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FILE - In a June 17, 2020, file photo provided by the Michigan Office of the Governor, Michigan's Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer addresses the state during a speech in Lansing, Mich. Whitmer has extended Michigan's coronavirus emergency through Sept. 4, enabling her to keep in place restrictions designed to curb COVID-19. The Democratic governor on Friday, Aug. 7, 2020, pointed to an uptick in cases. Since nearly two months ago, the seven-day statewide average is up six-fold, to about 700. (Michigan Office of the Governor via AP, File)
Gov. Whitmer Vetoes Bill Expanding Healthcare Providers’ Immunity During Pandemic

Legal loopholes are the source of a back-and-forth between Michigan's governor and the State Legislature.

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Genesee County Has the Most Militarized Police in Michigan Thanks to This Government Program

Police in even small towns have surprisingly powerful military hardware. During a time of protest against police violence, that worries Michigan activists.

Men with rifles talk with a Michigan State Police trooper at the State Capitol during a rally in Lansing, Mich., Wednesday, May 20, 2020. Barbers and hair stylists were protesting the state's stay-at-home orders, a defiant demonstration that reflected how salons had become a symbol for small businesses that were eager to reopen two months after the COVID-19 pandemic began. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
FACT CHECK: How Michigan Police Remain Funded During Coronavirus Budget Crisis

To make up budget shortfalls, Michigan tapped into coronavirus aid to fund the Michigan State Police and Michigan Department of Corrections nearly at full capacity despite the state's financial crisis.

WATCH: Michigan’s Lieutenant Governor on Today’s Work and Tomorrow’s Legacies

Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist says access to the internet is the best way to empower Michiganders. He’s working toward connectivity.

Ryan Henyard spoke with The 'Gander about the motivations behind his online police brutality teach-out available through the University of Michigan.
WATCH: U-M Has a Free Police Brutality Course. Here’s Your Inside Look at the Syllabus.

We caught up with course creator Ryan Henyard for a look at the crucial conversations reshaping the nation right now.

President Trump's response to what he calls elevated instances of gun violence across the country is resulting in more violent escalation. Photos via Shutterstock and AP.
Trump Is Sending Troops to Detroit. Here’s Why That Really Matters.

As Detroit braces for federal forces to arrive, we look at their impact on other cities, from tear gassed residents to disappeared protesters.

Amid anxiety, ADHD, and the growing threat of a pandemic, a girl now known as "Grace" is in Oakland County Children's Village for not completing her homework. Graphic by Desiree Tapia.
This Michigan Teen Went to Jail for Not Doing Her Homework. In a Pandemic.

An Oakland County judge separated a 15-year-old girl from her mother during a pandemic, rather than ensure the teen has the resources she needs to address her challenges at home.