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Andrew Roth

Andrew Roth

Andrew Roth is a reporting intern with the Michigan Advance. He has been covering Michigan policy and politics for three years across a number of publications and studies journalism at Michigan State University.

U of M to settle federal lawsuit, create taskforce for input on sexual misconduct policies

By: - March 24, 2022

The University of Michigan has reached an agreement to settle a federal lawsuit brought by students over the university’s handling of the Dr. Robert Anderson sexual assault scandal. Under the settlement, submitted to U.S. District Judge Victoria Roberts on Thursday, the university will fund and create a Coordinated Community Response Team of about 30 representatives […]

Beaumont Health study: COVID-19 booster shots lower death rate

By: - March 24, 2022

A new study by Beaumont Health found that COVID-19 booster shots significantly reduced the rate of death in patients hospitalized with COVID-19 compared to unvaccinated or fully vaccinated patients. Patients who received a booster and were hospitalized had a 45% lower mortality rate than unvaccinated patients who were hospitalized, the study found. Unvaccinated patients had […]

Court of Claims tosses GOP suit challenging use of grant funds in Michigan election administration

By: - March 23, 2022

A court of claims judge dismissed a GOP lawsuit challenging the use of private funds for election administration Tuesday, ruling that the plaintiffs lack standing. The suit, originally filed in October 2020 by Republican voters in Macomb, Livingston and Oakland counties, argued that private grant money awarded to local governments by the Center for Technology […]

House Democrats call for investigation of former Speaker Chatfield

By: - March 21, 2022

Michigan House Democrats are calling for a bipartisan committee to investigate former House Speaker Lee Chatfield and his conduct in office. There is an ongoing criminal probe into the Republican amid allegations that he sexually abused his sister-in-law beginning when she was 15, directed campaign funds to family members and legislative staffers, and gave staffers […]

Michigan has 2,770 new COVID-19 cases since Wednesday

By: - March 18, 2022

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Friday that a total of 2,071,587 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 32,419 have died from the virus — an additional 2,770 cases and 50 deaths since Wednesday. The new numbers combine Thursday’s and Friday’s recorded cases and deaths, with an average of 1,385 […]

Changes to no-fault auto insurance reforms stall out for legislative session

By: - March 18, 2022

Proposed changes to Michigan’s no-fault auto insurance reforms have likely hit a dead end for the remainder of the current legislative session after House Speaker Jason Wentworth (R-Farwell) said he did not see a path forward for the legislation. “I’ve spent an entire year looking at every idea that was proposed and working with our […]

Ohio woman charged for leaving threatening, racist voicemails for Michigan legislators

By: - March 16, 2022

An Ohio woman who allegedly made threats to Michigan state legislators in racist voicemails could face prison time, Attorney General Dana Nessel said Tuesday. Sandra Bachman, 58, of Batavia, Ohio, allegedly left voicemails in 2021 for state Reps. Cynthia A. Johnson (D-Detroit) and Sarah Anthony (D-Lansing). “Hey um, need to cancel that bill against the […]

MDOT launches pilot project to bundle bridge repair work

By: - March 3, 2022

The Michigan Department of Transportation launched a pilot program Monday to bundle bridge repair projects together, which officials say makes the projects more cost-effective. Bridge bundling combines several bridge locations into a single contract, which MDOT says streamlines coordination and permitting and increases economies of scale. Nineteen bridges owned by local agencies around the state […]

Tight races and upsets: Here’s who won Tuesday’s state House primaries

By: - March 2, 2022

Special primaries to decide candidates who will go on to compete for three open seats in the Michigan House of Representatives were held Tuesday. Mike Harris, a retired Waterford Township police officer, won the Republican special primary for the 43rd House District in Oakland County. He will go on to face Kent Douglas, the chair […]

State reports 17 new COVID-19 school outbreaks

By: - February 28, 2022

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Monday that a total of 2,056,751 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 31,817 have died from the virus — an additional 1,860 cases and 26 deaths since Friday. The new numbers combine Saturday’s, Sunday’s and Monday’s recorded cases and deaths, with an average of […]

Rep. Howell requests AG opinion on redistricting commission following the Constitution

By: - February 24, 2022

State Rep. Gary Howell (R-North Branch) has requested Attorney General Dana Nessel’s legal opinion on whether the Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission (MICRC) followed requirements set out in the state Constitution when drawing new legislative district lines. Howell is concerned that Lapeer County, which he represents, would be split across three districts in the state […]

Republican Perry Johnson launches gov. bid, won’t rule out banning abortion for rape survivors

By: - February 24, 2022

Republican gubernatorial candidate Perry Johnson declined to rule out banning abortions for survivors of sexual assault during an event Wednesday to officially launch his campaign to be the Republican nominee for governor in 2022. “I will tell you this: Two wrongs don’t make a right. I am pro-life,” Johnson told reporters Wednesday. Johnson, who is […]