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Michigan would create dedicated facilities for coronavirus-infected patients who aren't sick enough to be hospitalized or placed in a nursing home under a bill approved by the state Senate. The Republican-sponsored legislation, which passed Wednesday, is a response to Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's policy that allows people with COVID-19 to be put in nursing homes if they are isolated from residents without the virus.

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People could order cocktails for pickup or delivery from Michigan bars and restaurants through 2025 under a bill that has won final approval and is expected to be signed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. The "cocktails-to-go" bill, approved Wednesday, is part of a broader package that also includes a temporary cut in state liquor prices to help businesses hurting during the coronavirus pandemic. The state already lets bars and restaurants sell unopened beer and wine to go. The package also would let local governments designate "social districts" where people could drink alcohol outside.

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Republicans who control the Michigan Legislature on Tuesday proposed a $1.3 billion plan to help K-12 schools reopen during the coronavirus pandemic, saying districts should have flexibility to start when they want and to offer remote instruction as an alternative if necessary.

The one-time funding, including an $800 per-pupil increase to address new costs related to COVID-19, would come from $3 billion in federal relief. Teachers would get a $500 bonus.

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The Michigan Legislature on Tuesday gave final approval to a bill to lift a new July 1 deadline by which it is supposed to send a budget to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

The legislation, which she plans to sign, would delay the requirement until 2021 due to uncertainty over a revenue shortfall caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Michigan’s fiscal year does not start until Oct. 1. While lawmakers typically try to finalize the spending plan months in advance, the true deadline is Sept. 30.

For the second time, a judge has rejected the state of Michigan's proposed remedy in a dispute over a petition drive that could lead to shorter prison sentences. A group is trying to get a question on the fall ballot that would give prisoners credit for good behavior. The coronavirus outbreak and stay-home orders hurt their attempt to gather enough signatures by the May 27 deadline. The secretary of state offered to extend the signature deadline to July 6 to get on the fall ballot. But U.S. District Judge Matthew Leitman rejected it Tuesday.


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A judge says the University of Michigan must stop reaching out to alumni in its investigation of a doctor who is accused of molesting athletes and students for decades. Federal Judge Victoria Roberts is overseeing lawsuits by victims of Dr. Robert Anderson. She agrees with attorneys who say it's wrong for the university to communicate with potential plaintiffs in class-action litigation. The university says it's writing to more than 300,000 former students, asking them to share information that "may be helpful" in the Anderson investigation.

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Fire departments that use a foam containing a group of chemicals known as PFAS would be required to report its use within 48 hours of ending a fire under legislation sent to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. The bill won unanimous approval from the Michigan House Tuesday. It would mandate that fire chiefs report incidents in which PFAS-containing firefighting foams are used to Michigan's pollution emergency alert system.

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Republicans who control the Michigan Legislature are proposing a $1.3 billion one-time funding boost to help K-12 schools reopen during the coronavirus pandemic. The plan unveiled Tuesday also calls for letting schools start before Labor Day without needing a waiver, redefining "attendance" to allow for online learning and reducing the number of snow day allowances so remote instruction occurs instead. The GOP proposal would increase state funding by $800 a student to implement robust distance-learning plans and to cover new health and safety measures.

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Michigan's attorney general is asking a judge to shut down a pipeline in the Great Lakes after an energy company discovered that an anchor support had shifted deep below the surface. Enbridge insists the Line 5 pipeline itself was not damaged. The company resumed the flow of oil and natural gas liquids in the west leg of the system Saturday. Meanwhile, the east line in the Straits of Mackinac remains closed. That's where the anchor support assembly had moved. State attorneys say both east and west lines should be turned off until an independent review is conducted.

The nonpartisan commission that sponsors the formal election year presidential debates announced Tuesday that an October debate that had been set for Michigan will now take place in Florida. The change comes after the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, determined it was no longer “feasible” to host the Oct. 15 debate, the Commission on Presidential Debates said. The debate will instead be held at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County in Miami.