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Updated at 5:50 p.m. ET President Trump has signed a historic $2 trillion economic recovery package into law Friday afternoon, shortly after the House of Representatives approved the bill. In an Oval Office ceremony Friday, the president thanked Republicans and Democrats "for coming together, setting aside their differences and putting America first" to pass the legislation. Trump was joined by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy. No Democrats...

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The Coronavirus Crisis

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The coronavirus crisis has caused layoffs at an organization in Ann Arbor that offers mental health services.  WEMU's Jorge Avellan has the details.

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Ann Arbor's Meals on Wheels has made changes to its delivery service because of the coronavirus pandemic.  WEMU's Jorge Avellan has the story. 


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The coronavirus pandemic has impacted another local arts organization.  WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with the executive director of the Ann Arbor Summer Festival, Mike Michelon, about their decision to cancel all indoor ticket events for the upcoming season.


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Saying they are always looking for ways to be creative, Gem Advocacy Group co-founders Dr. Benjamin Edmondson and Jason Gold launched an online reading series to help kids from elementary school age to high school engage in literacy, while all schools are closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with the Washtenaw County area men about their effort.

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Coronavirus has been confirmed in all 50 states.  Michigan's 12th District Congresswoman, Debbie Dingell, is working from home as some members of Congress have confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19, and members of her staff are awaiting test results.  In a conversation with WEMU's David Fair, Dingel says the CARES bill the U.S. House will pass today is a start, but it's imperfect.  Therefore, work will begin immediately on providing more financial assistance.  

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As the coronavirus outbreak continues to affect daily life in Michigan, the state Legislature is at work to provide stop-gap and longer term aid to those in need. 55th District State Representative Rebekah Warren addressed a myriad of issues with WEMU's David Fair.  


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During the COVID-19 pandemic, anything that can lift spirits helps out.  One nationally recognized musician out of Ann Arbor seeks to do just that with her craft.  In this installment of "WEMU Reaches Out: COVID-19 Conversations," Barbara Lucas catcves up with  Grace Morand of the Chenille Sisters, who's been using music to cope.


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School officials will have to make some tough decisions very soon about the rest of the school year.  One of them is whether to send layoff notices to teachers and other school staff who aren’t working.  That would save money for later in case the school year is extended to make up for days lost due to the COVID-19 outbreak.  School officials have sent a letter to Governor Gretchen Whitmer and the Legislature.  They’re asking the state to provide some certainty to parents, school staff, and students.  We have more from Rick Pluta.


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The 58th Ann Arbor Film Festival will come to an end this weekend.  WEMU's Jorge Avellan tells us how their move to an online only format has been going.


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School districts across Washtenaw County are facing technological challenges to continue educating students as they stay at home.


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While tens of millions of U.S. households continue to fill out 2020 census forms on their own, the coronavirus pandemic is forcing the Census Bureau to suspend field operations for the once-a-decade head count for two more weeks until April 15.

With coronavirus cases continuing to climb and hospitals facing the prospect of having to decide how to allocate limited staff and resources, the Department of Health and Human Services is reminding states and health care providers that civil rights laws still apply in a pandemic.

States are preparing for a situation when there's not enough care to go around by issuing "crisis of care" standards.

But disability groups are worried that those standards will allow rationing decisions that exclude the elderly or people with disabilities.

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