessions. READ: COVID-19 restrictions stay the same for Michigan restaurants as other venues prepare to reopenTotal capacity at those indoor venues will be capped at 100. MDHHS continues to urge families to avoid indoor gatherings or to pick a single other household to interact with. And as always: mask up, practice safe social distancing, and avoid indoor gatherings where COVID-19 can easily spread from person to person.
Looking back at 110 stories that define Gov. Whitmer’s handling of COVID-19 in Michigan this year
In promulgating Executive Order 2020-69 and Executive Order 2020-70, the Governor has done just that by placing restrictions on certain activities to limit social interactions. “Good news, sports fans: We are now ready to gradually and safely allow professional sports to resume in Michigan,” Whitmer said. July 14: State of emergency extendedWhitmer extended the Michigan state of emergency until Aug. 11 as COVID-19 cases rose across the state. The five-year lending, investment and philanthropic plan aimed to help improve financial opportunities for Michigan businesses, consumers and communities. Dec. 29: Relief bill, unemployment extensionWhitmer signed a $106 million relief bill and also extended COVID-19 unemployment benefits through March 2021.
Gov. Whitmer reflects on 2020 in Michigan: COVID-19, protests, dam failures, domestic terror plot
Gretchen Whitmer is reflecting on 2020, touching on the COVID-19 pandemic, Michigan roads, the economic crisis, dam failures, a domestic terror plot and protests over racial injustice. “As I think about 2020, the phrase annus horribilis comes to mind, which means a horrible year. But it wasn’t all horrible, cause some really good things happened this year and there are sources of inspiration no matter where you look,” Whitmer said. In this video, Whitmer goes all the way back to the first cases of COVID-19 in Michigan, which were confirmed March 10. It covers the domestic terror plot targeting Whitmer and ends with a look ahead to 2021.
Here are the new COVID-19 vaccine priority phases for distribution in Michigan
LANSING, Mich. – Michigan officials revealed a new list of priority phases for distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine in the state. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services updated the phases for essential workers and residents at high risk of severe infection. The recommended guidelines for phases 1B and 1C of vaccine distribution were updated Sunday (Dec. 20) to try to balance prevention and societal function. This data is being tracked on the COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard. The COVID-19 vaccine will require two doses, separated by three or four weeks, depending on the manufacturer.
Gov. Whitmer signs bills allowing college athletes in Michigan to make money off name, image, likeness
Gretchen Whitmer has signed two bills that will allow college athletes in Michigan to make money off of their own name, image, likeness and reputation. Michigan is among the first states to allow student athletes to earn such compensation. It’s the first time in state history that college players can financially benefit from their sport while attending school. The bills allow players from any sport in all divisions to use agents to earn money from their own image, name, or likeness. “I am proud to sign this bipartisan legislation today on behalf of our current and future student athletes,” Whitmer said.
11 takeaways from Michigan Gov. Whitmer’s update on COVID-19 in Michigan
Gretchen Whitmer held a briefing Tuesday (Dec. 29) to discuss the state’s handling of COVID-19, a $106 million relief bill, unemployment benefits and more. Gretchen Whitmer signs a $106 million COVID-19 relief bill on Dec. 29, 2020. “I proposed this stimulus plan to the legislature in November because I know how much our families, frontline workers, and small businesses need relief,” Whitmer said. Whitmer vetoes other itemsWhen she signed the relief bill, Whitmer line item vetoed any items not subject to negotiated agreement. Requests for legislationWhitmer makes public requests of the Michigan Legislature during nearly every COVID-19 briefing, and Tuesday was no different.
Timeline of how COVID trends have actually changed since Michigan issued, extended, revised order
LANSING, Mich. – Michigan’s most recent COVID-19 order has issued, extended and then revised tighter restrictions on the state over the past six weeks. Gretchen Whitmer says the order has greatly improved the COVID-19 situation in Michigan, but does that timeline actually line up? By Halloween, Michigan was reporting nearly 4,000 cases per day and breaking the daily record multiple times per week. In the two weeks leading up to the announcement of MDHHS’s restrictions, Michigan saw its daily COVID-19 case releases -- which were already at record levels -- more than double. Michigan’s new COVID-19 order now in effect: Here’s what’s reopened and what’s still closedAre the improved numbers a direct result of the state’s order?
Michigan’s COVID-19 trends continue to improve -- here’s an update on all 3 major metrics
LANSING, Mich. – The three major metrics Michigan uses to gauge the spread of COVID-19 continue to improve, according to an update from the state’s top health official. Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, the chief medical executive for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, updated the state’s case, hospitalization and positivity rates during Gov. These regions also have the highest case rates, though both are declining in that regard. As of Tuesday, 13.8% of inpatient hospital beds across the state are being used for COVID-19 patients, Khaldun said. While the numbers improve, nearly 71,000 people have been vaccinated in Michigan, Khaldun said.
Gov. Whitmer says Michigan’s COVID-19 numbers improving ‘because of actions we’ve taken’
LANSING, Mich. – Michigan’s COVID-19 numbers have continued to improve in recent weeks, and Gov. READ: Timeline of how COVID trends have actually changed since Michigan issued, extended, revised order“Since my last press briefing, our numbers have continued to improve,” Whitmer said Tuesday. According to the governor, Michigan’s focus on science-based action, along with cooperation from residents, is responsible for the improving numbers. “Now, because of the actions that we’ve taken, and because so many Michiganders have done their part, our numbers are better than all of our Midwestern neighbors,” Whitmer said. “These numbers are encouraging.”While no announcement was made about further reopening parts of the state, Whitmer said officials are continuing to monitor COVID-19 trends closely to see if they’re affected by holiday travel.
Michigan Gov. Whitmer signs $106M relief bill, extends COVID-19 unemployment benefits through March
Gretchen Whitmer has signed a $106 million relief bill and also extended COVID-19 unemployment benefits through March 2021. Gretchen Whitmer signs a bill extending COVID-19 unemployment benefits on Dec. 29, 2020. Forty states, including all of our neighbors, automatically provide at least 26 weeks of unemployment relief. Whitmer vetoes other itemsWhen she signed the relief bill, Whitmer line item vetoed any items not subject to negotiated agreement. Whitmer wants the Legislature to pass a permanent extension of unemployment benefits and an increase in weekly benefits.
Everything you should know about COVID-19 in Michigan before Gov. Whitmer’s briefing (Dec. 29)
Here’s what you should know before the governor’s update:MDHHS orderMichigan is currently under a revised order that heightened COVID-19 restrictions. Michigan’s new COVID-19 order now in effect: Here’s what’s reopened and what’s still closedIn mid-December, MDHHS revised the order to reopen certain entertainment venues, such as bowling alleys, movie theaters and casinos, though concessions are not allowed. Latest numbers updateOn Monday, Michigan announced a two-day total of 3,239 new COVID-19 cases and 60 additional deaths. Unemployment benefits will be delayedThe additional $300 weekly unemployment payments for residents who qualify for COVID-19 relief will be delayed in Michigan, officials said. Congress passed a COVID-19 relief package that extends the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance and Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation federal unemployment programs.
Watch: Gov. Whitmer’s full Dec. 29 update on handling of COVID-19 in Michigan
Gretchen Whitmer provided an update Tuesday on the effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 in Michigan. READ: Here’s everything you should know about COVID-19 in Michigan before the briefing. Whitmer was joined by Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, the chief medical executive of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. You can watch the full replay of the briefing in the video above. Michigan is currently under a revised order that heightened COVID-19 restrictions.
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signs 7 bills into law
Michigan Gov. (Michigan Office of the Governor via AP)LANSING, Mich. – Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed five Senate bills and two House bills into law Tuesday. “Every Michigander deserves access to clean water, especially during a global pandemic,” Whitmer said. House Bill 5481This bill amends Article 26A of the Occupational Code to align with recently enacted federal regulations concerning Appraisal Management Companies.
Gov. Whitmer hints at possibility of resuming indoor dining at Michigan restaurants
Michigan restaurants are still fighting to resume indoor dining, which is banned by the state’s COVID-19 order, but Gov. Related stories :Whitmer said she wants to reopen restaurants as soon as she can, but the industry has been on the wrong end of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services’ restrictions. The owner of Century Bowl, in Waterford Township, said the shutdown order on food and alcohol services at many venues is misguided. Bowling alleys, casinos and other entertainment venues were allowed to reopen Monday, but they can’t serve food or drink concessions. READ: Whitmer commutes sentences for 4 men serving decades in prison for nonviolent crimesPeople aren’t allowed to bowl with anyone other than their families.
Michigan Gov. Whitmer commutes sentences for 4 men serving decades in prison for nonviolent crimes
Gretchen Whitmer has commuted the sentences of four men who were spending decades in prison for nonviolent crimes. He’s served 22 years, and his earliest possible release date was in 2038. He’s served 21 years, and his earliest possible release date was in 2030. He’s served 22 years, and his earliest possible release date was in 2027. He’s served 16 years, and his earliest possible release date was in 2024.
Many Michigan businesses waiting to reopen despite greenlight from state
Gretchen Whitmer along with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services announced both are ready to start reopening a lot of businesses Monday. The 10 MJR movie theaters across Metro Detroit survived selling take out popcorn. Whitmer is now allowing movie going to a point limited to roughly 30 people in an auditorium. “So the big thing is to get all or our team members back and tested so we’re working with the city health department,” he said. Now, we’re told there are some bowling centers open across Metro Detroit, but again calling ahead is the best answer.
MDHHS using 2 ‘core, science-based ideas’ to decide what should reopen, remain closed in Michigan
Michigan’s top health director revealed the two “core, science-based ideas” experts are using to decide what should be allowed to reopen and what should remain closed due to COVID-19 in the state. Gretchen Whitmer and MDHHS Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun on Friday to announce an updated COVID-19 order that reopened some venues but extended restrictions on others. As part of the new order, certain entertainment venues that had been closed for the last month can reopen with limited capacity. Restaurants aren’t allowed to resume indoor dining. Gordon said the latest MDHHS order is “based on settled science and Michigan values.”“We are cautiously moving to address other activities based on two core, science-based values,” Gordon said.
Michigan will ‘seriously consider’ lifting COVID restrictions early, depending on progress
Michigan’s new COVID-19 order went into effect Monday and is scheduled to last through mid-January, but Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said the state will “seriously consider” lifting protocols sooner if recent progress is sustained. As part of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services’ new COVID-19 order, certain entertainment venues that had been closed for the last month can reopen with limited capacity. But during Friday’s announcement, Whitmer said the state would consider lifting restrictions sooner if the metrics continue in the right direction. “This new order expires on Jan. 15, but if we substantially sustain our progress, we will seriously consider lifting protocols sooner,” Whitmer said.
‘Angry’ Whitmer demands to know why Michigan has only received fraction of COVID-19 vaccine doses
“Where are our doses?” Whitmer asked during the briefing. I’m angry because this virus is raging on in this country.”The governor admitted she’s angry about the distribution of the vaccine. Health care workers at the University of Michigan Hospital began receiving the first doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine Dec. 14. But on Friday, Whitmer challenged the White House, demanding to know more about the doses Michigan had already planned to receive. RELATED: Michigan Republicans ‘condemn’ decision to keep many businesses closed through holidaysShe said there are millions of doses of the Pfizer vaccine waiting to be shipped, including in Portage, Michigan.