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Detroit Daily Round-Up 1/26: Gov. Whitmer set to deliver her final State of State address of her term and more

Ashanti Seabron

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(DETROIT, Mich.) Hello and welcome to this Wednesday's edition of the Detroit Daily Round-Up. Happy Hump Day — let's finish out this week strong!

Today is Wednesday, January 26, let's check out Detroit's biggest stories of the day.

Gov. Whitmer set to deliver final State of the State address of her term

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On Wednesday, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer will deliver her fourth and final State of the State address of her term.

Gov. Whitmer, who is in the process of seeking re-election, is expected to speak to Michiganders about a variety of issues during her speech including the pandemic, school safety, education and roads.

Lawsuit potentially coming from Blue Cross workers fired after refusing vaccine mandate

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In the aftermath of around 250 employees of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan being fired due to refusing to get the COVID-19 vaccine, the health care system is now facing a potential lawsuit.

So far, 185 of the 250 terminated employees have agreed to take part in a lawsuit against BCBS, and attorney Noah Hurwitz highlighted the group's collective effort.

"The employees approached me. I didn't approach them," Hurwitz said. "They banded together. They started websites. They did all these things on their own. And then eventually everybody started realizing, hey there's an attorney who wants to help us, and it's been about a two-month process to collect all the names and information."

In a statement, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan discussed the effects of their vaccine mandate among their employees.

Since announcing our policy on October 29th over 1900 unvaccinated employees have made the choice to receive their vaccines or have been approved for medical or religious accommodation. Out of more than 10,000 employees at Blue Cross and our subsidiaries, more than 96% are vaccinated.

Michigan House passes updated distracted driving bills

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On Tuesday, the Michigan House passed a new bill package aimed at updating the laws against distracted driving.

The package, which will now head to the Senate for confirmation, would expand the laws to accessing social media while driving and expand the definition of devices to identify numerous electronic tools including cellphones, pagers, laptops, computer tablets and "any similar device that is readily removable from a vehicle and is used to write, send, or read text or data or capture images or video through manual input."

Downtown Detroit to welcome new Sugar Factory

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The Sugar Factory candy store is opening its first Michigan location in Detroit's Campus Martius building.

The international chain's restaurant will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and will offer food that includes Flaming HOT Cheetos Burgers, Rainbow Sliders, candy-inspired cocktails and more.

An opening date has not yet been announced.

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Your go-to news source for everything happening in Detroit. Ashanti Lee Seabron is a lifelong Michigander who's worked as a writer since 2013. He's committed to detailed and pertinent news for Metro Detroit.

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