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Wikipedia

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.

Kent ISD
Kent ISD

The results are in, and with the majority of parents surveyed, the Kent Intermediate School District has drafted its School Re-entry Plan for navigating the coronavirus pandemic this fall.

More than 30,000 parents responded to the Kent Intermediate Superintendents’ Association School Re-entry Survey.

“Almost 90% of the parents who responded to the survey believe that in-person instruction is the very best option in terms of a quality educational experience for their child.”

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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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Dana Nessel

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.

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cironline.org

Tuesday, June 23rd @ 10:00pm  on WGVU Public Television - PBS FRONTLINE presents Opioids Inc. revealing how one drug company bribed doctors, committed insurance fraud and made millions for Wall Street investors pushing a highly addictive opioid painkiller.

NARRATION: “Wall Street loves a success story and John Kapoor had a great story to sell.”

NARRATION: “This is a very dangerous product. It was misused. It could actually kill people.”

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MacatawaClarity.org

In April, after a public comment period, new rules were drafted and published impacting the Clean Water Protection Act. Today, those changes take effect.

“These new rules are the most extreme rollback of cleaning water protections that we've seen since the Clean Water Act was put into place in1972.”

Nathan Murphy is Environment Michigan's State Director.

Loans announced for Muskegon County small businesses

Jun 22, 2020
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Two West Michigan organizations are partnering together to create loans for small business owners in Muskegon. Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women (GROW) and the Community Foundation for Muskegon County say the relief is specifically targeting small businesses directly impacted by COVID-19.

Owners can apply for up to $10,000 to help kick start things up again now that many have re-opened their doors and hoping to salvage their small businesses after 3 months of being closed.

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A federal judge threw down the yoga mat Friday and said gyms and fitness centers can reopen next week after finding that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s administration had failed to show any rational link between the coronavirus threat and the shutdown.

U.S. District Judge Paul Maloney in Kalamazoo noted that gyms are closed in much of Michigan while restaurants, bars, barbershops and hair salons are back in business.

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City of Grand Rapids

The City of Grand Rapids is launching a summer youth work program providing access and exposure to employment opportunities. The City of Grand Rapids is rolling out what it considers an innovative jobs program for city teens. Consider it a collaborative public-private paid internship exposing area youths to job opportunities, new skills and making critical professional connections.

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Associated Press

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has extended Michigan's coronavirus emergency declaration until July 16, enabling her to keep intact restrictions and orders that remain after she lifted a stay-at-home policy. The governor - who has been gradually reopening the state - hopes to let gyms, movie theaters and bowling alleys reopen by July 4. They currently are only operating in northern Michigan. The state of emergency also is the underpinning for orders that make people eligible for unemployment an additional six weeks, pause evictions, and require masks and social distancing during the pandemic.

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