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GOP: No aid unless counties control school, sports closures

Jan. 27, 2021 9:51 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan House Republicans on Wednesday proposed a $3.5 billion coronavirus recovery plan but threatened to withhold billions to K-12 schools unless Gov. Gretchen Whitmer cedes her administration's power to prohibit in-person instruction and sports to local health departments. Senate...

In a photo provided by the Michigan Office of the Governor, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer delivers her virtual State of the State address the state, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021 in Lansing, Mich. (Michigan Office of the Governor via AP)

Whitmer seeks common ground with Legislature to end pandemic

Jan. 27, 2021 9:15 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer sought “common ground” with the Republican-led Legislature in her State of the State address Wednesday, calling for quick passage of a multibillion-dollar relief plan that would prioritize coronavirus vaccinations and additional aid to Michigan...

Patrons enjoy lunch indoors Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021, at Gibsons Italia restaurant in Chicago. Several states are loosening their coronavirus restrictions on restaurants and other businesses because of improved infection and hospitalization numbers but are moving cautiously. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

States lift restrictions gradually amid fears of new variant

Jan. 27, 2021 8:06 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — States are loosening their coronavirus restrictions on restaurants and other businesses because of improved infection and hospitalization numbers but are moving gradually and cautiously, in part because of the more contagious variant taking hold in the U.S. While the easing could...

FILE - In a photo provided by the Kent County Sheriff, Ty Garbin is shown in a booking photo. Garbin, one of six men charged in an alleged plot to snatch Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has agreed to plead guilty to a kidnapping conspiracy, according to court document filed Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021. The filing was made by prosecutors ahead of Ty Garbin's appearance in federal court in Grand Rapids. (Kent County Sheriff via AP File)

Man pleads guilty in conspiracy to kidnap Michigan governor

Jan. 27, 2021 4:33 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — One of six men charged in an alleged plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer pleaded guilty Wednesday to conspiracy, admitting that the group discussed an incredible scheme to snatch her at her lakeside vacation home and destroy a bridge to slow down police. Ty Garbin’s guilty...

Court filing: Man agrees to plead guilty to conspiracy in plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer

Jan. 27, 2021 9:28 AM EST
DETROIT (AP) — Court filing: Man agrees to plead guilty to conspiracy in plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.
In this still image taken from video by TVW, Washington state's public affairs network, Washington Sen. Patty Kuderer, D-Bellevue, is shown against a virtual background as she speaks, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021, during a remote public hearing of the Senate Law & Justice Committee in Olympia, Wash. Kuderer is the sponsor of a measure that would ban the open carry of guns and other weapons on the Washington state Capitol campus and at or near any public demonstration across Washington state. (TVW via AP)

Washington considers open carry ban at demonstrations

Jan. 26, 2021 6:34 PM EST

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The open carry of guns and other weapons would be banned on the Capitol campus and at or near any public demonstration across Washington under a measure that received a remote public hearing Tuesday, with proponents calling it a common-sense measure amid heightened political divisions...

In this photo provided by the Michigan Office of the Governor, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer addresses the state, Friday, Jan. 22, 2021, in Lansing, Mich. Whitmer announced Michigan restaurants and bars can reopen for indoor dining at 25% capacity but with a 10 p.m. curfew starting Feb. 1, and concessions can resume at casinos, movie theaters and stadiums. (Michigan Office of the Governor via AP)

Whitmer mum on health chief's resignation, sports ban

Jan. 25, 2021 9:11 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Monday refused to discuss the circumstances surrounding the abrupt departure of Michigan's health director during the coronavirus pandemic, including whether she asked for his resignation. The Democratic governor also declined to set a date for the return of...

Signs direct drivers waiting for a COVID-19 testing at a pop-up testing centre at Marsden Point, New Zealand, on Monday, Jan. 25, 2021. Health officials in New Zealand say genome tests indicate the country's most recent COVID-19 patient contracted the virus from another returning traveler just before leaving quarantine. (Tania Whyte/Northern Adivacate/NZME via AP)

The Latest: Hong Kong ends lockdown in Kowloon neighborhood

Jan. 24, 2021 11:13 PM EST

HONG KONG — Hong Kong’s government on Monday morning ended an unprecedented lockdown after testing thousands of residents living in an area that had reported an increasing number of coronavirus cases, authorities said. The lockdown, which was implemented in the early hours of Saturday, covered 16...

Dr. Nick Gilpin receives his second Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine shot from registered nurse Susan Grant at Beaumont Health in Southfield, Mich., Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Vaccine shortage slows Michigan's effort to end pandemic

Jan. 24, 2021 10:37 AM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — If Michigan could administer 50,000 coronavirus vaccine doses a day, it could hit its goal of inoculating 70% of people age 16 and older by August. At the current rate, about 29,000 per day, it would not finish until a year from now. The issue is limited supplies — something...

Michigan health director resigns; Whitmer names successor

Jan. 22, 2021 9:43 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Health and Human Services Director Robert Gordon, who issued sweeping orders to curb the spread of the coronavirus after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's powers were upended by a court ruling, abruptly resigned Friday. No explanation for the resignation was given. In a tweet, he said...