On today’s show for May 7, 2020: There is more Coronavirus news to update you on, plus other stories.
Here’s the rundown and you can listen to the player at the bottom of your screen:
Detroit is getting a better hold on the virus with just 8% of Coronavirus tests coming back positive in Detroit.
But, the disease is spreading west, MLive has a great interactive map to show how counties near Grand Rapids are seeing an uptick in cases.
Mayor Mike Duggan says that Detroit’s three casinos will likely not be able to fully re-open until there is a vaccine.
The TCF Center’s field hospital will be put on pause once the single patient that is there is discharged. The hospital will not be taken down, just in case of future waves.
The temporary hospital at the Novi Suburban Showplace will remain open.
Warren Mayor Jim Fouts said that police will begin to enforce social distancing and mask compliance.
The controversial conservative Royal Oak City Commissioner Kim Gibbs is in the news again, this time for allegedly shoplifting from a local Meijer.
General Motors has managed to have a profit for the first quarter, even though the pandemic has hurt sales.
Most GM plants in the U.S. and Canada will restart production on May 18, 2020. And FCA is also set to reopen that week.
The Old Rouge Steel Mill, which was part of Henry Ford’s former sprawling complex that opened in the 1920’s will fall silent this July. AK Steel announced in a warn notice to the state that it plans to shutter the steel mill and 343 people will lose their jobs.
Michigan Medicine, which is made up of the U of M Health System, Medical School and Research facilities is laying off or furloughing 1,400 employees in the wake of reduced revenues due to the Coronavirus.
Macomb County Public Works Commissioner Candice Miller is suiting nine major disposable wipe makers because the “flushable” wipes do serious damage to sewer systems.
The City of Detroit has a new Executive Director of Transit, C. Mikel Oglesby will oversee the Detroit Department of Transportation and the Detroit People Mover.
The James Beard Finalists have been announced and a few of the finalists call Michigan Home.
The popular Birmingham restaurant Hazel, Ravines, and Downtown has reopened with lobster rolls to go and a limited menu. You can order your lobster rolls here.
Hudsonville Ice Cream has released two limited-edition flavors for summer, American Fireworks and Blueberry Cobbler.
Finally, the Detroit Kite Festival has created an online store where you can buy kites, apparel, and DIY kite kits. The festival is still tentatively scheduled for July 12, but that can change.
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