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12 COVID-19 cases tied to Michigan strip club
DETROIT (AP) — Public health officials say at least a dozen COVID-19 cases have been tied to a strip club near the Detroit airport. The Wayne County Public Health Division on Sunday also encouraged anyone who had been at the Playhouse Club in Romulus recently to contact them whether or not they are feeling ill. The state on Sunday reported 343 new coronavirus cases, bringing the total of confirmed cases to 65,876 since the outbreak. But it reported no new deaths from the virus. In all, there have been nearly 6,000 COVID-19 deaths in Michigan.
GRAND TRAVERSE BAY-BOAT RESCUE
State: Boat at bottom of Michigan bay must be removed
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — State officials say a sunken boat must be removed from the bottom of Grand Traverse Bay in northern Michigan. The Traverse City Record-Eagle reports that federal and state authorities said Thursday they are working to arrange the salvage operation for the 33-foot-long vessel that sank last month. Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy spokesman Nick Assendelft said officials “don’t want that left in the water.” The boat took on water June 19 and sank. The 10 people on board were rescued by the Coast Guard. The boat’s owner says he has insurance on the lake cruiser.
VIRUS OUTBREAK-DISPLACED HORSES
Horses displaced by virus, floods find home at rescue farm
WEST BRANCH, Mich. (AP) — Several horses displaced by the pandemic and flooding across parts of central Michigan have found a new home at a rescue farm. The Midland Daily News reports that between the pandemic and historic flooding in May that destroyed homes, barns, and fields, the situation became harder for owners to properly care for their animals. Since then, D&R Acres Hobby and Rescue Farm has received several equines. The 20-acre farm is now home to 38 horses, donkeys, mules, ponies and miniature horses. Although many animals stay there for the rest of their days, the farm does adopt out equines once animals adjust.
Michigan village starts flood recovery, awaits funds
LANSING, Mich (AP) — A small Michigan village is pulling together after two dam failures in May. Volunteers in Sanford are still clearing muck and providing supplies to those whose homes were destroyed by floodwaters since there’s no telling when state and federal help will come. Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer asked President Donald Trump to declare a major disaster on June 15. That would open up federal resources and financial support for the area. An answer to Whitmer’s request has not been received. State legislation to give the Midland area $6 million to manage damage is sitting in a committee, with the Legislature adjourned for the summer.
ELECTION 2020-TRUMP’S CABINET
Trump Cabinet members look to reassure battleground voters
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Members of President Donald Trump’s Cabinet and agency leaders are finding time this election year to visit politically important states as their boss campaigns for a second term. Florida alone has seen more than 30 visits by Cabinet-level administration officials this year. Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Arizona are among other swing states visited by lot of the top administration officials. They’re discussing federal funding and initiatives for local interests, as well as talking up Trump. The president is hoping for an energized base to buoy his prospects for a November victory.
Michigan reports 398 new coronavirus cases, 3 new deaths
DETROIT (AP) — The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services’ most recent numbers show that in one day the state reported 398 new coronavirus cases and three more deaths. With Saturday’s totals, the department on its web site says there have been a total of 65,533 cases and 5,972 confirmed coronavirus cases. Saturday’s total was slightly lower than Friday’s total when the state reported 460 new cases. There were also three confirmed coronavirus deaths on Friday.
Detroit Police say 2 women killed in separate shootings
DETROIT (AP) — Two women were killed in separate shootings in Detroit overnight, police said Saturday. Police said a 19-year-old woman riding inside a car was killed when a shooter in a passing SUV opened fire around 7:20 p.m. Friday. No other injuries were reported. In the second shooting, police said a 39-year-old woman riding in a car was fatally shot by someone inside a passing car at 12:55 a.m. Saturday. Police said a 40-year-old man and three boys, aged 15, 12 and 9, who were in the same car were wounded.
White Mich. couple charged after gun pulled on Black family
A white couple face criminal charges after one of them was captured on video pulling a handgun on a Black woman and her daughters in a restaurant parking lot in Michigan. Oakland County prosecutors say Jillian and Eric Wuestenberg were arrested after Wednesday night’s confrontation and charged Thursday with felonious assault. The sheriff’s office says they were later arraigned and are free on a $50,000 personal bond. The sheriff says that as a condition of the bond, they must turn over all firearms, not engage in “assaultive behavior” and not leave Michigan. They’re next scheduled to appear in court for a probable cause hearing on July 14.
Census takers going door-to-door in Detroit neighborhoods
DETROIT (AP) — Census takers have started door-to-door canvassing of homes in Detroit. City officials say efforts through the end of July will be concentrated in southwest Detroit, the lower east side and northeast side, and the Grand River corridor. Census takers will try to reach people who have not yet answered census questions by mail, online or by telephone. Detroit’s current census response rate is 47%. Nearly a dozen community groups have committed to taking part in the canvassing.
CASINO EXECUTIVE KILLED
President of casino company dies in watercraft accident
The head of a casino company has died in a watercraft accident while vacationing in Michigan. Richard J. Haskins, president of Red Rock Resorts Inc. and Station Casinos LLC, which owns 20 casinos in Nevada, died Saturday. The companies’ properties include the Palms Resort near the Las Vegas Strip. Red Rock did not provide details about the accident. Haskins joined Red Rock in 1995 as general counsel of the company’s Midwest operations. He had served as president of Red Rock Resorts and Station Casinos since October 2015