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Anna Liz Nichols

Anna Liz Nichols

Anna Liz Nichols is a former Michigan Advance intern. She is a Michigan State University graduate who has reported for several publications, including MLive and Michigan State University’s award-winning student paper, the State News, where she covered the many tendrils of the Larry Nassar sexual abuse scandal.

Families impacted by autism struggle with isolation, change during COVID-19 crisis

By: - June 3, 2020

Families all over Michigan have been at home with their kids for months during the COVID-19 pandemic. Life has been interrupted and looks a lot different now.  The MiNavigator phone line for families impacted by autism is 877-463-2266 and is open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. […]

Updated: Police remove woman after allegedly threatening to kill Lansing protesters, her car was destroyed

By: - June 1, 2020

Updated, 9:42 a.m., 6/1/20 A car ended up burnt to a crisp. Downtown Lansing was filled with broken glass and screaming. The police brutality protest went sour Sunday evening after being mostly peaceful earlier in the day. There was a literal night-and-day difference, with the protest that took place late morning and early afternoon calling […]

Michigan, 22 other states sue Trump admin. over fuel economy standards

By: - May 27, 2020

Attorneys general of 23 states filed a lawsuit today challenging the President Trump administration’s rollback of fuel economy standards. The lawsuit, filed in a D.C. Circuit Court, says the rollbacks violate the Clean Air Act, the Energy Policy and Conservation Act and the Administrative Procedure Act.  The attorneys general of Michigan, Colorado and California held […]

Abuse survivors, people of color face unique barriers in wearing masks

By: - May 27, 2020

There is no criminal penalty for failing to wear a face mask in public spaces in Michigan, but businesses and venues can refuse people entrance without one, per Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s mask order that went into effect late in April.  State and federal health officials have stressed that face masks can help prevent the spread […]

Gov. talks threats, concerns over Trump yanking funds during COVID-19

By: - May 26, 2020

Known nationally by President Trump’s nickname, “the woman from Michigan,” Gov. Gretchen Whitmer gave her two cents on “Axios on HBO” on Monday about the way Trump has chosen to communicate with Michiganders.  After adopting some of the strictest COVID-19 rules in the nation, Whitmer has been the subject of ridicule by the president and […]

Panel chucks Whitmer, Nessel recall petitions 

By: - May 22, 2020

Two petitions to recall Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Attorney General Dana Nessel were unanimously rejected by the state Board of State Canvassers on Friday.  Legal representation for the two Democrats asserted that the petitions held false statements, inaccurate paraphrases and spelling errors and were, overall, not eligible for approval by the board. Chad Baase, an […]

Mich. at almost 54K COVID-19 cases, continues slide in new cases, deaths

By: - May 22, 2020

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reports 403 new COVID-19 cases and 29 new deaths on Friday. This puts the total number of cases at 53,913 and total deaths at 5,158. The number of daily cases continues to decline in Michigan. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced a number of changes to the state […]

Gov. allows gatherings of 10 or less, asks Trump for federal disaster declaration for Midland

By: - May 21, 2020

With a recent flood in Mid-Michigan compounded upon a global pandemic, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer spoke at a media conference on Thursday about moving forward and working together to get through these hard times.  As part of her plan to gradually lessen COVID-19 restrictions, she announced the immediate authorization of small gatherings of 10 people or […]

Watchdog group: Anti-Whitmer protests tied to out-of-state conservative outfits

By: - May 20, 2020

Several conservative Facebook groups have created a series of anti-lockdown events at the state Capitol, according to the Michigan Campaign Finance Network (MCFN), a nonpartisan nonprofit organization examining the role of money in state politics.  They range from “Operation Haircut” that took place Wednesday to stand in solidarity with businesses that have illegally reopened during […]

Mich. is No. 2 in Midwest in anti-Semitic incidents, activists flag swastikas at recent right-wing rallies

By: - May 17, 2020

The number of U.S. anti-Semitic incidents is the highest it’s ever been in since the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) started tracking them in 1979. The League’s audit for 2019 showed there more than 2,100 acts of harassment, assault and vandalism nationwide — and Michigan is among the highest in numbers. Michigan came in at 42 anti-semitic […]

Michigan now has more than 50K COVID-19 cases

By: - May 15, 2020

Michigan crossed the 50,000 COVID-19 case threshold on Friday, according to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). A comparatively small increase of 497 cases have been added to the count since Thursday, for a total of 50,079 cases. In recent weeks, Michigan has steadily remained in the top 10 states for most […]

Unemployment chief: Pandemic is ‘user testing on steroids’ for state system

By: - May 14, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has shown everything wrong with the state’s system for unemployment claims, Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency Director Steve Gray told legislators Wednesday. More than 1.7 million unique unemployment claims have been made during the crisis, he said during the Joint Select Committee on the COVID-19 Pandemic, a special panel formed to oversee the […]