Author: Alice Shea

President Trump: National Stockpile of Masks, Gloves Nearly Depleted

  Coronavirus cases in the U.S. have now topped 200,000 with more than 5,000 deaths. It comes amid growing concerns about access to protective medical equipment desperately needed in hospitals. President Trump announced Wednesday that the federal stockpile of gloves and masks is almost empty. That announcement was accompanied by another warning from the president—he says we’re in store for…

U.S. Prepares For COVID-19 Peak, Predicts 240,000 Deaths

A sobering message from the White House: President Trump is warning the next two weeks will be painful. The U.S. has reached more than 4,000 deaths as the coronavirus outbreak continues to grip the nation. But the Trump administration says that number could end up reaching as many as 240,000. The president’s message appeared to take a more somber tone…

Russia Sends Aid, Hopes US Will ‘Return The Favor’

Aid to assist in the response to COVID-19 is expected to arrive in the U.S. Wednesday. A senior Trump administration official says it’s loaded with personal protection equipment and other supplies. Any items that are approved by the Food and Drug Administration will be put to use immediately. The Russian embassy in Washington tweeted that it would expect manufacturers to…

President Rolls Back Fuel Efficiency Standards

President Trump is rolling back Obama-era fuel efficiency standards. His administration says the rules made vehicles too expensive and less environmentally friendly. The president’s new policy calls for fuel economy and emission standards to increase by 1.5% annually, instead of the 5% annual increases set in the 2012 rule. According to the New York Times, it also clears the way…

Census Count Disrupted By COVID-19 Outbreak

April 1 is Census Day—a day to promote participation in the 2020 census. But the census count is being disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic. The count is a way to ensure communities get political representation and federal dollars for things like roads, schools, emergency services and money that can aid in times of crisis. So far, nearly 35% of the…

Grand Traverse Co. Deputies Investigating Deadly House Fire

The Grand Traverse County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a deadly house fire. The sheriff says it happened early Sunday morning at a house on Briar Cliff Lane in Garfield Township. Fire crews found a man dead inside. They say he was the only person in the house at the time and is believed to be the only victim. Investigators are…

Treasury Department, IRS Releases More Information on Stimulus Package

The Treasury Department and the IRS released more information on who will receive stimulus package payments. Let’s break it down for you. People eligible for the full impact payment include tax filers with an adjusted gross income of up to $75,000 for individuals and up to $150,000 for married couples filing joint returns. For filers with an income above those…

Crash Closes Road West of Newaygo County

Police are investigating a serious crash just outside of Newaygo. WOODTV 8 reports that the crash happened around 10 Monday morning on Bingham Avenue near West 80th Street in Garfield Township. Details are still very limited. A stretch of Bingham Avenue shut down while police cleared the scene. The passenger car was heading southbound and crossed over the center line…