Abigail Censky

Abigail Censky is the Politics & Government reporter at WKAR. She started in December 2018.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer detailed the loose framework for the things she’ll consider when deciding which parts of the state to re-open and when they’ll be reopened in a briefing on Monday.

The Governor announced the state will be divided into eight regions, and data about how people get to work and how likely they are to spread COVID-19 based on workplaces will be considered when re-opening.

Whitmer says what other states are doing, isn’t right for Michigan.

Michigan Capitol Building photo
Michigan Senate / www.senate.michigan.gov

  Cars surrounded the Michigan capitol grounds for blocks as far as the eye could see Wednesday, with drivers laying on their horns. At least two-hundred people left their cars and clustered at the front of the capitol, not observing social distancing or wearing masks.

Shelly Vanderwerff, was recently laid from the greenhouse where she worked in Zeeland Michigan. She says she’s not upset that the Governor took action to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Several thousand cars flooded the streets around the state Capitol in Lansing, Mich., on Wednesday to protest the governor's extended stay-at-home order. Cars jammed the streets around the Capitol building, filling the air with a cacophony of honking. People draped in American and "Don't Tread on Me" flags blared "We're Not Gonna Take It" and "God Bless The USA" out of car stereos.

Michigan's lawmakers returned to the Capitol on Tuesday as the state recorded its highest daily number of COVID-19-related deaths in 24 hours. The legislature convened despite the warnings from Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and public health officials who've called for limited gatherings to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

As they entered the Capitol, each lawmaker underwent a health screening and temperature check. Many donned homemade masks while the lieutenant governor presided over the Senate wearing an "Everybody vs. COVID-19" shirt.

Members of the Michigan State University marching band are braving below freezing temperatures to take part in "Sparty Watch" — a more than 50-year-old protection scheme devised to fend off attacks on MSU's beloved mascot, The Spartan, in advance of their rivalry football game on Saturday.

It's 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday, and 22 degrees. Twenty members of the MSU marching band and color guard are huddled outside in the snow flanking the 9-foot bronze statue.

With the UAW strike against General Motors in its fourth week, the automaker is losing millions of dollars. So are the businesses that supply GM. Many of their workers have also been out of work for four weeks, but unlike the striking UAW workers, their plight is much less visible.

Lansing, Mich., has nine regional GM suppliers. These are companies that do everything from producing ads to making parts for GM's cars and trucks. Altogether, that's more than 6,000 jobs. Supplier jobs in Lansing outnumber GM jobs.

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