The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services announced 3,625 coronavirus cases in the state and an additional 38 deaths Friday. This brings the state total of COVID-19 cases to 516,376 and 13,132 deaths as of Jan. 8, 2021.
Food Assistance Recipients Will See Additional Benefits By End Of January(CBS DETROIT) - The more than 1.2 million people in Michigan who are eligible for food assistance benefits will receive an additional payment by the end of January that raises their monthly amount by 15 percent to help families affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The 15 percent increase in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits is for six months, ending in June. “No Michigander should worry about how they’ll put food on the table for themselves and their family, especially during a pandemic,” said Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. “COVID-19 is still a very real threat to our state, and we must continue providing crucial support to families that need it most. “I want to thank Sen. (Debbie) Stabenow for her leadership in securing this important increase and for her tireless efforts to expand access to food assistance, which has brought relief to so many Michiganders in need throughout this pandemic.” Michigan food assistance recipients will see the 15 percent increase added to their Bridge Cards by the end of January that are in addition to benefits they received earlier in the month. Food assistance increases by $102 per month for a household of four, which will now receive $782 per month. In subsequent months, the 15 percent increase will be added to Bridge Cards from Jan. 20-30. “Helping families put food on the table is our job,” said MDHHS Director Robert Gordon. “We’re glad we can provide more food assistance to Michiganders who are in need as a result of COVID-19.” Whitmer and MDHHS also are announcing continuation in January of an initiative that provides additional food assistance to 350,000 Michigan families as a response to the pandemic. Through the initiative, anyone receiving food assistance who doesn’t already qualify for the maximum monthly benefits will see their payment raised to the maximum monthly amount for their household size. Eligible clients will see these additional food assistance benefits on their Bridge Card by Jan. 30, with payments beginning for some households on Jan. 20. Anyone who receives both this payment and the 15 percent increase will receive them on the same day.
GM Cares Build Distribution Tents For Volunteers Working In The ColdCBS DETROIT) – An organization known for assisting others is getting some much needed help. When it comes to giving back to the community the volunteers are the unsung heroes. GM Cares is stepping in to keep those helping hands warm as they work to distribute food and care packages to families. GM Cares saw that volunteers from the Wayne Metro Community Action Agency were braving the cold weather, so the team went to the drawing board to create distribution shelters. The tents are designed to protect volunteers from the elements while they assist families in the pandemic. The new tents are making its debut tomorrow at Saint Albert The Great Catholic Church in Dearborn Heights in the parking lot from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Families can stop by and pick up fresh meat and produce, dry goods as well as personal care items. Organizers say the distribution tents will help volunteers continue to serve the community more comfortably. “Cold weather definitely did dwindle the volunteers a little bit at the beginning because it’s pretty cold. We get there pretty early to get ready for packaging. So, from packaging all the way to distributing, all the way to cleaning up, it’s a long time out there. Especially when it’s really cold or it’s snowing. Last week it snowed on us so, not having that shelter has been a little difficult so we’re excited that gm decided to jump in because they saw where we needed support,” said Brittany King, Wayne Metro Community Action Agency lead organizer. For more information on relief services call 313-388-9700.
Michigan Bowling Alleys Sue State, Seek Compensation For COVID-19 Closures(CBS DETROIT) – A group of Michigan bowling alleys and roller rinks are suing the state over revenue lost during the pandemic. "To put businesses in the position where they can't meet their obligations, they can't pay employees, they can't pay their taxes, and then say 'well I guess we own your property because you didn't pay your property taxes.' That is just so unjust,” said Attorney David Kallman. The lawsuit does not challenge the legality of the state's orders or list how much money the businesses are seeking in damages. Michigan's bowling alleys say they closed for eight months last year and a second pandemic order forced them to close for three weeks.
Michigan Reports 2,165 New COVID-19 Cases, 148 Deaths ThursdayMICHIGAN (CBS DETROIT) - The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services announced 2,165 coronavirus cases in the state and an additional 148 deaths Thursday. The deaths announced Thursday includes 128 deaths identified during a Vital Records review. This brings the state total of COVID-19 cases to 544,311 and 14,053 deaths as of Jan. 21, 2021.
City Of Detroit Expands Eligibility For COVID-19 Vaccine At TCF Parking Garage(CBS DETROIT)- With just a little over a week into the vaccine distribution at the TCF center, the city now announcing the expansion of those eligible to receive the shots. Since last week Wednesday things have been rolling along smoothly in the TCF parking structure, and because of this Mayor Duggan is expanding vaccine eligibility. The appointment process is something he says is only happening in Detroit. “This is the only place in America that anybody 68 or up can get on the phone get through to somebody in 15 minutes and have an appointment booked” During a press conference on Thursday, Duggan says the city has received over 10,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, and so far administered over 8,000. They have gone from scheduling 400 appointments on day one January , to now scheduling an average of 1,300 per day. He says the appointment process takes about 10 minutes, and is now open to more essential workers. “We are opening this up to the clergy, active members of the clergy who live or work in Detroit, and the other group we’re expanding to is funeral home and mortuary services employees” Duggan says the entire vaccination process at TCF is about 40 minutes, and for those eligible an appointment is necessary. He hopes to expand eligibility even more in the next week
Federal Judge Grants Preliminary Approval To $641M Flint Water Settlement(CBS DETROIT) - Preliminary approval of the $641.25 million civil Flint water settlement was granted earlier today by Judge Judith Levy of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. The Court’s approval order will become effective on Jan. 27, 2021. This preliminary approval formally establishes the process through which Flint residents can indicate their intention to file eligible settlement claims that will be processed and paid by the claims administrator. Judge Levy will still need to issue a final ruling on the settlement, depending on whether the settlement is fair, adequate and reasonable, after conducting a fairness hearing currently scheduled for July 12, 2021. It appears the public will be permitted an opportunity to offer input at the hearing, but the Court has discretion to control the extent of public input that will be permitted. “With Judge Levy’s preliminary approval granted, this historic settlement is one step closer to providing Flint residents with the financial relief that they may have otherwise never received if the legal back-and-forth were to continue in the courts,” Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel said. “While final approval remains pending, the settlement can provide people with security that their claims will be heard and not tied up in legal proceedings for an indefinite period of time. Plaintiffs’ counsel and state attorneys, court-appointed mediators and a special master have all concurred that this agreement was made with the best interests of Flint in mind, and a federal judge has now determined that it meets the necessary preliminary legal requirements to proceed. As the court considers a final ruling in this settlement, we will continue to keep our focus on healing this embattled city.” Flint residents will have 60 days to register to participate in the settlement program. Following the registration period, Flint residents who have registered will have 120 days to file the documents necessary to support their claims. Detailed information on the registration and the claims processes will shortly be available on the claims administrator website. Assuming the Court ultimately grants final approval of the settlement, and there are no challenges to that Court order, it is estimated that the claims and payment process may be substantially complete before the end of 2021. The timeline may change depending on the Court’s schedule. Attorney General Nessel and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in August announced a $600 million preliminary agreement to settle the lawsuits filed against the State after the City of Flint switched is public water supply to the Flint River in 2014. Defendants that joined the settlement since August include the city of Flint, which is providing $20 million through its insurer, and McLaren Regional Medical Center and Rowe Professional Services Co., which are contributing $20 million and $1.25 million, respectively.
Matthew Schneider Resigns As Detroit's U.S. AttorneyDETROIT (AP) — The chief federal prosecutor in eastern Michigan said he’s leaving office on Feb. 1 to join a law firm. U.S. Attorney Matthew Schneider served for three years. Changes are common when a new president from a different party is elected. “In the last three years, this team has overcome tremendous challenges, from the longest federal government shutdown in American history, to an enormous rise in violent crime, the greatest increase in civil unrest since 1967, and a global pandemic,” Schneider said Thursday. Schneider was appointed by the U.S. Justice Department and then nominated by President Donald Trump. Saima Mohsin will become acting U.S. attorney. The U.S. Attorney’s Office in eastern Michigan covers more than 30 counties, from the tip of the Lower Peninsula to the Ohio border. Schneider recently announced a deal with the United Auto Workers to put a monitor in place after a series of corruption convictions in the union’s senior ranks. He sharply criticized Trump this week for releasing former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick from prison, years before the end of his 28-year sentence for corruption. Kilpatrick was prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Biden Will Pick A New Judge For Detroit's Federal CourtDETROIT (AP) — The federal court in Detroit could have one of President Joe Biden's first judicial appointments. U.S. District Judge Victoria Roberts is taking senior status, which allows her to reduce her caseload. It also creates a slot for another judge, who would be nominated by Biden and considered by the Senate. Roberts' plan was announced soon after Biden became president Wednesday. Roberts, 69, has been a judge for more than 20 years. She was nominated by President Bill Clinton in 1998. Roberts currently is overseeing civil lawsuits against the University of Michigan for assaults by a late doctor, Robert Anderson.
FBI: Oakland County Man With Hockey Stick Assaulted Capitol CopsDETROIT (AP) — A Michigan man carrying a hockey stick during the U.S. Capitol riot struck police officers who were outdoors trying to protect the building, the FBI said Thursday. Michael Foy of Wixom was charged with five crimes, including assault and obstruction of law enforcement, for his alleged role in the Jan. 6 attack. Investigators said he crawled through a broken window at the Capitol after police were assaulted. The case was filed in Washington, but Foy appeared in Detroit federal court after his arrest. He will remain in custody until a detention hearing Monday. The FBI said a Facebook page belonging to Foy's father as well as a YouTube video helped investigators identify him. In addition, Assistant U.S. Attorney Hank Moon said Washington police have body-cam video. The YouTube video shows Foy striking officers who had been knocked down and dragged into the crowd of rioters, the FBI said in a court filing. “This attack continues for approximately 16 seconds until Foy is knocked down by another rioter. ... Foy raises his hockey stick above his head in celebration,” the FBI said. Foy is the second Michigan man to be charged in the Capitol violence. Karl Dresch of Calumet appeared in federal court in the Upper Peninsula on Wednesday.
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Nearly 12,000 Doses Of Moderna's COVID-19 Vaccine Spoiled En Route To Michigan(CBS DETROIT) – Nearly 12,000 doses of Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine spoiled en route to Michigan. State health officials say the spoilage was due to temperature control issues during delivery. Health officials believe the vaccine shipments got too cold. This comes as Michigan is experiencing a shortage in coronavirus vaccine doses.
Michigan Reports 2,031 New COVID-19 Cases, 40 Deaths WednesdayMICHIGAN (CBS DETROIT) - The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services announced 2,031 coronavirus cases in the state and an additional 40 deaths for Wednesday. This brings the state total of COVID-19 cases to 542,146 and 13,905 deaths as of Jan. 20, 2021.
At Least 7 COVID-19 Cases Linked To Washtenaw Woman Who Traveled To UK(CBS DETROIT) – Seven additional cases of COVID-19 are connected to a Washtenaw County woman who contracted a more contagious variant of the virus. County health officials say they are uncertain if the new cases are a form of the new strain. Last weekend the state health department said the woman recently traveled to the United Kingdom where the variant originated.
Michigan Lawmakers React To President Biden's Executive Order Plans(CBS DETROIT)- As President Joe Biden becomes the nation's 46th President there are several executive orders he plans to sign right away. Including nationwide restrictions on evictions, something 2nd District Detroit State Representative Adam Hollier says will positively impact his community “What President Biden is doing is he’s making the first steps today, but laying the foundation for the work that is to come I think that’s critically important saying hey I’m going to make sure things don’t get any worse while we figure out long term solutions.” Masks being worn during Wednesday’s inauguration was clearly the sign of the times as it relates to our current crisis. Biden says the pandemic will be a priority and plans to mandate masks wear on federal property. Hollier agrees “I think most of that just starts with just understanding and excepting that this is a real issue and it really affects people, particularly black folks in Detroit.”
Kilpatrick’s Clemency: Required To Pay Restitution, Supervised Release(CBS DETROIT) – Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was set to serve 28 years in federal prison for corruption charges but that sentence was cut short by two decades with the strike of President Donald Trump’s pen hours before leaving the oval office. Trump states in the executive grant of clemency, Kilpatrick’s time served is sufficient and the safety of the community will not be compromised upon his release. “For him to have done what he did and showed the level of disrespect that he did towards the city and the citizens of the city, I don’t believe that he should have been released. I mean I don’t believe he should of gotten the amount of time that he’s gotten. Yeah I think that he should of at least did 10,” said Jarell Holley of Detroit. Kilpatrick’s original discharge date of January 2037 is no longer binding.
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New Henry Ford Cancer Institute Set To Welcome Patients Wednesday(CBS Detroit) - For cancer survivors ringing a bell symbolizes the completion of treatment; however on Tuesday a bell was rang to the beginning of the new Henry Ford Cancer Institute. “This new pavilion will serve as a global destination for hope, with our united team delivering the next level of care “ Said Wright Lassiter lll, President and CEO of Henry Ford System Opening to patients on Wednesday, the new 187,000 square foot facility located across the street from Henry Ford Main Campus, has been 5 years in the making. Dr. David Kwon MD, the Physician in charge at the Brigitte Harris Cancer Pavilion says, the center will offer seamless and integrated cancer care including specialty clinics for 14 different types of cancer. “Where patients meet an entire team of cancer experts to specialize in their specific cancer all in one convenient clinic space” Henry Ford says the building was designed with patients and their families in mind.
Michigan Reports 1,738 New COVID-19 Cases, 41 Deaths TuesdayMICHIGAN (CBS DETROIT) - The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services announced 1,738 coronavirus cases in the state and an additional 41 deaths for Tuesday. This brings the state total of COVID-19 cases to 540,115 and 13,865 deaths as of Jan. 19, 2021. In the state as of Jan. 15, there has been a total of 442,408 recovered cases of COVID-19. For the latest numbers, visit here. They are updated daily with coronavirus updates included as of 3 p.m. MORE FROM CBS DETROIT: Missed Gov. Whitmer’s Press Conference? Here’s Her Update On The State’s Response To COVID-19 MORE FROM CBS DETROIT: Stimulus Check Update: ‘I Believe We Have A Moral Obligation,’ Says President-Elect Joe Biden MORE FROM CBS DETROIT: Super Bowl 55: How Many Fans Will Be Allowed To Attend? © 2021 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
Up To $20K Available For Michigan Small Businesses Hit By PandemicCBS DETROIT) – Small business owners having a hard time balancing books can breathe a sigh of relief. The Michigan Economic Development Corporation is offering grants from a $55 million fund to support businesses with one to 100 employees. “The application window opened up for the Michigan small business survival grant program which is a program in response to the challenges that many of our small businesses are facing. Especially those that have been closed or partially closed as a result of the recent DHHS orders,” said Josh Hundt, Michigan Economic Development Corporation Executive V.P. Applications are now open for the Michigan Small Business Survival Grant program. If your business was shut down completely following the COVID health orders back in November you may be eligible for $20K in relief. Owners facing partial closures can qualify for up to $15,000. “Those type of businesses range from restaurants and bars to bowling alleys and movie theatres and many of our different retail operations as well that have faced negative financial impacts from this closure and from the pandemic,” said Hundt. The survival grant is one of 23 programs offered by MEDC with over $240 million presented to Michigan small businesses since the start of the pandemic. “What we have been focused on everyday throughout this year and since the pandemic began was making sure that we were focused on providing relief for our small businesses, our entrepreneurs and our communities across the state, while also working to ensure that we have an economic environment for the recovery as well where we can provide a resilient economy with the opportunity for sustained growth in the future,” said Hundt. The application window will close Jan. 22 at noon. For more information on how to apply visit here. © 2021 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
Gov. Whitmer Makes Appointments To The State Board Of Canvassers(CBS DETROIT) - Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced Tuesday her appointments to the Board of State Canvassers. Jeannette L. Bradshaw, of Ortonville, is the recording secretary and registrar for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 58. She also serves as the secretary and treasurer for the Metro Detroit AFL-CIO and previously served as the executive vice president. Bradshaw was first appointed to the State Board of Canvassers in 2013 and currently serves as Chair of the Board. Bradshaw is reappointed to represent Democrats for a term commencing February 1, 2021 and expiring January 31, 2025. Tony Daunt, of DeWitt, is the executive director of the Michigan Freedom Fund. He previously served as the director of constituent relations for Governor Snyder, logistics director for the Michigan Republican Party, and communications director to former Senator Randy Richardville. Daunt holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Michigan State University. He is appointed to represent Republicans for a term commencing February 1, 2021 and expiring January 31, 2025. He succeeds Aaron Van Langevelde whose term expires January 31, 2021. The Board of State Canvassers canvasses and certifies statewide elections, elections for legislative districts that cross county lines and all judicial offices except Judge of the Probate Court. The Board also conducts recounts for state-level offices, canvasses nominating petitions filed with the Secretary of State and state-level ballot proposal petitions, assigns ballot designations and adopting ballot language for statewide ballot proposals, and approves electronic voting systems for use in the state. The Board of State Canvassers consists of four members—two members from each major political party—who are nominated by their state central committee. These appointments are subject to the advice and consent of the Senate. © 2021 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
Gov. Whitmer Will Attend Biden-Harris Inauguration Wednesday(CBS DETROIT) - Gov. Gretchen Whitmer will attend the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on Wednesday. Whitmer was also appointed to serve as co-chair of the Presidential Inaugural Committee. Recently, Biden nominated Governor Whitmer to serve as Vice Chair of the Democratic National Committee. “The country is ready for a leader who listens to medical experts to lead our country’s COVID-19 response and works on behalf of hardworking Americans,” said Whitmer. “I am honored to attend the inauguration of President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris and ready to begin working closely with each of them to fight this virus, save lives, and put the country back on track.” The inauguration is expected to begin around 11 a.m. EST at the West Front of the Capitol in Washington D.C. © 2021 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
Attorneys: Ex-Governor Snyder Charged In Wrong County Over FlintLANSING, Mich. (AP) — Attorneys for former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder are striking back, telling prosecutors Tuesday that the Flint water case should be dismissed because he was charged in the wrong county. Snyder was charged last week with two misdemeanor counts of willful neglect of duty. He was indicted by a Genesee County judge who sat as a grand juror and considered evidence presented by prosecutors. “Neither of these allegations of non-feasance, or failure to act, occurred while the former Governor was in the City of Flint. At all times set forth in the Indictment, our client was the presiding governor of the State of Michigan with the Executive Office of the Governor located at the Romney Building in downtown Lansing,” attorney Brian Lennon said in a letter to prosecutors. The letter was attached to a request for documents and other evidence possessed by prosecutors, a typical step by the defense in a criminal case. Lennon indicated in the letter that he soon would formally ask Judge William Crawford to dismiss the case against the former Republican governor. Snyder was one of nine people charged in a new investigation of the Flint water crisis. The catastrophe in the impoverished, majority-Black city has been described as an example of environmental injustice and racism. The city, under Snyder-appointed emergency managers, used the Flint River for drinking water in 2014-15 without properly treating it to reduce corrosion. Lead from old pipes contaminated the system. Separately, the water was blamed by some experts for an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease, which killed at least 12 people in the area and sickened dozens more. © 2021 Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
Increased Capitol Sceurity Continues, No Protests MondayThe capitol grounds were pretty clear Monday with very few spectators and no protests, and although the outcome was nowhere near the expectation, Michigan state police say they will continue to keep an increased presence for the next two weeks.