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Tyler Scott


Tyler reports stories and occasionally hosts overnights for Michigan Radio. He holds a degree in political science from the University of Michigan, where he graduated in 2016. 

Prior to Michigan Radio, Tyler was a sports reporter for The Michigan Daily, morning host at WMLM 1520am in Alma, Michigan, and news intern at WDET in Detroit.

Tyler was born-and-raised in Michigan and still enjoys spending time in Michigan's state parks and nature areas. He also enjoys watching Michigan sports, reading, and binge-listening to music and podcasts. 

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Tyler Scott

Some small and medium-size cities like Lansing have been trying for years to reimagine how their downtown areas should look if they want to attract new residents. The pandemic has disrupted the status quo, posing new challenges and, in the eyes of some urban planners, a new starting point.

The Mackinac Bridge was closed to all traffic in both directions for more than two hours Sunday afternoon because of a bomb threat.

The Mackinac Bridge Authority tweeted that law enforcement notified officials about the threat shortly after 2p.m. The bridge was reopened after 5p.m. following a search of the span.

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At the beginning of June, the $16 billion federal grant program designed to help small businesses forced to close down entirely during the pandemic hadn’t approved a single Michigan business for a grant. Now the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant program has approved 60 Michigan businesses – but getting approved and actually getting paid aren’t the same thing.

NPR has previously reported how applicants to the program have waited, in some cases months, before hearing whether their application was approved. Even after winning approval for a Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG), it can take weeks for businesses to get paid.

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Prosecuting attorneys and law enforcement should have more clarity about how to enforce Michigan’s Sexual Offender Registration Act (SORA) after an opinion and order today from a district court judge.

Michigan recently enacted a new version of SORA in response to litigation challenging the constitutionality of parts of the law, and a February 2020 order from Judge Robert Cleland finding aspects of the old version of SORA unconstitutional.

Tuesday, May 25 marks the anniversary of George Floyd’s murder. 

There are protests and memorial events planned in several Michigan cities to mark the occasion and continue calls to fight racism and police brutality. 

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As the mass vaccination in the heart of Detroit at Ford Field closes down, state officials leading Michigan’s COVID vaccine campaign are switching their focus to hyper-local in-person efforts to get more people inoculated.

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The overarching sentiment from the public comment period was the same – don’t divide my community into more than one political district.

70 residents attended Michigan Citizen Redistricting Committee's (MICRC) first public hearing Tuesday night in Jackson in-person to deliver public comment. Michael Smith repeated a sentiment that was shared often: boundaries between new political districts shouldn’t cut through existing school districts.

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Michigan residents have a first-ever opportunity to be directly involved with the re-drawing of political district lines tonight when the Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission (MICRC) hosts its first of 16 public hearings on the redistricting process.

The hearing from 6-9 p.m. Tuesday at One American Event Center in Jackson will also be livestreamed. Any Michigander can RSVP to attend the in person or online, and submit public comments virtually, here.

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A federally funded program providing rental assistance to Michiganders is focusing on getting payments to people at the highest-risk of being evicted, first. A national eviction moratorium expires next week. If it’s not extended, a backlog of stalled eviction cases could proceed.

“The worst case scenario is that [the national eviction moratorium] does end and there could be many orders of eviction happening in early April,” said Kelly Rose, chief housing solutions officer at the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA).

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Michiganders in southeast Michigan can now register for a COVID-19 vaccine appointment at Ford Field. The home of the Detroit Lions will open its doors to start administering vaccines March 24.

State and federal officials say the Ford Field site can give out up to 6,000 doses of vaccine per day. A technical problem caused a delay in the launch of the website where people can sign up, but it’s up and running now.

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An activist group in Northern Michigan is asking past donors to Republican Congressmen Jack Bergman’s campaign to cut off the money.

Bergman was one of more than 100 Republican representatives who voted against certifying the 2020 election results in two states despite no evidence of widespread fraud. The vote was on January 6, the same day a pro-Trump mob stormed the U.S. Capitol.

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It looks like people are buying a lot more guns (and ammo, when they can find it).

More than 120,000 firearms background checks were processed in Michigan in January. It’s the highest number of any month on record. In 2020 there were more than a million firearms background checks processed – another record high.

Democratic Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin talks to voters at a town hall in Hartland in 2019, justifying the first formal impeachment inquiry into former President Donald Trump..
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Democratic Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin said in a speech Wednesday evening that some of the biggest threats facing her Michigan constituents are domestic terrorism, environmental health, and the pandemic.

Slotkin said toxic political division in the U.S. fans the flames of violence and extremism – like the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on January 6. In her second State of the District address, presented virtually, Slotkin urged people to find political common ground with their neighbors.

Marisa Chrissos (left), Alexis Honzik and India Holland (right), celebrate Chrissos' 21st birthday at Zola Bistro in Ann Arbor on the first day of reduced capacity indoor dining for Michigan bars and restaurants
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Some Michiganders on Monday had their first meal inside a restaurant in months.

They were likely greeted with a temperature check and a request for their phone number, for contact tracing purposes.

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Indoor dining is allowed again in Michigan, as of Monday, February 1. Bars and restaurants are waiting to see who shows up, even as they adapt to new coronavirus regulations.

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More than 34,000 small businesses are waiting to see if they’ll get a share of $55 million in state grants.

The Michigan Small Business Survival Grant program is meant to aid businesses impacted by restrictions on gatherings and indoor businesses for the sake of public health during the pandemic. A business could get a maximum grant of $15,000 if it has been partially closed or $20,000 if it is fully closed in accordance with state coronavirus restrictions.

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The Small Business Administration (SBA) is targeting businesses owned by women, veterans, people of color and businesses in some rural communities with the re-launch of a massive loan program intended to essentially provide businesses a lifeline of free money to survive the pandemic.

Monday and Tuesday, first-time Paycheck Protection Program borrowers working with specialized community financial institutions can begin processing the forgivable small business loans. More lenders will be able to join in the program in the coming days.

Tracy and Matt Godbold, co-owners of The Rusty Nail in Carson City in mid-Michigan's Montcalm county. The Godbold's moved to Michigan from Arizona to take ownership of the restaurant in 2019.
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It’s been a long, hard pandemic for restaurants. Michigan has banned indoor dining at restaurants twice to try and slow the spread of coronavirus -- once at the beginning of the pandemic and again in November. The second ban is still in effect through at least January 15.

With public health restrictions limiting their business for much of the past year, restaurants have struggled to stay open for business. A December study from Top Data and Zenreach indicates spending at restaurants at the end of 2020 declined 11% from January of last year. 

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Traffic is down at the Soo Locks. Demand for iron ore and other commodities is down compared to last year. But some Great Lakes shipping companies are beginning to see things get a little bit better. 

“We are starting to see a rebound from where we were in the summer time,” says Lake Carrier Association spokesperson Eric Peace. “[Demand] is starting to move up for iron ore, limestone and some of the other commodities as well."

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The hope is, high school athletes will still get a chance to finish their seasons.

The Michigan High School football playoffs, and the ongoing girls volleyball and swimming and diving tournaments have all been suspended, after the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) announced a new pandemic order Sunday night.

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When Governor Gretchen Whitmer unveiled the Futures for Frontliners scholarship program in September, she said it was the state government’s show of gratitude for the work essential workers did during the coronavirus lockdown throughout the spring and summer.

The scholarship program provides a tuition-free pathway for essential workers to attend their local community college, or finish high school, tuition free. According to the state department of Labor and Economic Opportunity, more than 85 ,000 Michiganders have applied for the scholarship since September.  

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We wrap up our Voter Voices series with a father and son who don’t see eye-to-eye on politics.

Brady Hessbrook is the senior starting quarterback at Ithaca High School, and a first-time voter. His dad Terry Hessbrook is the head football coach.

They spoke with Michigan Radio's Tyler Scott about politics and enjoying one last playoff-run together after football was almost cancelled because of COVID-19.

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Between now and Election Day, we’re asking how 2020 has changed voters’ lives and how they think about politics.

Brandon Esch is a farmer near Fowlerville in mid-Michigan. He says he’s too busy to pay much attention to political news, but he is exhausted by the negativity of campaign season.

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For the next installment in Michigan Radio’s Voter Voices series, we introduce you to two undecided voters from Ypsilanti.

Chris Greenhill and Anthony Richmond are recently engaged, and Chris is pregnant with their first child. She’s also finishing her PhD and on the job hunt, while Anthony runs party bus and photo booth rental companies. So neither says they have much time to pay attention to politics.

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President Donald Trump narrowly won Michigan in 2016. This year, his supporters are hoping for another victory in the state.

Rob Rodriguez, 50, is one of those supporters. He identifies as Mexican-American, lives in Howell, and is a big gun rights advocate. He thinks the governor's emergency orders since the pandemic have gone too far. He sees President Donald Trump as the only politician who truly represents his beliefs.

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The Republican challenger in Michigan’s 8th Congressional District repeated a misleading attack he’s used before, and danced around the accusation that his campaign has no real platform beyond criticizing the Democratic incumbent for frequently voting with her party’s leadership.

Former Lansing-area television news anchor Paul Junge debated first-term Democratic Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin Sunday morning on WDIV’s “Flashpoint” program.

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In the first of what are expected to be three debates, U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-MI 8) accused Republican challenger Paul Junge of “cherry picking” statistics and making misleading claims, while Junge said Slotkin pretends to be more bipartisan than she really is. 

Slotkin won Michigan's Republican-leaning 8th Congressional District in 2018, after President Donald Trump won the district in 2016.

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Even as some colleges and universities blame students for hosting off-campus parties and contributing to the risk of COVID-19 spreading on campus, Dr. Preeti Malani believes administrators can rely on students to follow public health advice to prevent outbreaks that could lead to the cancellation of in-person classes.

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A state audit of the Kalamazoo Psychiatric Hospital shows long-standing problems that could be affecting patient care.

The hospital failed to remove employees accused of patient abuse or neglect from patient contact in at least three investigations, according to the audit released this week by the Michigan Auditor General.