Watch Focal Point: COVID-19 and the Economy of East Lansing

On this special edition of Focal Point, a look COVID-19’s impact on East Lansing’s economy. We take you to local businesses using new technology and old-fashioned customer service to adapting to stay open. We also meet MSU students out of work because of the pandemic, and some entering the job market in an unprecedented time. Those stories and more on this Focal Point Special Report.

Trump supports at Lansing capitol

Trump supporters challenge election results in Lansing

Protesters gather on the lawn of the Michigan Capitol on Saturday afternoon following news of Joe Biden’s projected win against President Donald J. Trump in the 2020 presidential election. Trump won Michigan in 2016 with the tightest margin in any state. In 2020, Michigan was on of several close battleground states. After Biden was projected to win Michigan and its 16 electoral votes, the state was one of several where the Republican Party said it would challenge results. Challenges are being mounted in Michigan courts now.

A "vote" sign is staked outside Dixie Baptist Church in Oakland County's Springfield Township.

Michigan voters head to polls

Michigan voters headed to the polls this morning amid a pandemic that’s helped push absentee voting to record levels. More than 3 million Michigan voters have cast absentee ballots, according to the Secretary of State’s office, and 2 million people are expected to vote in person at the polls today. That could beat a turnout record of just over 5 million ballots cast in 2008.

Watch Focal Point: Spartan Football resumes, graduating seniors struggle to find jobs during pandemic, and East Lansing prepares for socially distanced Halloween

On this edition of Focal Point, a look at the recently announced changes to the Spring Semester and how MSU plans to keep students healthy while slowly reopening. Due to the pandemic, one East Lansing business is forced to close its doors, and graduating students struggle to find jobs. Big Ten football is back, but two MSU linebackers will not take the field after being arrested in September. Other varsity sports will not return at all after the Athletic Director announced swimming and diving have been cut. Those stories and more on Focal Point.