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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.

Furniture dealer leans into the future of work

Knowing life won’t just resume “business as usual” after the economy reopens, a local furniture dealer is working to help companies shift their floor plans and/or provide remote workers with home office furnishings.

Michigan settles suit after landmark right-to-read ruling

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer will ask the Michigan Legislature to provide at least $94.4 million to Detroit's public schools to settle a lawsuit that describes the city's schools as "slum-like" and incapable of delivering access to literacy.

City names oversight and public accountability director

After a national search, Brandon Davis was recently appointed as the city of Grand Rapids’ new oversight and public accountability director.

Gov. Whitmer: 31K state employees to take temporary layoff days

LANSING — Michigan said Wednesday that 31,000, or nearly two-thirds, of state employees will take temporary layoff days through late July as the state confronts a budget shortfall amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Small-town barber gets early victory in fight to stay open

DETROIT — A judge on Monday declined to stop a defiant Michigan man who reopened his barbershop despite a state order that has closed businesses for weeks because of the new coronavirus.

Commission delays decision on gun ban at Michigan Capitol

LANSING — A commission that oversees Michigan's Capitol delayed a decision Monday on banning guns from the building before a planned protest against the governor's coronavirus restrictions, in a meeting that later ended abruptly due to racist and threatening messages posted in Zoom.

Partners unveil COVID-19 dashboard for Grand Rapids

The West Michigan Policy Forum and the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce created a COVID-19 dashboard to provide businesses, policymakers and the public with a better understanding of the region’s hospital capacity, as well as track and compare the impact of the pandemic in West Michigan with other communities and neighboring states.