Looking for a job? Delta College hosting 2022 ‘Great Lakes Bay Job Fair’ in June
SAGINAW, MI - A regional job fair will be coming to Delta College this summer. The 2022 Great Lakes Bay Job Fair will be held on Thursday, June 9 at the Pioneer Gym on the Delta College main campus at 1961 Delta Road. This event is a partnership between Delta College, the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, Great Lakes Bay Michigan Works!, the Workforce Development Agency of the State of Michigan, and the American Legion. The fair will be held from 1-3 p.m. and employers can set-up from noon until 12:45 p.m. the same day. Click here for a list of tips and suggestions from Delta College on what to do before, during and after the job fair.mlive.com
State Rep. Cynthia Johnson disqualified from August primary ballot
Michigan Representative Cynthia Johnson, D-Detroit, has been disqualified from the August primary election for not submitting all required campaign finance paperwork. A letter from Wayne County Clerk Cathy Garrett to Johnson dated Friday, May 20, stated that after a bureau review, Johnson had not submitted the filings and fees required under the Michigan Campaign Finance Act. According to documents from Michigan’s Campaign Finance database, Johnson was notified of late filing fees on multiple occasions. She has been a state representative since first being elected in 2018, and her current term ends on Jan. 1, 2023. Read more from MLive:Whitmer and GOP-led legislature clash on how to return state budget surplus to MichigandersMichigan Supreme Court will consider Gov.mlive.com
Largest demolition package in Flint history gets approval; 2,200+ structures to be demolished
FLINT, MI – The largest demolition package in Flint history that will demolish more than 2,200 blighted homes and businesses in Flint has received approval. Flint Mayor Sheldon Neeley, alongside members of Flint city council and Genesee County commissioners, announced that the plan is a go during a news conference at Flint City Hall Wednesday afternoon. It is a $45.3 million demolition program that will knock down many of Flint’s roughly 2,000 unfunded demolition targets and other properties in need of demolition. Hazardous and burned down properties will be targeted to come down first, and the demolition ramp-up process has already begun, said Michael Freeman, Genesee County Land Bank director. “Outside of clean and safe drinking water, this is going to have the biggest impact on our community,” Genesee County Commission Chair Domonique Clemons said.mlive.com
Jennifer Granholm visits new MSU facility expected to lead the nation in nuclear research
At MSU, Granholm spoke about the impact the new facility will have on Michigan and the country, as FRIB is expected to become the nation’s premiere center for nuclear research. “We’re going to invest in curiosity-based research, and research that leads to cures for cancer, that leads us to be safe in a nuclear age,” Granholm said. Gretchen Whitmer; MSU President Samuel L. Stanley Jr.; FRIB Director Thomas Glasmacher; MSU Board of Trustees Chair Diane Byrum; U.S. Sens. FRIB is also expected to generate accumulated wages totaling $1.7 billion, and add $4.4 billion to the state’s economy. “The FRIB will ensure that Michigan is the epicenter of high tech research, innovation and job growth,” Whitmer said.mlive.com
Michigan’s first Arab-American solicitor general wins historic SCOTUS argument
Last year, Michigan Solicitor General Fadwa Hammoud made history as the first Arab-American Muslim woman to argue before the U.S. Supreme Court. Today, the Attorney General’s office announced that Hammoud won her case in a 6-3 opinion by the Justices in favor of the State of Michigan. The case centers on Brown v. Davenport, a 2007 case in which Ervine Davenport was convicted of murder in Kalamazoo County Circuit Court. Hammoud went before SCOTUS to argue on behalf of the state last October. “My only hope was to do Michigan proud by honoring my oath and representing the people of this great state,” Hammoud said.mlive.com
Michigan city’s election ballot could appear in Arabic for non-English speaking voters
A recent resolution passed by a Michigan city council could provide ballots for voters in Arabic, in addition to English, for this year’s primary election in August. The resolution was unanimously approved at the Dearborn City Council’s March 22 meeting. In a March 24 letter to Benson, Garrett called into question that the resolution doesn’t directly specify a language or dialect for the election materials, among other things. “The Michigan Election Law does not prohibit printing ballots in other languages in addition to English,” Rollow wrote. Whitmer sues in attempt to strike down Michigan’s 1931 abortion lawPlanned Parenthood sues state AG to reaffirm the right to abortion under Michigan Constitutionmlive.com
Pro-Line 5 businesses, critics argue whether legal fight should be in federal court
Amicus briefs filed a few days apart last week in federal court by the Great Lakes Business Network and a group of six large chambers of commerce argue opposing sides of the battle between Gov. The governor wants Enbridge’s countersuit tossed out of federal court after she dropped her case to halt the flow of Line 5. Whitmer opted to instead support the pending case state Attorney General Dana Nessel filed against the company, also meant to halt the pipeline’s use. After the setback, Whitmer dropped her case to support Nessel’s instead, which had been paused in state court. Enbridge filed to send the AG’s suit to federal court, too.mlive.com
$11M in COVID rescue funds for Muskegon Heights focus of community planning effort
MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, MI – Nearly $11 million in federal COVID recovery money is a welcome addition to Muskegon Heights’ cash-strapped budget, and the city is carefully planning how to spend it. The city is earmarked to received $10.7 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding, of which it has already received $5.8 million, Muskegon Heights City Manager Troy Bell told MLive/The Muskegon Chronicle. A plan outlining an approach for using the ARPA funds likely will be presented to the Muskegon Heights City Council in May, he said. Muskegon Heights has struggled with budget deficits for several years and is working to emerge from deficit in 2023-24. The city of Muskegon will receive $23 million while Norton Shores will receive $3.6 million.mlive.com
EGLE: Fuel oil leaked into Huron River in Flat Rock
There has been a mystery for the residents living close to Huron River for weeks. But now we’re finally getting some answers to the questions that we have and who exactly may be responsible to begin with. The substance that leaked in the Huron river has now been identified as fuel oil. A nearby metal company is currently working with the EPA and EGLE to handle the clean-up process.
Monday is Rosa Parks Day in Michigan
DETROIT, MI — Monday is Rosa Parks day in Michigan, the state where the civil rights icon spent the final years of her life and is buried. 28 of 1997 recognizes the first Monday following her Feb. 4 birthday as Rosa Parks Day. Lawmakers at the time designated the day in Parks’ honor “in commemoration of the significant role Mrs. On Dec. 1, 1955, Rosa Parks courageously refused to give up her bus seat to a white man. Rosa Parks is buried in Detroit’s Woodlawn cemetery.mlive.com
New ‘Skills to Earn’ program offers adult ed, career training simultaneously in mid-Michigan, Thumb
GENESEE COUNTY, MI -- Students participating in adult education programs in seven mid-Michigan counties will now be eligible to graduate with a certificate in one of seven different high-demand career fields. The seven training programs include automotive repair, nursing, commercial driving, construction, digital design/screen printing, electrical wiring and welding -- at no cost to students. In its first semester, the program has 14 students, most of which from Genesee County. Career navigators at adult education programs in each of those counties work with the Genesee Career Institute to select interested candidates and get them signed up for the program. Genesee Career Institute also works with GST Michigan Works!mlive.com
Grand Rapids company agrees to stop online toy sales for 5 years following complaints
GRAND RAPIDS, MI -- A Grand Rapids area company has agreed to stop selling toys and collectibles online for five years after customers made a rash of complaints. Planetary Toys LLC has entered into a legal agreement, called an “Assurance of Voluntary Compliance and Discontinuance” agreement, with the Michigan Attorney General’s office. The agreement came after the Better Business Bureau received nearly 90 complaints against the company for a variety of issues, including not shipping purchased items and sending different items than ordered. “I’m pleased to see this agreement reached without my office having to take additional legal action against Planetary Toys,” state Attorney General Dana Nessel said in a written statement. “I appreciate the work our partners at the BBB are doing to help affected customers.mlive.com
LakeVille High School under boil water advisory after failing sample test
GENESEE COUNTY, MI -- LakeVille Memorial High School in Otisville has been placed on a boil water advisory after the district announced the school failed its annual water test. Superintendent Mike Lytle announced the failed test with the State of Michigan on Sunday, Dec. 12. The high school will have bottled water available for staff and students. The district will continue remediation until the high school passes the required tests. The problem is isolated to the high school, the district announced on social media.mlive.com
Gun crimes coincide with COVID, clerk bared from running election: Jackson headlines Oct. 23-28
Here is that headline and some more you might have missed this week, plus a repeat of Halloween trick-or-treat times in Jackson County. Halloween, Oct. 31, falls on Sunday this year, but some communities are celebrating early. There’s $1 million coming from the state’s 2022 budget to help Jackson County dredge the lagoons at Cascades Falls Park. These vehicles will replace currently used department vehicles, said Elmer Hitt, Jackson Police and Fire Services director. Ornate space in historic Jackson County building open and ready to host eventsLooking for a place for your wedding or special event?mlive.com
State Is "Ready to Go" on COVID-19 Vaccines for Kids 5-11 Years Old, Says Michigan's New Top Doctor
With the three major COVID-19 vaccines, our second pandemic winter should look a little more hopeful than the last, with Michigan case rates just starting to decline. Medical experts Dr. Natasha Bagdasarian and Dr. Emily Martin recommend staying vigilant against the virus this winter to protect friends and loved ones. Listen: Two Michigan medical experts on how to stay safe going into our second pandemic winter. She says recent COVID-19 case rates have been climbing slower than last year because of a larger vaccinated population. She says the known research behind the COVID-19 vaccine should be reassuring for those who are still hesitant to get vaccinated.wdet.org
4 new vehicles coming to Jackson Police Department
JACKSON, MI – The Jackson Police Department is getting four new vehicles following approval of their purchase by the Jackson City CouncilThe council approved the purchase of the three new patrol cars and one Ford Explorer at its Tuesday, Oct. 26 meeting. These vehicles will replace currently used department vehicles, said Elmer Hitt, Jackson Police and Fire Services director. Along with this purchase, city council also approved: Obsolete Property Rehabilitation Act Tax incentives for the new apartment development at the former Allen School, 900 Pearl St. The council also approved permits for the 2022 Hot Air Jubilee and 2021 Downtown Jackson Christmas Parade. Jackson City Council’s next meeting is at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 9. in the second floor City Council Chambers at Jackson City Hall, 161 W. Michigan Ave.More from the Jackson Citizen Patriot:Living wage ordinance gets thumbs down from Jackson City CouncilSong and dance will help tell tales at Jackson Storyfest this yearJackson man suspected in fatal shooting dies by suicide, police sayCyclist injured in hit-and-run crash in Jackson, police sayU.S. 127 being reduced to one lane for a monthmlive.com
Updates on lead water service line replacements available for Jackson residents
JACKSON MI – The city of Jackson has launched a service to help residents “stay in the loop” as it replaces lead water service lines. The city expects to replace more than 11,000 lead service lines in the 35 years at an estimated cost of $120 million. City residents can learn what they need to know about the lead line replacement program by visiting cityofjackson.org/liningupjackson. It also provides a short video from the city to keep residents up to date on Jackson’s plan to replace lead service lines, officials said. The city’s plan to switch out all lead service lines is being paid for by water rate increases, city funds and other governmental funding sources, officials said.mlive.com
Michigan Matters: Cranking up the Volume on Biden, Politics, Elections & Art
It was talk of politics, the infrastructure bill, Joe Biden and presidential votes that kicked off CBS 62’s “Michigan Matters” as former Michigan Republican Chair Saul Anuzis and former Democratic Party Chair Mark Brewer appeared to discuss...detroit.cbslocal.com
As Part Of An Infrastructure Advancement, Macomb County Announces More EV Charging Stations
Macomb Co. Executive Mark Hackel unveiled a Level 3 DC fast charging station that’s now available at the Towns Mart Marathon in Washington Township. With the support of grant funding from the State of Michigan and DTE Energy, Steve Nalu,...detroit.cbslocal.com
Kalamazoo residents can now get their Nov. 2 election absentee ballot, for any reason
KALAMAZOO, MI — Absentee ballots are now available to city of Kalamazoo voters for the Municipal Election on Tuesday, Nov. 2, the city said in a news release. The application must be returned to the Kalamazoo City Clerk before an absentee ballot will be issued. Upon receipt of the Absent Voter Ballot Application, the voter’s information and signature will be verified before an absentee ballot is issued to the voter. Voters may obtain absentee ballots in person at the City Clerk’s Office until 4 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 1, the city said. Voted absentee ballots must be received by the City Clerk’s Office by 8 p.m. on Election Day to be counted.mlive.com
Justice Department, EPA and the State of Michigan Reach Clean Air Act Settlement with Arbor Hills Energy LLC
Arbor Hills Energy LLC (AHE) has agreed to significantly reduce, if not virtually eliminate, AHE’s sulfur dioxide (SO 2 ) emissions at its landfill gas-to-energy facility (Facility) in Northville, Michigan, to resolve alleged Clean Air Act and State law violations. In a complaint filed simultaneously with the consent decree, the United States and the State of Michigan allege several Clean Air Act and State law violations, including exceedances of the Facility’s permitted SO 2 emissions limits. The AHE Facility converts landfill gas (LFG), which is generated by decomposition of waste from an adjacent landfill, into electricity by burning it as fuel in four gas turbines. Either pathway will bring AHE into compliance with the Clean Air Act and mitigate past excess SO 2 emissions from the AHE Facility. The proposed decree, lodged in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, resolves EPA’s and Michigan’s Clean Air Act and State law claims against AHE.justice.gov
Co-op grocery store in north Flint holds groundbreaking ceremony
The soon-to-be newest grocery store in Flint, called the North Flint Food Market, held a groundbreaking ceremony on location Monday, Aug. 30. Reginald Flynn, CEO of the North Flint Reinvestment Corporation, said construction will likely take about nine months before the grocery store can open for business. Reginald Flynn, CEO of the North Flint Reinvestment Corporation, speaks before a crowd during the groundbreaking of the North Flint Food Market on Monday, Aug. 30, in Flint, Michigan. Flynn said Massey’s letter gave the pastor new motivation to keep pushing to make the North Flint Food Market a reality after multiple setbacks. Read more on MLive:State investment of $1.25M green-lights construction of North Flint grocery co-opNorth Flint Food Market to host small business pop-ups this summerFormer church to house Flint grocery co-op storeBuilding could be rehabbed and turned into grocery story on Flint’s north sidemlive.com
Walk-in COVID vaccination clinics scheduled in Oceana County
OCEANA COUNTY, MI – Health officials hope to increase the COVID vaccination rate in Oceana County with a series of “pop-up” clinics at schools, a church and even the county fair. 10 has scheduled six of the clinics this month in Hart, Pentwater and New Era, and expects to offer more. Currently 51.9 percent of Oceana County residents have been fully vaccinated, according to the State of Michigan. -Wednesday, Aug. 25, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Oceana County Fair, 1025 S. State Street, Hart. -Friday, Aug. 27, from 3-7 p.m. at the Oceana County Fair, 1025 S. State Street, Hart.mlive.com
Insensitive mascots out, curriculum improvements in at some Michigan schools, thanks to grants
Eleven Michigan schools districts and colleges across the state are rebranding racially insensitive mascots and improving school curriculum related to the state’s 12 federally recognized Native American tribes. “We are grateful to the Native American Heritage Fund for their generous support of our rebranding initiative,” Travis said. Other 2021 NAHF grants recipients include:East Jordan Public Schools– $17,500 to develop curricula on Indigenous/Anishinaabek culture, history and language in participating Title VI schools in northern Michigan. Sault Area Public Schools– $26,000 to establish a language program and create signage in English and Ojibwe. Traverse City Area Public Schools– $8,200 to create a new monthly educational series “Anishinaabe Expressive Cultural Series” to increase cultural knowledge and awareness.mlive.com
Judge dismisses lawsuit against Michigan Attorney General over $12 minimum wage initiative
A lawsuit claiming Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel is allowing the delay of a minimum wage hike has been dismissed. In May, a group of Michigan workers and advocacy groups asked a judge to issue an order that would raise the state’s minimum wage to $12 by 2022. Related: Restaurant workers sue for $12 minimum wage proposal, claiming delay to 2030 was unconstitutionalLast month, Nessel responded to the lawsuit by saying she was not the proper defendant and filed a motion for summary disposition. Advocacy groups One Fair Wage, Mothering Justice and the Restaurant Opportunities Center are represented by attorney Mark Brewer, a former Michigan Democratic Party chairman. Additionally, the wage for tipped workers stayed lower than the standard minimum wage instead of bringing tipped workers up to the same wage level as general minimum wage workers.mlive.com
Vaccination lottery creates incentive for Michiganders
In an effort to encourage more Michigan residents to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, this raffle gives those who are vaccinated the chance to win up to $5 million in cash and a combined total of nearly $500,000 in college scholarships.monroenews.com
More than 1 million people signed up for Michigan’s COVID vaccine sweepstakes, Gov. Whitmer announces
According to the Governor’s Office, 1,001,149 residents signed up to participate in the COVID vaccine sweepstakes as of 2:30 p.m. on July 6, with 44,966 young Michiganders signing up for the scholarship drawing.
12 attorneys general push back against vaccine misinformation spreading online
DETROIT – A total of 12 Attorneys General penned a letter calling on social media to remove anti-vaccine content. Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel is among them and was on CNN recently voicing concern about the misinformation posted about vaccines online. The call to end misinformation comes as an alarming number of Michiganders say they will not be getting the vaccine. “A decade ago, the journey to the COVID vaccine began building upon research on other coronaviruses,” read an ad aimed at encouraging people to get the vaccine. The state has started new campaigns to help educate those with doubts or concerns about the vaccine.
Michigan governor lowers flags after mass shooting in Colorado
“My heart breaks for the families, loved ones, and communities as our nation mourns this senseless violence,” Whitmer said. Our state grieves alongside those who lost loved ones and the entire Boulder, Colorado community.”On Monday, a gunman opened fire at a grocery store in Boulder, Colorado, killing 10 people. Michigan residents, businesses, schools, local governments and other organizations also are encouraged to display the flag at half-staff. To lower flags to half-staff, flags should be hoisted first to the peak for an instant and then lowered to the half-staff position. Flags should be returned to full-staff on Sunday, March 28, 2021.
Michigan governor’s workgroup lays groundwork for return-to-office plan
On Tuesday, a group of business and health leaders laid the groundwork to answer that very question. Right now the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration order keeping offices largely closed expires in the middle of April. Many Michigan business groups, including chambers of commerce, want employees back in the office. Whether an employee is required to do so to create that policy by making a determination if an employee’s work can feasibly be completed remotely. AdVIEW: Tracking Michigan COVID-19 vaccine doses 💉VIEW: Tracking coronavirus cases, outbreaks in Michigan schools
Ann Arbor Parks & Recreation summer camp registration begins Monday
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – On Monday, the city of Ann Arbor will open registration for summer day camps at Argo and Gallup canoe liveries, Buhr Park Pool and Huron Hills Golf Course. Camps will begin in June and are hosted by Ann Arbor Parks & Recreation. Argo River CampTeenage community members can spend the day exploring parts of the Huron River. Huron Hills Golf CourseYoung golfers from age 8 to 15-years-old can take part in two-week junior golf camps at the Huron Hills Golf Course. Camp hours: Monday-Thursday, 8-10 a.m.; 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; 1-3 p.m.Camp fees: $160 per two-week sessionHuron Hills Golf Course 3465 E. Huron River Dr.
Oakland County lottery club claims $1B Mega Millions jackpot
NOVI, Mich. – The wait is over: The winners of the largest lottery prize in Michigan history have claimed their billion-dollar jackpot. A four-member Oakland County lottery club, named Wolverine FLL Club, held the winning lottery ticket drawn on Jan. 22 for the $1.05 billion Mega Millions jackpot -- the largest prize in Michigan Lottery history, Michigan Lottery reports. The group’s winning ticket -- with numbers 04, 26, 42, 50, 60 and the Mega Ball 24 -- was purchased at a Kroger in Novi. According to officials, the national and world record for a lottery jackpot is $1.58 billion. The largest lottery prize ever won by a Michigan player was a $337 million Powerball jackpot won back in 2012, officials said.
Tracking COVID-19 cases, deaths in Michigan long term care facilities, nursing homes
Here we are tracking the state of Michigan’s COVID-19 data for nursing homes, also referred to as long term care facilities. All long-term care facilities additionally have an obligation to report COVID-positive residents and/or staff to their Local Health Department. Skilled Nursing Facilities are facilities licensed to provide organized nursing care and medical treatment to 7 or more unrelated individuals suffering or recovering from illness, injury, or infirmity. This data set includes all licensed nursing facilities with the exception of hospice residences licensed as nursing homes. Adult Foster Care Facilities and Homes for the Aged provide care to persons not needing the 24 hour nursing care found in nursing facilities, yet need monitoring and assistance with activities of daily living.
Questions surround former Michigan health director’s separation agreement with state
Read: Michigan health director Robert Gordon announces resignationThe Michigan legislature is watching a number of things including what is happening in New York with its governor Andrew Cuomo and his nursing home scandal. Whitmer said about health director Robert Gordon’s abrupt resignationLegislators have a lot to say about the situation. Michigan state representative, Steve Johnson, is calling the settlement hush money. “It was an honor to be chosen as the director of the Department of Health and Human Services by governor Whitmer. Details: Ex-Michigan health director gets $155K in separation agreement
Kroger to donate $50,000 from Michigan lottery ticket commission to food bank
Kroger announced Tuesday it will be donating its $50,000 lottery ticket commission to the Food Bank Council of Michigan to support the Food Security Council. This is after a $1 billion Mega Millions lottery ticket was sold to a lucky customer in January at a Kroger in Novi. Nearly 11,000 businesses in Michigan sell lottery tickets and receive a commission if they are the business selling the winning ticket. “Kroger is committed to our mission of feeding our communities,” said Rachel Hurst, corporate affairs manager, The Kroger Co. of Michigan. “Strong partnerships with both the State of Michigan and the Food Bank Council of Michigan are integral in driving our mission forward.”More: Michigan Lottery newsRead: A Look at Michigan’s largest lottery wins
Michigan has administered more than 1 million vaccines, governor says
The governor stated the plan will appropriate $90 million in federal funding to ramp up vaccine distribution in Michigan and bring the state closer to her goal of 50,000 shots in arms per day. Gretchen Whitmer announced that the State of Michigan has administered more than 1 million COVID-19 vaccines, making it 7th in the country in vaccine distribution. The governor called on the Michigan Legislature to pass the MI COVID Relief Plan she announced last week. “Michigan is ramping up vaccine distribution and doing everything we can to reach our goal of 50,000 shots in arms per day. Michigan will also receive $575 million to expand COVID testing, tracing, and lab capacity in Michigan,” a release from the governor’s office read in part.
Michigan governor, AG, SOS seek disbarment of attorneys accused of pushing election fraud claims
LANSING, Mich. – Michigan’s top three elected officials are asking for the disbarment of four attorneys who they say pushed a false narrative of widespread election fraud in legal proceedings before multiple judges and courts including the nation’s highest judicial body, the US Supreme Court. The lawsuit, King v. Whitmer, went before the US Supreme Court and is being deemed frivolous by the three. Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel’s office on Thursday filed motions for sanctions in federal court against the same four lawyers, Michigan attorneys Greg Rohl, Scott Hagerstrom and Stefanie Junttila, along with Texas attorney Sidney Powell. AdRead: Michigan AG officially requests sanctions against attorneys behind 2020 election lawsuitsOn Monday, Nessel joined with Gov. AdRead More: Michigan leaders move for sanctions against GOP attorneys in Trump election lawsuits
Michigan AG officially requests sanctions against attorneys behind 2020 election lawsuits
Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel says U.S. election lawsuits alleging voter fraud, among other issues, have crossed the line -- and she’s calling for the attorneys behind them to be punished. AdBipartisan officials, election officials and even members of former President Trump’s administration found that there was no evidence of widespread voter fraud in the 2020 election. Nessel had previously said she was looking into sanctions against attorneys in the broader election cases. AdRelated: Michigan AG Dana Nessel weighs in on election, Enbridge lawsuits and moreNow-President Joe Biden won the 2020 election with 306 electoral votes, beating Trump’s 232. AdMore: Michigan leaders move for sanctions against GOP attorneys in Trump election lawsuitsClick here to view the motion for sanctions filed on behalf of Whitmer and Benson on Thursday, or read it in the document below.
Flashpoint recap: A conversation with Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on the Biden-Harris inauguration, preventing spread of COVID
DETROIT – Inauguration Day comes and goes without any of the turmoil that overtook the same venue just two weeks before. There was also a conversation with, Joneigh S. Khaldun, Chief Medical Executive for the State of Michigan and Chief Deputy Director for Health in the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. Sunday’s episode also featured a roundtable discussion on current events with Mario Morrow, Mario Morrow and Associates; Sandy Baruah, president and CEO of the Detroit Regional Chamber; Portia Roberson, CEO Focus: HOPE and Randy Richardville, former Michigan Senate majority leader. Gretchen WhitmerSegment TwoJoneigh S. Khaldun, Chief Medical Executive for the State of Michigan and Chief Deputy Director for Health in the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. Segment ThreeMario Morrow, Mario Morrow and Associates; Sandy Baruah, president and CEO of the Detroit Regional Chamber; Portia Roberson, CEO Focus: HOPE and Randy Richardville, former Michigan Senate majority leaderSegment Four
6 total cases of COVID variant reported in Michigan so far
The Washtenaw County Health Department announced Saturday, Jan. 23 that a total of five cases of the virus variant, also known as B117, have been identified in county residents. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) also identified one case of the virus variant in a Wayne County man. The Washtenaw County Health Department is warning residents of potential exposure sites, where patrons may have came into contact with the virus variant. A total of 5 cases of the variant have been identified and additional sequencing continues for other possible cases already positive for COVID-19. The virus variant has reportedly made its way to at least 20 states in the country so far.
Nightside Report Jan. 18, 2021: Spirit Airlines says 2 agents injured, passengers arrested after bag dispute in Detroit, What to know about the COVID-19 variant in Michigan
2 Spirit agents hurt, passengers arrested after bag dispute in Detroit, airline saysDETROIT – Two Spirit agents were injured, two passengers were arrested and another was cited this weekend following a bag dispute at Detroit Metro Airport, the airline says. According to Spirit Airlines, “three passengers attacked our agents without provocation.”The incident happened Sunday while the passengers were trying to board flight 646 from Detroit to Atlanta, according to Spirit. When the agents asked the passengers to verify that their carry-on bags were appropriate sizes before boarding, the passengers became combative, according to airline officials. A man and woman died in a Detroit house fire on Tracey Street that happened Monday afternoon, the Detroit Fire Department confirmed. and was identified in a Washtenaw County woman who had recently traveled to the U.K. That’s where the variant originated.
Michigan congresswoman warns growing threat of domestic terrorism needs more focus
She discussed the terror threats this weekend at the Michigan Capitol where law enforcement officials were on high alert over a scheduled protest. “If domestic terrorism is allowed to flourish that will be a physical threat to our citizens so I’m trying to grapple with that and shift feet,” she said. Michigan is clearly no stranger to domestic terrorists and extremist groups. Long a hot bed for anti-government groups the state has some of the most extensive domestic terror laws on the books. After the inauguration she said finding where these extremist groups are online, and how they train and coordinate will be the first steps in curbing this latest rise in violence.
Wayne County health department transitioning to Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for first-dose recipients
State officials informed the county Friday that the Wayne County Public Health Department no longer would receive the Pfizer vaccine to administer for first doses. DETAILS: COVID-19 vaccinations rescheduled by Wayne County Public Health Division due to supply shortageState officials informed the county Friday that the Wayne County Public Health Department no longer would receive the Pfizer vaccine to administer for first doses. According to the county, the Moderna vaccine is just as effective as the Pfizer vaccine but must be handled differently. Public health officials are adding a new indoor vaccination site at Schoolcraft College where the Moderna vaccine will be administered. Seniors over 65 or older should schedule a vaccine through their health system, not the county health department.
COVID-19 vaccinations rescheduled by Wayne County Public Health Division due to supply shortage
DETROIT – The Wayne County Public Health Division must reschedule vaccinations for Tuesday, Jan. 19 and Wednesday, Jan. 20 because of a depleted supply of vaccine received from the State of Michigan, according to county health officials. People with appointments for first-dose vaccinations currently scheduled for both those days will be notified individually of their new appointment time by the Wayne County Public Health Department. Wayne County must reschedule and relocate its vaccination site because it has depleted its supply of the Pfizer-made COVID-19 vaccine. According to Wayne County, the state stopped supplying it with the Pfizer vaccine for first doses and is for now only supplying the Wayne County Public Health Division with the Moderna vaccine for new first doses. Other groups in Phase 1B must register online or through their employers to request a vaccine appointment time from the Wayne County Public Health Department.
Michigan health departments urge patience on COVID vaccines: ‘Demand is overwhelming’
“The demand for the vaccine is overwhelming,” said Ingham County Health Officer Linda S. Vail. I ask the public to please be patient with health department staff as we try to assist everyone. It depends on where you live: You have to You have to check with your local health department because they will have different capacities and workflows. You can figure out the name of the local health department for your county using this map. If there is no link for your local health department, you can check back tomorrow, as this page will be updated regularly.
Trust Index: Fact-checking Trump’s false claims of Michigan voter fraud in Georgia phone call
DETROIT – During a call with Georgia election officials President Donald Trump made a slew of claims about the results of the 2020 White House race. Some of the claims were directly about the results in Michigan and Detroit, and others focused on the election overall. Read: Full transcript of Trump’s call with Georgia election chiefHere is one claim from the president which has been spread far and wide since the election. This claim was also made by election worker Melissa Carone during her infamous hearing in the Michigan House. There is no legal way to overturn the election results in Detroit or the State of Michigan.
Where Michigan GOP lawmakers stand on effort to challenge Electoral College count
The other six members are Republicans and include four from the so-called Kraken Caucus and the state’s two freshmen members. Newly sworn in Michigan Republican congressman Peter Meijer’s office was reached, but did not have an official comment on what he would do Wednesday. The vote to object is expected to ultimately fail to overturn the election results, with or without an emergency audit. Currently, the objectors do not have the votes to reject an electoral college vote from any state. Objectors have also been explicit about asking for an audit, which already takes place in the State of Michigan.
Michigan ranks low in state vaccination percentages nationwide
DETROIT – According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the State of Michigan ranks number 44 in terms of the percent of residents who have received the vaccine. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services sent Local 4 News a statement on why the numbers are so low. We will continue to evaluate our overall strategy to increase vaccination numbers in Michigan,” the MDHHS statement read. The number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Michigan has risen to 502,119 over the past two days, including 12,678 deaths, state officials report. On Saturday, the state reported a total of 497,127 cases and 12,598 deaths.