Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 11:40 a.m. EDT

UNDATED (AP) — Some governors are teaming up as President Donald Trump gives states contradicting messages on lifting stay-at-home orders once the coronavirus threat subsides. With no coordinated approach between the states and federal government, clusters of states that cover about half the population are working together to determine when and how to lift restrictions. Governors say the agreements on the West Coast, around the Great Lakes and in the densely populated Northeast are needed because the virus doesn’t respect state lines. But they say they retain autonomy. Large states such as Texas and Florida aren’t part of an alliance, and some governors have faced blowback for the teamwork.

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Stay-at-home orders adopted to slow down the coronavirus are highlighting the lack of broadband internet access faced by thousands of Michigan residents. When Wesley Clark needed a new wheelchair, his doctor spoke on the phone to explain the set-up because he and his 79-year-old wife don’t have internet in their house, between Mason and Eaton Rapids. The Lansing State Journal reports they are among 381,000 Michigan households without the infrastructure for broadband internet at a level considered adequate by the federal government. The increasing use of the internet for daily activities, ranging from remote schooling to tele-health appointments, is highlighting the challenge in many rural areas of the state.  

GEORGETOWN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Ottawa County officials have reached an agreement to buy former gravel-mining land in western Michigan and add it to a major regional park. The 87 acres are in Georgetown Township, southwest of Grand Rapids. The acquisition is for the Bend Area park and adds land to the Grand River Greenway trail project. The deal is expected to be completed in spring or early summer. It is funded by a grant from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund, an Ottawa County parks millage and $50,000 from a fundraising campaign. The greenway and Bend Area projects have been in the works for decades.

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says she hopes to begin reopening parts of Michigan’s economy on May 1 after weeks of a strict stay-at-home order that has crippled businesses and caused more than 1 million unemployed people to seek aid. Whitmer said relaxing the restrictions will come in phases. Her stay-at-home order that runs through April 30. Meanwhile, new coronavirus cases rose by 2% on Friday, a much slower pace than in previous days. in Detroit, Mayor Mike Duggan reported upbeat news from area hospitals, declaring: “We are beating this thing.”