Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has extended her mask requirement to include many children who attend day care and camps, saying the step is necessary to ensure that the facilities can remain open and safe during the pandemic. Previously, day care centers and camps were exempt from her order to wear a face covering inside enclosed public spaces and crowded outdoor places. Also Thursday, teachers held a rally at the state Capitol to bring attention to the danger of schools reopening for in-person learning later this month and after Labor Day.

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A new study by AAA finds driving assistance systems in cars may do less to assist drivers and more to interfere.

Are driving assistance systems in new cars working the way they should? New research from AAA says maybe not.

“AAA automotive researchers found that over the course of 4,000 miles of real-world driving, vehicles equipped with active driving assistance systems experienced, on average, some type of issue every 8 miles.”

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A record 2.5 million votes were cast in Michigan’s primary, as people took advantage of no-excuse absentee voting amid the coronavirus pandemic, Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson said Thursday.

The count surpassed the previous record of 2.2 million from 2018, when — unlike Tuesday — there were contested statewide contests for governor and U.S. Senate. Nearly one-third of the state’s voting-age population participated.



Progressive Democrats celebrated two primary victories Wednesday, claiming the protests over George Floyd’s death and a renewed focus on racial and economic justice have given their candidates new momentum after some rough patches this year.

Feds arrest paroled child rapist who fled Michigan in 1999

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A man convicted of raping two Michigan children has been arrested in California, more than two decades after he fled Michigan following his parole. James Meese, 71, was arrested by federal agents last week in central California, where he had been hiding out in a house with the help of a woman who helped cover his tracks, the U.S. Marshals Service said. Meece is currently in federal custody in California, awaiting extradition to Michigan, where he will face federal charges of unlawful flight to avoid prosecution, the Detroit Free Press reported. 

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This is the time of the year when the Grand Rapids Police Department begins receiving applications from new recruits. But not this year. Raul Alvarez, public information officer for the department says the current hiring freeze has put the program on hold.

“With the impact of COVID and the unknown that COVID has brought for how many months now the city put in place a hiring freeze in everything else across the board and that included the Grand Rapids Police Department.”

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Kent County’s Health director is asking residents to resist from stigmatizes individuals and groups who have recovered from COVID-19.

In Kent County, 149 residents have died from COVID-19. Of the 6,645 residents have contracted the disease, 5,204 have survived it.

Dr. Adam London, Director of the Kent County Health Department says many of them who have fully recovered are being stigmatized – shunned by some in the community.

A watchdog agency is recommending the removal of a Lapeer County judge who deposited $1,000 from bad check cases in personal bank accounts when he was prosecutor. Judge Byron Konschuh also made false statements and failed to disqualify himself from more than 100 cases despite a conflict of interest with attorneys in those cases. That's the conclusion of the Michigan Judicial Tenure Commission, which sent a recommendation to the state Supreme Court. There was no immediate comment from the judge's lawyer.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed an executive directive that declares racism a public health crisis in Michigan.

The directive says systemic racism has led to higher COVID-19 infection rates in communities of color, as well as higher rates of infant mortality, asthma, and lead poisoning. It says racism has also affected the availability of safe and affordable housing, healthy food options, jobs, and transportation.


“And this reflects long-standing, deep, societal, economic and environmental disparities”

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Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has announced additional steps to combat racism, declaring it a public health crisis and ordering state employees to complete implicit bias training as the state confronts what she called systemic inequities highlighted by the coronavirus pandemic. The governor on Wednesday also created an advisory council of Black leaders and asked the state health department to make health equity a major goal. Black people account for about 39% of Michigan's nearly 6,500 confirmed and probable deaths related to COVID despite making up 14% of the population.