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Here is the latest information on the coronavirus in Michigan, including the number of cases state offices report and other updates affecting West Michigan.

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Things sound different in a lockdown. The silence of usually bustling streets, the two-tone whirr of ambulance sirens and the sudden awareness of birdsong, all formed an aural backdrop to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Today: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 9 a.m. Mostly sunny, with a high near 83. South-southwest wind 10 to 13 mph.

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The state Legislature did not meet this week and is scheduled to meet next Aug. 12. Rather than votes, this Roll Call Report describes some current proposals related to gender.

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With schools resuming in a few weeks, we chatted with Spring Lake Public Schools Superintendent Dennis Furton about plans, precautions and what could cause schools to close down.

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Local Catholic organizations rallied together to help Positive Options — a nonprofit agency dedicated to helping women with unplanned pregnancies – by donating a new ultrasound machine at its Grand Haven center.

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LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Friday extended Michigan's coronavirus emergency through Sept. 4, enabling her to keep in place restrictions designed to curb the spread of COVID-19.

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Today: Sunny, with a high around 80. South-southwest wind 6 to 14 mph.

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Lane closures for road work will be in effect Friday, Aug. 7, until 3 p.m. on southbound U.S. 31 between M-45 (Lake Michigan Drive) and Port Sheldon Street.

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Last week, we honored the U.S. Coast Guard in our grand town. Although there’s no annual festival in their honor, we’re honoring “Health Care Heroes” of the North Ottawa Community Health System for their courageous battle during these days of COVID-19, and beyond.

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Record 2.5M voted in primary; Benson pushes for legislation

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An idea that’s been brewing for a couple of years has finally seen the light of day with one of the first babies born at North Ottawa Community Hospital during (or close to) what is normally Coast Guard Festival week.

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If your garden is anything like ours, you have zucchini multiplying by the millions (or so it seems).

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The COVID-19 pandemic has caused much stress and uncertainty for students, parents, teachers and staff. “For students and the adults who care for them, the desire is so strong to have our lives return to normal, which also involves schooling,” says Craig Sawchuk, Ph.D., a Mayo Clinic psychol…

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A state prison in West Michigan is seeing an outbreak in COVID-19 infections after going months with no confirmed cases behind its walls.

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Meijer wins Republican primary in retiring Amash’s district

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GRAND HAVEN TWP. — Grand Haven High School marching band members typically spend a week in early August up in Interlochen for their annual band camp.

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Today: Sunny, with a high near 76. Calm wind becoming west 5 to 7 mph in the afternoon.

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LANSING — With the primary complete, Michigan candidates on Wednesday quickly turned their focus to November – when voters in the presidential battleground will also decide a competitive U.S. Senate race, several House contests and which party controls a legislative chamber.

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GRAND HAVEN TWP. — The votes have been cast and Grand Haven Township incumbents who were on the ballot have kept their positions.

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Olive Township resident Anita Brown claimed her spot to challenge incumbent Jim Lilly, R-Park Township, in a race to be the state House 89th District’s representative in Lansing.

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LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday announced additional steps to combat racism, declaring it a public health crisis and ordering state employees to complete implicit bias training as the state confronts what she called systemic inequities highlighted by the coronavirus pandemic.

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GRAND HAVEN TWP. — Mark Reenders retained his seat as the Grand Haven Township supervisor after holding off former Township Supervisor Karl French in Tuesday's Republican primary.

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Whitmer seeks to up the ante on COVID-19 order enforcement

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A virtual public meeting is planned for next week to take public input on a $22.8 million bridge project set for 2021-22 in the area of U.S. 31 and M-104, which connects Grand Haven, Spring Lake and Ferrysburg.

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I never thought spending a week in the intensive care unit with my almost 98-year-old mom would feel like such a blessing.

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Today: Mostly sunny, with a high near 72. West wind 7 to 10 mph.