MDHHS Orders Schools To Report Cases Everyday(CBS DETROIT) – Michigan schools must now report their Covid-19 cases within 24 hours. The order comes after the state Supreme Court ruling to withdraw Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's executive orders. Under the emergency order school cases were being disclosed every week by the Michigan Department of Health and Human services. MDHHS is now ordering schools to report cases everyday starting Monday. © 2020 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
Detroit Teacher Speaks Out On Pay Raises(CBS DETROIT) - (CBS DETROIT) – For the past three years Detroit Public Schools Community District’s teacher compensation has been on an upswing. That’s according to a statement released by school administrators, so much so that starting teaching salaries are the highest in the state. Nicole Stuckey has been a Spanish teacher at Mumford High School for two years. She says her passion for education is what drives her to teach, not the pay. “I did start driving for Lyft before the pandemic but then I was like I can’t do this. I’m too tired. I’m literally too tired. I just can’t. But that would be the best way to make that extra money,” said Stuckey. Back in 2017, DPSCD starting teacher salaries were around $35,000. Today’s average is $51,000. Mid-level salaries jumped $13,000 to $70K while senior teachers take home just over $76,000. “It is one of the most important jobs in the world and if we want teachers to stay committed and to stay focused on teaching, to be the best teachers possible, we have to start compensating them. Giving them what they deserve,” she said. DPSCD and the Detroit Federation of Teachers ratified a one-year contract Monday. In addition to pay raises, the agreement includes bonuses for employed and retired DFT members. According to the district, the negotiations started back in February before the pandemic, but some teachers say they believe talks were settled sooner due to frustrations over Covid-19. “The pandemic and just in general a lot of I think they are very aware that teachers are frustrated and angry at the moment and speeding this up will quiet them for a little while,” she said. DFT leaders were not available for comment but DPSCD Superintendent Dr. Nikolai Vitti said in a statement the district is delivering its promise to improve salaries, benefits and to retain and recruit teachers. © 2020 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. © 2020 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
CW50 NEWS DETNWSFAA Extends Travel Waivers For Minimum Flight Requirements At Some Major Airports(CBS DETROIT) – The Federal Aviation Administration is easing requirements for an already beaten airline industry. The FAA says it will extend temporary waivers of minimum flight requirements at some major airports. Typically, airlines lose flight slots if they do not use them at least 80 percent of the time. The extension lasts until next March. © 2020 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
Michelle Obama Criticizes President Trump For His Coronavirus Response(CBS DETROIT) – Former First Lady Michelle Obama criticizes President Donald Trump for his coronavirus response. CBS news says a person close to Mrs. Obama's production team says the message was recorded before the president announced his diagnosis. The 24-minute long video delivers a "closing argument" for Joe Biden, urging Americans to vote for him. © 2020 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
Michigan Athletic Donations: Nearly $6M Donated By Season Ticket Holders To University Of Michigan(CBS DETROIT) – Michigan football season ticket holders have donated nearly $6 million to the athletic department. The school says over 3,500 contributors donated their refunds amid department layoffs. Though Big Ten football is expected to return revenue from those games is still expected to be low. Several department coaches and staff members have agreed to accept pay cuts. © 2020 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
University Of Detroit Mercy Announces New Campus In Novi(CBS DETROIT) – A new campus from the University of Detroit Mercy is being planned outside of the city. The nonprofit university has bought the former building of South University in Novi. This is the first time in the school's 100-year history its campus is being expanded outside of Detroit. School officials say the campus will be used for various health programs. © 2020 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
More Than 900 Detroit Small Businesses Receive Covid-19 Relief Grants(CBS DETROIT) – More than 900 small businesses in Detroit are getting some help to stay afloat during the pandemic. Each of them will receive roughly $20,000 dollars that can be used for utilities, rent, payroll and other operating expenses. The money is made available through the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation drawing money from the Michigan Small Business Restart Grant program. © 2020 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
Drivers And Pedestrians Being Reminded Of Safety During National Pedestrian Safety Month(CBS DETROIT) – A 21-year-old in Shelby Township leaving her job at Burger King was hit and killed last Thursday, now police are seeking the public's help to find the driver responsible. Shelby Township police released a video showing the moment 21-year-old Maya Shaw was fatally struck while crossing the street at 23 Mile and Schoenherr. The incident occurring around 10:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 1. “Surveillance video identified that vehicle as a dodge challenger,” said Lt. Pat Barnard, Detective Lieutenant Shelby Twp. Police. Barnard says the challenger that was a newer model and light in color fled the scene heading south bond on Schoenherr road after running down Maya. “She was employed at Burger King and she was actually on her way home, walking home when she crossed the intersection,” said Barnard. The case is still under investigation. Experts say unfortunately tragedies like this are becoming more common. Especially in the Metro Detroit area where there’s a higher number of pedestrians. “October is traditionally, especially over the last five years the most dangerous month for pedestrians versus car accidents,” said Brandon Hewitt Esq., COO Michigan Auto Law. Hewitt says from 2015 to 2019 the number of pedestrian-involved car accidents has increased 16 percent. In the Detroit area alone there have been over 4,500 cases in the past five years. The most cases historically happening during October, designating it National Pedestrian Safety Month by the US Department of Transportation. Hewitt says, drivers and pedestrians should always stay vigilant. “There’s distractions for pedestrians, don’t assume that a car is going to stop for you,” he said. Anyone with information on this fatal accident that occurred at 23 Mile and Schoenherr is asked to contact Shelby Township Police at 586-731-2121. © 2020 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
Michigan Reports 903 New Covid-19 Cases, 22 Deaths TuesdayMICHIGAN (CBS DETROIT) - The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services announced 903 coronavirus cases in the state and an additional 22 deaths Tuesday. The deaths announced Tuesday includes seven deaths identified during a Vital Records review. This brings the state total of COVID-19 cases to 129,826 and 6,838 deaths as of Oct. 6.
24 New School Covid-19 Outbreaks Reported In Michigan(CBS DETROIT) – At least 24 new school Covid-19 outbreaks are being reported in Michigan, including two in Detroit. Holy Redeemer Grade School in Detroit is reporting 11 coronavirus cases. Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is also reporting four cases at Lutheran Westland High school in Metro Detroit. Several universities and colleges remain the biggest institutions for coronavirus outbreaks. © 2020 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
Gov. Whitmer Signs Bill Allowing Clerks Extra Time To Process Absentee BallotsGov. Gretchen Whitmer held a press conference Tuesday to provide an update to voting in November's general election and sign a bill to help ensure every vote is counted in the upcoming election. The bill allows clerks in certain cities or townships to begin processing absentee ballots prior to election day. It would also provide that clerks will notify voters of any reason their vote won’t be counted within 48 hours. Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson and Delta Township Clerk Mary Clark also joined Whitmer during the press conference to discuss voting opportunities. Benson said Michiganders can be confident that their votes "will count and the results of our elections will be an accurate reflection of the will of the people." "While it falls short of providing the relief clerks have asked for, Senate Bill 757 is a small step in the right direction to allow some clerks additional hours to open envelopes and prepare ballots to be tabulated on Election Day," said Benson. Clark thanked the governor and Benson for their "leadership during this year’s unprecedented election." “This critical legislation will give Michigan Clerks the support we need during undoubtedly the most important election of our careers. Myself and Clerks across the state are committed to ensuring the integrity and accuracy of this election.” The bill Whitmer signed Tuesday would amend the Michigan Election Law to allow clerks in cities or townships with a population of at least 25,000 to perform certain absent voter ballot pre-processing activities prior to Election Day, as long as they give notice of that action to the Secretary of State at least 20 days before Election Day. The provision would only be applied for the Nov. 3, 2020 general election.
MDHHS Mask Mandate Draws Support And Criticism(CBS DETROIT) – Just days after the Michigan Supreme Court dropped Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s executive orders on Covid-19 protections, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services stepped in with a new mandate requiring mask in public or face civil charges. The MDHHS order places limits on indoor and outdoor events and pushes businesses to enforce customers to wear masks. The rule also applies to students and athletes. “You should keep requiring folks to wear masks as you have been doing. It’s the right thing to do. It saves lives. It’s also the law and you should also continue to honor the capacity limits. They are important so that we don’t have crowds that can spread covid,” said Robert Gordon, MDHHS director. LaShonda Finley is the owner of Almost Friday Fashion Boutique in Southfield. She says the health department’s mandate is good for business because it will help keep her customers and employees safe. “That was a great idea. It shows that they are looking out for the people of Michigan. Making sure that everyone is having that layer of protection. Because like I said the numbers are going up and we have to, have to put health first,” she said. But not everyone is on board with the order. Opponents say it’s an over reach that infringes on civil liberties. Sen. Mike Shirkey took his grievances to Twitter stating that the highest court in the state was clear in their ruling and the governor is breaking the law by not working with the state legislature on the pandemic. As for now, MDHHS officials say violators of the order can be fined up to $1,000 and charged with a misdemeanor. © 2020 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
Airbnb Bans One-Night Rentals Over Halloween Weekend(CBS DETROIT) - Airbnb is cracking down on Halloween parties this year by banning one-night rentals over the holiday weekend. The rental service says it’s in part to prevent large gatherings that could spread Covid-19. Airbnb has moved to ban unauthorized parties over the year even banning customers who don't comply. © 2020 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
Gov. Whitmer: 'This Virus Doesn't Care Who You Are'(CBS DETROIT) - Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says the Trump administration's handling of the coronavirus has failed the American people. In an interview on CNN Sunday, Whitmer also praised Joe Biden's presidential campaign. Biden visited Grand Rapids last week after testing negative for Covid-19. © 2020 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
Lions Blow LeadAfter a strong first quarter the Lions fell to the Saints 35-19.
DTE Energy Announces $13M Relief Fund(CBS DETROIT) - DTE Energy announced a $13 million fund to help Michigan residents during the pandemic. The energy company says the funds will go to human service agencies to help families pay down past-due bills and get on a payment plan. DTE says the company is also directly helping low-income families and those who lost their jobs due to Covid-19. © 2020 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
23 New Polling Centers, 7 Drop Boxes Open In Detroit(CBS DETROIT) - As Election Day draws closer voters in Detroit have new options to cast their ballots early. The Covid-19 pandemic is shaping changes at the ballot box and making them more accessible than ever before. “This will be an election week because we know we’ll be counting numerous, record breaking number of absentee ballots,” said Detroit City Clerk Janice Winfrey. The general election is 28 days away and over three million Michigan voters are requesting absentee ballots. Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson made the announcement Monday before casting her ballot at the Northwest Activity Center in Detroit. One of 23 new satellite polling centers now open for use. “In addition to the 23 vote centers, which each has a drop box in front of it we have seven additional drop-boxes strategically placed throughout the city. Which means we have a total of 30 drop boxes. We are excited that you no longer have to wait until the third of November, a Tuesday in November to vote,” said Winfrey. Winfrey says roughly 200,000 votes will be counted election night with the help of 10,000 poll workers, but critics worry that the numbers of mail-in, drop-box, and in-person votes will overwhelm clerks. “In the city of Detroit every ballot that cast has always been counted. Recounted? Maybe not but counted initially absolutely so voters can rest assure that that will continue to happen. Will it be election day results? Probably not,” said Winfrey. Votes will not be tallied until Nov. 3, but clerks can start the process of removing security sleeves from ballots 10 hours before election day. Here's a list of Detroit satellite voting center locations: Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and 9 a.m.to 2 p.m. on the weekends Adams Butzel Recreation Center – 10500 Lyndon (at Meyers) Balduck Park – 5271 Canyon St. (Warren and Chandler Park) Butzel Family Center – 7737 Kercheval (at Van Dyke) Clark Park – 1130 Clark St.(Scotten and Vernor) CAYMC – 2 Woodward Ave.(at Jefferson) *Closed weekends Coleman A. Young Recreation Center – 2751 Robert Bradby Dr. (at Lafayette Park) Considine – 8904 Woodward Ave. (at Holbrook) Crowell – 16630 Lahser Rd.(at W. McNichols) Davison Service Yard – 8221 W. Davidson Department of Elections – 2978 W. Grand Blvd. (at Third) DWSD Eastside Customer Care Center –13303 E. McNichols Farwell Recreation Center – 2711 E. Outer Dr. (at Ryan Rd.) Greater Christ Baptist Church – 3544 Iroquois Ave.(at Mack) Greater Grace Temple – 23500 W. 7 Mile Rd. (at Shiawassee) Heilmann Recreation Center – 19601 Crusade (at E. State Fair) Horatio Williams Center – 1010 Antietam Ave. (at Chrysler) Kemeny Recreation Center – 2260 S. Fort St. (at Schaefer) Northwest Activity Center – 18100 Meyers (at Curtis) Palmer Park Community Center – 19013 Woodward Ave. (at 7 Mile Rd.) Rouge Golf Course – 11701 Burt Rd. (Outer Dr. and Plymouth) Tindal Recreation Center – 10301 W. 7 Mile Rd. (at Meyers) WCCCD Eastern Campus – 5901 Conner (at I-94) WCCCD Northwest – 8200 W. Outer Dr. (at Southfield Fwy.) Here are free-standing ballot drop box locations: Greater Emmanuel Institutional – 19190 Schaefer Hwy. Liberty Temple – 17188 Greenfield Rd. (near 8 Mile) North Rosedale Park Community House – 18445 Scarsdale St. (near Puritan) Pistons Performance Center – 690 Amsterdam (at Second Ave.) Unity Baptist Church – 7500 Tireman WCCCD Downtown – 1001 W. Fort St. (at Lafayette) Williams Recreation Center – 8431 Rosa Parks Blvd. (at 14th) © 2020 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
Bernie Sanders Campaigns For Biden in Ann ArborPast presidential candidate made a stop in Ann Arbor to campaign for Biden on the campus of UofM.
Detroit Buses Rolling Again After Drivers Stop For 3 DaysDETROIT (AP) — Buses returned to Detroit streets Monday after a three-day work stoppage by drivers over coronavirus protections and disputes with riders. Police officers will increase their presence as part of a deal between the city and Amalgamated Transit Union Local 26. Riders must continue to wear masks and they must not cross a barrier or approach the driver. Drivers “generally do not feel safe at work due to violent and threatening circumstances presented by customers and members of the public,” the memo states. Detroit buses serve an average of 85,000 people a day. A driver was suspended for 29 days for a fight with a rider who boarded without a mask. Mayor Mike Duggan said the strike, which began Friday, was in response to the suspension. Duggan said video of the incident was “disturbing.” Union leader Glenn Tolbert said Duggan's remarks were insensitive to drivers. “We’ve had drivers stabbed and punched,” Tolbert said. “I think that’s the narrative the city would have preferred than a driver protecting himself. I don’t think that driver acted improperly." © 2020 Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
Detroit Teen Faces Murder Charge After Deadly Shooting Outside Of Pontiac Haunted House(CBS DETROIT) - Oakland County Sheriff says a suspect is in custody in the deadly shooting of a man outside of a haunted house in Pontiac. 17-year-old Damon Parker Terrelle faces three charges including first-degree murder.
Some Local Municipalities Still Enforcing Gov. Whitmer’s Orders(CBS DETROIT) - Since the pandemic began Gov. Whitmer issued and signed over 180 executive orders, but according to a Michigan Supreme Court ruling Friday, the governor exceeded her emergency powers. “All of the Governors Executive orders post on and post April 30th will be basically null and void,” said Rep. Sherry Gay-Dagnogo, 8th House District. Gay-Dagnogo says, the state’s court ruling that a 1945 law is unconstitutional is politically driven. And now is not the time for politics. “We’re still having conversations on whether we should enforce the wearing of mask or not I think that really plays into the hands of partisan politics and it doesn’t do anything to put our citizens first,” said Gay-Dagnogo. Oakland County says they will enforce masks use in public, Wayne County says they will follow the governor's orders until the state releases new ones. And in Macomb county, officials will encourage the current orders, but not enforce. A statement released Sunday from Whitmer's office in response to the Supreme Court ruling reads in part: When it comes to fighting COVID-19, we are all in this together. The governor is ready to work across the aisle with Republicans in the legislature where we can find common ground, but she won’t let partisan politics get in the way of doing what’s necessary to keep people safe and save lives. Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is asking the court for clarification on when the order will take place. Meanwhile, local municipalities say they will do what they feel best serves their communities. © 2020 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
Gov. Whitmer on Trump(CBS DETROIT) - Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says the Trump administration's handling of the coronavirus has failed the American people the same day Michigan's Supreme Court ruled against her executive orders.
Governor Whitmer Files Petition To Delay Michigan Supreme Court Ruling - Questions Remain On RulingThe Michigan Supreme Court ruled Friday Governor Whitmer had no authority past April 30 to enforce her executive orders. Now she is requesting Michigan's high court to clarify their opinion. In an article by the Detroit Free Press, the Governor is asking the decision to be delayed into taking effect until October 30. In a motion filed to the court, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services director Robert Gordon wrote, "The matter demands immediate consideration to enable an orderly transition to manage this ongoing crisis,". In a statement Whitmer wrote a transition period is necessary "to protect 830,000 Michigan workers and families who are depending on unemployment benefits to pay their bills and put food on the table and to protect Michiganders everywhere who are counting on their leaders to protect them,”. While she did say she disagrees with the ruling, she is willing to reach across to Republicans in the legislature to "find common ground to slow the spread of the virus and rebuild our economy." For now, there is some uncertainty on how the Michigan Supreme Court decision will affect the state. The Detroit News reported yesterday that Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel will no longer enforce the Governor's executive orders. Meaning the AG's office won't pursue criminal proceedings for those who violate the orders. Bob Stevenson who is executive director of The Michigan Chiefs of Police Association told the Detroit News, "If the attorney general says it’s over, then it’s over,". However, the Governor's office says they have 21 to 28 days to request a hearing, and that period gives them time to keep the orders in effect for a transition. Attorney Katherine Henry who argued the landmark case for the plaintiff's side did an interview on Fox 2's "Let It Rip Weekend" saying Michigan residents can burn their masks. According to Newsweek, Henry said the court's decision on Friday was immediate that day. Telling people they can burn their masks, open up their church services, and concluding "All of those executive orders, based on COVID-19 circumstances, from 2020, they're out, they're gone, they're done." Henry also said Michigan's law is clear that when filing for a motion for reconsideration does not stay a court's decision while a motion is up for reconsideration.
20,000 Amazon Employees Test Positive For Covid-19Amazon says nearly 20,000 of its employees have been infected with the coronavirus.