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Michigan lawmakers spar over meeting

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 ...

High courts: Wisconsin election must be Tuesday despite virus concerns

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin is asking hundreds of thousands of voters to ignore a stay-at-home order in the midst of a pandemic to participate in Tuesday's presidential primary election, becoming a test case for dozens of states struggling to balance public health concerns with a core ...

Virus side effect: Michigan jobless claims already top 2019

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 ...

Whitmer: Hospitals ‘dangerously low’ on employee protection

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A field hospital at Detroit's downtown convention center could gets its first COVID-19 patients this week, officials said Monday. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Detroit-area hospitals are running "dangerously low" on personal protection equipment. She also reported an ...

City councils to hold electronic meetings tonight

Iron Mountain City Council will meet at 6 p.m. today. The meeting will be held electronically due to COVID-19 precautions. Instructions for participating are posted at www.cityofironmountain.com under “Electronic City Council Meeting.” If you don’t have a smart phone or computer ...

State officials require faster reporting of virus deaths

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — State officials issued an emergency order designed to speed up the reporting of COVID-19 deaths in Michigan as the number of cases continued to surge. The Department of Health and Human Services issued a directive late Saturday for funeral directors and medical ...

Michigan senators address payments for veterans and SSI recipients

DETROIT — U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow are calling on the Trump administration to issue stimulus checks automatically to recipients of benefits through the Department of Veterans Affairs or the Supplemental Security Income program. In their letter, the Michigan Democratic ...

Wisconsin election still on, but Supreme Court may intervene

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin moved forward Monday with plans to hold in-person voting for its presidential primary amid the coronavirus pandemic with help from National Guard members staffing the polls, even as the U.S. Supreme Court weighs whether to intervene. Democratic Gov. Tony ...

UP communities get federal help for rural areas

DETROIT (AP) — Michigan is among 14 states receiving $65 million in federal investments for the improvement of community facilities in rural areas, officials said. The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently announced three Michigan communities will be getting loans. In the Upper Peninsula, ...

Carrier thanks

Olivia Roberts, 8, daughter of Rebecca Roberts and Charlie Curtis, writes a thank you note to newspaper and mail carriers out of sidewalk chalk outside the home of her grandparents, John and Candace Roberts on East D Street in Iron Mountain.

Few details provided on Dickinson COVID-19 death

IRON MOUNTAIN — Local health officials still have released few details on the death of Dickinson County’s first COVID-19 case. The man died Thursday evening, only a day after being confirmed as the county’s first resident case of the novel coronavirus. Friday, Dickinson County ...

Norlite resident becomes Marquette’s first virus-related death

MARQUETTE -- A resident of Norlite Nursing Center, where an employee earlier had tested positive for COVID-19, late Friday became the first death in Marquette County related to the virus. The man was in his 70s and had other health issues, Norlite Administrator Wayne Johnson told the Mining ...

Wisconsin GOP wants election as scheduled

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Republicans brushed off Democratic Gov. Tony Evers’ call Friday to meet in special session to delay Tuesday’s presidential primary and shift to mail-only as the coronavirus sweeps across the state, saying the election should continue as planned. Evers ...

Officials: Detroit approaching 4,000 COVID-19 cases

DETROIT (AP) — The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Detroit is nearing 4,000 while 129 people have died from the disease, according to the city Health Department. Figures released Saturday showed positive infections rose by nearly 400 from Friday. The number of confirmed cases across ...

Soggy season: Spring months could be warm, wet, forecasters say

IRON MOUNTAIN — After four straight months of above-average temperatures, the trend may continue into summer. A long-range forecast from the Climate Prediction Center calls for a 46% chance of above-normal temperatures at Iron Mountain-Kingsford for the three-month period from April ...

Wisconsin GOP appeals to Supreme Court on extended voting

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Republicans asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Saturday to block extended absentee voting in Tuesday's primary, despite public health fears about in-person voting amid the coronavirus pandemic. Republicans are asking the high court to undo a federal judge's ...

Wisconsin official sees ‘glimmer of hope’

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin’s chief medical officer for communicable diseases said Friday that data on coronavirus infections continues to show that the state is “flattening the curve.” Dr. Ryan Westergaard first said on Monday that there were positive signs with the slowing ...

Michigan’s confirmed cases soar

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Friday that people with principal symptoms of the disease caused by the new coronavirus — a fever, atypical cough or unusual shortness of breath —î should stay home for a minimum of three days after the symptoms resolve. Her ...