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Governor Gretchen Whitmer said today that people should brace for a difficult December and January after Thanksgiving gatherings likely exposed more people to COVID-19.

Whitmer said the good news is several vaccines are well into testing and development. But it will probably be months before the vaccine becomes widely available.
The governor said a more immediate concern is controlling new infections – and she’s afraid infections could spike in December and January before a vaccine becomes widely available.

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In a conspiracy laden seven-hour hearing, Republican poll challengers and watchers testified in front of the Michigan Senate Oversight Committee. Despite accusations, they did not provide evidence of widespread voter fraud.

Police search for person who climbed Mackinac Bridge tower

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Authorities are looking for someone who boldly climbed to the top of a Mackinac Bridge tower, took pictures and later posted them on social media. The incident apparently occurred in early November. Alarms were triggered hours apart, but no one was caught, the Mackinac Bridge Authority said Wednesday.

The agency’s executive secretary, Kim Nowack, called it “inexcusably reckless.”

AP

President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, urged Michigan Republican activists on Wednesday to pressure, even threaten, the GOP-controlled Legislature to “step up” and award the state’s 16 electoral votes to Trump despite Democrat Joe Biden’s 154,000-vote victory.

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Michigan’s acting unemployment director told lawmakers on Wednesday that her office is trying to strike a balance between quickly paying benefits to jobless workers and preventing fraud, saying impostor claims are rampant in a backlog of approximately 90,000 cases.

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A federal judge has refused to block the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services’ ban on indoor dining.

When the MDHHS issued restrictions on indoor dining two weeks ago designed to slow the surge of COVID-19 cases, the Michigan Restaurant & Lodging Association sued the state. It brought four federal claims and a pair of state claims.

“Alleging that the Constitutional rights of restaurant operators have been violated.”

Michael Huff is a corporate attorney with Mika Meyers.

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MSU.edu

Undergraduates at Michigan State University will be required to live on campus a second year as part of efforts to help students toward graduating. The school says a 2-year living requirement waived since the 1980s will be reinstated next fall. An analysis by Michigan State's Office of Institutional Research shows undergraduates who live on the East Lansing campus their first two years have graduation rates about 2.5 percentage points higher than those who live on campus only their first year.

City of Grand Rapids

After voters approved the idea in November, the Grand Rapids City Commission is officially moving its election year cycle from odd years to even.

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Paul Flower

There’s a novel you can read. It’s about a virus. A governor. A conspiracy involving the Michigan militia, and an attack that ended in Wisconsin. If the storyline sounds familiar, it’s a fiction published last year.

In October 2020, the FBI arrested more than a dozen members of a Michigan militia known as the “Wolverine Watchmen.” Their plan; to kidnap Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer and take her by boat to Wisconsin to stand trial for treason. Her crime; issuing staying-at-home orders limiting the spread of the deadly coronavirus.

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The state House approved a series of bills Tuesday that would provide a greater level of confidentiality for survivors of domestic and sexual violence.

Under the proposals, victims of crimes and their children would be given an identification number and a substitute address for the state to mail items such as driver’s licenses and other state documents.

The program would put Michigan on par with 37 other states that provide some form of address confidentiality for crime victims, bill sponsor Sen. Ruth Johnson, a Holly Republican, said in a media release.

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