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LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s administration has rescinded a rule limiting restaurant tables to no more than six people.

The move comes a day after she apologized for ignoring the COVID-19 regulation while gathering with friends at an East Lansing bar. The Democratic governor has said tables at the Landshark Bar & Grill were pushed together as more people arrived in her party of fully vaccinated people.

A revised order no longer includes the six-patrons-per-table provision, effective June 1. The state health department issued it Monday.

HANCOCK, MI--   The Hancock School District is looking for summer teachers who might be enticed by Lake Superior, small town living, and free lodging in a college dorm.

The Keweenaw district needs more than 20 teachers to instruct area students. They’ll be paid $30 or $35 per hour, depending on grade level, and receive an additional $1,000 stipend for the eight-week program.

Superintendent Steve Patchin says teachers can live for free in a residence hall at Finlandia University. Instruction will take place during the morning, and Friday is a free day.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   The Michigan Supreme Court says it will hear arguments in a dispute over liability for the death of a 4-year-old girl at Gwinn High School.

Amarah Filizetti, the daughter of a cheerleading coach, was accidentally killed in the school gym in 2015 when a 325-pound panel fell on her. Staff were in the process of putting the panel in place to shield a portable stage.

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DETROIT, MI (AP)--   Ford is forming a joint venture that will build two North American factories to make batteries for roughly 600,000 electric vehicles per year by mid-decade.

The deal with battery maker SK Innovation of Korea was announced Thursday. It sets up a possible confrontation between the companies and the United Auto Workers, which issued a statement saying Ford has a moral obligation to make sure plant workers are paid union wages.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Republican legislative leaders have announced the framework of an agreement to open budget negotiations, give lawmakers input into future pandemic restrictions and drop potential permanent COVID-19 workplace regulations.

The deal may finally ease longstanding tensions in the Capitol that existed even before the Democratic governor issued orders to control the coronavirus.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan will fully lift outdoor capacity limits on June 1, and starting July 1 end indoor gathering caps that were put in place to curb COVID-19. 

Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced the major loosening of economic restrictions Thursday. The state has limited occupancy in restaurants and other venues since March 2020, when the coronavirus first hit.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Gov. Gretchen Whitmer plans to accelerate a plan that ties the further loosening of coronavirus restrictions to Michigan's vaccination rate, citing the federal government’s recommendation that fully vaccinated people can largely stop wearing masks.

A spokesman says an announcement will come within days. Michigan’s health department says it will urge schools to continue making students, teachers and other staff wear masks for the rest of the academic year even if they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

DEARBORN, MI (AP)--   President Joe Biden’s efforts to spotlight his infrastructure plan are being overshadowed by the escalating violence between Israel and the Palestinians.

The conflict sparked protests during the president's visit to a Ford electric vehicle center in Michigan Tuesday as the White House faced growing pressure to intervene.

Biden is in a two-week stretch in which he hopes to gain Republican support for his $2.3 trillion package. He visited the Ford plant in Dearborn to outline how his plan could help grow an electric car future for the United States.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan students could learn computer coding rather than a foreign language under a bill that has passed the state House.

Students currently need two credits of world language to graduate high school. In an effort to expand technological literacy in Michigan, the bill's sponsor said before the vote Tuesday that he hopes the expansion of the requirement will help students in the workforce and also help them succeed at academics if they struggle with language studies. Opponents say students need both computer and tech skills and foreign language skills.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan will reinstate a requirement that people receiving unemployment benefits show they are actively searching for work, effective May 30, but has no plan to end a $300 weekly federal supplement going to 816,000 jobless residents.

All seven of Michigan's Republican U.S. House members have urged Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer to halt the extra payment, which is on top of maximum state benefits of $362 per week.