Local, State Officials Scramble to Recreate Covid-19 Restrictions After Court Strikes Michigan Governor’s Orders

The Michigan Supreme Court found that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer did not have the authority to extend emergency coronavirus orders this spring, invalidating dozens of restrictions she put in place without collaboration with state lawmakers.

Michigan Residents Urged to Stay Indoors to Avoid Deadly Mosquito-Borne Illness

Eastern Equine Encephalitis has been confirmed in 22 horses and is suspected in at least one human in Michigan. The disease, transmitted by mosquito bite, kills a third of people it sickens.

University of Texas Student Football Fans Will Be Tested Before Saturday Game

STATE AND LOCAL NEWS ROUNDUP | Mosquito swarms that increased after Hurricane Laura are attacking Louisiana livestock … Richmond, Virginia city council votes to ban open carrying of firearms in public spaces … Controversy over South Dakota tourism ads.

Michigan Mulls Eliminating License Plate Registration Tags

The proposal would save the state roughly $500,000 in postage and printing costs, but the measure might require expensive technology investments.

States and Counties Mandate Covid-19 Testing for Farm Workers

A handful of states and counties are requiring Covid-19 testing for farm and food-processing workers after several clusters of positive cases were traced back to agricultural facilities.

Michigan to Pay Flint Residents $600 Million in Water Crisis Settlement

Tainted water exposed children to dangerous levels of lead and left residents using bottled water for cooking, cleaning, and drinking for years. Now it’s time for the state to “do what it can,” said Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

Michigan’s ‘Tampon Tax’ Challenged in New Lawsuit

The litigation is part of a national movement toward exempting menstrual products from states' sales taxes.

His Wife's Nursing Home Facility Went on Lockdown. So He Got a Job There.

A Michigan man got a part-time job at his wife's nursing home after the facility stopped allowing visitors during the coronavirus pandemic. The state is one of 20 where long-term care facilities remain on total lockdown.

Seven States Band Together to Purchase Rapid-Result Covid Tests

The compact, negotiated by Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, aims to increase production of the tests, which can deliver results in less than a half hour.

Tear Gas Bans: A Policing Change Not Gaining Traction

At least 100 agencies used forms of tear gas on people in the past two months.

Michigan Partners with NBA to Help Provide Election Support

As states prepare for increased voter turnout in November, they are pursuing new partnerships and poll worker recruitment efforts to get ready.

It Can Be Difficult to Revoke a Police Officer's License. Some States Are Trying to Make it Easier.

Nearly all states require police officers to be certified, but not every state has a process for revoking that license, even in the face of egregious misconduct.

'A Parade, Not A Protest': An Interview With Sheriff Who Took Off Riot Gear, Walked with Protesters

Genesee County Sheriff Chris Swanson won attention for marching in solidarity with protesters in Flint Township, Michigan. He says he knows it will take more efforts to really improve many people's perceptions of law enforcement.

Smaller Cities Left Waiting on Coronavirus Aid Money

“The challenge for 97% of America's cities is that we haven't received any funding yet,” says one mayor.

The States With the Worst Job Losses

Labor Department data released on Friday shows the states with the highest unemployment rates in April, and how many jobs were lost that month as the coronavirus upended the economy.

After Dam Failures in Michigan, Flooding Forces Thousands From Homes

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Study of mask effectiveness using hamsters in cages finds masks effective .... California lays out criteria for sports reopening ... Mississippi hires new corrections chief from Louisiana.

‘There Could Be a Point Where I Say This Isn’t Worth It’: Two State Lawmakers Reflect On Their New Workplace Concerns

For some legislators, the coronavirus is raising questions about the environment where they work, from health precautions in Louisiana to armed protesters in Michigan.

One Governor's Plan to Provide Free Tuition to Essential Workers

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's proposal would offer a "tuition-free" pathway to post-secondary education to grocery store employees, delivery people and sanitation workers, as well as health care workers on the frontlines during the coronavirus pandemic.

Containing the Coronavirus

In King County, Washington, the public health department is relying on temporary staff hired for measles and hepatitis A outbreaks to help investigate a confirmed case of coronavirus.

Investigating Illegal Elk Poaching

Five elk were poached from mid-November to mid-December in Michigan, the most ever illegally killed in one month.

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