Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 7:40 a.m. EDT
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan public health officials are reporting a big drop in the daily number of COVID-19 cases but are cautioning against drawing wider conclusions as fewer tests are conducted on weekends. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services reported 645 new cases Sunday compared with 1,392 the day before. Public health officials say Sunday tally included 95 deaths, compared with 111 deaths on Saturday. Health officials say they can’t confirm if the dip “represents a true decline” of coronavirus cases. There’s limited data to compare, but the case count could reflect fewer tests administered on weekends.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A lawn care company had hoped to harvest a significant tax break. But it has failed to break ground at the Michigan appeals court. TruGreen said it should qualify for a tax exemption on seed, fertilizer and other products that enhance the lawns of customers. It wants to be treated like farmers who till and plant. TruGreen latched on to a key phrase in Michigan law referring to “things of the soil.” But the appeals court said the company’s services don’t qualify for the tax break. Judge Elizabeth Gleicher said “things of the soil” doesn’t pertain to “blades of well-tended grass.”
O’FALLON, Mo. (AP) — Stay-at-home orders and social distancing requirements tied to the pandemic have put restaurant dining on hold, forcing many to close and leaving others barely hanging on. From large chains to mom-and-pop eateries, many restaurants have opened make-shift grocery stores. Panera, Potbelly Sandwich Shop and Subway are among national chains that have begun selling grocery items. Several local restaurants across the country are doing so, too. The fallout from the coronavirus has devastated restaurants. Data from the National Restaurant Association says the industry has lost 3 million jobs and $25 billion in sales since March 1.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A panel studying ways to secure energy for Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is developing recommendations on propane supplies. The U.P. Energy Task Force will meet Monday by video conference to wrap up the list, which must be submitted to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer by Friday. More than 800 public comments were received. The final recommendations, technical document and appendices will be posted online. The task force next will begin discussions on alternative solutions for meeting the U.P.’s energy needs. It will focus on security, reliability, affordability and environmental soundness.