Russ McNamara

COVID money held back by MI legislature

14 hours ago

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Calling for greater oversight, Republican leaders of the state legislature are delaying the allocation of federal COVID relief dollars.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has introduced a plan calling for $5.6 billion in federal and state money to be spent. She says Michigan is lagging behind in terms of getting the cash to people who need it.

Khaldun: vaccines will keep COVID mutations at bay

14 hours ago

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   A new more-contagious strain of the coronavirus has been found in 10 counties in Michigan. 

Chief Medical Executive, Doctor Joneigh Khaldun, says getting vaccinated will protect people and stop the virus from mutating.

“Viruses change and mutate when they have the opportunity to spread. So getting vaccinated will not only slow the spread of the usual COVID-19 virus, but it will also prevent the virus from getting the opportunity to mutate as it spreads from person to person,” she says.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey met with militia groups late last summer to advise them on messaging.

In a September interview on a Jackson television station Shirkey said the groups have gotten a “bad rap.”

Governor Gretchen Whitmer says S1hirkey has some explaining to do.

“What groups did he meet with? Were any of them involved in the plot to kidnap and murder me? Were any involved in the insurrection in Washington? I think those are legitimate questions that I'm sure we'd all love to know the answer to.”

Whitmer presents COVID relief plan

Jan 20, 2021

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Governor Gretchen Whitmer is urging the state’s Republican-led Legislature to pass her COVID-19 relief plan.

The bills include tax breaks for businesses and money for food and rent assistance.

Whitmer says she plans to dedicate $660 million in federal money for the state’s pandemic response and vaccination rollout.

“My plan is to use this federal funding to scale up vaccine distribution in Michigan and bring us closer to our goal of 50,000 shots in arms per day.”

Federal agents sent to Detroit

Jul 30, 2020
Caitlin Ochs / Reuters

DETROIT, MI (MPRN)--   A surge in violent crime in Detroit is leading to an increased federal presence in the city. 

Late last year in Detroit U.S. Attorney General William Barr announced a flood of federal agents into the city. Hundreds of arrests were made in the past six months, but officials say shootings have risen by 51 percent over this time in 2019. 

Now the federal government says the answer to the spike in violent crime is more federal intervention.