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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.

Slotkin tells supporters, protesters on backing impeachment inquiry: ‘I believed it was the right thing to do’

By: - October 2, 2019

U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-Holly) addressed her decision to support the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump in an overcrowded constituent event Wednesday at the Grand Traverse Pie Co. in East Lansing.  Slotkin cut her event short, announcing that “the fire marshal is on his way,” but managed to fit in comments about the “imperative” […]

Update: State delays mosquito spraying due to weather

By: - September 27, 2019

Updated, 4:24 a.m. 9/30/19 with the state canceling spraying due to weather. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) announced on Sunday that it would delay plans due to inclement weather to conduct aerial spraying in 14 counties across the state because of a mosquito-borne virus. Future plans will be announced Monday.* The […]

Protesters pan new auto insurance law

By: - September 25, 2019

Thousands rallied at the Michigan Capitol steps Wednesday to protest a new auto insurance law reforming the no-fault insurance policy that protected those injured in auto crashes.  The law passed in May the state House 94-15 and in the state Senate 34-4, only opposed by Democrats. There were no votes in the Legislature Wednesday, but […]

Feds grant Flint $1.6M to process untested rape kits

By: - September 20, 2019

Flint received a federal grant for more than $1.6 million to empower local law enforcement to process a backlog of more than 1,000 rape kits and investigate crimes of a sexual nature, according to a press release from U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Flint). The kits provide sexual assault victims an opportunity to have DNA evidence […]

Volkswagen clean air settlement money powers first-ever electric school buses in Michigan

By: - September 20, 2019

Seven Michigan school districts will receive electric school buses by next school year as part of a program to promote cleaner energy and air quality. The Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) designated funds for 17 electric buses to replace diesel buses at schools in Kalamazoo, Three Rivers, Oxford, Gaylord, Roseville, Ann Arbor […]

Climate change study: Lyme disease spread cost Michigan $8M in 1 year 

By: - September 18, 2019

A study of 10 climate-impacted events in 2012 estimates the health-related costs of those events at $10 billion, with an $8 million price tag for Lyme disease spreading in Michigan alone.  The study from the New York-based Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) says the costs stem from an estimated total of 917 deaths, 20,568 hospitalizations […]

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No agreement reached on ‘Me Too’ home sexual assault kits, AG files for subpoena

By: - September 13, 2019

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel’s fight against home sexual assault evidence kits continues, as the company that produces them failed to respond to the office’s demand to cease and desist sales in Michigan. The Brooklyn, N.Y.-based “Me Too Kits” Co. markets the product as the “first ever sexual assault evidence kit for at-home use” — […]

Peters calls on Defense Department to investigate Pence travel

By: - September 13, 2019

This week, U.S. Sen. Gary Peters (D-Bloomfield Twp.) called upon the U.S. Department of Defense Inspector General to investigate the U.S. Air Force spending taxpayer money on traveling to President Trump’s hotels and resorts. As ranking member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, Peters is asking for an independent investigation to find […]

Marijuana warning label bills pass Michigan House

By: - September 11, 2019

Legislation requiring warning label a warning label on all marijuana products cautioning women of the possible side effects of marijuana usage was overwhelmingly approved Tuesday by the state House of Representatives. The label would be on recreational and medical marijuana products and would read: “Warning: Use by pregnant or breastfeeding women, or by women planning […]

Farm bankruptcies rising in Michigan

By: - September 10, 2019

Delinquency rates for commercial agricultural loans are at a six-year high, a report from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. shows.  Following several years of low farm income and increasing debt, the American Farm Bureau Foundation found that both the real estate and non-real estate lending sectors are at a six-year high.  The report says 2.5% […]

Stabenow talks mental health, drug prices at forum

By: - September 6, 2019

U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Lansing) updated constituents on legislation lowering drug prices and discussed the difficulties of ensuring affordable health care during a public forum Friday in East Lansing.  “Health care is personal; we need to focus on this as a basic human right. It doesn’t matter who you are; it doesn’t matter if you […]

Public official financial disclosure bills clear Michigan House panel

By: - September 4, 2019

A state House panel on Wednesday advanced legislation that would bring about more sunshine in Michigan’s notoriously secretive state government. The bipartisan eight-bill package would require lawmakers and other public officials to disclose pertinent financial investments and potential conflicts of interest, as the Advance has previously reported.  Bipartisan group pushes conflict of interest bills for […]