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VIRUS OUTBREAK-DETROIT FLIGHT

Detroit to LA flight delayed after passenger refuses mask

DETROIT (AP) — A flight from Detroit to Los Angeles returned to the gate Saturday evening after a passenger refused to wear a face mask required by Delta Air Lines. Company officials say the flight with 84 customers was supposed to depart at 8:15 p.m. but did not not leave until just before 9 p.m. Delta officials tell the Detroit Free Press that the customer did not comply with face mask rules. Aboard the flight was the mother of Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan’s Chief of Staff Alexis Wiley. Wiley tweeted video showing a passenger being escorted off the plane. 

VIRUS OUTBREAK-MICHIGAN

Self-quarantine recommended after outbreak at Michigan State

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Health officials are strongly recommending that Michigan State University students living on or near the school’s East Lansing campus self-quarantine immediately because of an outbreak of COVID-19. The Ingham County Health Department says at least a third of the 342 people affiliated with the university who have tested positive for the virus since Aug. 24 attended parties or social gatherings. At least one third of those gatherings were associated with fraternities or sororities. The health department says that in the three weeks prior to the surge in cases, only 23 people affiliated with the university had tested positive. The state has had more than 110,800 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and more than 6,500 deaths from the disease since the pandemic started.

TEEN HUNTER KILLED

Michigan teen hunter killed when run over by corn harvester

CASEVILLE, Mich. (AP) — Police say a 14-year-old deer hunter who possibly fell asleep in a farm field was killed when he was run over by a corn harvester in Michigan’s Thumb region. Emergency workers were called about 9 a.m. Saturday to the cornfield in a rural area near the Huron County city of Caseville after a farm worker spotted the boy soon after accidentally driving over him. The county sheriff’s office says the boy from the nearby city of Elkton had been dropped off earlier for deer hunting at the field and might have fallen asleep.

MICHIGAN-DEER FORECAST

Michigan deer herd in good shape for fall hunting season

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Wildlife officials say Michigan’s deer herd is in good shape and predict a strong fall hunting season. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ annual forecast says conditions across the state are as good as in 2019 or better, thanks to a mild winter and plentiful food. The season began with this weekend’s Liberty Hunt for young people and hunters with disabilities. The DNR says a number of rules have been revised to make them more understandable, grant more flexibility and provide more value for time and money.

FIREFIGHTER-9/11 STEPS

‘Close to home’: Firefighter walks arena steps to mark 9/11

An Upper Peninsula firefighter marched the steps of an ice arena for more than two hours to honor the first responders who died on 9/11. Cory Lightfoot of Houghton typically goes to Lambeau Field, the home of the Green Bay Packers, to walk the steps in an annual 9/11 anniversary event. But the event was canceled because of the coronavirus. So Lightfoot took 1,980 steps Friday at MacInnes Ice Arena at Michigan Tech University. It’s equal to walking the 110 stories of the World Trade Center in New York.

WILLIS PATTERSON-CELEBRATION

Music conference to celebrate singer, educator Patterson

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — The 90th birthday of legendary bass singer and University of Michigan alum and professor emeritus Willis Patterson will be celebrated virtually. Scholars, composers and performers from across the U.S. are expected to attend the Sept. 18-20 African American Music Conference. The event is hosted by the university’s School of Music, Theatre & Dance. The university says Patterson was the first African American faculty member to join the music school’s faculty. He was hired in 1968 and taught in the department for more than three decades. 

VIRUS OUTBREAK-GOVERNOR’S POWERS

Group tops 400K signatures to repeal Whitmer’s virus powers

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, faced with lawsuits challenging her use of emergency powers to fight the coronavirus, could continue to prevail in court. But she may be unable to stop a Republican maneuver that would rescind the 75-year-old law that has enabled her to issue and lift COVID-19 restrictions unilaterally. A ballot drive says it’s in the “home stretch” after collecting more than 400,000 signatures in two months. Its goal is 500,000. If at least 340,000 signatures are deemed valid by a state board, the GOP-controlled Legislature would likely repeal the 1945 law. The Democratic governor could not veto the initiated bill.

SCHOOL OUTDOORS

Private school in Michigan teaches outside amid pandemic

ADDISON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A private school in Michigan has decided to have classes outside in an effort to give students more space and lower chances of transmitting the coronavirus. The Detroit News reports that officials at Upland Hills School in Addison Township also have indicated that they want to continue classes outdoors throughout the year using sturdy, temperature-controlled tents when needed. After schools closed in March to curb the spread of the virus, school officials have been determined to have in-person classes. Supplies for outdoor learning were ordered, including bug spray and sunscreen. Students in kindergarten through eighth grade must wear masks when in small, close groups and when moving across the campus.

VIRUS OUTBREAK-MICHIGAN-DAIRY STORE

Campus dairy store pausing operations as sales dip to virus

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A sweet-treat fixture on Michigan State University’s East Lansing campus is pausing its operations with fewer students around due to the coronavirus. WLNS-TV reports that the MSU Dairy Store — popular for its ice cream — closed its doors Friday but looks forward to resuming operations when economic conditions permit. Michigan State students are taking fall classes virtually after the school announced last month that it is going online this semester. The dairy store has been offering curbside service for a few months, but that is expected to be halted Monday.

IMMIGRANT SERVICES-GRANTS

Groups servicing immigrants, refugees to share grant funding

DETROIT (AP) — Organizations in southeastern Michigan that service immigrants and refugees will share more than $200,000 in grants. The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan says the grants range from $5,000 to $10,000 each and are designed to support a variety of groups and their needs. The rapid response grants are made through the Southeast Michigan Immigrant and Refugee Funder Collaborative, a group of philanthropic partners that seeks to address a needs gap of the immigrant and refugee population in the region. The 23 organizations receiving the funding include 1 Michigan for the Global Majority, the Chaldean Community Foundation and the Michigan Advocacy Program.