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Covid-19

Michigan names $1M winner in vaccine sweepstakes

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The 51-year-old winner of $1 million in Michigan's COVID-19 vaccine sweepstakes said Wednesday that she plans to spend some of her winnings on her daughter's college tuition. In a public announcement over Zoom, LaTonda Anderson, of Grand Blanc, said she also plans to ...

Despite Canadian easing, US extends border restrictions

The U.S. government on Wednesday extended the closure of the land borders with Canada and Mexico to non-essential travelers until at least Aug. 21. The announcement by the Department of Homeland Security came two days after the Canadian government announced it would begin letting fully ...

Justice won’t probe Michigan nursing home deaths

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Justice Department said Thursday it will not open a civil rights investigation related to COVID-19 deaths in Michigan's nursing homes. The notification to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer came nearly 11 months after the department's Civil Rights Division during the Trump ...

Whitmer’s veto preserves jobless aid

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Tuesday vetoed a Republican-sponsored bill that would have stopped a $300 weekly federal supplement that is being added to unemployed workers’ benefits during the coronavirus pandemic. The extra payment is due to end Sept. 4 ...

Virus cases up by 26 in UP since Friday

State data Tuesday showed six new confirmed COVID-19 positives in Dickinson County and two in Iron County since last week. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services’ coronavirus website had 26 new confirmed positives in the Upper Peninsula for the four-day period since Friday: ...

Pandemic aid for loggers

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture is providing up to $200 million to provide relief to timber harvesting and timber hauling businesses that have experienced losses due to COVID-19 as part of USDA’s Pandemic Assistance for Producers initiative. Loggers and truckers can apply ...