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Gov. Whitmer: Salons open June 15; northern Michigan restarts sooner

LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Friday that hair salons and other personal-care businesses can reopen across Michigan on June 15, while those businesses and places like gyms and movie theaters that were shut down to curb the spread of the new coronavirus can restart in northern Michigan next week.

Wyoming expands outdoor restaurant seating

The city of Wyoming issued guidance that temporarily allows local restaurants to expand outdoor seating arrangements.

Panel OKs $1.2B coronavirus bill; visitation rules relaxed

LANSING — Michigan lawmakers advanced a bill Wednesday that would allocate more than $1.2 billion in federal coronavirus relief funding, including $200 million to help small businesses restart as stay-at-home restrictions are loosened.

Kent County expands COVID-19 testing

The Kent County Health Department is making COVID-19 community testing more available by opening four testing sites.

Cans and bottles can be returned starting June 15

The Michigan Department of Treasury ordered retailers to reopen their can and bottle deposit return facilities beginning June 15.

Kent County Parks reopening with restrictions

The Kent County Parks Department started a staggered reopening schedule for its beaches, campgrounds, open shelters, picnic areas, public restrooms and splash pad.

Gov. Whitmer to Congress: Supply issues still undermine testing

LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer told Congress on Tuesday that Michigan still lacks enough supplies to fully ramp up testing for the coronavirus and said it is difficult to determine what the U.S. government is shipping.

Gov. Whitmer lifts stay-home order

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer lifted her shelter-in-place order for the state of Michigan.

Gov. Whitmer looks at Lansing damage a day after protests

LANSING — Windows were broken at the Lansing building that houses the office of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer as a peaceful protest over the death of George Floyd turned violent.

CWD Real Estate sees silver lining in aftermath of violent protests

Sam Cummings, managing partner with CWD, said he was “mad as hell” Saturday night and Sunday morning, but witnessing the community outreach and cleanup afterward restored his faith in West Michigan.

Right Place learns from small business relief collaboration

During a meeting of the Kent County COVID-19 relief subcommittee, The Right Place Inc. presented an overview of the its Small Business Grant program as well as an update to its own COVID-19 response.

Right Place learns from small business relief collaboration

During a meeting of the Kent County COVID-19 relief subcommittee, The Right Place Inc. presented an overview of the its Small Business Grant program as well as an update to its own COVID-19 response.

Lakeshore county to Whitmer: Stop stay-home order June 12

GRAND HAVEN — Leaders in a West Michigan county are urging Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to end her stay-home order on June 12, saying a recent extension because of the coronavirus was "deflating" and "demoralizing" after much planning.

Orion breaks ground on new fire station

Orion Construction and the city of Cedar Springs recently broke ground on a new fire station.

Court orders defiant Michigan barber to close his shop

DETROIT — A Michigan court on Thursday ordered a barber to close his shop and stop defying the state's COVID-19 restrictions, though he vowed to keep cutting hair.

Official says defiant Michigan barbershop is health threat

DETROIT — A barbershop that refused to remain closed in compliance with Michigan's coronavirus restrictions poses an "imminent threat" to public health, the state's chief medical officer testified Wednesday.

Court: Injunction blocking Michigan e-cigarette ban stands

LANSING — The state appeals court let stand a temporary injunction blocking Michigan's ban on flavored e-cigarettes, saying a judge did not overstep in ruling for two businesses that sued.

Gov. Whitmer OKs nonessential health procedures, small gatherings

LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday further relaxed stay-at-home restrictions, saying a ban on nonessential health procedures would be lifted next week and that groups of up to 10 people can gather immediately ahead of the Memorial Day weekend.

Michigan flood displaces thousands, threatens Superfund site

MIDLAND — Floodwaters surging through central Michigan on Wednesday were mixing with containment ponds at a Dow Chemical Co. plant and could displace sediment from a downstream Superfund site, though the company said there was no risk to people or the environment.

Trump threatens funding after Michigan absentee ballot move

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump threatened Wednesday to hold up coronavirus relief money for Michigan after he said — erroneously — the state had sent absentee ballots to millions of voters. It's not clear that he can do so.

Some Michigan districts making tentative summer school plans

DETROIT — Summer school remains up in the air for kindergarten through 12th graders across Michigan, but some districts are making tentative plans for sessions that take into account protections against the COVID-19 virus.

Kent County, partners launch program to get back to work safely

A collaboration of leaders from Kent County, Meijer, Michigan State University and the city of Grand Rapids developed a plan to stage and capture employee health check screening information at hundreds of sites across the county.

Meat processing plants adjust as safety measures are enforced

Meat processing plants in Michigan are facing some disruption as they look to stock the shelves of grocery stores throughout the state.

Pine Rest: COVID-19 will have lasting impact on mental health

Michigan is expected to experience a spike in mental health issues even after COVID-19 dies down.

Banks offering employees additional pay during pandemic

TCF Bank and Fifth Third Bank are providing additional compensation to their essential workers as they work on the frontlines to assist customers.