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Published 3/11/2020

MSU, U of M, CMU Among Colleges Suspending In-Person Classes Amid COVID-19 Outbreak

University of Michigan Cancels Classes Thursday and Friday, Will Resume With Alternate Format on Monday; Wayne State Extends Spring Break



Central Michigan University announced on Wednesday March 11th that all classes will move online after spring break, through March 20th.  A decision for the following week will be made by March 19th.  Read more here.

Michigan State University also announced on Wednesday March 11th that it is suspending all in-person classes until April 20th amid the Coronavirus outbreak.  More information can be found here.

Saginaw Valley State University has also cancelled all in-person classes until at least April 17th.  More information can be found here.

University of Michigan announced it has cancelled all classes for Thursday and Friday, March 12th and 13th, and will resume classes with a remote, "alternate format" on Monday March 16th.  All in-person classes have been cancelled for the rest of the semester, ending April 21st.  Read more here.

Wayne State University announced that it is effectively extending spring break until March 23rd, cancelling all classes until that time, after which, the university will move to an online format.  Read more here.

On Wednesday March 11th, Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued a statement urging the cancellation or postponement of large gatherings, reducing in-person gatherings, considering telework or tele-learning options and limiting nonessential work.



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3/8/2020 Update

Governor Gretchen Whitmer wants former Vice President Joe Biden to be the Democratic nominee for president. Whitmer said Thursday she is endorsing Biden and that she plans to vote for him in Tuesday's primary.   

The former head of the United Auto Workers Union has been charged with embezzlement. Gary Jones is accused of taking one-million dollars from the union and may plead guilty to the charges.   

A family is happy to have their dog, Max, back after a tugboat crew rescued him from Muskegon lake Monday night. The dog had been missing since Sunday when captain Dave Wellington spotted the pup floating on a piece of ice.

Vista Charter Academy in Wyoming canceled all classes Thursday due to a threat made against the school. School officials say they received a threat of violence Wednesday. 

The Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan has announced the start of a new bus service between Detroit and Ann Arbor. The D2A2 bus line will begin operation on March 16th.

Saginaw County may be closer to settling on a location for its $11.4 million animal shelter. The project has been held up while county officials select a place to build it. The county has a purchase agreement on property in Kochville Township.

Saturday, March 28, Olivet College will host the third annual Out of the Darkness Campus Walk. The walk will be held in the Olivet College Square. There is no cost to participate, but registration is encouraged.

Despite bankruptcy, Goodrich Quality Theaters says it will be able to keep its doors open. The theater chain headquartered in Grand Rapids filed for chapter 11. They run one theater in northern Michigan, in Cadillac.