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After being shut down for nearly two months, restaurants in the Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan received permission from the governor to allow sit-down dining at limited capacity just in time for Memorial Day. Some welcomed the flood of tourists for the busy holiday weekend, but others erred on the side of caution and are sticking to takeout-only service for a while longer.

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A conservative legal foundation has filed a new challenge against Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s ability to issue new emergency orders related to workplaces and the COVID-19 outbreak.

The Mackinac Center says the governor’s earlier orders have succeeded in slowing the pace of new COVID-19 infections.

The lawsuit says the governor’s orders now exceed her authority under emergency management laws.

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As the pandemic weeks turn into pandemic months, many questions remain about how we know what we know about COVID-19. One of the major limiting factors in testing for the virus is the availability of supplies for test kits.

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Today on Stateside, Governor Gretchen Whitmer announces loosened restrictions on some Michigan businesses and small gatherings just in time for the holiday weekend. Plus, we'll hear about the environmental threats posed by massive flooding in Midland County this week. 

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Governor Gretchen Whitmer is continuing to slowly re-open Michigan's economy.

Her latest order will allow retail stores and auto dealerships to re-open Tuesday, May 26. It also authorizes non-essential medical, dental, and veterinary procedures to begin Friday, May 29.

Small gatherings of groups of ten people or fewer, are allowed immediately, as long as participants practice social distancing.

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Governor Gretchen Whitmer says she has talked to members of former Vice President Joe Biden’s campaign team about being his running mate on the November ballot.

But Whitmer told the “Today” show in NBC she’s not aware of any formal vetting for the position.

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Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy has charged a Detroit man for allegedly making death threats against Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Attorney General Dana Nessel. Robert Sinclair Tesh was arrested in April after allegedly using a social media messaging app to make the threats. He was charged with "false report or a threat of terrorism," a felony with a maximum 20 year prison sentence.

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Governor Gretchen Whitmer said Monday that Michigan is making progress in fighting COVID-19. She noted a decline in the rate of positive cases.

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Today on Stateside, protesters once again gathered at Michigan's Capitol to protest Governor Whitmer's stay at home order while lawmakers and the governor clashed over her emergency powers. Plus, one Detroit business owner talks about the challenges of making a federal small business loan work for her 100-plus employee bakery. 

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Today on Stateside, Governor Gretchen Whitmer has extended the stay at home order, but a loosening of certain restrictions will allow some businesses to reopen. We'll get an analysis of the latest development in the state leadership’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Plus, the owner of a Grand Rapids juice bar talks about the hard pivot to home delivery, and the networks that might help black-owned business survive the shutdown. 

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More than 2,900 of the more than 48,295 employees across the state government have been notified that they will be temporarily laid off due to the COVID-19 crisis.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer says employees who have been laid off will retain their health insurance and other benefits, and they will be automatically enrolled into the unemployment process.

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Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s expanded stay-at-home order has passionate supporters and ardent critics.

It’s being challenged in federal court. And foes of the order are planning a rally Wednesday at the state Capitol.

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Michigan is the first state approved for a federal program to help feed kids who rely on school meals amid COVID-19 pandemic.

The United States Department of Agriculture announced Thursday that Michigan is the first state approved for the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer - or Pandemic EBT program.  

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The Legislature adopted a resolution Tuesday extending Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s emergency authority to deal with the COVID-19 crisis.

Lawmakers were called into the House and the Senate in small groups to check in before the resolution was adopted.

The resolution extends the governor’s emergency powers until April 30th. The governor had requested a longer extension of 70 days.

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Michigan’s healthcare systems have been hit hard by the Covid-19 crisis, especially those in the metro-Detroit area. So Governor Gretchen Whitmer is calling on medical professionals and everyday citizens to volunteer their talents and time to assist hospitals in fighting COVID-19.

Governor Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services launched a new volunteer website where trained medical professionals can sign up and find out how to help their local communities.

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Governor Gretchen Whitmer has sent a letter to President Trump asking him to declare a Major Disaster in Michigan due to COVID-19.

Whitmer says she is hopeful that President Trump will grant her request for disaster relief within the new few days.

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Governor Gretchen Whitmer has signed an executive order to postpone all non-essential medical and dental procedures until the COVID-19 state of emergency has ended.

Whitmer said in a statement that she hopes this executive order alleviates the strain on Michigan’s healthcare system.

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K-12 schools all over Michigan are closed due to COVID-19. But what about students who rely on school breakfast and lunch for their daily meals?

Well different school districts have different solutions.

New Faith Temple Church of God in Christ in southeast Grand Rapids, for example, is one of eight locations around the city handing out meals to Grand Rapids Public Schools’ families while schools are closed.

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Today on Stateside, we're digging deeper into the hiring of Mel Tucker, his around $30 million compensation package, and the process governing sports hiring at Michigan's Big 3 schools. Plus, two African American artists in Detroit talk about finding a canvas big enough to tell real stories.

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The Michigan Senate voted Thursday to reject one of Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s appointments to the state Natural Resources Commission, which oversees hunting and fishing regulations.

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Governor Gretchen Whitmer kicked off a tour to sell her proposed budget with a speech to business leaders in southeast Michigan. In her address to the Detroit Economic Club, the governor said she’s standing by her call for a fuel tax increase to pay for road repairs.

She said road spending has grown too reliant over the past two decades on transfers from the state’s general fund. At the same time, she said, general fund revenue has remained steady.

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Today on Stateside, we talk about Governor Gretchen Whitmer's budget priorities, including a boost in school funding. Plus, parents from Saline and Lansing discuss what it's like to raise kids of color who go to majority-white schools. 

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Today on Stateside, we recap Governor Whitmer's response to President Trump's State of the Union address. Plus, with the impeachment trial wrapping up, we hear from former federal prosecutor and University of Michigan law professor Barbara McQuade about why this could be a big moment for the future of executive power. 

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Today on Stateside, Governor Gretchen Whitmer is set to deliver the Democratic rebuttal to President Trump’s State of the Union next week. Why was she chosen and what can we expect to hear? Plus, the head of a Dearborn seminary talks about educating the next generation of Muslim faith leaders.

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Today on Stateside, Gretchen Whitmer laid out her 2020 agenda at Wednesday's State of the State address. We'll talk to the governor, and lawmakers from both parties, about what comes next. Plus, an investigative report into how law enforcement and a religious group let a suspected child predator go.

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Governor Gretchen Whitmer says she thinks it will take a mixture of funding sources to come up with enough money to fix Michigan’s roads and infrastructure.

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Governor Gretchen Whitmer has signed the final bills that make up a re-negotiated budget deal reached with Republicans in the Legislature.

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Governor Gretchen Whitmer has vetoed two bills sent to her by the Legislature.

One bill would have reversed the Michigan Natural Resources Commission’s ban on hunters using bait to attract deer and elk.

The governor’s veto message says that would increase the risk of disease spreading to game and domestic livestock, and goes against the advice of wildlife experts.

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Governor Gretchen Whitmer continues to defend line item vetoes in budgets she otherwise approved last week.

But Whitmer also says it’s not too late to restore some of the spending.

Here are the winners and the losers in Michigan’s new budget

Oct 4, 2019
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After months of negotiations, twists, stalemates and unprecedented moves, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer finalized the state budget this week just in time to avoid the first government shutdown in a decade.

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