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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 sues 17 companies over PFAS contamination

By: - January 14, 2020

Michigan is taking on some of the biggest chemical companies in the country in a lawsuit filed in a Washtenaw County Court asserting that they knew of the dangers of PFAS.  Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Attorney General Dana Nessel outlined the case and its importance at a press conference on Tuesday, alleging that the 17 […]

Childcare costs are debilitating for low-wage workers in Michigan

By: - December 29, 2019

Among other necessities, affording childcare has become a struggle for Michiganders, a problem that radiates to other parts of life. Childcare in Michigan can cost more annually than college, according to the Economic Policy Institute, a nonpartisan think tank in Washington D.C., that examines the economic needs of working people. The average annual cost of […]

Two more ex-lawmakers join suit to dump term limits

By: - December 12, 2019

A lawsuit challenging voter-approved term limit laws in Michigan gained two more plaintiffs on Wednesday.  Former state Sen. Mike Kowall (R-White Lake Twp.) and former state Rep. Mark Meadows (D-East Lansing) have added their names to a bipartisan lawsuit that cites Michigan’s strict term limits violate the U.S Constitution. Lawmakers are limited to three, two-year […]

Company to pay $70M to settle Kent County PFAS suit

By: - December 12, 2019

Wolverine Worldwide will pay $69.5 million to settle a lawsuit over the company contaminating drinking water in Kent County, according to a press release from Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel. Following the discovery of PFAS in the drinking water in northern Kent County, the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) filed the […]

Peters, Stabenow decry potential Canadian nuclear waste site on Lake Huron

By: - December 6, 2019

The Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) of Canada has narrowed it down to two options for a nuclear waste storage facility, one of which is on Lake Huron. U.S. Sens. Debbie Stabenow (D-Lansing) and Gary Peters (D-Bloomfield Twp.) are concerned about the environmental impacts. The facility will either be built in southern or northwestern Ontario […]

‘Hunger-Free Student Bill of Rights’ bill introduced in Michigan Senate

By: - December 4, 2019

Students from lower-income families are losing access to lunch and being subject to public embarrassment by schools because of it.  That’s according to state Senate Minority Leader Jim Ananich (D-Flint) who seeks an end to “lunch shaming” policies in schools such as being given barebones meals, having to wear wristbands or performing chores in exchange […]

Homeless shelters serving kids wouldn’t need childcare licensing under Senate bill

By: - December 4, 2019

A bill to allow homeless shelters in Michigan to be exempt from obtaining licenses as childcare facilities is set to be taken up Wednesday in a state Senate committee.  Sponsored by state Sen. Roger Victory (R-Hudsonville), Senate Bill 636 intends to “ensure that Holland Rescue Mission and other facilities who replicate their model can continue […]

Nessel teaming up with NY attorney general to go after ‘Me Too’ DIY rape kits

By: - November 23, 2019

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel is moving forward with her fight against at-home rape kits.  An Ingham County judge in September approved Nessel’s subpoena for the Brooklyn, N.Y.-based Me Too Kits Co. The company is now required to send documents cataloging its involvement in Michigan and the credibility of the product. Nessel said the Me […]

What you need to know about rape kits: They’re free, no police report required

By: - November 23, 2019

The number of victims of rape annually in Michigan is on a steady rise, from 3,016 in 2014 to 3,670 in 2018, according to Michigan State Police.  However, according to the Office of Justice Programs office, only 19% of sexual violence victims in the U.S. in 2015 received victim services such as counseling, a medical […]

8 former lawmakers file lawsuit to slay Michigan term limits

By: - November 20, 2019

Updated, 3:27 p.m., 11/20/19 with comments from U.S. Term Limits A lawsuit filed today in a state district court says term limits have created considerable damage, stopped experienced individuals from seeking office and are unconstitutional. A bipartisan group of eight former legislators are fighting to adjust term limits in Michigan with this lawsuit, citing all […]

Nessel announces robocall crackdown in Michigan

By: - November 15, 2019

Relief from unwelcome dinnertime calls and calls asking seniors for banking information is coming.  Michigan is cracking down on robocalls, as Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel announced at a press conference Friday a taskforce of state and federal partners to combat the issue. Deputy Bureau Chief of the Federal Communications Commission Lisa Hone said technological […]

3 AGs back Nessel in Line 5 suit

By: - November 13, 2019

Three state attorneys general are backing Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel’s arguments to decommission the Line 5 oil pipeline. A judge ruled in October in favor of Enbridge, the Canadian company that owns the pipeline and is seeking to build a tunnel around it. Nessel has appealed the decision. https://www.michiganadvance.com/blog/nessel-appeals-enbridge-decision/ The attorneys general of Wisconsin […]