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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.

Inman case heads to jury trial

By: - October 16, 2019

A federal judge is letting the charges against indicted state Rep. Larry Inman (R-Williamsburg) head to a jury trial.  In an order handed down late Tuesday by Robert Jonker, chief U.S District judge for the Western District of Michigan, declined to dismiss any of the three charges against Inman. The charges, extortion, bribery and lying […]

UAW reaches tentative agreement to end GM strike

By: - October 16, 2019

The United Auto Workers (UAW) on Wednesday announced a tentative agreement with General Motors, but the month-long strike is not yet done.  The UAW is not yet releasing details of its possible agreement with the Detroit-based automaker. Terry Dittes, UAW vice president, said in a statement that it will first let its National Council vote […]

Judge halts Michigan flavored vaping ban, Whitmer seeks Supreme Court ruling

By: - October 15, 2019

Updated, 5:40 p.m. with Whitmer’s appeal, additional comments A state Court of Claims judge has determined that, at least for now, a statewide ban on flavored vaping products can’t be enforced. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said on Tuesday evening that she plans to ask for an immediate stay and go directly to the Michigan Supreme Court.* […]

Nessel backs Vermont high-capacity ammunition ban

By: - October 15, 2019

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel has joined 17 of her colleagues in supporting gun control measures.  Nessel announced on Tuesday that she had filed a brief with several other attorneys general from around the country pledging support for a Vermont law banning large-capacity magazines in guns.  The Vermont case follows Nessel filing a brief in […]

Grand Rapids-area leaders condemn synagogue vandalism

By: - October 14, 2019

The vandalism of a Jewish temple in Grand Rapids over the weekend has drawn widespread condemnation from West Michigan political leaders.  As the Advance first reported, Temple Emanuel Rabbi Michael Schadick discovered the graffiti on entrance doors on Sunday morning before the Jewish holiday of Sukkot. He reported the incident to the Grand Rapids Police […]

Grand Rapids Jewish temple hit with anti-Semitic graffiti

By: - October 13, 2019

A Jewish synagogue in Grand Rapids was the target of anti-Semitic graffiti over the weekend. The graffiti at Temple Emanuel on East Fulton Street was found Sunday morning. Rabbi Michael Schadick declined to share the specific nature of it with the Advance, citing concerns of copycat incidents. A notice from the Jewish Federation of Grand […]

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Nessel files for emergency motion in anti-LGBTQ adoption case

By: - October 11, 2019

Two weeks after a federal judge said the state can’t refuse to work with anti-LGBTQ adoption agencies, Attorney General Dana Nessel seeks to appeal that opinion.  Nessel’s office announced Friday that she sought an emergency motion in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan following the order late last month from U.S. District […]

New EPA Lead and Copper Rule draws fire from Kildee, enviros

By: - October 11, 2019

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) this week unveiled new proposed rules for the national Lead and Copper Rule, aimed at reducing lead exposure in drinking water. In a statement, the agency said that the “proposed rule will identify the most at-risk communities and ensure systems have plans in place to rapidly respond by taking […]

Dem spending bills emerge as budget talks resume

By: - October 10, 2019

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Thursday that “good faith” efforts are being made to complete the budget process by as soon as next week.  Whitmer and GOP legislative leaders met Thursday morning. State House Speaker Lee Chatfield (R-Levering) called it a “productive conversation,” but declined further comment.  A week after Whitmer vetoed almost $1 billion in […]

Shane Hernandez launches congressional bid to replace retiring Mitchell

By: - October 10, 2019

State Rep. Shane Hernandez (R-Port Huron) announced Thursday morning that he’s running for the U.S. House in the 10th District, encompassing much of northern Macomb County and the Thumb area.  The seat is being vacated by U.S. Rep. Paul Mitchell (R-Dryden) after just his second term in Congress. Mitchell has decried the current state of […]

Impact of UAW strike being felt far and wide

By: - October 9, 2019

The lingering United Auto Workers (UAW) strike at General Motors, now in its fourth week, is starting to have far-reaching impacts — and there’s no clear end in sight.  While almost 50,000 unionized GM workers stand on the picket lines earning just $250 per week in strike pay, the economic ripple effects appear to be […]

Nessel secures first guilty plea from Catholic priest 

By: - October 9, 2019

Attorney General Dana Nessel has received her first guilty plea in her office’s prosecutions against Catholic priests accused of sexual abuse.  Patrick Casey, a priest at the St. Theodore of Canterbury Parish in Westland, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to aggravated assault. He’ll be sentenced in November in Wayne County Circuit Court and faces a maximum […]