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Guard activated at Michigan Capitol amid increased security

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer activated the National Guard, the state police continued to augment its presence at the Capitol and crews prepared to install a 6-foot fence around the 142-year-old building before potential protests ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration. Michigan State Police Col. Joe Gasper said Friday that an unknown number of demonstrators were expected to gather on the grounds Sunday, a week-and-a-half after the deadly breach at the U.S. Capitol. Troopers were being...

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CASA of Kent County

Workers and volunteers in the foster care system have been hailed the unsung heroes of the pandemic, advocating for children within its borders. However, those on the inside say it's these organizations who now need help if they're going to continue serving.

Cathy Weirick, Director of CASA of Kent County said the year 2020, and the pandemic that came along with it, brought a new series of obstacles.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has activated National Guard units ahead of protests expected Sunday at the state Capitol. 

The coordinated law enforcement effort also includes the FBI and local police departments.

Police agencies have ramped up intelligence gathering and a visible presence following the insurrection at the US Capitol that turned violent and out of control. The plans include boarding up windows and putting up a fence around the state Capitol. 

Michigan State Police Colonel Joe Gasper.

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Muskegon County Health officials are encouraging persons 65-years and older to make an appointment to get vaccinated for the coronavirus, but the wait could be a while. Health departments in West Michigan have expressed frustration at the limited supply of COVID-19 vaccine, however the Muskegon County Health Department still wants older persons to virtually “raise their hands” if they want to get the first of two shots. 

 

Grand Rapids Police say they have solved the city's first murder of the year, as authorities announced Friday that an arrest related to a January 3rd homicide as been made. Police have charged twenty-three year old Andre Dimetre Sims, of Grand Rapids with open murder, and he is currently in custody at the Kent County Correctional Facility. 

 

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer activated the National Guard, the state police continued to augment its presence at the Capitol and crews prepared to install a 6-foot fence around the 142-year-old building before potential protests ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration.

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The National Rifle Association filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in Texas on Friday as its current home, New York, pursues a fraud case against the organization.

The NRA was founded in New York in 1871 and has since presented itself as a defender of Second Amendment rights. The NRA attributes the move to Texas to a "corrupt political and regulatory environment" in New York.

CASA of Kent County

Workers and volunteers in the foster care system have been hailed the unsung heroes of the pandemic, advocating for children within its borders. However, those on the inside say it's these organizations who now need help if they're going to continue serving.

Cathy Weirick, Director of CASA of Kent County said the year 2020, and the pandemic that came along with it, brought a new series of obstacles.

Parler calls itself a "conservative microblogging alternative" to Twitter and "the world's premier free speech platform."

But it's been offline for five days, and possibly forever, after Amazon kicked Parler off of its Web hosting service.

Civil rights officials at the Department of Health and Human Services issued a series of actions to protect people with disabilities from health care discrimination by medical providers during the pandemic.

The actions, by the Office of Civil Rights, or OCR, at the Department of Health and Human Services, specifically address discrimination related to the denial of treatment for people with disabilities who have COVID-19 or the symptoms of COVID-19. They include:

As nations around the world scramble to start vaccinating against COVID-19, many countries are finding it difficult if not impossible to get the vaccines they want.

Case in point — Argentina. President Alberto Fernández promised to start vaccination campaigns in the South American nation before the end of 2020.

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The National Mall, where millions of people have gathered to mark historic events in Washington, D.C., was closed to the public late Friday morning, as officials announced a string of security measures meant to foil any attempts to derail next week's inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has activated National Guard units ahead of protests expected Sunday at the state Capitol. 

The coordinated law enforcement effort also includes the FBI and local police departments.

Police agencies have ramped up intelligence gathering and a visible presence following the insurrection at the US Capitol that turned violent and out of control. The plans include boarding up windows and putting up a fence around the state Capitol. 

Michigan State Police Colonel Joe Gasper.

Keeping a physical distance from other humans is more critical than ever in the pandemic, with COVID-19 cases surging and more contagious variants spreading. Yet humans are not very good at it.

Each week, we answer "frequently asked questions" about life during the coronavirus crisis. If you have a question you'd like us to consider for a future post, email us at goatsandsoda@npr.org with the subject line: "Weekly Coronavirus Questions."

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Muskegon County Health officials are encouraging persons 65-years and older to make an appointment to get vaccinated for the coronavirus, but the wait could be a while. Health departments in West Michigan have expressed frustration at the limited supply of COVID-19 vaccine, however the Muskegon County Health Department still wants older persons to virtually “raise their hands” if they want to get the first of two shots. 

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