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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.

Whitmer stay home order protest turns into Trump celebration with Confederate flags and guns

By: and - April 15, 2020

Updated, 9:44 a.m., 4/16/20 More than 3,000 people — including some brandishing Confederate and militia flags, as well as guns — piled into downtown Lansing for hours on a snowy Wednesday.  They were supposed to be there to protest Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s stay home order during the COVID-19 pandemic, but much of the event […]

National Guard aids Sparrow Hospital Wednesday as ‘traffic jam’ protest planned against Whitmer

By: and - April 14, 2020

The Michigan National Guard is providing aid to Sparrow Hospital, putting up a COVID-19 screening tent on Wednesday for patients entering the building. Sparrow had smaller shelters used for screening, but members of the 110th Civil Engineering Squadron, Battle Creek Air National Guard Base were requested through the City of Lansing Office of Emergency Management […]

State to buy back alcohol to help ailing bars, restaurants

By: - April 14, 2020

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer ordered bars and restaurants closed to in-person dining on March 16, followed by a broader stay home order on March 24 to stop the spread of COVID-19. To ease the huge financial strains on bars and restaurants, the state is now buying back alcohol. The Michigan Liquor Control Commission (LCC) is tasked […]

‘All lives matter’: Activists want more prisoners freed as COVID-19 spreads

By: - April 12, 2020

Updated, 11:16 a.m., 4/13/20 COVID-19 has found its way into the Michigan Department of Corrections (DOC), impacting staff and incarcerated individuals alike. There have been 391 confirmed prisoner cases and nine deaths as of Saturday, as well 154 staff cases and two deaths. Now criminal justice activists are calling on Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to up her […]

Michigan COVID-19 deaths spike to 200+ in a day

By: - April 10, 2020

As of Friday 1,281 people have now died of COVID-19 in Michigan. That was the biggest one-day jump the state has seen with 205 new deaths. There were 1,076 deaths on Thursday. A statewide coronavirus hotline is open 7 days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 1-888-535-6136. Information can be found on […]

Peters wants $13/hour bonus for frontline workers during COVID-19 crisis

By: - April 9, 2020

Workers on the frontlines of COVID-19 could receive a pay increase of $13 per hour under a plan from U.S. Sen. Gary Peters (D-Bloomfield Twp.).  “Whether it’s health care providers and food supply workers in the private sector, or postal workers and security professionals in the public sector, we owe our frontline workers our thanks […]

GOP Legislature rebuffs Whitmer, only extends state emergency to April 30

By: and - April 7, 2020

The GOP-led Legislature shot down Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s request to extend the state of emergency order 70 days due to COVID-19, instead extending it only to April 30.  After lengthy health screenings for those entering the Capitol, the House and Senate passed the resolution on Tuesday in under 20 minutes combined. Whitmer announced the state […]

A 1st: Michigan sees 100+ COVID-19 deaths in a day

By: and - April 6, 2020

COVID-19 cases in Michigan climbed up Monday to 17,221, an increase of 1,503 cases since Sunday.  A statewide coronavirus hotline is open 7 days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 1-888-535-6136. Information can be found on the DHHS website or the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention website. The number […]

MSU doc races to create a faster COVID-19 test

By: - April 6, 2020

As Michigan has risen to being third in the nation for most COVID-19 cases, a Michigan State University doctor is developing a test for the virus that could have results in 15 minutes.  Across the state, many residents with symptoms have said they can’t get a test due to a shortage. With the exception of […]

AG cracks down on 2 businesses selling fake COVID-19 test kits

By: - April 3, 2020

Two businesses selling fake at-home COVID-19 test kits have been ordered to stop selling them by Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel.  Michigan residents can file a complaint online or call the Consumer Protection tip line, at 877-765-8388 from 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.      The two businesses, VitaStik Inc. and $tronghold Inc., both registered in Las […]

What happens if the Legislature fights Whitmer’s state of emergency extension? 

By: - April 3, 2020

As Michigan has surpassed 10,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 400 deaths, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is seeking to extend the state of emergency, which would allow an extension of measures like “Stay Home, Stay Safe” set to expire April 13. “We know that we are in for a tough three, four, five, six weeks here in […]

Whitmer signs order protecting prisoners, allows some released early during COVID-19 crisis

By: - March 30, 2020

After the Michigan Department of Corrections (DOC) reported 77 cases of COVID-19 within correctional facilities as of Sunday, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced an executive order of risk-reduction protocols. The order includes guidelines for the early release of vulnerable prisoners. To reduce the spread of COVID-19, the disease from a new coronavirus, cleaning efforts are being […]