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Nick Manes

Nick Manes

Nick Manes is a former Michigan Advance reporter, covering West Michigan, business and labor, health care and the safety net. He previously spent six years as a reporter at MiBiz covering commercial real estate, economic development and all manner of public policy at the local and state levels.

Michigan files suit against opioid companies, charging them as ‘drug dealers’

By: - December 17, 2019

The state of Michigan has filed a “historic” lawsuit against four companies tied to the production and distribution of opioids.  The lawsuit, filed Tuesday morning in Wayne County Circuit Court, charges Cardinal Health, McKesson, AmerisourceBergen and Walgreens as drug dealers under the state’s 1994 Drug Dealer Liability Act. A spokeswoman for the attorney general’s office […]

Grand Rapidians talk impeachment in wake of ‘Meet the Press’ segment

By: - December 16, 2019

Business-friendly Republicans in West Michigan may be underwhelmed by the impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump.  But based on random interviews around Grand Rapids this weekend, following a national news segment many found unrepresentative of the area, many locals find impeachment critical for holding the president accountable.   “Meet the Press,” the stalwart Sunday morning political […]

Amash and Trump

Some Dems want Amash to play key impeachment role

By: - December 16, 2019

With a vote to impeach President Donald Trump expected in the U.S. House later this week, the president could find one of his harshest conservative critics acting as a prosecutor during the likely trial in the U.S. Senate.  According to a report over the weekend in the Washington Post, a group of freshman Democrats in […]

Federal appeals court tosses Title IX lawsuit against MSU

By: - December 13, 2019

A federal appeals court has ruled that a Title IX lawsuit against Michigan State University stemming from sexual assault issues has no legal standing and must be dismissed.  The lawsuit was filed in 2015 by former MSU students who argued that the university failed to address their sexual assault claims. But a panel of judges […]

Whitmer makes pick to Wayne State board, as Trent joins her admin

By: - December 12, 2019

Kim Trent has left the Wayne State University board to join the administration of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.  Trent will join the leadership team of the state’s Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity (LEO) beginning in January. Whitmer announced Thursday she had appointed Shirley Stancato, a former nonprofit executive, in Trent’s place. The board has been […]

Data center tax break bill dead — for this year

By: - December 12, 2019

Legislation to expand tax breaks for the Switch data center in Kent County passed out of the state House on Wednesday on a razor-thin margin, but is now dead at least for this year.   Senate Bill 455 took more than 30 minutes to get the needed votes before ultimately passing the lower chamber on a […]

Inman still exiled from House GOP

By: - December 11, 2019

State Rep. Larry Inman (R-Williamsburg) may be a free man for now, but he’s still mostly on the outs with his House Republican colleagues. Inman was acquitted by a jury on Tuesday night of lying to the FBI and a mistrial was declared over federal charges of attempted bribery and extortion after 12 hours of […]

Michigan could soon legalize sports betting, online gambling

By: - December 11, 2019

Long-discussed legislation to expand legalized gambling in Michigan will soon head toward the desk of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.  Legislation making its way through the state House and Senate this week will legalize both sports betting and online gambling in Michigan. Other bills included in the bipartisan package are related to bingo and charitable gaming, horse […]

Inman found not guilty on lying to FBI, mistrial declared on bribery, extortion charges

By: - December 10, 2019

After more than 12 hours of deliberations, a jury has declared state Rep. Larry Inman (R-Williamsburg) not guilty of lying to the FBI. Meanwhile, a mistrial was declared on charges of attempted extortion and bribery.  The prosecution has moved for a new trial date on those counts, but Inman’s defense attorney said he’s hopeful the […]

Jury still deliberating in Inman trial

By: - December 9, 2019

The fate of state Rep. Larry Inman (R-Williamsburg) now rests in the hands of 12 jurors, who began deliberations on the federal corruption case just before 1:30 p.m. Monday.  On the fifth day of the trial at the federal court in Grand Rapids, Inman’s defense rested after calling two of Inman’s former doctors and after […]

Inman denies sending ‘goofy’ texts fishing for cash from lobbyists

By: - December 6, 2019

Embattled state Rep. Larry Inman (R-Williamsburg) took the witness stand in his own defense on Friday, and proclaimed himself “an innocent man.”  In about 90 minutes of examination led by his attorney, Chris Cooke, and followed by the prosecution, Inman walked through his decline in health since he took office in 2014, having multiple surgeries […]

Trump to rally in Battle Creek

By: - December 5, 2019

President Donald Trump is returning to West Michigan this month. The campaign announced Thursday evening that Trump will host a “Merry Christmas rally” at Kellogg Arena in Battle Creek on Dec. 18. “Michigan is booming thanks to President Trump and jobs are coming back to the state. Since President Trump’s election, Michigan has added 75,000 […]