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Two-time Senate loser John James is considering running for Michigan governor in 2022 | News Hits

Two-time Senate loser John James is considering running for Michigan governor in 2022 | News Hits

Switch to the of this page.After running two formidable yet failed campaigns for the U.S. Senate, Republican John James is reportedly considering a run for governor of Michigan.According to , which cited sources close to the situation, the the 39-year-old military veteran and businessman from Farmington Hills is one of several possible candidates to recently meet with representatives from the Republican Governors Association for the November, 2022 election.James, who outperformed expectations during his unsuccessful campaigns against Democratic Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters, is...

March 24, 2021
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COVID-19 cases rise in Michigan after restaurants reopened for indoor dining | Table and Bar

COVID-19 cases rise in Michigan after restaurants reopened for indoor dining | Table and Bar

Switch to the of this page.One month after , COVID-19 cases are climbing, returning to levels not seen since earlier in the winter.According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Michigan now ranks fifth in the nation for most new COVID-19 cases per population over the last week.Dr. Teena Chopra, an infectious-disease specialist and Wayne State University professor, says it's likely that restaurants are a factor in the rise."This could be multi factorial," she says. "Restaurants are one factor. Variants another one, and people are are also letting their guard down thinking...

March 18, 2021
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Michiganders drank more than the CDC defines as 'heavy drinking' in 2020, according to survey | Table and Bar

Michiganders drank more than the CDC defines as 'heavy drinking' in 2020, according to survey | Table and Bar

Switch to the of this page.Michiganders coped with the pandemic by drinking about 18 alcoholic drinks a week on average in 2020 — which is more than the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention consider to be "heavy drinking."That's according to a survey by , which surveyed more than 3,500 adults over the age of 21 in January.The CDC considers heavy drinking to be more than 14 drinks per week over the past year for men, and more than 7 drinks per week for women.A standard drink is defined as 12 ounces of beer (5% alcohol), 5 ounces of wine (12% alcohol) or 1.5 ounces of liquor (40%...

February 5, 2021
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Michigan's health director resigned after the state allowed restaurants to reopen | News Hits

Michigan's health director resigned after the state allowed restaurants to reopen | News Hits

Switch to the of this page.Robert Gordon announced his resignation from his role as director of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) on Friday afternoon."Today, I am resigning from the Whitmer Administration," Gordon . "It's been an honor to serve alongside wonderful colleagues. I look forward to the next chapter."When asked by Metro Times, Whitmer's office did not give a reason for Gordon's departure."Governor Whitmer has accepted Robert Gordon’s resignation," deputy press secretary Chelsea Parisio said in an email. "We don't have anything further to add on this...

January 22, 2021
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The U.K. coronavirus mutation has arrived in Michigan | News Hits

The U.K. coronavirus mutation has arrived in Michigan | News Hits

Switch to the of this page.A new mutated form of the coronavirus that's 50% more transmissible than the original and raised alarm after emerging in the United Kingdom has arrived in Michigan, according to the state's health department.The variant, known as B.1.1.7. was identified on Saturday in an adult woman living in Washtenaw County who recently traveled to the U.K., according to a press release from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.Close contacts of the woman have been identified and are in quarantine."The discovery of this variant in Michigan is concerning, but not...

January 16, 2021
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Betsy DeVos resigns just as talks of removing Trump via the 25th Amendment gain serious traction | News Hits

Betsy DeVos resigns just as talks of removing Trump via the 25th Amendment gain serious traction | News Hits

Switch to the of this page.Education Secretary Betsy DeVos was one of President Donald Trump's longest-serving cabinet members, but it looks like she's not making it to the final episode of this fucked up reality TV show.The Michigan native and GOP megadonor following the absolute shitshow on Wednesday, in which Trump incited a violent mob to storm the U.S. Capitol."That behavior was unconscionable for our country," she said in her letter, which was obtained by . "There is no mistaking the impact your rhetoric had on the situation, and it is the inflection point for me."She's the second...

January 8, 2021
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Michigan's health department is distributing 3.5 million free masks as part of its 'Mask Up, Mask Right' campaign | News Hits

Michigan's health department is distributing 3.5 million free masks as part of its 'Mask Up, Mask Right' campaign | News Hits

Switch to the of this page.As Michigan officials work toward flattening the curve of , the state's health department announced it's distributing 3.5 million free masks as part of a "Mask Up, Mask Right" campaign.Free KN95 masks will be provided by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) to community organizations, including local MDHSS offices, health departments, and Area Agency on Aging offices, as well as homeless shelters."We are urging Michiganders to Mask Up and Mask Right to protect themselves, their loved ones and their communities from COVID-19," MDHHS Director...

January 4, 2021
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Michigan legislators debased themselves to humor Trump — and his campaign is still harassing them anyway | News Hits

Michigan legislators debased themselves to humor Trump — and his campaign is still harassing them anyway | News Hits

Michigan state Sen. Mike Shirkey and former Rep. Lee Chatfield for agreeing in November to fly to Washington, D.C. to meet with President Donald Trump, who has been pressuring public officials to change the election results ever since he lost his re-election campaign.At the time, the Republican legislators said they met primarily to discuss federal coronavirus aid for Michigan, but Trump, as usual, , responding to their statement by saying, "We will show massive and unprecedented fraud!" Plus, a recently released by the Washington Post showing Trump pressuring Georgia's Secretary of State...

January 5, 2021
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