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President Donald Trump approved a major disaster declaration for Michigan, providing additional money to address the coronavirus pandemic as a top health official warned the situation in Detroit, a national “hot spot” for new cases of the coronavirus, will worsen.

Live Updates: Coronavirus In The Lansing Region

Mar 27, 2020
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Regular updates from WKAR News about the regional response to the pandemic.

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Michigan’s tax filing deadline has been pushed back to July 15, 2020. This includes all state and city income taxes. 

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Small businesses in mid-Michigan may be eligible for financial help as they grapple with lost income during the coronavirus outbreak. 


The panel discusses the governor's "Stay Home, Stay Safe" executive order.

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Correspondents edition as the panel discusses the governor's "Stay Home, Stay Safe" executive order and COVID-19's impact on state schools. Emily Lawler, Chad Livengood and Kyle Melinn join senior capitol correspondent Tim Skubick.

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The city of Lansing is launching a fundraising effort to help people who aren’t earning income during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Before Samuel Stanley Jr. became a university president, he was a doctor and a medical researcher. With the spread of Coronavirus, he’s bringing that knowledge base to bear through the process of switching Michigan State University to online teaching and reaching students who no longer live and study on campus.

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Michigan hospitals aren’t the only places strained by a lack of protective gear.    Homeless shelters are also struggling to protect their staff and clients. 


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The coronavirus outbreak is affecting many parts of Michigan’s economy, including music.  Countless musicians who had planned performances have been forced to cancel those gigs and look for other ways to make ends meet.  But one local organization has refused to sing the blues. 


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The search for a new provost at Michigan State University continues despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The provost is the university’s top academic officer.

Mary Ellen Pitney interviews Elisabeth Anderson from the Center for Research on Ingredient Safety at Michigan State University about how to keep clean and help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Elizabeth Anderson is the Director of Science Communication for the Center for Research on Ingredient Safety at Michigan State University. She joined Mary Ellen Pitney to discuss what products to use to help prevent the spred of the coronavirus. She also shares how to safely use bleach solutions and talks about what misconceptions are swirling around about coronavirus prevention.