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Michigan GOP Reps: Gov. Whitmer’s ‘Far Too Restrictive’ Stay Home Order Must Be Amended

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A group of six Republican lawmakers representing the state of Michigan in Congress, Reps. Paul Mitchell, Fred Upton, Tim Walberg, Bill Huizenga, John Moolenaar, and Jack Bergman, sent a letter Monday to the state’s Governor, Gretchen Whitmer, over her “far too restrictive” executive stay at home order implemented to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus arguing that it must be amended.

On Thursday, Whitmer extended a shelter-in-place order for residents to May 1. Her strict restrictions include requiring stores to pause sales of gardening seeds, paint, and furniture. It also extends the forced closure of landscaping businesses across the state and bans travelers from accessing their vacation homes.

Residents are still allowed to go outside, however, “using a motorboat, a jet ski, or other similar watercraft is not” permitted.

“Instead of needlessly shutting down large sectors of the economy and further restricting the lives of residents, we believe amending Executive Order 2020-42 can achieve our shared goal of protecting public health while also beginning the slow process of resuscitating our economy,” the members wrote.

There have been 25,635 Michiganders infected with the virus and 1,602 have died.

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Mavericks Owner Mark Cuban Buys Entire Texas Town

‘No Plans Yet’, Cuban Says About His Purchase of Abandoned Texas Town of Mustang

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Forget becoming Mayor of a town, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is now the owner of a town.  Cuban reportedly purchased the entire town of Mustang, Texas. The town is virtually abandoned with no current residents, “and it’s been several years since the last two businesses, Wispers Cabaret strip club and Lion’s Den adult bookstore, operated” reports NBC News.

In a brief email explaining the purchase to NBC News on Friday, Cuban wrote “did it to help out a friend. No plans yet!” The town of Mustang is roughly 65 miles south of American Airlines Center, the home of the Dallas Mavericks.

According to Mike Turner, president of Dallas real estate firm J. Elmer Turner, the town had been for sale on the market about four years, listed after the principal owner Marty Price became ill and decided to sell.

Price was an attorney who died this past August; a devoted basketball fan with Mavericks floor seats. “Mark Cuban stepped up, and it was a natural for him to buy it” Turner told NBC News. “With his resources and imagination, I’m sure there are endless possibilities.”

Turner did not reveal the final sales price but admitted it closed last month for less than the $4 million asking price. Jerry Newsom, chief of the volunteer fire department in the neighboring town of Angus, told NBC Dallas-Fort Worth “we’re excited to have him as our neighbor here, and we’re excited for the growth and the potential it has.”

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