Coronavirus / Covid-19

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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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A vaccine for the coronavirus could be ready as early as this fall…that’s according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Director, Alex Azar, who visited Grand Rapids on Tuesday afternoon. The comments came as Azar visited Skytron---it’s a company that manufactures infection prevention technologies in Grand Rapids, Michigan---and when asked when a COVID-19 would be ready, Azar said he’s optimistic it could be here as early as September, and all but guaranteeing one would be ready by the end of the year.

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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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Defendants in criminal cases get to decide whether remote testimony will be allowed. That six-to-zero decision was issued Monday by the Michigan Supreme Court.

The court said video testimony can violate a defendant’s right to confront opposing witnesses. Both the U.S. and Michigan constitutions have confrontation clauses.

Kristin Lavoy is the defense attorney for a man convicted of criminal sexual conduct.

She says the decision means prosecutors can't decide to use remote testimony due to cost or convenience.

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A legal battle between the state and gym owners will determine whether gyms will open across the state this week.

Last week, a federal court granted an injunction allowing gyms across the state to reopen starting on Thursday.

In his decision granting a preliminary injunction to gyms on Friday, Judge Paul Maloney wrote that when gyms asked in court why they must remain closed the state could only answer “trust us.”

Loans announced for Muskegon County small businesses

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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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Michigan state parks will resume collecting admission fees Monday after a three-month break because of the coronavirus.

The recreation passport costs $12 when renewing a license plate registration through the secretary of state or $17 at park entrances.

The cost is lower for motorcycles. The pass is valid for one year or until the current vehicle registration expires.

The pass allows people to visit more than 100 state parks and recreation areas.

Visitors from outside Michigan can purchase the annual pass online or at state parks for $34 or pay $9 a day.

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