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The University of Michigan says it has ended its "broad, generalized COVID-19 case notifications for classrooms and building spaces." U-M officials cite state guidance, as well as community feedback that the notices were confusing.

Meanwhile, Michigan State University is no longer alerting faculty members about certain possible cases of COVID-19 exposure in classrooms.

It's a bad time to get sick in Oregon. That's what many doctors are telling their patients and the public as hospitals full of COVID-19 patients have been forced to postpone some treatments of other medical conditions.

Charlie Callagan's scheduled bone-marrow transplant was postponed. Now he's waiting for a new surgery date, hunkered down at his home in Merlin, a small Rogue Valley town in southern Oregon.

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Today on Stateside, the state Legislature takes up a ban on mask mandates. If the measure succeeds, it’s sure to meet the governor’s veto pen. We talk to a Democratic lawmaker who also opposes the bills. Then, how the COVID era has changed the way we think about and use social spaces. And, it was a boom year for mosquitoes in Michigan. Does that translate to more mosquito-borne diseases this year? We go behind the scenes with the scientists tracking those numbers.

NPR will be covering and celebrating Latino culture and history throughout National Hispanic Heritage Month, which begins today.

You can find continued coverage here (and be sure to check out the "El Tiny" takeover of the Tiny Desk (home) concert series, kicking off with a performance from J Balvin).

The COVID-19 response plan that President Biden unveiled last week aims to dramatically increase the accessibility of rapid tests for the coronavirus.

The Biden administration announced it was spending $2 billion on 280 million quick-turnaround tests to be distributed to community health centers, food banks, testing sites, shelters, prisons and other congregate settings. It's also leaning on Walmart, Amazon and Kroger to sell rapid tests at wholesale cost for the next three months.

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City commissioners in Grand Rapids have followed through on an affordable housing recommendation six years in the making.

On Tuesday commissioners voted to create a new affordable housing fund for the city. That follows a recommendation made in 2015 to address rising housing costs in Grand Rapids.

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A legislative hearing on restoring the ability of undocumented Michiganders to get driver's licenses or state IDs was stopped before it could get started Tuesday.

Since 2008, Michigan has required proof of permanent legal residency. House Bills 4835 and 4836 would restore the ability for undocumented individuals to apply for a driver’s license or state identification.

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Former Detroit Police Chief James Craig formally announced today that he is running as a Republican for governor of Michigan. This announcement has been expected for months – since Craig retired in June.

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Today on Stateside, we hear about the chaotic start to the gubernatorial campaign of former Detroit Police Chief James Craig. Then, artists transform a Detroit house into an exploration of modern feminism. And, we hear from two families about their complicated feelings about going back to school amid the ongoing pandemic.

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Former Detroit police chief James Craig was supposed to announce his candidacy for governor on Belle Isle Tuesday, but that event was interrupted by protesters.

“James Craig is full of hate, we won’t let him win our state,” protesters chanted.

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