NEW YORK – Most of Wall Street is drifting higher Friday, though a rare pullback for some of the year’s biggest winners in the stock market is tamping down the gains.
LANSING, MI – Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Friday toughened a requirement to wear masks during the coronavirus pandemic, mandating that Michigan businesses open to the public deny service or entry to customers who refuse to wear one.
The governor also expanded where people must have a face covering beyond indoor public spaces. Starting immediately, they have to wear one outdoors if they cannot consistently keep 6 feet (1.8 meters) from non-household members, and while using public transportation, a taxi or a ride-sharing vehicle – with some exceptions.
BEIJING – Two World Health Organization experts were heading to the Chinese capital on Friday to lay the groundwork for an investigation into the origins of the coronavirus pandemic.
NEW YORK – The U.S. Roman Catholic Church used a special and unprecedented exemption from federal rules to amass at least $1.4 billion in taxpayer-backed coronavirus aid, with many millions going to dioceses that have paid huge settlements or sought bankruptcy protection because of clergy sexual abuse cover-ups.
EAGLE RIVER – This time of year, visitors at Lake Nokomis Cranberries learn about the part-time employees that make the farm possible. In order to get 320 acres of cranberries to grow, Lake Nokomis brings in millions of bees every summer to pollinate the marsh.
“We have both honey bees and bumble bees here pollinating,” said owner David Zawistowski. “Honey bees come in by semi, it’s a full semi load. We have about 600 hives; I think about 400 of those are honeybees.”
The farm gets most of its business in the fall, especially during the annual Cranberry Festival held in Eagle River. Zawistowski says the recent cancelation of that event will impact many area businesses.
“Cranberry Fest being canceled is serious. Not just for our business, but all the businesses around,” said Zawistowski.
However, he says there’s one way that people can support the local business.
“Coming out to the farm, doing the tour, coming into the gift store, doing some wine tasting. It all helps our community out and gives people something to do,” said Zawistowski.
SILVER SPRINGS, MD – The supercharged U.S. political landscape has grown potentially more perilous for companies ahead of the 2020 presidential election as Goya, a food company with a tremendously loyal following, discovered this week.
– All local government officials are invited to attend a free webinar Tuesday, July 21, to learn about several different state and federal funding and resource opportunities to help their governing bodies make it through these challenging times.