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Columbia Central vs Dundee XC 9-30-20 | Photo Gallery

Cross country Dundee High School at Columbia Central High School, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020.  Photos by Jeff Steers, JTV Sports.  To order prints or downloads, click here. Cross country Dundee High School at Columbia Central High School, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020.  Photos by Jeff Steers, JTV Sports.  To order prints or downloads, click here.

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Harper Creek vs Lumen Christi Volleyball 9-30-20 | Photo Gallery

Harper Creek High School at Lumen Christi Catholic High School, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020.  Photos by Jeff Steers, JTV Sports.  To order prints or downloads, click here. Harper Creek High School at Lumen Christi Catholic High School, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020.  Photos by Jeff Steers, JTV Sports.  To order prints or downloads, click here.

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Governor Whitmer Issues Executive Order Establishing COVID Care and Recovery Centers for Nursing Home Residents

(September 30, 2020 6:13 PM) Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-191, maintaining protections for Michigan’s most vulnerable populations living in congregate settings and staff. The order takes into consideration recommendations from the governor’s Michigan Nursing Homes COVID-19 Preparedness Task Force, which released its report August 31.   “From day one, I have taken action to protect both seniors and staff in long-term care facilities from COVID-19. We know this virus is a killer that preys on our most vulnerable citizens,” said Governor Whitmer. “That’s why we have been working around the clock to protect our seniors and aggressively following CDC guidance to limit the spread of COVID-19 in nursing homes. I signed an order months ago requiring testing for all residents and staff and new residents, and my administration has helped get nursing homes thousands of tests. Federal leadership on this issue has been absent, which is why I created a nursing home task force to ensure Michigan at least has coordinated and steady leadership on this critical issue. We still need the president to do the right thing and develop a national strategy to protect our families, frontline workers, and our most vulnerable populations from COVID-19.”  Executive Order 2020-191 maintains the strong infection control protocols in nursing homes the governor put in place at the…

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Michigan Reports 1,054 Coronavirus Cases Today, State Total Now 124,687

(September 30, 2020 4:55 PM) Michigan reported 1,054 coronavirus (COVID-19) positive test cases today, with the state reported total now at 124,687. The State of Michigan is reporting 11 COVID-19-related deaths today, with the state total at 6,762.  State Cumulative Total of Recovered COVID-19 Cases (as of 9/25/2020): 95,051.  This information is updated Monday through Saturday at 3 p.m., with COVID-19 results included as of 10 a.m.  Monday reports include Sunday data.

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MHSAA Issues Guidance Allowing More Spectators at Athletic Events

(September 30, 2020 4:08 PM)  The MHSAA today issued guidance that allows for increased gathering numbers for indoor and outdoor events in all regions of the state.  In a memo to athletic directors and football coaches from Executive Director Mark Uyl,  changes become effective on Friday, October 9 that will allow for larger in-person audiences at football games and other sporting events.  The new guidance from the MHSAA follows Governor Whitmer’s latest executive order allowing movie theaters, bowling alleys and performance venues to reopen with new capacity limits. As an example for an outdoor event, the MHSAA order limits attendance to 1,000 spectators in a football stadium that has a capacity of 3,333.  Regardless of stadium size, no more than 1,000 spectators will be allowed.  A venue with capacity of 1,000 would be limited to 300 (30%).  Indoor gyms will have a capacity limit of 20% (in the region that includes Jackson County). The MHSAA allows individual school districts to leave in place current restrictions based on local policies.     The MHSAA provided this list of parameters: 1. The effective date of this new guidance under EO 183 is Friday, October 9. 2. Social distancing MUST be followed at…

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MIS Loses June Race for 2021 as NASCAR Announces Schedule

(September 30, 2020 3:37 PM) The NASCAR Cup Series will return to Michigan International Speedway (MIS) on August 22, 2021 it was announced today, as the sanctioning body unveiled the 2021 Cup Series schedule.  Dates for the 2021 NASCAR Xfinity Series, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and ARCA Menards Series races will be announced in the near future.  Start times and television networks for Cup Series races will be also announced at a later date. According to the NASCAR schedule, there will not be a Cup Series race at MIS on the June schedule for the first time ever in the track's 53 year history.  2021 will be the first time since 1973 for MIS to have only one major NASCAR event. “While we certainly wish that we were able to host two NASCAR weekends once again, here at MIS we remain committed to providing the same exceptional atmosphere for which our fans have become accustomed from a race weekend in the Irish Hills,” said Michigan International Speedway President Rick Brenner.  “Our fans have exhibited a tremendous amount of loyalty over the years, and we appreciate their continued support.  Michigan International Speedway has a long, rich tradition of providing outstanding…

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Governor Whitmer Signs 2021 Budget, New Spending Plan Starting October 1

(September 30, 2020 3:15 PM)  This afternoon, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed her second budget into law, one day before the start of the new fiscal year on October 1. The budget includes funding on several of her signature priorities, including the Michigan Reconnect program for a tuition-free pathway for adults, funding for the Healthy Moms, Healthy Babies program to ensure women have the care they need for a healthy pregnancy, and expanding access to childcare for families.  “While this budget faced many challenges along the way amidst a global pandemic, I am pleased that we were able to come together and produce a budget that funds the programs and services that matter most to our residents ,” said Gov. Whitmer. “This has not been easy, but in the end the executive and legislative branches of government worked together to do what is expected and demanded of us and we now have a budget that will serve Michigan well.”   The budget protects schools, colleges, universities, and local governments from any state funding reductions below their original 2020 funding levels. The budget also includes new education investments focused on providing students, teachers, and adults across Michigan with needed resources, including:  $161 million in…

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