September 24

9/24/20 – Unite in Prayer for Our Nation

Saturday , Sept. 26th,  Franklin Graham leads a prayer march through Washington, D.C. The two-hour event will be streamed live, starting at noon ET. The purpose is to gather Christians together to  seek God’s forgiveness, healing and intervention in our divided country. If you can’t make it to our nation’s capital on Saturday, you can watch online. Participants are expected to follow applicable health and safety protocols, including the use of social distancing and a face mask, while in public and to monitor government orders that may impact travel. Anyone with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 should refrain from participating in person. The Washington […]
September 24

9/24/20 – Allegiant expands routes due to popular demand

LAS VEGAS. Sept. 24, 2020 — Allegiant (NASDAQ: ALGT) today announces that, due to customer demand, it will extend 29 seasonal routes in Spring, 2021. The routes, which are currently on sale, will be extended from February through April 2021. connecting cities such as Chicago, Boston and Las Vegas to Savannah, Sarasota, Fla., and San Diego, Calif. Allegiant flies more than 450 routes across the United States, connecting customers in small to medium-sized cities with their friends and family in larger destinations. The extended seasonal routes to Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) in Austin, Texas include: Asheville, North Carolina via Asheville Regional Airport (AVL) Grand […]
September 24

9/24/20 – Sec. of State reminds us of Sept. 30 deadline

The Michigan Department of State says the state’s extension on the expiration of driver’s licenses, state ID cards and vehicle registrations officially ends Sept. 30 and late fees will then be assessed. Anyone without up-to-date credentials beginning October 1st risks being ticketed if pulled over. The Secretary of State has made special appointments available weekdays from 4 to 7 p.m. throughout September and through September 30th for anyone needing to renew a license or state ID card in person. Drivers with expiring registrations are advised to renew ad print their tabs at one of the more than 120 self-service stations […]
September 24

9/24/20 – Michigan lawmakers come up with a new budget

(Mlive) – Michigan lawmakers signed off on a $62.75 billion state budget deal Wednesday afternoon, avoiding the severe cuts many worried might be necessary at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic thanks to a boost from federal funding. Two bills representing the state’s education and general operating budgets were made public Wednesday passed along wide bipartisan margins in both the state House and Senate just hours later. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer indicated she’d sign them in a Wednesday evening statement. “When we started the budget process in early February, nobody had an idea of how challenging the coming months would be, […]
September 23

9/23/20 – No Charges Filed Related to the Death of Breonna Taylor

A grand jury has returned only three charges of wanton endangerment in connection with the shooting death of Breonna Taylor.  None of those charges are directly related to her death.  Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron says Detective Brett Hankinson fired 10 rounds into the apartment where Taylor was sleeping but only faces three counts of wanton endangerment. Cameron says on the night of March 13th of this year, Taylor was asleep in another room when officers, Hankinson, Sgt. John Mattingly and Detective Miles Cosgrove, entered the apartment after announcing they were officers with a search warrant.  Taylor’s boyfriend went to […]
September 23

9/23/20 – Presidential Debates

(CNN) – The 2020 United States Presidential Debates will be held Tuesday, September 29, Thursday, October 15, and Thursday, October 22, 2020. The Vice Presidential debate will be held Wednesday, October 7, 2020. Democratic nominee Joe Biden and President Donald Trump are set to square off for the first time on stage next week. All debates are scheduled to take place from 9 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. ET on their respective dates without commercial breaks. The first debate between Biden and Trump will be moderated by Fox News’ Chris Wallace and is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, September 29, at Case Western Reserve […]
September 23

9/23/20 – Gerber announces $36M expansion, plans 50 new jobs in Michigan

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — (Mlive) – Gerber plans to spend up to $36 million to expand production of freeze-dried snacks at its Fremont plant, a move that’s expected to create 50 jobs over two years. The baby food manufacturer says it will add freeze dryers and other machinery used to make the freeze-dried snacks, known as melts, which Gerber says is its fastest growing product. “We are thrilled to see the number of Gerber Fremont employees grow with the advancement of our Snack portfolio with melts,” Andrew Willis, Factory Manager at Gerber, said in a statement. “We take great pride […]
September 23

9/23/20 – Grandville motorcyclist dies in U.S. 131 crash in Allegan County

ALLEGAN COUNTY, MI — (Mlive) – A 26-year-old Grandville man died when his motorcycle crashed into the back of an SUV stopped on U.S. 131 during a traffic backup. The crash happened about 6:55 p.m. in the northbound lanes, near the 56-mile marker in Martin Township. Allegan County sheriff’s deputies said traffic was backed up because an earlier crash with minor injuries. The motorcyclist crashed into the rear of an SUV and was ejected. Other motorists rendered aid until rescue crews arrived in the area, but the motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the scene. Deputies believe speed and distracted driving […]
September 22

9/22/20 – National Voter Registration Day

Today is “National Voter Registration Day.” It is dedicated to enabling awareness of voter registration opportunities and encourage voters to take part in the fall elections. Here in Michigan you can register to vote right up until Election Day. You can register online, by mail, at the Sec. of State branch office, or your local clerk’s office until Oct. 19.  After that you will need to register in person at the clerk’s office. If you are not sure if you are registered, or if you need to make changes, you can get  voter information here. Many voters will be asking for […]
September 22

9/22/20 – GRPS wants to hear from Parents

This letter recently went out to parents and guardians of Grand Rapids Public School students.   The end of the first marking period on October 16 is fast approaching. As a district, we are exploring plans to offer both a hybrid in-person school option and a 100% virtual option starting the first week of the second marking period. To help our teachers and administrators plan for both the new hybrid in-person option and the existing 100% virtual option, we need you to please commit to one of the following options for your student(s) on or before Monday, September 28. Option […]
September 22

9/22/20 – Tropical Storm Beta to Crawl Near Texas Coast

(The Weather Channel) – Tropical Storm Beta will track near the Texas Gulf Coast through Wednesday, where it could produce significant flash flooding, including in the Houston metro area. Beta will also produce areas of lingering coastal flooding and gusty winds. Beta remains a tropical storm and is moving slowly just inland from the middle Texas coast. The storm made landfall around 10 p.m. CDT on Monday night along the Matagorda Peninsula. Bands of heavy rain and thunderstorms from Beta are spreading through the middle and upper Texas coastline this morning. Some of the heaviest so far has fallen in […]
September 21

9/21/20 – Newaygo High School closes for COVID-19 cases

NEWAYGO COUNTY, MI – (Mlive) – Newaygo High School is closed Monday, Sept. 21, after positive COVID-19 tests. The elementary and middle schools will be open. The school district did not say if a student or staff has the coronavirus but said they did not have siblings at the other schools or ride buses so the other schools can stay open. The district did not says how many have the coronavirus. The school nurse has been calling parents of “close contacts” this weekend. The school district will decide later Monday if classes will resume this week. Athletes who have not […]
September 21

9/21/20 – Passing of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

WASHINGTON  –  Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg,  who became the court’s second female justice, died Friday at her home in Washington. She was 87. Ginsburg died of complications from metastatic pancreatic cancer, the court said. Ginsburg announced in July that she was undergoing chemotherapy treatment for lesions on her liver, the latest of her several battles with cancer. Ginsburg spent her final years on the bench as the unquestioned leader of the court’s liberal wing and in defense of the rights of women and minorities. Her health issues included five bouts with cancer beginning in 1999, falls that resulted […]
September 21

9/21/20 – FAA looks into local plane crash

ZEELAND, MI — (Mlive) – The Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office have identified two people killed in a plane crash Saturday morning as Dale and Joyce Deweese, 61 and 59, both of Zeeland, Michigan. The sheriff’s office responded just after 6:30 a.m. to the Ottawa Executive Airport in Zeeland Township. An on-scene investigation showed that a two-seat Byerley RV9A crashed shortly after takeoff northeast of the runway. The investigation is being conducted by the Federal Aviation Administration’s Flight Standards District Office out of Grand Rapids.
September 18

9/18/20 – MI Guarantees Access to No-Cost Covid Testing

Governor Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services (DIFS) announced that the state has secured agreements from nearly all of the state’s health insurers to waive all out-of-pocket costs for COVID-19 testing and treatments through the end of 2020, including copays, deductibles, and coinsurance. These agreements cover more than 92% of the commercial health insurance market in Michigan.   “Ensuring access to appropriate testing and medical treatment without financial concern is an important part of fighting this virus,” said Governor Gretchen Whitmer. “We’re continuing to work around the clock to slow the spread of this virus and keep […]
September 18

9/18/20 – Scams to be aware of

There are two more scams that authorities want us to be aware of. Threatening letters are being mailed out demanding immediate payment of back taxes  and a threat to seize property or social security payments.  The state’s Treasury Dept. says they don’t operate that way. The Better Business Bureau also warns residents of a scam through Facebook and Instagram, claiming that a friend of yours is encouraging you to get free COVID-19 relief funds and all you need to do is pay for delivery or processing fees.
September 18

9/18/20 – COVID restrictions impacting Alzheimer’s patients

(FOXnews) – Some 13,200 more people than usual have died from dementia since March, and health care professionals are placing much of the blame on isolation intended to prevent the spread of COVID-19. According to a new report in The Washington Post, analysis of federal data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveals that more than 134,2000 people have passed away from  diseases like Alzheimer’s since the coronavirus pandemic gripped the nation. Social and mental stimulation both play a critical role in slowing dementia, and doctors have reported increased backsliding in patients who had been stable for years. The rapid deterioration of dementia made a […]
September 18

9/18/20 – 1,000 open-carry gun activists converge on Michigan Capitol lawn

LANSING – (Mlive) – About 1,000 demonstrators from across Michigan gathered on the State Capitol lawn Thursday in Lansing to support open-carry gun rights and protest a recent push to ban guns from the Capitol building. While the protest was planned weeks prior, the gun rights rally comes days after the Michigan State Capitol Commission voted down two proposals to impose weapons bans in the state Capitol building. The six-member state panel voted down a proposal to completely ban firearms in the Capitol 2-4, and split 3-3 on a motion to ban open carry in the building. The panel is deliberating with Senate Majority […]
September 18

9/18/20 – Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park to celebrate Autumn

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., — August 31, 2020 — Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park is pleased to present the annual fall horticulture exhibition, Chrysanthemums & More! opening to the public on September 18. This exhibition, the largest of its kind in Michigan, features expansive displays of chrysanthemums, fall foliage and family-friendly activities. The exhibition will be on display through November 1. Here guests will experience the natural and untamed sophistication of autumn in all its glory. Plant displays throughout Meijer Gardens will intentionally be open and airy, highlighting movement in contrast to a more traditional tight and manicured aesthetic of years past. This […]
September 17

9/17/20 – Big Ten football returns

(ESPN) – The Big Ten will kick off its football season the weekend of Oct. 24 after the league’s presidents and chancellors unanimously voted to resume competition, citing daily testing capabilities and a stronger confidence in the latest medical information, the conference announced Wednesday morning. Each team will attempt to play eight games in eight weeks, leaving no wiggle room during the coronavirus pandemic before the Big Ten championship game on Dec. 19. That date will also feature an extra cross-division game for each school, with seeded teams in each division squaring off. The Big Ten would complete its season […]
September 17

9/17/20 – Grand Valley State issues stay-home order

(Mlive) – All GVSU students who live in Allendale Township are required to stay in their on- or off-campus residence beginning at 12:01 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 17, and ending at 11:59 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1, according to the Ottawa County Department of Public Health order. There have been more than 600 coronavirus cases tied to Grand Valley since Aug. 23, when many students returned to campus, according to the health department. The school of about 25,000, which began the fall semester Aug. 31, is offering a mix of in-person and virtual classes this fall. Health officials noted some exceptions for […]
September 11

9/11/20 – Sec. of State outlines what voters need to know about ballots

(WXMI) – The state of Michigan reports receiving a record number of requests for absentee ballots this election. That prompted Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson to hold a townhall meeting Thursday night where she discussed what you need to know to turn your ballot in on time. Benson says by Tuesday her office had received 2.1 million requests for absentee ballots, eight weeks before the general election. “If you are in a scenario where we’re close to the election, you’ve requested your ballot be mailed to you and you haven’t received it, call or visit your local clerks office and […]
August 28

8/28/20 – Hurricane Laura Aftermath

Hurricane Laura has weakened into a tropical storm, but continues to barrel inland across the southeastern United States as a powerful tempest with an “unsurvivable storm surge” expected in some areas, according to the National Hurricane Center. The storm made landfall near the Texas-Louisiana border early Thursday as a Category 4 major hurricane with a maximum sustained wind speed of 150 mph.  The storm weakened into a tropical storm that afternoon with sustained winds of 70 mph. President Donald Trump approved Arkansas’ request for federal emergency assistance as the state begins cleaning up following the storm that created storm surges and destructive flash flooding. […]
August 28

8/28/20 – President Trump Accepts Nomination

he Republican National Convention concluded Thursday and the fall campaign season officially kicks off with President Donald Trump formally accepting the GOP nomination for a second term as president in a speech that he delivered from the White House South Lawn. President Trump hit on several policy areas that were a big feature of his 2016 campaign — supporting American energy independence and withdrawing from the Paris climate agreement, standing up to China, renegotiating trade agreements with Canada and Mexico and harsher immigration policies, among others. He also used the issue of China to bring his remarks back to the pandemic, claiming wins on the U.S. […]
August 17

8/17/20 – Michigan Senate-passed education bills

(Mlive) – Michigan lawmakers are firming up a framework for schools to get kids back to the classroom this fall – whether it’s in-person, virtual or some mix of both. The Michigan Senate on Saturday voted through a plan leaving it to local districts to determine reopening methods and guidelines, taking local COVID-19 metrics and recommendations from individual health departments into account. In a rare weekend session, senators approved the main bill in the package, House Bill 5913, and House Bill 5912 in 23-15 votes and House Bill 5911 in a 23-14 vote. The final version of the bills reflect an agreement reached by Gov. […]
August 14

8/14/20 – Zoo Donor Info May Have Been Stolen

Some donor information may have been stolen during an attempted ransomware attack against databases for the John Ball Zoo.  Zoo leaders sent out a letter to donors advising them of the breach earlier this spring.  While no banking formation appears to have been accessed, donor names, addresses, and donations to the zoo may have been compromised.  Donors are being advised to watch to see if their information is being misused.
August 14

8/14/20 – Fauci Suggests Temperature Checks May Not Be Effective

Temperature checks have become standard in places like airports or hospitals to determine if an individual may be allowed entry, but the nation’s leading expert on infectious diseases cautions that it is not the best way to screen for COVID-19. Speaking Thursday, Doctor Anthony Fauci stated that the White House and the National Institutes of Health abandoned temperature checks because, as he says, they’re not reliable. Moreover, Fauci says hot summer days can play a role in the temperature a person presents.  He used himself as an example, saying a scan of his forehead stated he had a fever of 103 before […]
August 13

8/13/20 – Wyoming Water Usage Spikes – New Calls For Cutting Back

A temporary reduce capacity call has been met with a few problems. Wyoming city leaders imposed a sprinkling ban that started on Tuesday because of a water main repair that needed to have water pressure remain steady.  The ban not only affects Wyoming residents but also residents of 12 other communities that receive water service from Wyoming public works. Currently, there is only one of two water transmission lines at work because of the repairs.  That means the system can readily maintain the demand for indoor water service, but increased usage puts more train on the system. City leaders say […]
August 13

8/13/20 – Harris Tapped As VP Candidate

Former Vice President Joe Bidenand Senator Kamala Harris appeared together for the first time as running mates Wednesday afternoon in Wilmington, Delaware, where much of the focus was on Harris, the first Black woman and Asian American woman on the ticket of a major political party. “She’s a proven fighter,” Biden said, as Harris watched from a chair set up well behind the lectern where one candidate could sit while the other spoke in a local high school gym. U.S., state and territory flags served as the backdrop. “She’s ready to do this job on Day One,” Biden said. Harris said she and […]
August 12

8/12/20 – Concerns Rise Over Russian Claim of Vaccine

Saying the point of creating a vaccine is not about being first, Russia made headlines on Tuesday by being the first country to officially register a COVID-19 vaccine, dubbed Sputnik V,  that is reportedly ready for use.  However, U.S. health officials are not too confident the vaccine is trustworthy. U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar noted that Russia has not released any scientific data from its early trials and also approved the vaccine before it completed Phase III testing. Currently, the U.S. is studying six potential vaccines with two already moved on to Phase III — which requires a large number […]
August 12

8/12/20 – Harris Tapped As Historical VP Candidate

Former Vice President Joe Biden named his former campaign trail rival, California Senator Kamala Harris, as his running mate. Biden made the announcement Tuesday afternoon in an email to supporters. “I need someone working alongside me who is smart, tough, and ready to lead,” the announcement reads in part.  “Kamala is that person.” The announcement also cites Harris’ experience and accomplishments as the former California attorney general, as well as her Senate experience sitting on both the Judiciary Committee and Select Committee on Intelligence. “Her record of accomplishment — fighting tooth and nail for what’s right — is why I’m […]
July 31

7/31/20 – Kent County Schools to Receive “Get Back to School” Assistance

Two million dollars has been allocated for Kent County schools to purchase approved PPE for the upcoming school year. The Kent County COVID Relief Subcommittee unanimously approved the allocation to be used by school to purchase the equipment in dealing with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.  The money still needs approval from the finance committee and then the full board.  However, that won’t likely happen till the end of August, when most schools would have already started the school year. The money is part of the 115 million dollars in federal CARES Act grant sent to the county earlier this year. […]
July 31

7/31/20 – Tropical Storm Isaias Gain Strength

Tropical Storm Isaias continues its path through the Caribbean leaving intense flooding in Puerto Rico. Multiple municipalities on the west and east side of the island have been hit the hardest by the storm. Heavy rain and intense flooding have led to destruction in communities that were already vulnerable due to the earthquakes. Tropical Storm Isaias crossed over the Dominican Republic on Thursday as it continues its path toward the East Coast of the U.S. Isaias will likely be near the Turks and Caicos Islands and southern Bahamas on Friday. However, the storm has the possibility to strengthen as it […]
July 31

7/31/20 – President Trump suggests moving election day due to COVID-19, election fraud

The COVID-19 pandemic has sickened nearly four and a half million Americans and killed over 151,000 people in the U.S., according to data from Johns Hopkins University.  Due to the alarming numbers, PresidentDonald Trumpsuggested Thursday that Election Day should be moved. Citing public health and safety concerns along with a staunch disagreement of mail-in ballots, President Trump tweeted, “With Universal Mail-In Voting (not Absentee Voting, which is good), 2020 will be the most INACCURATE & FRAUDULENT Election in history. It will be a great embarrassment to the USA. Delay the Election until people can properly, securely and safely vote???” Later, the […]
July 28

7/28/20 – Rep. John Lewis Remembered Privately and Publicly

The voice of the late Congressman John Lewis — known as the “conscience of the U.S. Congress” — reverberated through the U.S. Capitol one more time during a ceremony in the Rotunda on Monday. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi grew emotional as she eulogized her late colleague of several decades. “We knew that he always worked on the side of the angels, and now we know that he is with them,” she said. She then turned the floor over to Lewis — and his own words from a 2014 Emory University commencement speech.  Lawmakers broke out in applause after the clip played. Senate Majority […]
July 28

7/28/20 – GOP Unveils Trillion Dollar Relief Plan – Vote Could Take Time

After some delays, Senate Republicans on Monday introduced legislation, the HEALS Act, aimed at bolstering the economy and bringing relief to those affected by COVID-19. The $1 trillion spending bill was introduced by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who said on the Senate floor, “I hope this strong proposal will occasion a real response, not partisan cheap shots. Not the predictable, tired old rhetoric as though these were ordinary times, and the nation could afford ordinary politics.” Democrats were quick to decry the proposed legislation, especially over slashing the unemployment amount from an additional $600 a week to $200 — or 70 […]
July 27

7/27/20 – Grand Rapids Public Schools to Start School Year 100% Online for First Nine Weeks

The following is the full text of Dr. Leadriane Roby’s statement regarding the districts plan for 100% online instruction to start the upcoming school year. “A tremendous amount of time, energy, expertise, planning, stakeholder feedback, and collaboration with the union has gone into developing our COVID-10 Preparedness Response Plan. We have relied on multiple sources for direction including, but not limited to: The KISD Futures Committee The State Return to Learn Task Force that Dr. Gorman served on The Governor’s COVID-19 Task Force on Education Return to School Advisory Council Kent County Health Department Michigan Department of Health and Human […]
July 27

7/27/20 – Round 2 of Stimulus Could Include Less of Everything

Lawmakers were working over the weekend to hammer out a new stimulus plan both major parties could agree upon. Treasury Secretary Steve Manuchin says there is agreement in some corners.  “We do have a fundamental agreement between the White House and Republicans in the Senate.”  according to Manuchin, who’s been at the center of negotiations between the White House, GOP and Democrats. While there appears to be agreement on 12-hundred dollar stimulus checks for individuals, with a cap for households, providing continued, additional, federal unemployment checks looks to have been one area of disagreement.  Senate GOP members believe providing the […]
July 27

7/27/20 – We’re Saving Money Because We’re Traveling Less

Gasoline prices in Michigan continue to fall. The cost of a gallon of self-serve regular is down a nickle from last week, to an average of $2.15.  Those prices are a reflection of prices across the state where more stations are reporting declines in prices.  These prices are also five cents less than this same time last month and about 73 cents less than this same time last year. AAA’s Adrienne Woodland says demand has fallen over the last week and its representative of declines seen over the last few months. “If demand continues to drop, motorists could see pump […]
July 27

7/27/20 – The Numbers Continue Their Rise

The global COVID-19 pandemic is accelerating as cases shot past 16 million on Sunday.  Four days ago on July 22, the number was 15 million.  The global death toll is quickly approaching 650,000, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. The numbers are believed to be higher due to underreporting, testing shortages and those who didn’t present any symptoms and therefore weren’t aware they had and helped spread the virus. The U.S. remains the nation with the highest number of cases and deaths, with over 4.2 million people sickened and nearly 147,000 killed. It is expected that the GOP will release a new […]
July 22

7/22/20 – Extra help for small farmers

According to the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development,  the farming industry supports more than 800,000 jobs in the state of Michigan. The Small Farm Safety Grant Program will have $1.25 million dollars available to some smaller  farms in the state. The money is made possible through the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. It will be available to farms with fewer than 10 employees,  farms that have proof they are in good standing , and can show that taxes are being paid. The grant money is for testing and training workers, buying protective equipment, and for procedures ensuring the safety of […]
July 20

Expired: 7/20/20 – Michigan DNR announces new deer hunting regulations

(Mlive) – Michigan hunters in the lower peninsula will be able to pursue anterless deer with their deer or deer combo licenses this season. The Michigan Natural Resources Commission approved the new regulation and several others at its July 16 meeting. The new regulations give hunters more cost-saving opportunities, said Chad Stewart, the DNR’s deer, elk and moose program leader. “These recommendations are aimed at making it easier for hunters of all ages and experience levels to enjoy a Michigan outdoor tradition, while at the same time facing the present and future challenges of managing the state’s abundant deer population,” […]
July 1

7/1/20 – Controversial Civil War statue will remain at township park in West Michigan

OTTAWA COUNTY, MI —(Mlive) –  A controversial Civil War statue is staying put in an Allendale park. Following a week of passionate debate regarding the future of the life-size statue in a veterans display, the Allendale Township Board of Trustees voted unanimously Tuesday to keep the statue in the township’s Veterans Garden of Honor. The board’s action June 30 came after a long board meeting of public comment last week featuring competing viewpoints, a letter from the Grand Valley State University president recommending the statue be moved and a protest at the statue Saturday. The monument depicts a Union and a Confederate […]
May 21

5/21/20 – Split Decision for Governor and Legislature

The Governor and Legislature can each claim a win in the court of claims. Judge Cynthia Stephens issued her ruling today in the case of Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s executive orders and if she overstepped her authority.  The judge’s decision shows she believes lawmakers had a legitimate case and the right to bring the case forward.  But she also ruled the Governor has the right to declare a state of emergency, just not the right to circumvent the legislature. Either way this case is expected to be appealed.
May 20

Expired: 5/20/20 – Governor issues emergency declaration after Midland-area dam failures, urges evacuations

MIDLAND, MI –(Mlive) – Gov. Gretchen Whitmer issued an emergency declaration late Tuesday and sent the National Guard to help after two dams failed in the Midland area after heavy rains. She also urged residents in evacuation zones to get out immediately. “Please, get somewhere safe now,” she said in a 10 p.m. Tuesday, May 19 press conference. About 10,000 people in the city of Midland are being evacuated, along with the village of Sanford, Edenville and Dow Chemical. Officials also are trying to evacuate areas of Tittabawassee Township, Thomas Township and Saginaw Township, she said. The first dam to fail […]
March 13

3/13/20 – List of Schools/Agencies Offering Food Assistance

List of Schools/Agencies offering food assistance during this State of Emergency in Michigan.   Battle Creek Battle Creek Public schools is working on plans to provide meal services to students in need.  To stay up to date, visit – https://www.battlecreekpublicschools.org/   Grand Rapids Kids Food Basket will continue to offer meals to kids through various outlets.  Visit – https://www.kidsfoodbasket.org/emergencyresponse/ Grand Rapids Public Schools is working on ways to continue food services to kids in need.  “Resources to address student nutrition and food insecurity are being considered and future updates will be provided. We are seeking direction from the state and […]
March 13

3/13/20 – Governor Bans Gatherings Over 250 People

Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed an executive order banning all gatherings in Michigan over 250 people.  The ban goes into effect at 5pm today and will last until April 5th at 5pm. Here is the Executive Order. The Governor says the order does not extend to businesses involved in manufacturing or industry, mass transit or grocery shopping. Whitmer’s order states – “This prohibition does not abridge protections guaranteed by the state or federal constitution under these emergency circumstances.”
March 13

3/13/20 – Several Sites in West MI Identified Where CoVid19 May Have Turned Up

Oakland County’s Health Department has identified multiple sites in the state and West Michigan where people who may have had the CoVid-19 visited.  The department wants to remind people that these are just some of the possible known locations visited.   March 1, 2020 Detroit Metropolitan Airport, 9000 Middlebelt Rd, Romulus, time and location to be determined March 4, 2020 Detroit Metropolitan Airport, 9000 Middlebelt Rd, Romulus, time and location to be determined March 5, 2020 Burger King, 27700 23 Mile Rd, Chesterfield Township, 12:15-12:35 p.m. White Castle, 27760 23 Mile Rd, New Baltimore, 12:15-12:35 p.m. Hobby Lobby, 4715 24th […]
March 5

3/5/20 – Grand Rapids Enacts New Pneumatic Gun Regulations

(City of Grand Rapids) — The ordinance, which goes into effect April 1, regulates pneumatic guns, other non-firearm projectile weapons and imitation firearm toys. It was approved by the City Commission in December as part of the City’s safe community strategic priority. The ordinance is designed to prevent the fear, confusion and unsafe situations that pneumatic and imitation weapons can create. “This elevates our commitment to community and police working together for a safe community,” City Manager Mark Washington said. “It also promotes mutual respect between youth and police.” Pneumatic guns and imitation firearms have contributed to public safety concerns […]
February 14

2/14/20 – No ‘Plan B’ for Olympics; questions over Chinese presence

TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo Olympic organizers and the International Olympic Committee say there’s “no case for any contingency plans or cancelling” the 2020 Games because of the fast spreading virus that has caused one death in Japan and about 1,400 in mainland China. A full Chinese delegation is expected when the Olympics open in just over five months. But officials were unclear if Chinese athletes will be able to participate in the remaining 19 test events in Japan. The head of the IOC inspection team heading a two-day visit to Tokyo says he believes many of China’s Olympic athletes are […]
February 14

2/14/20 – Someone’s Getting Seniors Personal Information

WASHINGTON (AP) — A government watchdog plans to launch a nationwide probe into how telemarketers may be getting hold of seniors’ personal Medicare information, a red flag for potential fraud and waste. An official with the Health and Human Services inspector general’s office tells The Associated Press that the audit will be announced next week. It follows a narrower probe which found that an electronic system designed for pharmacies to verify Medicare coverage was being used for what appeared to be inappropriate searches. Investigators say sensitive information can get out even when a Medicare beneficiary thinks he or she is […]
February 14

2/14/20 – PFAS Levels Safe But Residents Still Concerned

Despite tests that demonstrate PFAS levels are safe in Portage, some residents are not convinced. State and county health experts met with residents last night to discuss the tests around a monitoring well where higher than normal PFAS results were found.  While wells were found to have safe levels for PFAS, well below safety recommendations, some residents were concerned for both their health and property values. Some residents wanted more regular testing in order to monitor the expansion of any possible contamination zone.  They feel the recommended action wasn’t strong enough to notify them of any potential ground contamination. Several […]
January 1

1/1/20 – Time To Go, ‘Ok, Boomer?”

Lake Superior State is out with its 45th annual list of words or phrases that should be retired. At the top of the list: quid pro quo. The Latin phrase got new life during the impeachment investigation of President Donald Trump. The school each year invites the public to nominate words and phrases that seem tired or annoying through everyday speech, news coverage and more. The latest list has more than a dozen, including “artisanal,” “influencer,” “living my best life” and “chirp.” And in a baby boomer revolt, it’s apparently time to scratch “OK, boomer.”