Tuesday State News Summary
Tue, 21 Jul 2020 06:58:57 EDT

President Donald Trump on Monday, mentioned Detroit as one of the cities that could
see federal law enforcement on the ground. Governor Gretchen Whitmer issuing a
statement in response, reading in part "the president doesn't know the first thing about
Detroit." She goes on to say "Detroiters have gathered to peacefully protest the
systemic racism and discrimination that Black Americans face every day. There is no
reason for the president to send federal troops into a city where people are demanding
change peacefully and respectfully." This comes as unmarked federal agents in green
camouflage uniforms have been taking people into custody in the streets of Portland.

The state budget will be front and center again this week. Lawmakers will return to
session to pass a multibillion-dollar plan. The coronavirus outbreak led to a big hole in
the budget. They are expected to resolve it with spending cuts and federal aid. Three
weeks ago, a deal was announced between Governor Gretchen Whitmer and
Republican legislative leaders. The next fiscal year starts in October.

It is the latest look at coronavirus cases in Michigan. State health officials reported 489
new, confirmed positive cases on Monday -- and seven new deaths. The state Health
Department says Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo and Detroit are showing the most new
cases of the coronavirus. To date, the state has had more than 74-thousand cases in
Michigan since the start of the pandemic.

An Oakland County Family Court judge has denied a request to allow a 15-year old
Birmingham Groves student to go home instead of continue treatment in the Children's
Village juvenile center. During the hearing, the girl said she misses her mom and
wanted to continue her treatment at home. Oakland County Judge Mary Ellen Brennan
said the teen was making progess in her treatment at the juvenile center and it would
be a mistake to send the girl home. The judge will hear an update on the teen in

It's an effort to 'lock in' Social Security benefits and prevent a rate reduction for those
born in 1960. Congressman Dan Kildee is behind the effort. He is introducing the Social
Security COVID Correction and Equity Act. Generally, payroll taxes pay-out benefits to
the nation's retirees. But the Flint-area Democrat is afraid -- with millions of Americans
out of work -- benefits would wont NOT be paid-out in full.

The League of Women Voters of Michigan has filed an appeal in the Michigan
Supreme Court over a recent ruling on absentee voting rights. The original lawsuit was
filed with the Court of Appeals in May. The Court of Appeals ruled 2-to-1 against the
League last week. They're asking the Michigan Supreme Court to reverse the decision
upholding the requirement that absentee ballots be received by local clerks by 8 pm on
Election Day. They say the requirement will disenfranchise tens of thousands of voters.

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel will appeal the dismissal of a case against
former MSU President Lou Anna Simon ... alleging she lied about her knowledge of Dr.
Larry Nassar.
Simon was bound over for trial last year on charges of lying to police -- but an Eaton
County Circuit Court Judge dismissed the case .. because he said prosecutors didn't
produce sufficient evidence. Simon stepped down as MSU's president in 2018 under
public pressure during the sentencing of Nassar.

A west Michigan man working to cut down a tree in Holland was killed when part of the
tree fell on him. The Holland Sentinel reports the man worked for a Fennville tree
service company. A large part of the tree fell and hit him on the upper torso and head
and he died at the scene.

Grand Rapids are looking for suspects who shot at a home last week. WOOD TV
reports surveillance video shows gunmen firing at least 40 shots at the home last
Thursday night. A 14-year-old girl in the home was grazed by a bullet , but is okay.
Police say eight kids were in the home at the time and a neighbor says they all could
have been killed if they had been on the first floor.

Another Michigan High School is dropping the "Redskins" nickname.
Clinton High School -- in Lenawee County -- will now come up with a new mascot ..
after the board of education decided that a name change was in order.
There was a virtual meeting in Saugatuck last night to discuss dropping the Indians
nickname for the Saugatuck Public Schools. No action was taken, but a citizen of the
the Pakagon (PO-Kay-gen) Band Potawatami Tribe, Julie Dye, says it's time for these
names and mascots to go.

A recent poll shows that Michigan residents trust Governor Gretchen Whitmer and
Doctor Anthony Fauci when it comes to the coronavirus pandemic.
The CDC and the Michigan Department of Health and Human services also ranked
high on the list compiled by the University of Michigan
On the other hand, less than 50-percent of Michiganders said they were getting their
information from President Donald Trump -- with 40-percent saying they trusted him.
The survey also revealed that people trust their healthcare provider the most, though
less than 40-percent are learning from the coronavirus pandemic from their doctor.

There's been another sewage spill into the Boardman River in Grand Traverse County.
The health department's environmental health director Dan Thorell tells 9 and 10 News
that a combination of high water levels and aging infrastructure are what's lead to
several sewage spills into the river this year. He says city officials in Traverse City will
have to talk about a long term solution.

A house fire in west Michigan's Casco Township , north of South Haven last night, and
the family cat was killed in the fire. WOOD TV reports the homeowner said he was
trying to start a new generator when it burst into flames. He wasn't able to call for help,
so he drove a mile to the fire station. When firefighters got to the home, the fire had
spread into the house and attic. No one else was hurt.

Voters in Sauble, Elk and Eded Townships in west Michigan...northeast of Ludington
will see a fire millage on the ballot for the primary August 4th. The fire department
wants to build one communal fire station in Irons for the townships. Fire Chief Greg
Bombich says they've needed more room for years. If the millage passes, construction
on the new station could get underway next Spring.

In an effort to raise money for the United Way of Midland County in the flood recovery,
Whirlpool is donating more than 400 appliances to be sold at up to 50-percent off. The
proceeds will benefit the United Way to help in the flood recovery. The United Way's
Kali Cochran says they hope the sale August 1st and 2nd at the Midland Mall will help
that may need to replace their appliances due to the recent floods and hopefully restore
some sense of normalcy for those who are struggling.

Marquette Mountain ski resort plans to make upgrades. Management plans to increase
skiable acreage at the hill , add more mountain biking trails and improve existing trails.
They also plan renovation to the T-Bar inside.


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