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The Latest: Guam launching COVID-19 vaccine tourism program

Jun. 22, 2021 20:15 PM EDT

HAGATNA, Guam — Guam is launching a vaccine tourism program to encourage citizens of neighboring countries and Americans living in East Asia to come get inoculated against COVID-19. The Pacific Daily News reports the first group of three travelers was arriving on a...

'Time to play': Michigan reopens 15 months after pandemic

Jun. 22, 2021 17:33 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Michigan is fully open again. After 15 months of capacity restrictions and being hit by the country's worst surge of coronavirus infections this spring, Michigan's restaurants, entertainment businesses and other venues can operate at 100% occupancy...

Whitmer: Expand tuition aid to 22K more frontline workers

Jun. 22, 2021 17:21 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Tuesday highlighted a revised budget proposal that would expand a tuition-free scholarship program to attend community college to 22,000 additional frontline workers. The initiative, which the Democratic governor unveiled...

Michigan ends workplace COVID-19 rules except in health care

Jun. 22, 2021 17:05 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer scaled back COVID-19 workplace safety rules on Tuesday, keeping mask and other requirements only in health care settings. The change coincided with the lifting of broad indoor capacity restrictions and face covering mandates...

The Latest: Nevada to disburse $5 million in vaccine effort

Jun. 17, 2021 20:45 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS — Nevada is distributing $5 million in cash prizes to residents who have been vaccinated as part of an effort to encourage more people to get shots. Gov. Steve Sisolak said Thursday that the new “Vax Nevada Days” initiative provided skeptics one more...

Michigan lifts indoor capacity limits, mask requirements

Jun. 17, 2021 16:34 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan will lift all indoor capacity restrictions and mask requirements next week, 10 days sooner than planned amid vaccinations and plummeting COVID-19 infections, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced Thursday. The state's main coronavirus order will...

Whitmer: Reinstate incentive so companies can hire workers

Jun. 16, 2021 18:44 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday asked Michigan lawmakers to reinstate certain employers' ability to hire new workers who, while working, would still get a $300-a-week unemployment benefit into early September. The governor this week has been...

Michigan Republicans pass bills to add voter ID requirements

Jun. 16, 2021 18:28 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Republicans who control the Michigan Senate passed contentious legislation Wednesday that would mandate a photo ID to vote in person and add identity requirements for people who want to vote by mail. The bills, which were sent to the GOP-led House...

Michigan Legislature passes $6.6 B in federal virus aid

Jun. 15, 2021 17:59 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Senate voted unanimously Tuesday to allocate nearly $4.4 billion in federal COVID-19 aid to K-12 schools after Republican lawmakers and Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's administration reached an agreement. The supplemental budget...

Lawmakers, Whitmer back bills to boost access to child care

Jun. 15, 2021 17:32 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Home-based child care providers without licensing violations could serve more children under legislation backed Tuesday by lawmakers and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer as a way to boost access to a critical service. The main bill would allow for one...