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New hotel, restaurant part of $300 million Gun Lake Casino expansion

Tribe officials Monday announced that the Gun Lake Casino will undergo a $300 million expansion. While the casino has undergone a number of upgrades since it opened in 2011, nothing comes close to this, as the Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians, or the Gun Lake Tribe, say the expansion will include a 250-room hotel with luxury suites, a full-service spa and a restaurant. Officials say, the “announcement continues development on the master planning and infrastructure required...

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Unlock Michigan

The Michigan Bureau of Elections says a petition campaign to initiate a law to curtail the governor’s use of emergency powers has gathered the signatures it needs.
 

The Unlock Michigan campaign wants the Legislature to vote on a veto-proof initiative. It would repeal one of the laws Governor Gretchen Whitmer used to enact emergency COVID-19 restrictions.

That law was struck down in court, but remains on the books. Also, most of the state’s COVID restrictions have been lifted.

Fred Wszolek of Unlock Michigan says that’s not enough.
 

Tribe officials Monday announced that the Gun Lake Casino will undergo a $300 million expansion. While the casino has undergone a number of upgrades since it opened in 2011, nothing comes close to this, as the Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians, or the Gun Lake Tribe, say the expansion will include a 250-room hotel with luxury suites, a full-service spa and a restaurant.

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Grand Valley State University

Data from the March Supply Management Research survey for the local economy indicates a global economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic is well underway.

“Some of the rest of the world is now turning in record statistics as far as the industrial market is concerned.”

Brian G. Long is director of Supply Management Research in the Seidman College of Business at Grand Valley State University. 

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Michigan Office of the Governor / Associated Press

After leading the nation’s COVID-19 daily case rate for weeks, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Sunday that Michigan could be seeing a drop in infections.

Whitmer has extended a pandemic order that limits business capacity and requires masks in public, but the Democrat has avoided further restrictions in place during previous surges, including suspending indoor restaurant dining. Instead, she’s urged a voluntary pause on the activities and pushed for more vaccinations from the White House, which has said it would help with other logistics but continue allocating based on population.

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nmu.edu

Professors at Northern Michigan University are looking for a better contract after they say they took “one for the team” during the pandemic and agreed to a one-year pay freeze.

Faculty held signs during a rally last week at the Marquette campus to bring attention to contract talks between the union and NMU administrators, The Mining Journal reported.

Union leader Dwight Brady said NMU has proposed a two-year contract with no increase in base pay along with a 1% bonus. The current contract expires June 30.

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College-bound high schoolers are making their final deliberations ahead of May 1, the national deadline to pick a school. That day will mark the end of a hectic admissions season drastically shaped by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Many colleges dropped standardized testing requirements, and because some high schools gave pass/fail grades and canceled extracurriculars and sports, admissions counselors had to change how they read and evaluate applications.

The judge in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin criticized comments made by Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., over the weekend, calling them "disrespectful to the rule of law," but rejected a motion from the defense to use her rhetoric as grounds for a mistrial.

The fate of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, on trial for the killing of George Floyd in May 2020, is now in the hands of the jury.

Chauvin's trial entered its seventh week Monday with Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill's instructions to jury members, followed by closing arguments from prosecution and defense attorneys. Jurors will be sequestered during their deliberations.

In closing arguments, prosecutor Steve Schleicher said Chauvin directly caused the death of Floyd on Memorial Day after kneeling on Floyd's neck for 9 minutes and 29 seconds.

Updated April 19, 2021 at 7:00 PM ET

U.S. Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick, who engaged with pro-Trump rioters during the Jan. 6 insurrection, died of natural causes the day after the attack, Washington, D.C.'s chief medical examiner announced Monday.

On Monday, Australia and New Zealand launched their long-anticipated travel bubble that will allow residents of each country to visit the other without having to quarantine upon arrival.

Emotional videos capturing long-awaited reunions in arrival halls in various airports across Australia and New Zealand have been circulating online since the first passengers touched down. Thousands are reported to have made the journey across the Tasman Sea in the bubble's opening first day.

Greta Thunberg, the 18-year-old Swedish environmental activist, is now lobbying world leaders to make sure that COVID vaccines are distributed equitably around the globe.

Speaking at a Monday press conference for the World Health Organization, Thunberg called it is "unethical" that young people at low-risk from COVID in rich nations are being vaccinated before health care workers in low-income countries.

Unlock Michigan

The Michigan Bureau of Elections says a petition campaign to initiate a law to curtail the governor’s use of emergency powers has gathered the signatures it needs.
 

The Unlock Michigan campaign wants the Legislature to vote on a veto-proof initiative. It would repeal one of the laws Governor Gretchen Whitmer used to enact emergency COVID-19 restrictions.

That law was struck down in court, but remains on the books. Also, most of the state’s COVID restrictions have been lifted.

Fred Wszolek of Unlock Michigan says that’s not enough.
 

Updated April 19, 2021 at 5:40 PM ET

The prosecution and defense, in closing arguments, accused each other of misleading the jury in the trial of Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd.

Prosecutor Jerry Blackwell had the last word, telling jurors, "the largest departure from the truth" was that "Mr. Floyd died because his heart was too big."

Tribe officials Monday announced that the Gun Lake Casino will undergo a $300 million expansion. While the casino has undergone a number of upgrades since it opened in 2011, nothing comes close to this, as the Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians, or the Gun Lake Tribe, say the expansion will include a 250-room hotel with luxury suites, a full-service spa and a restaurant.

A federal judge on Monday ordered two alleged leaders of the far-right extremist group the Proud Boys detained pending trial on conspiracy and other charges tied to the deadly Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.

U.S. District Judge Timothy Kelly found that the evidence presented so far in the case weighs in favor of jailing Ethan Nordean and Joseph Biggs ahead of their trial. Both men had been released, but the government renewed its request to have them returned to custody after they were indicted.

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