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WMU-Cooley creates student relief fund

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Western Michigan University Cooley Law School has established a student relief fund.

The WMU-Cooley Student Relief Fund has been developed to provide financial support to current students who are facing an array of challenges during the current crisis.

With initial support from alumni and friends of WMU-Cooley, the fund has raised $10,000 toward a goal of $35,000.

Many of the law school’s students have already applied to receive financial assistance.

Those needing assistance have lost jobs, are experiencing  dramatic cuts in pay, have medical expenses, are faced with housing issues, or have educational expenses that are outpacing their capacity to fund.

“I am proud that many of our alumni and friends have stepped up to help our current students,” said WMU-Cooley President and Dean James McGrath. “I am hopeful that members of the greater community and legal profession have capacity to step forward in the coming weeks to show support.”

Gifts of any size can be made to the WMU-Cooley Student Relief Fund at

Additional 219,000 unemployment claims filed in Michigan

LANSING (AP) — An additional 219,000 people in Michigan filed for unemployment last week, bringing the total number who have lost their jobs in the coronavirus pandemic to more than 1 million — a staggering quarter of the state's workforce.

The initial claims were among 5.2 million nationally, the federal government reported Thursday.

“We appreciate the patience of our working families as we process the historic need for benefits,” said Jeff Donofrio, director of the state Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity.

He said there are roughly 745,000 people currently receiving payments, double the highest active total in the Great Recession.

“We know there is more work to do to improve our systems and we’re committed to quickly providing every dollar of emergency financial assistance our workers are entitled to,” Donofrio said.

Truck driver rescued from cab dangling 70 feet over river

CHESAPEAKE, Va. (AP) — Firefighters rescued a truck driver whose tractor-trailer was nearly blown off a bridge in Virginia, leaving his cab dangling 70 feet over a river.

A large wind gust caused the driver, Wayne B. Boone, to lose control Monday morning, Virginia State Police Sgt. Michelle Anaya told news outlets.

He had to be pulled from his cab, which was dangling off the side of Interstate 64's High Rise bridge over the Elizabeth River, the Chesapeake Fire Department said in a Twitter post.

It said firefighters used a series of complex rope maneuvers to reach the driver and pull him to safety as severe thunderstorms rolled through the area. A fire department news release said Boone was taken to a hospital and treated for non-life threatening injuries.