Live—from the campus of Hillsdale College in beautiful Hillsdale Michigan— this is Scot Bertram in for Steve on the Steve Gruber Show for

–Friday May 22 2020—

 

—Here are 3 big things you need to know—

Hour 1

Three—  A Michigan judge has denied the state of Michigan's request to shut down an Owosso barbershop whose owner has openly defied the governor's stay-home orders and continued to cut hair. Now Karl Manke is calling for workers across the state to reopen in defiance of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's stay-home order.

 

Two— Actress Lori Loughlin and her fashion designer husband will plead guilty today to their part in the "Varsity Blues" college admissions fraud case. The former star of "Full House" is on track to get two months in prison and her husband, five.

 

And number one— Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says she is lifting portions of her earlier stay-at-home order and reopening more parts of Michigan's economy. Effective immediately people across Michigan are allowed to engage in social gatherings of no more than 10 people, many retail businesses across the state can reopen May 26, but by appointment only for customers, and auto showrooms can reopen by appointment on May 26.

Hour 2

Three—  A judge has tossed a lawsuit filed by Republican lawmakers that challenged Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's use of emergency powers to lock down the state amid the coronavirus pandemic. Legal experts had said such an outcome was likely. Republicans have pledged to appeal the judge's ruling.

Two— More potential vice president contenders emerged Thursday as being on the short list or having advanced to the vetting stage to become Joe Biden's running mate, multiple news outlets report.
CBS News first reported that Sen. Amy Klobuchar has been asked by Biden's campaign to undergo a formal vetting to be considered for the veep slot.

And number one— Ford executives encouraged President Donald Trump to don a face mask during his visit to one of its factories Thursday, but he said he chose not to wear it near photographers because he "didn’t want to give the press the pleasure of seeing it." And then Michigan's attorney general took some shots. Audio coming up.

 

Hour 3

Three— China is poised to pass a national security law for Hong Kong. Critics say it will curb freedoms and puts Hong Kong's pro-democracy activists on a dangerous collision course with China's central government in Beijing. This is a very big deal flying under the COVID radar screen.

Two— A church in Mississippi was destroyed by a suspected arson fire, about a month after its pastor filed a lawsuit challenging the city of Holly Springs on gathering restrictions amid the coronavirus outbreak. And the arsonists apparently left a message.

And number one— President Donald Trump declared a federal emergency in Michigan n response to catastrophic flooding in Midland County this week. The approval came as he toured the Ford Motor Co.'s Rawsonville Components Plant, where workers are making ventilators to help with the coronavirus response.