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    (CBS DETROIT) – Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced new partnership with Google that will help connect people in Michigan searching for jobs with free training to help them land jobs in growing fields. This collaboration will connect 500 job seekers with in Michigan with access to Google Career Certificates training. READ MORE: U.S. Marshals Continue Search For Ypsilanti Murder Suspect; Reward Offered“The Google Career Certificates are a great opportunity for Michiganders to earn industry-recognized credentials and increase their earning potential in a short amount of time,” said Stephanie Beckhorn, Director of LEO’s Office of Employment and Training. “Participants will have the ability to learn at their own pace and prepare for the demands of today’s job market.”  Each certificate is designed and taught by Google employees and includes over 100 practice and graded assignments, quizzes, and writing assignments to give people ample practice to master a topic. Anyone interested in applying for a scholarship should contact their local Michigan Works! Service Center. READ MORE: MSP To Crack Down On I-75 Drivers In Statewide Traffic Enforcement OperationResidents are reminded that they will need...
    Adam Fox, center in beige ballcap, was among the militiamen who invaded the Michigan Capitol in April 2020, and later plotted ways to take over the building before switching to a plot to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. Jurors on Friday freed two of the four defendants in the Michigan militia kidnapping-plot trial, but after a week of deliberations remained hung on the charges against the two men accused of being ringleaders in the conspiracy to kidnap Governor Gretchen Whitmer. A mistrial was declared in the case of the latter two—Adam Fox, 37, of Grand Rapids; Barry Croft, 44, of Bear, Delaware—and they will remain in custody. However, the jury found both Daniel Harris, 23, of Lake Orion, and Brandon Caserta, 32, of Canton, Michigan, not guilty on all charges, and they were released. The verdicts were announced after jurors told the judge that morning they were unable to reach a unanimous verdict on all counts, and he had sent them back to attempt one last time to reach finality. "After using the suggestions of the court, we're still unable to...
    by Scott McClallen   About $4 million will subsidize the education of some young Michiganders. The subsidy is part of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s plan to ensure 60% of Michiganders receive a skill certificate or college degree by 2030. “This investment expands career and educational opportunities for young adults and helps us build a state where everyone, no matter who they are or where they live, has a shot at a bright future,” said Whitmer said in a statement. “As a mom, I know that every parent wants their kids to have opportunities to pursue their potential and go on to live a great life. Today’s investment prepares young Michiganders to fill in-demand, good-paying jobs, and empowers them to support themselves and their families. It will help fill job openings especially as older Michiganders leave the workforce and build on Michigan’s ongoing economic momentum.” The Young Professionals initiative aims plan aims to help Michiganders ages 14-24 find employment by helping them earn a college degree or a skills certificate. “The Young Professionals initiative is designed to reduce youth unemployment and place young...
    I’m not saying Jim Harbaugh is the greatest and most essential football coach on the market. It’s not clear if he’s great, essential or, until now, was on the market. I’m just saying if University of Michigan owner Steve Ross won’t let Miami Dolphins owner Steve Ross hire Harbaugh out of some schoolboy allegiance, it’s an injustice to his pro team. And its players. And its fans. Ross said three weeks ago as Dolphins owner, “I’m not going to be the person who takes Jim Harbaugh away from Michigan.” But what if Harbaugh takes himself away from Michigan? The Minnesota Vikings are interviewing Harbaugh a second time on Tuesday, reports say. Harbaugh also talked to the Chicago Bears, a league source said. Maybe that’s the opening Ross awaited? Does he still have no interest just because he’s a Michigan man? Harbaugh would make some sense from the nonsense of this Dolphins coaching search. Slow-cooking the process? Losing one candidate in Brian Daboll to the New York Giants, perhaps, because they waited? The dots connect on...
    CNN aired a report on Friday from a hospital in Michigan that is “overwhelmed with [coronavirus] cases and deaths,” according to New Day anchor Brianna Keilar. CNN senior national correspondent Miguel Marquez went inside a hospital that is part of the Sparrow Health System. Covid hospitalizations in Michigan have skyrocketed 88 percent in the last month, according to Marquez. He talked to unvaccinated patients including Clive Ellis and Deborah LaRoche. Ellis, 66, said his oxygen levels were in the 60s and 70s. He was battling his second round with Covid. He told Marquez that he would encourage people to get vaccinated. “How bad is Covid,” asked Marquez. “It’s terrible,” said Ellis. “You don’t want it.” LaRoche, 62, said she doesn’t “want to be vaccinated.” She added she won’t get vaccinated even after being in the hospital. “Why,” asked a stunned Marquez. “I should be okay now,” replied LaRoche. The report then featured a nurse, Leah Rasch, said she experienced her first panic attack this week. “Stress, tension, anxiety on the face and in the lives of every health care worker here,” narrated Marquez....
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- As shoppers get ready for the holiday season, the I-Team is updating its investigation into empty storefronts and finding how some are being filled in Chicago's world-famous, downtown district.Now, one shopping center said it is almost back at capacity.They invited the I-Team inside to show us how they did it, as many empty storefronts continue to struggle."My brand is about the experience. An experiential brand, the sensation, the smell. You have to pick it up and sniff it," explained local business owner Reggie Hathorn, who opened up his candle and fragrance storefront in the 900 North Michigan shops just months ago during the pandemic.While other retail spaces are struggling, the 900 North shopping mall is full."I think it has a sense of community. They do good business here [and] the quality of the shopper is high" said 900 North spokesperson Stacy Kolios.She added that their shops are at 98% occupancy.In November, the I-Team uncovered the huge spike in vacancy rates, many occurring during the pandemic as storefronts fleed Chicago's downtown shopping district.On the Mag Mile, there's more...
              moreby Scott McClallen   Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity (LEO) awarded $2.5 million in Michigan Industry Cluster Approach 3.0 (MICA 3.0) grants to business groups statewide to address labor shortages. “These grants are putting Michiganders first by helping innovative employers in high-demand industries address talent shortages across Michigan,” Whitmer said in a statement. “Together, we can continue leading the future of agriculture, construction, IT, manufacturing, mobility, and so much more as we usher in a new era of prosperity for our families, communities, and small businesses.” Michigan witnessed a labor shortage pre-pandemic, and since then, the labor force has shrunk 4.2% as of August 2021. “Supporting the convening of industry representatives and their critical partners will help Michigan create innovative solutions to address the state’s diverse talent needs,” LEO’s Office of Employment and Training Stephanie Beckhorn said in a statement. LEO awarded funds to 11 organizations. Here are their names, industry, and grant amount. Focus: HOPE. Manufacturing. $250,000. Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit. Multi-industry. $249,660 IMPART Alliance: Health care. $249,914. Marshall Area...
                      by Scott McClallen  Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity (LEO) announced grants totaling more than $15.6 million to help get Michigan back to work. The government awarded Michigan Learning and Education Advancement Program (MiLEAP) grants to 10 groups who will help support individuals who are dislocated, underemployed, essential workers, living in distressed rural and urban communities, or economically disadvantaged. “My administration is committed to uplifting Michiganders whose economic security has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic,” Whitmer said in a statement. “By providing grants to help people make the move from education or training programs to good-paying, high-skill jobs, we can ensure all Michiganders thrive as we continue our economic jumpstart. The Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity and their Regional Consortia partners will help people get back on their feet and take the next step on their path to financial security.” MiLEAP funds will assist job seekers to find high-skill, high-wage careers. The $15.6 million taxpayer-funded spending will allow the 10 awardees...
    (CBS DETROIT) – Michigan will have one less representative advocating in the halls of the Capitol on behalf of the state. “It’s never a good thing for a state to lose a voice in Congress. I mean it’s appropriate that if population density is spreading unevenly across the country, those states that are gaining population should in fact have more seats,” said University of Michigan Political Science Professor Vincent Hutchings. READ MORE: Meijer Offers Walk-In COVID-19 Vaccines At Michigan Stores Hutchings says the responsibility of carving out Michigan’s new 13 districts will be in the hands of a special committee. “A ballot initiative was passed a few years back where this was taken out of the hands of the state legislature and put in the hands of this independent commission composed of experts and ordinary citizens,” said Hutchings. The Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission has exclusive authority to adopt district boundaries for the Michigan Senate, Michigan House of Representatives, and U.S. Congress every 10 years. READ MORE: Attorney General Dana Nessel To Investigate Nursing Home Facility Abuse, Neglect “Oftentimes, partisan actors...
    MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. (AP) — A sampling of sanitary sewage in one southeastern Michigan county has shown an increase in the presence of COVID-19. Sewage samples pulled from sites across Clinton Township show the rate of actual infection is higher than numbers currently reported by state health officials, the Macomb County Public Works office said Tuesday. READ MORE: The Detroit Promise Works To Boost College Enrollment Among Detroit Residents Positive virus tests for Macomb County residents have increased 125% over the past 14 days, the office added. Macomb County has reported more than 60,000 virus cases and 1,880 deaths since the start of the pandemic. The state’s COVID-19 cases also have been increasing. Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, Michigan’s chief medical executive, has said Michigan’s case rate spiked 77% over the past four weeks to 172.9 cases per million people. READ MORE: Michigan Reports 3,579 New COVID-19 Cases, 16 Deaths Tuesday As of Monday, Michigan had nearly 630,000 cases and more than 15,900 deaths. “Testing shows the trend line of what’s coming about a week before,” Macomb Public Works Commissioner Candice Miller said. “Unfortunately,...
    (CBS DETROIT) – The Detroit Promise is a last-dollar scholarship that provides eligible Detroit students the ability to earn an associate’s degree, bachelor’s degree, or technical certificate, tuition-free, at participating academic institutions. Credit: Detroit Promise They have been working hard to make sure high school seniors are set up for success with scholarships, coaches and eligibility requirements. READ MORE: Michigan Reports 3,579 New COVID-19 Cases, 16 Deaths Tuesday In addition to current high school seniors, they encourage students from the class of 2020, who may have been deferred, dropped out, or didn’t start school, to apply for the Detroit Promise Scholarship, as they are still eligible to receive it. The recent State of Education report by the Detroit Regional Chamber found that there was a 21.7 percent decline in college enrollment among last year’s high school graduates in Southeast Michigan. Due to this drop in enrollment, and the circumstances due to the pandemic, The Detroit Promise is working with colleges and universities in Michigan to modify the eligibility requirements for admission. READ MORE: Thousands Receive Vaccine During Ford Fields Mass Clinic Soft...
    President-elect Joe Biden won the state of Michigan. Donald Trump summoned Michigan's Republican legislative leaders to the White House for a meeting Friday amid a longshot GOP push to overturn the certification of Democrat Joe Biden's victory in the battleground state. Two people familiar with the matter told The Associated Press that Trump invited Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey and House Speaker Lee Chatfield. They agreed to go, according to a state official aware of the leaders' plans. The two officials spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were discussing private conversations. It was not immediately clear what the meeting would be about. Neither Shirkey nor Chatfield commented.
    President Donald Trump enlisted 'the Beast' – the armored presidential limousine – in his reelection efforts, taking a lap around a Wisconsin motor speedway in his bid to keep the state in his column. Trump spoke before a few thousand cheering supporters at an outdoor rally at MotorSports Management Company in West Salem, Wisconsin – and made the most of the speedway where they gathered. The presidential limo took a lap around the track, to cheers from the crowd, as supportive cable networks and online broadcasters scrambled to show the surprise footage. President Donald Trump drives around the track at the La Crosse Fairgrounds Speedway before speaking at a campaign rally Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020, in West Salem, Wis. It was just the latest time Trump has used the perks and stature of the office to boost his effort. Earlier Tuesday and over the weekend he repeatedly staged airport rallies using Air Force One as the backdrop – speaking for more than 7 minutes about the plane at his New Hampshire rally. Trump has also had Marine One, the presidential...
    HOLLAND, Mich. (AP) — A western Michigan city is moving ahead with a nearly $34 million project to equip its wastewater treatment plant with a egg-shaped device that will break down waste and turn it into a fuel. The Holland City Council voted Wednesday to approve a contract calling for construction of an anaerobic digester tank at the Holland Board of Public Works’ wastewater treatment plant. The digester will break down solid waste left after the wastewater treatment process and produce biogas, which can be used to provide heat or electricity at the plant, the Holland Sentinel reported. The tank will also reduce the amount of solids that will need to be disposed of by plant workers. The council voted to award a $29.3 million construction contract with a $1.8 million contingency fee to Grand Rapids-based Davis Construction. Engineering costs for the project are $2.6 million, bringing the project's full cost to $33.7 million. The city's Board of Public Works had set aside $32 million for the project. The council approved a transfer of $1.7 million to cover the remaining...
    PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A cold one while Max chases his buddies? An indoor dog park is in the works near Grand Rapids. While pets get exercise, their owners might be able to get a drink. The Plainfield Township Board recently voted to give a liquor license to The Pack Indoor Dog Park, WOOD-TV reported. The recommendation now goes to the Michigan Liquor Control Commission. “It’s huge,” said co-owner Joelle Wrona. “We’re super excited about that." The 10,000-square-foot facility will have a bar overlooking a play area where dogs will be grouped by personality. The business could open by October after construction delays. “There’s been a ton of interest,” co-owner Raechel Macqueen said. “I think with COVID, people are just so antsy to go out and just do something.” Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: Michigan
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