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Michigan: 54% vaccinated, including residents outside state

May. 08, 2021 13:38 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan said late Friday that 54% of adults ages 16 and up have gotten at least one COVID-19 shot, a roughly 2.5 percentage point jump after factoring in people who were vaccinated outside the state or at federal facilities. The addition of nearly...

Detroit police chief Craig to discuss future after 8 years

May. 08, 2021 11:18 AM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit police chief plans to talk to reporters Monday amid speculation that he will retire after eight years and consider a turn to politics. James Craig told The Detroit News that he will hold a news conference Monday. “I’m...

Whitmer won't discuss trip after reported use of private jet

May. 07, 2021 17:22 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is facing renewed scrutiny after reports that she used a private plane shared by high-powered, politically connected Detroit-area business families to visit her elderly father in Florida in March. Whitmer has repeatedly...

Mich. Legislature OKs exempting graduations from virus order

May. 05, 2021 16:06 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A split Michigan Legislature voted Wednesday to exempt high school graduation ceremonies from the state's order that restricts crowd sizes due to the coronavirus pandemic. Republicans who control the Senate and House supported the bills that...

Biden aims to vaccinate 70% of American adults by July 4

May. 05, 2021 06:29 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden set a new vaccination goal to deliver at least one shot to 70% of adult Americans by July Fourth as he tackles the vexing problem of winning over the “doubters” and those unmotivated to get inoculated. Demand for vaccines has...

Michigan House votes to limit state severance deals

May. 04, 2021 23:27 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan House voted unanimously Tuesday to curb the size of severance deals for state officials unless they limit the state's legal exposure and details are made public. The move came after Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's administration...

Michigan lifts outdoor mask requirement for crowds under 100

May. 04, 2021 22:34 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan late Tuesday lifted an outdoor mask requirement except in gatherings of at least 100 people and in organized contact sports, and said teen athletes no longer must undergo regular COVID-19 testing if they are fully vaccinated. Under a...

Calls to Michigan gambling helpline spiked in February

May. 04, 2021 18:38 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Calls to Michigan's helpline for people struggling with gambling addiction spiked early this year, and researchers believe the timing is linked to the start of online gambling. The Michigan Problem Gambling Helpline received 563 calls about...

Biden aims to vaccinate 70% of American adults by July 4

May. 04, 2021 18:05 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Tuesday set a new vaccination goal to deliver at least one shot to 70% of adult Americans by July Fourth as he tackles the vexing problem of winning over the “doubters” and those unmotivated to get inoculated. Demand for...

Gov. Whitmer among 7 awarded for courage by JFK Foundation

May. 04, 2021 16:08 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and six other people who risked their own health and safety to help and protect others during the coronavirus pandemic will receive Profile in Courage awards next month, the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation announced Tuesday. ...