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Detroit’s 36th district court announced a pair of significant eviction-related orders this week.

The court initially said that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control’s new eviction moratorium didn’t apply to Wayne County. The moratorium is based on local COVID-19 transmission levels.

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The Michigan Court of Appeals says the state law that punishes intimidation based on gender protects transgender people from threatening behavior.

The case centers on a victim who identifies as female. She was threatened, taunted and shot in the shoulder during an altercation at a gas station.

Rep. Rashida Tlaib
Rep. Rashida Tlaib

Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib plans to introduce a bill on Friday that would offer forgivable loans to people who have fallen behind on utility payments during the pandemic. 

The measure put forth by the Detroit-area Congresswoman would allocate nearly 40 billion in federal funding to go towards debt owed on electricity, gas, water, and internet bills across the country, although Tlaib said she was moved to author the bill by her constituents. 

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Leaders in Saginaw are turning to prayer as a way to fight the city’s rising violent crime rate.

Like other Michigan cities, Saginaw has endured a spasm of deadly violence this year.

Mayor Brenda Moore is organizing an event later this month with the city’s religious leaders.

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A Michigan health care provider has agreed to pay $2.8 million to the federal government to settle allegations that a doctor performed unnecessary hysterectomies and other services.

The deal settles claims of false billings made by Ascension Michigan to Medicare, Medicaid and another federal insurance program. The doctor's name wasn't disclosed.

Updated August 5, 2021 at 5:27 PM ET

Richard Trumka, the longtime head of the powerful AFL-CIO and a close ally of Democratic Party leaders, has died. He was 72.

Speaking before a White House event Thursday, President Biden said that Trumka died of a heart attack while on a camping trip with family.

"He wasn't just a great labor leader, he was a friend," Biden said. "He was someone I could confide in. You knew whatever he said he'd do, he would do."

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U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm was in Michigan Thursday to tout the Biden administration’s new fuel economy standards and a goal to significantly increase electric vehicle sales.

The Biden administration wants automakers to raise gas mileage and cut tailpipe pollution between now and model year 2026. It also has won a voluntary commitment from the industry that electric vehicles would make up roughly half of U.S. sales by 2030. Both the regulatory standards and the voluntary goal are included in an executive order.

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The Alma city planning commission voted Wednesday to recommend against a rezoning request that would allow a vacant nursing home to be converted to a shelter for young refugees.

In a 4-2 vote, the commission advised the full city council to reject the proposal, submitted by Bethany Christian Services, which said it would operate the shelter with federal funding.

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Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan and federal disaster agency officials say help is available for Metro Detroit households impacted by June flooding—but navigating the process takes some work.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has already disbursed $48.9 million in grants to Detroit-area flood victims, including $29 million in the city alone.

As coronavirus cases climb worryingly across the United States, a recent study shows that the number of children contracting the virus "steadily increased" in July.

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