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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.

Michigan has almost 3K COVID-19 cases, 60 deaths

By: - March 26, 2020

Sixty people have now died of COVID-19 in Michigan. There were 43 deaths on Wednesday. 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. There are now […]

A Senate probe found Lucido sexually harassed women. Now he’s running for Macomb County prosecutor.

By: - March 25, 2020

State Sen. Peter Lucido (R-Shelby Twp.) says he will run for Macomb County prosecutor this fall. This announcement follows a state Senate sexual harassment investigation this month that resulted in Lucido losing his position chairing the Senate Advice and Consent Committee, which oversees key gubernatorial appointments. Lucido serves on Michigan’s Elder Abuse Task Force, the […]

What happens behind closed doors? Social isolation during COVID-19 endangers domestic abuse survivors.

By: - March 24, 2020

People in Michigan and across the country are following health officials’ warnings and staying home to reduce the spread of COVID-19. However, behind closed doors, domestic and sexual violence survivors might be in greater danger, shut in with their abusers. If you or someone you know needs help, here are some resources: Safe House Center 24/7 […]

Updated: Michigan COVID-19 cases top 1,000, Whitmer says we’re ‘building the airplane as we fly it’

By: and - March 22, 2020

Updated, 6:03 p.m. 3/22/20 with ninth person who died State officials announced Michigan has 1,035 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and nine connected deaths as of Sunday. The latest death was a man in Washtenaw County.* That’s an increase of 248 cases since Saturday. Health officials warn that the actual number is actually much higher, in […]

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Anti-lobbying ballot measure folds in 2020

By: - March 20, 2020

The Coalition to Close Lansing Loopholes has suspended their ballot proposal that would ban all gifts from lobbyists. The coalition sought to put an amendment to the state Constitution limiting corporate lobbyists on the November ballot. The coalition put out a statement saying since the spread of COVID-19 has reached Michigan and disrupted the lives […]

COVID-19 scammers posing as health dept. employees

By: - March 19, 2020

Scammers are spoofing phone numbers of Ionia County Health Department, the Michigan attorney general’s office announced. Callers are posing as employees to gain people’s personal and financial information, taking advantage of people’s fears of COVID-19, the disease caused by a new coronavirus. Individuals who notice price gouging of products in high demand during the COVID-19 […]

3 Michigan coronavirus deaths reported, all in metro Detroit

By: - March 19, 2020

Three people in Michigan have died due to COVID-19.  The first death reported was a man in his 50s at a Beaumont Hospital in Wayne County. McLaren Oakland Hospital also reported a death on Wednesday, a woman in her 50s. An 81-year-old patient died on Wednesday at Henry Ford Hospital.  A statewide coronavirus hotline is […]

No arrests in quietest St. Patrick’s Day in East Lansing police history

By: - March 18, 2020

In an unprecedented turn of events, East Lansing Police Department (ELPD) made no arrests on St. Patrick’s Day, according to Deputy Chief Steve Gonzalez. Last year, the ELPD made nine arrests, a low number compared to other years, Gonzalez reported, most of which were for disorderly conduct. Most neighborhoods have seen a decrease in people […]

Nessel fights price gouging on the ‘worst St. Patrick’s Day ever’

By: - March 18, 2020

A box of gloves cost $19. A package of toilet paper will set you back $40. These are some of the complaints coming into the Michigan attorney general’s office consumer protection hotline in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Advance sat down with Attorney General Dana Nessel Tuesday evening just before she took a […]

House panel looks at possible health crisis: pornography

By: - March 17, 2020

Updated, 4:31 p.m., 3/17/20 On Thursday, state Rep. Julie Calley (R-Portland) appeared before a House panel and asked members to declare pornography a public health crisis. Calley presented House Concurrent Resolution 14, which she introduced in January, to the state House Committee on Health Policy, which spent time on that measure, as well as getting […]

New bills ban shackling pregnant people in prison

By: - March 13, 2020

Updated, 6:52 a.m., 3/17/20, with comments from the Department of Corrrections Under newly introduced legislation, an employee of a correctional facility would not be permitted to restrain an incarcerated individual who is pregnant or is in postpartum unless a prison administrator and the treating medical care provider deems it “reasonably necessary” and safe.  State Sen. […]

Coronavirus funding goes to Whitmer, Capitol closing Friday for tours, events

By: - March 12, 2020

To combat the global pandemic of COVID-19, the state Senate Thursday approved $25 million of state funding and $50 million of federal funding to combat coronavirus.  It was part of a Fiscal Year 2020 supplemental spending bill, Senate Bill 151, which the House passed Tuesday.  SB 151 allows for $10 million to be spent on […]