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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.

GOP wants feds to reinstate Medicaid work rules, even as coronavirus hits Michigan

By: - March 12, 2020

As Michigan prepares for and fights against the global pandemic of COVID-19, House Republicans on Thursday passed a resolution to ask the federal government to re-establish work requirements for Medicaid eligibility.  There’s particular concern about how lower-income people will cope with the pandemic, as they have fewer resources for medical care.  House Concurrent Resolution 17, […]

Long lines plague Michigan university precincts Tuesday

By: and - March 10, 2020

Voter turnout at Michigan State and other universities in the state has been steady and enthusiastic for the presidential primary election, according to election officials. But some students trying to vote met problems on Tuesday, as well — long lines, extended waits and delays in casting a ballot if they hadn’t previously registered to vote. […]

Jill Biden, Whitmer talk education, environment with students in Lansing

By: - March 10, 2020

Former second lady Jill Biden made a Michigan presidential primary day stop in Lansing on behalf of her husband, former Vice President Joe Biden, to talk with a group of students.  Members of the Youth Action Council — which include elementary through high school students — gathered at Impression Five Science Center laid out their […]

A Senate probe found Lucido sexually harassed women. The Republican falsely claims he was exonerated.  

By: - March 6, 2020

State Sen. Peter Lucido (R-Shelby Twp.) lost his position chairing the Senate Advice and Consent Committee after a Senate Business Office investigation released Thursday determined accusations of sexual harassment were deemed “credible” and the incidents in question “more likely than not” occurred.  Investigators wrote in their report: “Lucido’s conduct ‘demonstrates an unfortunate pattern of behavior’ […]

Nessel: MSU stonewalling Nassar probe cheats U of M victims out of justice

By: - March 5, 2020

The Michigan attorney general’s office will not open an investigation into reports of late University of Michigan Dr. Robert Anderson, due to the office’s experience with the Larry Nassar investigation at Michigan State University. Several men have come forward saying Anderson sexually abused them while he was a doctor at U of M from 1968 […]

East Lansing City Council discusses racial bias after police excessive force allegation

By: - February 28, 2020

After an internal investigation, the East Lansing Police Department (ELPD) determined that there was not enough evidence to prove or disprove an allegation of excessive force against a 19-year-old Black man earlier this month.  The issues of race and police brutality took center stage Thursday night as the ELPD presented a video of the incident […]

GOP Senate nixes another Whitmer appointee in continued standoff

By: - February 27, 2020

Another Gov. Gretchen Whitmer appointee to the Natural Resources Commission (NRC) was rejected by the GOP-controlled Michigan Senate on Thursday.  Former Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell was voted down Thursday after biology professor Anna Mitterling was rejected earlier this month. Democrats have said Republicans displayed sexism and were protecting National Rifle Association (NRA) interests, while […]

House concealed weapons, pot facilities bills advance

By: - February 26, 2020

House bills concerning concealed weapons and amending the Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act advanced Tuesday. House Bills 5490 and 5491, sponsored by state Rep. Brandt Iden (R-Oshtemo), would allow the Marijuana Regulatory Agency to approve the operation of a medical or recreational marijuana facility. Both bills passed unanimously in the House Judiciary Committee. House Bill […]

Republican wants air bow hunting expanded

By: - February 25, 2020

Under current law, residents with certain disabilities often are excluded from hunting in Michigan due to weapons restrictions and hunting seasons. State Rep. Beau LaFave (R-Iron Mountain) testified in front of the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday for his bill expanding regulations to accommodate those with disabilities. LaFave, who is a vocal supporter of gun […]

Resolution backing minor league teams is a hit with House panel

By: - February 21, 2020

America’s pastime could be getting a haircut with Major League Baseball (MLB) proposing to cut 42 teams from the minor leagues.  While Michigan’s three minor league teams are safe, there’s enough concern for the future of the game that lawmakers have a House resolution calling on the MLB to avoid cuts. House Resolution 216 sponsor […]

Clerks deluged with absentee ballot requests before Michigan primary

By: - February 20, 2020

Many city and township clerks around the state are struggling to process absentee voter ballots in the first major election under Michigan’s new voting law passed in 2018. Requests for ballots for the March 10 presidential primary are skyrocketing and clerks say they are not prepared to handle the influx. But legislation to ease the […]

Whitmer: GOP Senate rejecting bio professor for state board is “sexist,” retaliatory

By: - February 13, 2020

The GOP-controlled Michigan Senate on Thursday voted to reject one of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s appointments to the Natural Resources Commission (NRC), which regulates hunting and fishing.  Before the vote was taken, Whitmer spokesperson Tiffany Brown told the Advance the office believes rejection of Lansing Community College biology professor Anna Mitterling is a “sexist” move to […]