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More than 300 employees at three Dave & Buster’s sports bar and restaurants in Michigan will see temporary furloughs turn into layoffs next month. 



an orange ball in front of a building: Dave & Busters in Livonia on Monday, Oct. 12, 2020.


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Dave & Busters in Livonia on Monday, Oct. 12, 2020.

Dave & Buster’s plans to lay off 119 employees at its Utica location, 111 employees at its Livonia location and 81 employees at its Kentwood location, according to paperwork submitted to the state of Michigan. 

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The permanent layoffs are scheduled for Nov. 8.

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The food-and-games chain plans to lay off more than 1,300 workers in seven states, according to Restaurant Business. The largest number of layoffs are set to take place at the three Michigan locations, three Massachusetts stores and two Denver locations.

Dave & Buster’s had built up a celebrity buzz

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By ROBERT CREENAN, Huron Daily Tribune

PIGEON, Mich. (AP) — After operating for 40 years, the Pigeon Family Market announced it will be closing at the end of the month.

The market announced its closure in a Facebook post on Oct. 1, which extended thanks to all the customers, vendors, employees and other people that have become family to them over the years.

Shirley Ashmore, the general manager for the market, told the Huron Daily Tribune that ever since the Meijer in Bad Axe opened, their sales have gone down.

“We think that during the winter, it is going to get worse,” Ashmore said.

The closure leaves the village of Pigeon without a grocery store to call its own, with residents having to travel outside of town to do their shopping.

Dennis Hug, the store owner who lives in the Harbor Springs-Petoskey area of Northern Michigan, has owned the store

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  • A President Donald Trump 2020 campaign lawn sign lined with razor blades sliced a Commerce Township, Michigan worker’s fingers on October 7, causing him to get 13 stitches, the Detroit Free Press reported.
  • The razor blades were taped to the bottom edge of the campaign sign, cutting three of the worker’s fingers when he attempted to move it for violating a city ordinance, according to the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office incident report.
  • The homeowners — who said they weren’t aware of the razor blades — have recently had several Trump campaign signs stolen, although some were returned to their yard, according to the Detroit Free Press report.

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A President Donald Trump 2020 campaign lawn sign lined with razor blades sliced a town building inspector’s fingers in Commerce Township, Michigan on October 7, causing him to get 13 stitches, the Detroit Free Press reported.

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As President Donald Trump fights to win battleground state Michigan, there is evidence that his tariff policies have hurt his chances. Steel and agriculture are important industries in the state and billions of dollars have been lost due to tariffs.

In March 2018, the Trump administration imposed a 25% tariff on steel in order to protect American steel mills from foreign competition. The tariffs decreased demand for steel from the auto industry and other consumers, hurting steel plants.

Great Lakes Works, one of the largest mills in Michigan, laid off 1,250 workers in June and shut down steelmaking operations. The plant is owned by Pittsburgh-based U.S. Steel.

A Reuters analysis reveals that Michigan steelmakers have issued layoff notices to 2,000 workers since the tariffs were implemented. 

The trade war has also hurt Michigan farmers. When Trump announced new tariffs on $60 billion of Chinese imports in May 2019, some farmers

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The FBI said Thursday it had foiled a militia plot to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer. Six men have been arrested and faced federal charges, while seven others were charged under Michigan’s anti-terrorism act. Since then, a number of prominent Democrats have claimed the men arrested were inspired by President Donald Trump’s tweet to “Liberate Michigan!”

The Claim:

Whitmer, a Democrat, was quick to associate President Donald Trump’s heated rhetoric with the plot, including his criticism directed at her and her state over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a speech following the FBI announcement, Whitmer highlighted Trump’s comments about the right-wing Proud Boys group during the first presidential debate.

“Just last week, the president of the United States stood before the American people and refused to condemn white supremacists and hate groups, like these two

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  • Members of the armed group, who were charged with plotting to kidnap Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan, made some security lapses during their group meetings.
  • One of the members collected all of their cell phones and put them in a box “to prevent any monitoring,” a federal affidavit said.
  • Unbeknownst to them, however, one of the confidential sources who attended the meeting was wearing a recording device.
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Several members of an armed group who were charged with plotting to kidnap Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan at her vacation home failed to thoroughly inspect each other for security breaches during a group meeting, according to a federal affidavit released Thursday.

Adam Fox, one of the six men who was charged in the plot, was said to have met with other accomplices at his business in Grand Rapids on June 20. According to

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It’s different, Davis said, than say Chick-fil-A, which faced boycotts because its owners contributed to anti-gay marriage groups. In that instance, it is the company’s own action that is targeted, he said.

Davis also points out that the NRA affiliate boycott was quick and took effect almost immediately.

Davis noted that nothing is really private anymore within a company.

“No email can’t be forwarded,” he said. “It’s easier to gather evidence of an abusive supervisor or harassment.”

“There’s a high level of transparency that we haven’t had before,” Davis said.

A recent example of that was a public apology from Wells Fargo CEO Charlie Scharf after an internal memo he wrote was leaked outside the company. In the June memo, Scharf blamed the lack of diversity at the bank on “a very limited pool of Black talent to recruit from.”

There’s also a sense, Davis said, that what companies do

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The number of new Michigan residents filing for jobless benefits remained at elevated levels last week, a sign that the state’s economic recovery has slowed.

New claims in Michigan increased slightly to 18,040 in the week ending Sept. 26, up from 17,402 the previous week, the U.S. Department of Labor reported Thursday. Last year at this time, there were 7,400 new unemployment claims in the state.

Nationally, new unemployment claims dropped to 837,000 last week, down from 873,000 the week prior on a seasonally adjusted basis.

In Michigan, it’s a troubling sign heading into October, with major airlines such as American and United warning employees that there will be mass furloughs and layoffs as federal aid expires.

Business graph unemployment and inflation in newspapers (Photo: JLGutierrez, Getty Images)

In Michigan, new unemployment claims are much lower than when they peaked in early April at nearly 400,000. They’ve steadily declined

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It was not the process anyone wanted or expected, but Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Wednesday everyone did the best they could to finalize a budget during a pandemic that created massive economic uncertainty. 

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“In an ordinary year, there would be a lot more committee meetings, there would be a lot more opportunity to weigh in, and yet because of COVID-19 and the incredible public health crisis, we’ve had unique challenges to address here,” Whitmer said. 



Gretchen Whitmer standing in front of a building: Gov. Gretchen Whitmer speaks during the Aretha L. Franklin Memorial Highway dedication ceremony in Detroit, Monday, August 24, 2020.


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Gov. Gretchen Whitmer speaks during the Aretha L. Franklin Memorial Highway dedication ceremony in Detroit, Monday, August 24, 2020.

“I recognize that, in an ordinary year, there’s a lot more ability for the public to participate. I regret that that wasn’t able to happen in the midst of all the crises that

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