Briefs

More than 1,500 Michiganders will get their student debt forgiven

BY: - January 18, 2022

Attorney General Dana Nessel announced Thursday that more than 1,500 student borrowers in the Great Lakes State will benefit from a settlement between student loan servicer Navient and nearly 40 states, including Michigan.  Delaware-based Navient is one of the country’s largest companies that service and collect student loans. It faced litigation brought by several state […]

New: Former AG Schuette won’t challenge Rep. Kildee in new congressional district

BY: - January 18, 2022

Updated with additional comments, 10:20 a.m., 11:09 a.m., 1/18/22 GOP former Attorney General Bill Schuette, who lost his 2018 gubernatorial bid, will not challenge U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Flint) in the newly created 8th Congressional District. Schuette made the announcement Tuesday morning on “The Art Lewis Show” on WSGW. He told Lewis he wanted to […]

On this day in 1886: Black abolitionist shares Underground Railroad strategy

BY: - January 17, 2022

On Jan. 17, 1886, Black abolitionist William Lambert revealed that he was part of a secret order called, “African American Mysteries: Order of the Men of Oppression.”  He made the declaration in a Detroit Tribune newspaper article. Lambert and others used codes, passwords and secret handshakes to help slaves gain freedom along the Underground Railroad, […]

Online orders for free at-home COVID tests to begin Jan. 19

BY: and - January 14, 2022

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration on Friday launched a new website for Americans to request up to four free COVID-19 tests per household. The administration is buying 1 billion at-home rapid COVID-19 tests, and Americans will be able to begin ordering the tests online on Jan. 19 at COVIDtests.gov. This is part of the administration’s effort to […]

Michigan has 4,778 people hospitalized with COVID-19, with 502 on ventilators

BY: - January 14, 2022

On Friday, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported that a total of 1,746,707 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 28,479 have died from the virus — an additional 37,114 cases and 251 deaths since Wednesday. The new numbers combine Thursday’s and Friday’s recorded cases and deaths, with an average of […]

Redistricting commission goes into another closed session to discuss Detroit lawsuit

BY: - January 14, 2022

The Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission went into another closed session Thursday to discuss a lawsuit filed by the Detroit Caucus regarding the MICRC’s interpretation of the Voting Rights Act (VRA). The commission decided Thursday, with a 9-2 vote, to go behind closed doors to discuss the lawsuit, which alleges that the commission’s maps, which […]

Michigan woman arrested with guns in her truck near U.S. Capitol

BY: - January 13, 2022

WASHINGTON — The United States Capitol Police said in a press release that they arrested a Michigan woman Wednesday on charges of unlawful possession of multiple firearms. The woman, identified by officers as Kery Lynn McAttee, told police she was traveling from Michigan and went to the U.S. Capitol Police headquarters to talk about information she […]

DHHS: More than 1 in 10 Michiganders had COVID-19 in 2021, 1 in 650 died

BY: - January 12, 2022

More than one in 10 Michiganders had COVID-19 in 2021, and approximately one in 650 Michiganders died from COVID-19, according to information Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Tuesday. DHHS reported Wednesday that a total of 1,709,593 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 28,228 have died from the virus — an […]

GOP-initiated ‘forensic audit’ unveils no fraud in Macomb County election

BY: - January 11, 2022

Macomb County’s “forensic audit” of the 2020 election unveiled nothing remotely resembling fraud, further debunking repeated and unsubstantiated claims by supporters of former President Donald Trump. The audit by Alabama-based Pro V&V, a company that tests voting systems, examined election technology and found “no outside interference.” Among the baseless conspiracy theories is that outsiders hacked […]

AG Dana Nessel’s 2nd COVID test comes back negative

BY: - January 10, 2022

Attorney General Dana Nessel has tested negative for COVID-19 for a second time, her office confirmed to the Advance Monday afternoon. The attorney general was quarantining while awaiting the results of the PCR test that came back Monday. She tested negative last week, but was experiencing symptoms. The omicron variant has been sweeping through Michigan […]

Whitmer’s State of the State address will be virtual on Jan. 26

BY: - January 10, 2022

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and state House Speaker Jason Wentworth (R-Clare) announced Monday morning that the 2022 State of the State address again will be virtual and broadcast live on Jan. 26.  “The State of the State address is a tradition rooted in history. It is an opportunity for Michiganders to hear about the work of […]

Nessel tests negative for COVID-19, but is isolating amid symptoms

BY: - January 6, 2022

Attorney General Dana Nessel announced Thursday that she is isolating “out of an abundance of caution” after feeling ill. She said she has so far tested negative for COVID-19.  In a tweet, she said she had originally hoped to “spend the day reflecting” on the Jan. 6 insurrection of the U.S. Capitol, and the “on-going […]