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In a pool photo provided by the Michigan Office of the Governor, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer addresses the state during a speech in Lansing, Mich., Thursday, April 9, 2020. The governor signed an executive order extending her prior

Michigan governor extends stay-at-home order through April

Apr. 9, 2020 9:53 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday extended Michigan’s stay-at-home order through April, saying it must continue longer to combat the coronavirus pandemic that has sickened more than 21,000 people and contributed to nearly 1,100 deaths. Meanwhile, a Detroit-area health care...

In a pool photo provided by the Michigan Office of the Governor, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer addresses the state during a speech in Lansing, Mich., Thursday, April 9, 2020. The governor signed an executive order extending her prior

Nearly 385,000 more file unemployment claims in Michigan

Apr. 9, 2020 5:42 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Nearly 385,000 people filed initial claims for unemployment in Michigan last week amid the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, marking a third straight week of historically high claims. More than 817,000 sought jobless benefits over the past three weeks, which was more...

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer extends stay-at-home order through April

Apr. 9, 2020 2:51 PM EDT
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer extends stay-at-home order through April.
A man wears a protective mask while waiting for a bus in Detroit, Wednesday, April 8, 2020. Detroit buses will have surgical masks available to riders starting Wednesday, a new precaution the city is taking from the new coronavirus COVID-19. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Mayor: Coronavirus 'starting to weaken' in Detroit

Apr. 8, 2020 9:31 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — The mayor of Detroit said Wednesday that the coronavirus is “starting to weaken” in Michigan's largest city, but he also pleaded with residents to keep the momentum going by wearing masks and avoiding large groups. Health officials, meanwhile, reported that Michigan has had...

FILE - In this June 8, 2017 file photo, fresh nuts, bolts and fittings are ready to be added to the east leg of the pipeline near St. Ignace as Enbridge prepares to test the east and west sides of the Line 5 pipeline under the Straits of Mackinac in Mackinaw City, Mich. Enbridge Inc. applied Wednesday, April, 2020, for state and federal authorization to construct an oil pipeline tunnel beneath the Michigan waterway that connects two of the Great Lakes. (Dale G Young/Detroit News via AP)/Detroit News via AP)

Enbridge seeks permits to build Great Lakes oil tunnel

Apr. 8, 2020 6:12 PM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Enbridge Inc. applied Wednesday for state and federal authorization to construct an oil pipeline tunnel beneath the Michigan waterway that connects two of the Great Lakes. The Canadian company wants to build a roughly 4-mile-long (6.4-kilometer-long) tunnel beneath the Straits...

Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist ends the senate session after voting to extend the state of emergency to a 23-day extension at the State Capitol in Lansing, Mich., Tuesday, April 7, 2020. The legislature held a highly unusual session Tuesday to vote whether to extend Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's state of emergency. (Clarence Tabb, Jr./The Detroit News via AP)

Michigan lawmakers extend emergency declaration in pandemic

Apr. 7, 2020 6:54 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Republican-led Michigan Legislature on Tuesday lengthened Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s coronavirus emergency declaration by 23 days, through April, rather than adopt the 70-day extension that she had sought. At their first session in three weeks, mask-wearing...

A sign reading We Are In This Together and a Winnie the Pooh bear are pictured Tuesday, April 7, 2020, in the window of the Maud Preston Palenske Memorial Library in St. Joseph, Mich. The library remains closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Don Campbell/The Herald-Palladium via AP)

Michigan virus cases approach 19,000; 118 new deaths

Apr. 7, 2020 5:11 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Michigan deaths from the coronavirus rose 16% and made the largest daily jump since the outbreak hit the state, officials said Tuesday. The state reported 118 additional deaths related to COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the virus, raising the total to 845. The number of confirmed...

This photo shows a hospital bed in one of the temporary rooms at the TCF Center, Monday, April 6, 2020, in Detroit. The city's convention center was converted to accommodate an overflow of patients with the coronavirus. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began construction at the TCF Center to create a quarantined hospital setting with 1,000 beds as the pandemic spreads rapidly in the city. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Michigan jobless claims ahead of '19; virus cases at 17,221

Apr. 6, 2020 10:01 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Nearly 800,000 people have filed for unemployment benefits in Michigan since mid-March, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Monday, detailing the extraordinary impact of the coronavirus on the economy with only businesses deemed essential remaining open. Whitmer said her stay-at-home order...

Michigan churches adopt drive-in services amid pandemic

Apr. 6, 2020 5:06 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Some suburban Detroit churches are offering drive-in services to provide churchgoers a place to gather and worship in wake of coronavirus outbreak. Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said places of worship will not be penalized if they congregate under the stay-at-home order, which took effect...

In this photo provided by the Michigan Office of the Governor, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer addresses the state during a speech in Lansing, Mich., Thursday, April 2, 2020. The governor ordered that students in the state will not return to K-12 school buildings the rest of the academic year due to the coronavirus pandemic and instead will learn remotely. All public and private schools are more than halfway through a four-week shutdown ordered by Whitmer to combat the outbreak. (Michigan Office of the Governor via AP)

Michigan lawmakers spar over emergency length, need to meet

Apr. 5, 2020 3:29 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan lawmakers plan to convene for the first time in weeks to lengthen Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's emergency declaration amid the coronavirus pandemic but are at odds over the extension and whether the session is even necessary. The Republican-led Legislature is scheduled to meet...