Arpan Lobo, Detroit Free Press

Arpan Lobo

Detroit Free Press

Grand Rapids, MI, United States

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Recent articles by Arpan:

West Michigan shop sign threatens masked customers; owner says it’s meant as humor

A sign at a shop in a suburb of Grand Rapids asks customers to “remove your mask or raise both hands high” to avoid being mistaken as a robber. → Read More

Ottawa County working on safety measures after re-opening buildings to public

WEST OLIVE — From March to mid-June, Ottawa County facilities were closed to the public in light of the coronavirus pandemic.The county reopened its → Read More

Ottawa Co. gets new voting equipment

WEST OLIVE — While the August statewide primary is still a month away, elections offices across the state are gearing up for Aug. 5.In Ottawa County, 15 new voting tabulators, or machines that help process absentee ballots, have been purchased using a combination of funds made available through the federal CARES Act, county funding and funding from local clerks offices throughout Ottawa… → Read More

Upton co-sponsors bill to expand rural broadband access

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, has co-sponsored legislation that would accelerate the installation broadband internet in rural parts of the U.S.House Resolution 7022, the Rural Broadband Acceleration Act, was introduced by Rep. Jim Clyburn, D-South Carolina, on Wednesday, May 27.The bill would direct the Federal Communications Commission to accelerate the Rural Digital… → Read More

Whitmer: Michigan needs federal funding to skate budget crunch

LANSING — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer once again called on the federal government Thursday to provide assistance to states struggling with budget shortfalls due to the coronavirus pandemic.Speaking during a briefing in Lansing, Whitmer said Michigan has spent $8.5 billion on unemployment benefits for jobless residents during the pandemic.Earlier in May, the Michigan Senate Fiscal Agency said… → Read More

Ottawa extends local state of emergency over pandemic

WEST OLIVE — The Ottawa County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously on Tuesday to extend its local state of emergency over the coronavirus pandemic.The extension pushes the local state of emergency to Tuesday, June 9.The emergency declaration allows county administrators to enact measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus within its own facilities.The main result of this has been the… → Read More

Allegan House candidate sues SOS over absentee applications

ALLEGAN — A candidate running for a seat in the state House of Representatives has sued Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson over her decision → Read More

Public gatherings, nonessential medical visit restrictions loosened by Whitmer order

LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed an executive order on Thursday, May 21, that will lighten some of the restrictions in place in Michigan due to the coronavirus pandemic by the end of May.Under Whitmer’s order, public gatherings of 10 people or fewer are permitted immediately, retail businesses and auto dealership showrooms are open by appointment only by Tuesday, May 26, and restrictions… → Read More

State monitoring parts of West Michigan for COVID spikes

LANSING — State health officials are keeping an eye on Ottawa County and other parts of West Michigan as the rise in COVID-19 cases begins to slow in the southeast part of the state.During a press briefing Friday, May 1, Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, Michigan’s chief medical executive, said Ottawa County has had a 23 percent increase in positive test results over the past week.Intensive care unit beds… → Read More

New COVID-19 cases slow in Michigan

LANSING — The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services reported the lowest amount of new COVID-19 cases in a single day in over a month on Monday, April 27.On Monday, 432 new cases of COVID-19 — the lowest amount of new cases reported on a single day since March 24 — and 92 new deaths from the disease were reported.In total, Michigan has 38,210 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 3,407… → Read More

Pandemic will make fundraising for Congressional challengers more difficult

WEST MICHIGAN — While the November general election isn’t for another seven months, it’s likely that the ongoing coronavirus pandemic → Read More

Second COVID-19 case in Ottawa County confirmed, 549 statewide

LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer appeared to move closer to favoring a "shelter in place" order to help stem the spread of the coronavirus → Read More

Biden promises Obamacare expansion during Grand Rapids event

Former Vice President Joe Biden stopped in Grand Rapids on Monday to tout his plans for health care if elected president. → Read More

Civil rights activist Jesse Jackson endorses Bernie Sanders at rally in GR

Jesse Jackson endorsed Bernie Sanders as the Democrat Nominee for president in front of a a crowd of several thousand gathered in the downtown Calder Plaza. → Read More

Allegan County Board passes resolution to have Second Amendment sanctuary status

Allegan County became the latest Michigan county to pass a resolution giving itself sanctuary status for the Second Amendment. → Read More

Whitmer seeks compromise on local roads

While Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s multi-billion dollar bonding plan fixes Michigan’s major highway systems, she’ll still need Republican → Read More

West MI doctor goes viral for encounter with VP

DES MOINES — Dr. Rob Davidson had just sat down for dinner in Des Moines, Iowa, on Jan. 30 when Vice President Mike Pence happened to walk into the → Read More

County adds vaping restrictions to current smoking rules

WEST OLIVE — The Ottawa County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to add vaping to its current smoking regulations on Tuesday, Jan. 14. This means that vaping, or the use of e-cigarettes, is prohibited on Ottawa County properties as well as public places and places of employment and recreation. The board passed both of the measures unanimously. Ottawa County Public Health Officer Lisa… → Read More

Should Michigan add toll roads to its highway system?

The idea is seen as one way to raise funds toward repair of transportation infrastructure. → Read More

Toll roads in Michigan? Bill to explore feasibility advancing in Senate

LANSING — Money to fix Michigan's ailing transportation infrastructure State Sen. John Bizon, R-Battle Creek, introduced Senate Bill 517 in the state legislature in September. Now, the bill — which would direct the Michigan Department of Transportation to contract out a feasibility study on toll roads in Michigan by 2021 — is advancing through the Senate and could come up for a vote soon. Toll… → Read More