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Spartan band high steps through pandemic at a distance

Sep. 27, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Samantha Barringer was in eighth grade when she first dreamed of leading the Spartan Marching Band up and down the field in front of thousands of fans. That dream was supposed to come true this fall. Barringer, a sophomore who high-stepped with the Big Ten Flags Corps during pregame...

A limited number of fans in the student section, seated according to COVID-19 restrictions requiring social distancing and masks, watch in the first half an NCAA college football game between LSU and Mississippi State in Baton Rouge, La., Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020. Mississippi State won 44-34. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

The Latest: Cal State Long Beach campus announces quarantine

Sep. 26, 2020 9:36 PM EDT

LONG BEACH, Calif. — All California State University, Long Beach, students who live on campus have been placed in quarantine after five students tested positive for COVID-19 and all in-person instruction will be halted for two weeks. University President Jane Close Conoley said in a statement that the...

FILE - In this photo Sept. 16, 2020 file photo, provided by the Michigan Office of the Governor, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer addresses the state during a speech in Lansing, Mich. Gov. Whitmer says movie theaters and other entertainment venues can reopen after nearly seven months of closure during the coronavirus pandemic. She also has lifted a cap so more people in Michigan can attend funerals and other indoor events. The governor also issued an order Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, requiring all preK-12 students to wear masks in classrooms, beginning Oct. 5. (Michigan Office of the Governor via AP File)

Whitmer OKs theaters, bigger crowds; requires masks in K-5

Sep. 25, 2020 11:05 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Friday that movie theaters and other venues can reopen in two weeks after nearly seven months of closure during the coronavirus pandemic, and she relaxed a cap so more people can attend funerals and other indoor events. The governor also issued an...

FILE - In this July 22, 2020, file photo, Tyson Salomon, left, gets a pedicure outside Pampered Hands nail salon in Los Angeles. A steady drop in coronavirus cases across California cleared the way Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, for the wider reopening of businesses in nine counties, including much of the San Francisco Bay Area, the state's top health official said. Dr. Mark Ghaly, the state health secretary, said nail salons could also reopen with restrictions, though he cautioned that California's reopening must remain

The Latest: Concerns over coronavirus upticks in California

Sep. 25, 2020 9:38 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- California has begun to see concerning upticks in coronavirus data after a period of decline. The state health secretary said Friday that there have been increases in the number of newly confirmed cases, hospital emergency department visits for COVID-19 and new hospitalizations for...

Michigan Legislature eases processing of absentee ballots

Sep. 25, 2020 8:50 AM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan lawmakers voted Thursday to make it easier for clerks to process a surge in absentee ballots in the battleground state's presidential election by letting them start a day earlier than normal. Election officials currently cannot remove ballots from outer envelopes until 7 a.m....

Michigan Legislature approves automatic expungement bills

Sep. 24, 2020 10:57 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan would automatically expunge criminal records and ease the application process for those convicted of marijuana offenses under sweeping “clean slate” bills that received final legislative approval Thursday. Advocates said the overhaul would help hundreds of...

FILE - In this Jan. 30, 2020, file photo, Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake, right, and House Speaker Lee Chatfield, R-Levering, left, speak at the Michigan Capitol in Lansing, Mich. Michigan lawmakers moved Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, to pass a $62.7 billion budget that would keep spending flat thanks to a federal rescue and avoid major cuts that had been feared due to the coronavirus pandemic. The plan was unveiled in the morning and was expected to win final approval by day's end before going to Gov. Whitmer for her signature. (AP Photo/David Eggert, File)

Michigan lawmakers unveil, approve $62.7B state budget

Sep. 23, 2020 11:10 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan lawmakers Wednesday swiftly proposed and passed a $62.7 billion budget that will keep spending flat thanks to a federal rescue and avoid major cuts that had been feared due to the coronavirus pandemic. The bipartisan plan was unveiled in the morning and won final approval by...

Michigan House votes to shield employers from virus lawsuits

Sep. 23, 2020 10:49 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A divided Michigan House voted Wednesday to shield health providers and businesses from coronavirus-related lawsuits filed by patients, employees or customers, advancing bills that majority Republicans said would give businesses more comfort to reopen and block frivolous complaints....

FILE - In this Aug. 19, 2020, file photo, provided by the Michigan Office of the Governor, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer addresses the state during a speech in Lansing, Mich. Gov. Whitmer on Wednesday, Sept, 23, 2020, called for Michigan to become

Whitmer offers 'carbon-neutral' climate plan for Michigan

Sep. 23, 2020 6:16 PM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday called for Michigan to become “carbon neutral” by 2050 in the fight against climate change, which would require steep reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and significantly greater use of renewable energy. The Democratic...

Michigan renames building to honor civil rights leaders

Sep. 21, 2020 6:04 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich (AP) — A state building previously named after a slave owner now bears the name of two former state legislators who led efforts to reform Michigan's civil rights laws. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and other state officials unveiled the new sign in a ceremony in Lansing on Monday. It marks the first...