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Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan says the city will continue an 8 p.m. curfew for the next week, after police used tear gas, rubber bullets, and other aggressive measures to break up groups of people violating the curfew in downtown Detroit on Sunday night.

The clashes came as Duggan, Police Chief James Craig, and some of the city’s African American pastors and neighborhood activists asked people to stay off the streets at night, and for people from outside the city to refrain from coming in for after-hours protests sparked by the Minneapolis police killing of George Floyd.

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Governor Gretchen Whitmer describes comments made by President Donald Trump during a phone call with the nation’s governors Monday as "dangerous."

The call focused on weekend protests that turned violent.

Emma Winowiecki / Michigan Radio

More than a thousand people gathered in Ann Arbor Monday for another day of protests against police brutality.

The protest began on the University of Michigan campus, where a number of speakers addressed the crowd, including Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI 12), state Rep. Yousef Rabhi (D-53), and state Sen. Jeff Irwin (D-18).

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Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is scheduled to testify about Michigan’s response to the COVID-19 crisis before a congressional committee Tuesday.

A subcommitte of the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce is scheduled to hear from Whitmer, along with the governors of Colorado and Arkansas. 

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Jodi Westrick / Michigan Radio

Today on Stateside, what the Wayne State University police chief says needs to happen to regain public trust as the nation erupts in protest over the killing of George Floyd. Plus, a theater director speaks about the role of art in articulating black pain amid civil unrest. 

Paulette Parker / Michigan Radio

Following a weekend of protests in Detroit over the police killing of George Floyd, downtown businesses along Woodward Avenue took proactive measures to protect themselves against possible vandalism and looting. Storefronts, including H&M and Madewell, were seen being boarded up. Black-owned businesses on the stretch donned signs in their windows with writings including “Black owned. Please don’t loot.” and “As a black and women own [sic] business, we support the protestors.”

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Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has lifted Michigan's coronavirus stay-at-home order – but not everything will re-open right away.

Salons, casinos and gyms will stay shuttered due to an inability to maintain proper social distancing.
Whitmer says Michiganders will be able to eat at their favorite establishments next week.

Lester Graham / Michigan Radio

Following two nights of protests in Detroit over the police killing of George Floyd, where police released tear gas on protesters in attempts to divide and separate the crowd, a mandated curfew seemed to help quell activity in the city on Sunday evening.

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Abigail Censky / WKAR

This post was last updated Sunday, May 31st at 11:10 p.m.

Hundreds gathered at the Michigan State Capitol Sunday to protest the police killing of George Floyd, a Black man in Minneapolis who was killed after White Police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for minutes.

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Governor Gretchen Whitmer released a video statement Sunday in response to demonstrations across Michigan over the weekend against police brutality.

Whitmer was joined on the video by Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist. They both said anger over the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis is justified. But they asked people to find non-violent ways to express their frustration.

Dustin Dwyer / Michigan Radio

Two Michigan cities are imposing curfews after clashes between police and protesters this weekend.

Detroit and Grand Rapids have been rocked by vandalism and violence after rallies against police brutality against black people.

Detroit's curfew will begin at 8 p.m., and lift at 5 a.m.

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An Owosso barber hopes the Michigan Supreme Court will get involved in his case Monday so he can stay open.

Last week, A Shiawassee County Circuit Court judge ordered Karl Manke to close and lock his barbershop.

Abigail Censky / WKAR

A large crowd chanting “I can’t breathe” laid on the grounds of the state Capitol in Lansing on Sunday.

The chants echoed the cries of George Floyd, who died after a Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck during an arrest.

Dustin Dwyer / Michigan Radio

What started out as a large peaceful protest in Grand Rapids against police violence during the day on Saturday turned chaotic at night and into the early hours of Sunday morning. Police fired tear gas at the protesters, trying to break up the group. The group broke up into many smaller groups, but then went throughout downtown smashing windows, looting stores and setting many police cruisers on fire.

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Jodi Westrick / Michigan Radio

For the fifth day this week, demonstrators gathered in Ann Arbor to protest excessive police force both nationally and locally. The protests were originally organized in support of Sha'Teina Grady El, who was shown being punched by a Washtenaw County sheriff's deputy in a video that spread across social media this week. 

Ryan Patrick Hooper / WDET

Update: May 30, 2020 4:20 p.m.

Detroit Police Chief James Craig says 60 people were arrested during Friday night’s melee. Thirty-seven of them were from outside the city of Detroit.

Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

The U.S. Justice Department is throwing its support behind businesses suing the state of Michigan over the governor’s executive orders to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Along with signing her stay at home order, Governor Gretchen Whitmer has issued dozens of other executive orders. The orders shut down businesses across the state.   

Tracy Samilton / Michigan Radio

Washtenaw County Sheriff Jerry Clayton has released body cam videos showing Sha'Teina Grady El fiercely resisting arrest, including biting a deputy on the arm.

Grady El was arrested after she refused to move away from the perimeter of a probable crime scene. Prior to her arrest, Grady El was videotaping deputies investigating a shooting, and advising the occupant of a nearby home that they needed a warrant to enter.

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A judge Friday ordered an Owosso barber to shut his doors.

Karl Manke reopened his barbershop earlier this month, saying he could no longer afford to stay closed. By cutting hair at his barbershop in Owosso, Manke has become a hero for those opposed to Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s stay at home order.

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As Michigan faces a more than 22% unemployment rate, Governor Gretchen Whitmer is encouraging business owners to call back workers even if it’s just part-time.

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Jodi Westrick / Michigan Radio

Protests continue in the state and nation following explosive uses of police force against African Americans. Recent documented incidents took place in Minneapolis, where George Floyd was killed after a police officer pushed his knee into Floyd’s neck for several minutes, and in Southeast Michigan, where a Washtenaw County deputy repeatedly punched Sha’Teina Grady El in the head.

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Jodi Westrick / Michigan Radio

Today on Stateside, thoughts from a sociologist and a law professor about the marches in Detroit and Ann Arbor that drew attention to police officers’ use of force against African Americans. We’ll also find out how one charter school operator is preparing for the fall. 

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In Gladwin County, restaurants can open for dine-in service.

Since March, the governor’s executive orders intended to slow the spread of COVID-19 prevented Michigan restaurants from offering dine-in service.

But severe flooding this month is opening the doors to restaurants in Gladwin County.

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High school seniors have all of the concerns that younger kids have right now. They're missing their friends, their schools, and their normal schedules. On top of that, they are uncertain about what their next steps will look like or how the deep economic ripples caused by the pandemic will affect them. It's anything but a fun summer. Stateside talked to three high school seniors about what it's like when a major milestone gets overshadowed by a global public health pandemic. 

Michigan’s Beaumont Health cancels merger with Ohio system, vague on why

May 29, 2020
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Paulette Parker / Michigan Radio

Plans to merge Beaumont Health, Michigan’s largest hospital system, and Ohio-based Summa Health have ended — unrelated to financial losses from COVID-19, Beaumont said Friday morning.

Summa CEO Dr. Cliff Deveny said Beaumont surprised Summa officials last week, notifying Summa in phone calls and “official letters” that it was withdrawing from the planned merger.

John Auchter / Michigan Radio

My niece works as a chemical engineer in a petroleum refinery. When the pandemic hit, there was both a glut of oil and a sharp reduction in demand for oil products. That, along with stay-at-home orders for workers, led to the difficult decision to turn off the refinery for a bit.

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Bryce Huffman / Michigan Radio

A proposed immigration detention facility in Ionia County will face opposition every step of the way. That’s the message from a group that’s been speaking out against the facility.

The Ionia County Commission had been considering a resolution to support the proposed facility, which could eventually house up to 600 people. But commissioners tabled the resolution after a number of people spoke out against it.

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Temujin Kensu has been in prison for nearly 35 years, after being convicted of a murder that took place in Port Huron, even though multiple witnesses placed him in Escanaba in the Upper Peninsula at the time.

Kensu's appeals have all failed, largely on technical grounds.  

The 57 year old Kensu, who changed his name from Fred Freeman after his conversion to Buddism in prison, has battled chronic health conditions for years, including an auto-immune disorder, according to his attorney. 

A bearded man with a mask on holding a tooth brush in front of his face
Tyler Scott

Debra Hibbeln and her partner found ways to get by when their Dental practice was closed because of the pandemic. Now they’ve re-hired their employees, and spent a lot of time and money putting new equipment and safety measures in place.  

But instead of re-opening as soon as they can on Friday, they’re taking things slow. A lot has changed after all.

flooded street in Midland
Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

Today on Stateside, we touched base with agriculture workers, and what some farmers are doing to keep their seasonal employees safe. Plus, writer Donavan Hohn talks about the inner coast explored in his new essay collection.

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