Coronavirus in Michigan

Live Updates: Coronavirus In The Lansing Region

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Regular updates from WKAR News about the regional response to the pandemic.

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1:48 p.m. Fri. 6/5/20

Sectors of Michigan’s economy will begin opening, including salons, movie theaters and gyms

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RECENTLY: Fri., Jun. 5 at 11:00 a.m.

LANSING, MICH. Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun will provide an update regarding the state's response efforts to COVID-19.

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Michigan State University closed its campus in the middle of its spring semester earlier this year due the coronavirus pandemic. Since then, there have been a lot of questions about when students could return and what classes will look like when that happens. 

Last week, MSU President Samuel Stanley Jr. announced campus would reopen in the fall.

Informacion En Vivo. Coronavirus En La Región De Lansing

Jun 3, 2020
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Governor Gretchen Whitmer said Tuesday that she fears Michigan could regress as the upcoming flu season overlaps with the COVID-19 crisis.

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Many public religious services around the world are still on hold during the coronavirus pandemic.  Still, people are finding ways to express their spirituality.  Two university professors are capturing the sound of those moments.  WKAR’s Kevin Lavery spoke with Michigan State University professor Amy DeRogatis and Ohio State University professor Isaac Weiner about the American Religious Sounds Project.


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Gov. Gretchen Whitmer lifted Michigan’s nearly 10-week coronavirus stay-at-home order Monday, letting restaurants reopen to dine-in customers next week and immediately easing limits on outdoor gatherings while keeping social-distancing rules intact.

Early Monday morning, crews of volunteers and small business owners worked to board up broken windows, sweep shattered glass, and scrub spray paint off of buildings that protesters damaged in the Sunday protest.
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Hundreds gathered at the Michigan State Capitol Sunday to protest the police killing of George Floyd, a Black man in Minneapolis who was killed after White police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for minutes.

Protesters marched around the Capitol, down Michigan Avenue, and to East Lansing and back throughout the day—remaining largely non-violent. However, as daylight began to fade, a switch flipped and the protest turned violent leaving broken windows, a burnt carcass of a car, and damage to downtown businesses.

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The cities of Lansing and East Lansing collect income taxes from residents and from people who work in the cities but live elsewhere.

Work from home orders will have an impact on non-residents who pay income taxes in either city.

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A Michigan court on Thursday ordered a barber to close his shop and stop defying the state’s coronavirus restrictions, though he vowed to keep cutting hair.