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Michigan virus cases clear 10,000; peak still weeks away

LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Michigan is probably a month away from reaching the peak of the coronavirus outbreak, which topped more than 10,000 cases and 417 deaths in the state Thursday. “No one is immune from this virus,” Whitmer said during a news conference at the Capitol. ...

Record 311,000 file initial unemployment claims

LANSING — Claims for unemployment benefits continued to skyrocket in Michigan last week during the coronavirus pandemic, when 311,000 people filed initial applications — more than double from the previous week. The number of applications shattered the previous high of 128,000, which was ...

Michigan virus cases top 9,300; new ventilators are put to work

DETROIT — The number of Michigan residents who have contracted COVID-19 crept toward 10,000 on Wednesday — one of the highest totals in the U.S. — while the state said hundreds of ventilators from the federal government would be quickly put into service, especially in hard-hit ...

Man charged in wife’s beating death

HAZEL PARK (AP) — A suburban Detroit man has been charged with first-degree murder in the killing of his wife. Jeff Sherwood, 45, was arraigned Monday in the killing of his 64-year-old wife, Susan Klepsch. She died of blows to the head and neck, according to the Oakland County medical ...

MDE to request federal waiver for nutrition programs

LANSING — The Michigan Department of Education announced it will request a federal waiver of statutory and regulatory requirements in the Child Nutrition Programs, in accordance with federal guidance. The Michigan Department of Education is requesting the waiver on behalf of all Child ...

Trump allies warn against feud with Whitmer

LANSING — President Donald Trump’s allies are trying to contain a politically risky election year fight with Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer as he struggles to balance presidential politics with a global pandemic in one of the nation’s most important swing states. Both sides have tried to ...

MSU says health care grads can help; deaths rise to 259

DETROIT — Hundreds of new health care graduates from Michigan State University are available to respond to the coronavirus outbreak, the school said Tuesday, as statewide cases rose 17% and deaths topped 250. State officials have made a desperate plea for health professionals, noting that a ...

Lizzo treats Detroit hospital staff to lunch amid pandemic

DETROIT (AP) — Music artist Lizzo brought lunch to staff at a Michigan hospital, expressing gratitude for their services during coronavirus pandemic, according to hospital officials. In a Monday Twitter post, Henry Ford Hospital officials announced that the Detroit native provided emergency ...

Michigan officials plead for ventilators, people to run them

LANSING — Michigan desperately needs thousands of ventilators to treat victims of the coronavirus and more health care workers willing to pitch in during the crisis, state officials said Monday. TCF Center in downtown Detroit soon will be turned into a 900-bed field hospital for COVID-19 ...

Whitmer OKs $150M to fight pandemic

LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Monday signed onto a $150 million funding package to fight the coronavirus pandemic while vetoing $167 million she said should be saved as Michigan confronts what are expected to be plummeting tax revenues amid the pandemic’s economic fallout. Just weeks ...

Macomb County prosecutor under corruption charges calls it quits

MOUNT CLEMENS (AP) — A suburban Detroit prosecutor charged with corruption resigned Monday, saying he’s confident he’ll be cleared but decided to quit “for the betterment of my family, my health and the citizens of Macomb County.” Eric Smith, who was first elected in 2004, is ...

Police nab wanted serial flasher

CASCADE TOWNSHIP (AP) — A western Michigan man suspected of exposing himself to people for nearly two decades was arrested last week on sexual delinquency charges, police said. Police say Steven Todd Pastoor, 56, was arrested Wednesday and confessed to exposing himself from the waist down ...

Detroit convention center to become makeshift hospital

DETROIT— A convention center in Detroit will be turned into a 900-bed hospital in response to the coronavirus, the federal government said Sunday. Construction at TCF Center, formerly known as Cobo Center, will begin after contracts are wrapped up in 24 to 36 hours, the U.S. Army Corps of ...

State Rep. Robinson dead, mom suspects COVID-19

DETROIT (AP) — First-term Michigan State Rep. Isaac Robinson died Sunday, according to this mother, who said she suspects her son’s death could be related to the coronavirus. He was 44. Former Rep. Rose Mary C. Robinson said her son died hours after being transported to the hospital for ...

Trump uses wartime act but GM says it’s already moving fast

DETROIT— Twelve days ago, General Motors put hundreds of workers on an urgent project to build breathing machines as hospitals and governors pleaded for more in response to the coronavirus pandemic. But President Donald Trump, claiming the company wasn’t moving fast enough, on Friday ...

Man charged after touching carts

GENESEE TOWNSHIP (AP) — A Michigan man was arrested after grabbing shopping carts at a grocery store and claiming he had the coronavirus. Jonathan David-Asher Miracle, 26, also kissed the window of a police car Friday, the Genesee County prosecutor’s office said. Miracle was charged ...

Water shutoffs in sharp focus amid coronavirus outbreak

By KAT STAFFORD Associated Press DETROIT — The advice is simple and universal: Washing your hands with soap and water is one of the most effective ways to stop the spread of the coronavirus. But for millions of people across the country, that’s not simple at all: They lack running ...

Pedestrian bridge falls onto freeway

DETROIT (AP) — A truck collided with a pedestrian bridge early Friday in Detroit, sending a portion of the span onto a freeway and blocking traffic along part of the heavily traveled thoroughfare, authorities said. No one was injured in the collapse onto westbound Interstate 94, Lt. Mike ...

Beaumont Health scrambling with hundreds of virus cases

DETROIT (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday again pleaded with Michigan residents to stay at home to rein in the coronavirus while the state’s chief medical executive said hospitals with empty beds were stepping up to ease the burden on overwhelmed medical centers. They spoke to ...

Ford, Fiat Chrysler, Honda, Toyota seek to restart factories

DETROIT (AP) — Ford, Fiat Chrysler, Honda and Toyota took steps Thursday to restart North American factories that have been closed to protect workers from the coronavirus. The plants would reopen in early or mid-April, restoring the largest source of cash for automakers that generally book ...