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Derek Robertson

Derek Robertson

Derek Robertson is a former reporter for the Advance. Previously, he wrote for Politico Magazine in Washington. He is a Genesee County native and graduate of both Wayne State University, where he studied history, and the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.

Study: New Trump admin rule cracking down on legal immigrants could impact 300K in Michigan

By: - August 12, 2019

Updated 1:10 p.m. 8/13/19 President Donald Trump’s Department of Homeland Security finalized a new rule Monday that will allow immigration officials to deny green cards to legal immigrants who receive some public benefits. The “public charge” rule, as it’s known, will restrict immigrants who receive food stamps, Medicaid, welfare or housing assistance from applying for […]

Slotkin invites new U.S. secretary of Defense to visit communities impacted by PFAS

By: - August 12, 2019

U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-Holly) has invited newly confirmed U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper to Michigan in order to “see and hear directly from people impacted by” the toxic chemicals known as PFAS. Slotkin, a former Pentagon official, herself, pointed out in a letter dated July 25, the specific impacts that PFAS have had […]

Whitmer declares August ‘immunization awareness month’

By: - August 12, 2019

In light of recent outbreaks of preventable infectious diseases like measles and Hepatitis A, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has declared August “immunization awareness month” in Michigan. A statement from the governor’s office Monday said: “The goal of Immunization Awareness Month is to educate the public on the safety of vaccines and ensure Michiganders are up to […]

Arbulu: Sexist comments like calling daughter ‘hot’ were ‘regrettable’

By: - August 9, 2019

Documents released by the Michigan Department of Civil Rights (MDCR) Friday detail sexist comments that MDCR Director Agustin Arbulu made to a coworker, as well as remarks to state investigator that his adult daughter “looked hot” at a recent event they both attended. Speaking to the Advance Friday, Arbulu said his comment about his daughter […]

10 Michigan mayors join more than 200 calling for gun control legislation

By: - August 9, 2019

A bipartisan group of more than 200 mayors, led by U.S. Conference of Mayors President and Rochester Hills Mayor Bryan Barnett, is calling on the U.S. Senate to reconvene and pass gun control legislation. The group includes 214 mayors from across the country, including Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, Flint Mayor Karen Weaver, Lansing Mayor Andy […]

Iraqi government agrees to return deported Oakland County man’s remains

By: - August 9, 2019

The Iraqi government will return the remains of an Oakland County man who died there this week after being deported, according to an announcement from U.S. Rep. Andy Levin (D-Bloomfield Twp.). Jimmy Aldaoud was an Iraqi national who lived most of his life in the United States. He died from complications of diabetes this week, […]

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Nessel joins AG group pushing for federal opioid changes

By: - August 8, 2019

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel has joined a group of 38 other top prosecutors in requesting the federal government to ease a slate of regulations they say make it harder for those addicted to opioids to receive treatment. In a letter written on Monday, the group of attorneys general ask leadership in Congress to “work […]

Enbridge announces 81-foot gap beneath Line 5

By: - August 8, 2019

A spokesperson for Enbridge said Wednesday that the Canadian oil company is working to remedy a potential hazard to its Line 5 pipeline under the Straits of Mackinac. The gap between the pipeline and the floor of the straits is not allowed to exceed 75 feet according to the original agreement between the state and […]

Iraqi Oakland County resident dies after deportation

By: - August 8, 2019

Updated 2:24 p.m. Jimmy Aldaoud, an Iraqi national who lived most of his life in the United States, died Tuesday from complications of diabetes after being deported to Iraq. Aldaoud’s death comes after members of Congress from both parties have urged the Trump administration to halt its deportation campaign against the country’s Iraqi population. The […]

August elections: Flint mayor race set, Fouts romps in Warren mayoral primary

By: - August 7, 2019

Elections were held across the state Tuesday for key mayoral and City Council primaries and a handful of ballot measures, setting the table for this fall’s city elections. In Flint, incumbent Mayor Karen Weaver edged out primary challenger and state Rep. Sheldon Neeley (D-Flint) by fewer than 300 votes. Under Flint’s election rules, Weaver and […]

MSU ex-Dean Strampel sentenced to 1 year in jail

By: - August 7, 2019

Former Michigan State University Dean William Strampel, convicted of abusing his position of authority to harass female students, was sentenced Wednesday to one year in jail by an Ingham County court. Strampel was convicted by a jury in June of misconduct in office and willful neglect of duty, becoming the first person convicted following the […]

Some Michigan Dems still on fence regarding impeachment

By: - August 6, 2019

Even though more than half of Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives support an impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump, a handful of Michigan’s Democratic House members are still exercising caution. That state of affairs was on display in a recent report from the Associated Press that profiled impeachment-skeptical Democrats across the country who […]