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Governor Gretchen Whitmer has issued an executive order that effectively shuts down many businesses where people congregate. The list includes bars and restaurants, gyms and health clubs, as well as theaters and other performance venues. Restaurants may still offer delivery and take-out service. Last week, the governor banned most gatherings of more than 250 people as part of the state’s response to the coronavirus. 

She also ordered that more people qualify for unemployment benefits during the global pandemic.

 Michigan's Lt. Governor confirmed the information in a tweet. 

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The conviction Friday of a former Michigan State University gymnastics coach of lying to police when she denied that two teen athletes told her of sexual abuse by disgraced former sports doctor Larry Nassar in 1997 is the latest fallout from the scandal that has rocked the school.

Michigan State Rallies To Hire Tucker Away From Colorado

Feb 12, 2020
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Michigan State has hired coach Mel Tucker away from Colorado to lead its football program.

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Several Michigan universities say faculty members and students are returning from trips to Chinaas the coronavirus outbreak grows worse.

A Michigan State University spokesman says the university did have a handful of faculty in China on university-sponsored business at the time the outbreak began. But spokesman Dan Olsen says they have all either left the country or are in the process of leaving China.

M-S-U is suspending university-sponsored travel to China for the next eight weeks.  

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EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A lawyer says U.S. authorities declined to admit an Iranian graduate student after he landed at an airport to start classes at Michigan State University.

Alireza Esfidajani was stopped Sunday at Detroit Metropolitan Airport and interviewed by agents.

He returned to Iran on Monday.

Ghazal Nicole Mehrani says agents deemed Esfidajani inadmissible but didn't offer any details.

Customs and Border Protection says access to the U.S. isn't guaranteed, even if someone has a visa or a visa waiver.

MSU May Give Students A Day Off On Election Day

Jan 21, 2020
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EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State University is considering a fall break next school year, which could give students Election Day off.

But some think the schedule change could undercut efforts to encourage student voting on campus.

Classes could be canceled on Monday, Nov. 2, and Tuesday, Nov. 3, which is Election Day.

Former MSU President To Go On Trial On Criminal Charges

Oct 28, 2019

Ex Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon will go to trial on criminal charges. Simon is accused of lying to police about what she knew about Larry Nassar and when. A district court judge made the ruling today after a preliminary exam that took months. The case now moves to Circuit Court. 

Nassar was the MSU and USA Gymnastics doctor who admitted to sexually assaulting his patients for decades.

New MSU President On The Job As Of Today

Aug 1, 2019
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EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State University's new president is on the job.

MSU says Samuel Stanley Jr. officially took office Thursday, two months after he was hired by the school's governing board. In a written statement, he says he's proud "to join the Spartan community."

Stanley was president at Stony Brook University in New York. He is MSU's first permanent leader since Lou Anna Simon resigned in January 2018 amid the Larry Nassar scandal .

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State University has named a new president in the wake of the most extensive sexual abuse scandal in sports history.

Dr. Samuel Stanley Jr., a medical researcher who has led Stony Brook University in New York for nearly a decade, was chosen by the board of trustees Tuesday.


Several Michigan State University faculty members want to ban sexual relationships between teachers and students.

Professor Mark Waddell is among those asking the University Council to recommend policy changes to prohibit romantic relationships between faculty or academic staff and undergraduate students. Waddell tells the Lansing State Journal that the existing policy lacks clarity to protect students from predatory relationships.

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The former president of Michigan State University will be back in court on Monday. Lou Anna Simon is facing multiple criminal charges – including two felonies.

Lou Anna Simon stepped down from the presidency at MSU soon after former university sports doctor Larry Nassar was sentenced for multiple sexual assault convictions.

Simon has since been charged with lying to law enforcement.

The attorney general’s office says Simon lied about what she knew about Nassar and when. The Attorney General’s office opened an investigation into MSU last year. 

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State University is selling pieces of Spartan Stadium.

The school says the turf is being replaced after the spring football game on April 13. Sections of grass are being sold for $10 on the school's surplus store website . The sections will be approximately 18 inches by 72 inches.

The grass should be available for pickup on April 15 or soon after that date. MSU plans to contact buyers by email.

The turf is described as hybrid Kentucky bluegrass. It should be transplanted within five days of removal from the stadium.

New Charge Pursued Against Former Michigan State Dean

Mar 29, 2019
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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — State prosecutors say they'll pursue a second felony charge against a former medical school dean who had oversight of Larry Nassar at Michigan State University.

William Strampel is accused of sexually harassing female students when he was dean of the osteopathic medical school. He's been ordered to trial on a charge of misconduct in office . The attorney general's office wants to add a charge of second-degree criminal sexual conduct.