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Tyler Scott

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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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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.

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Michigan is close to enacting new, tougher standards for PFAS in drinking water. The rules will likely go into effect in the next few weeks.

Meanwhile, a provision in the U.S. House version of the Pentagon budget could force the military to abide by the new state standards when the military agrees to clean up PFAS contamination near former military sites in the state.

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Nearly nine in ten of the more than 121,000 Michigan businesses that have received forgivable loans through the Paycheck Protection Program did not answer voluntary questions about race and ethnicity.

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With a deadline looming, fewer than one in seven Michigan small businesses have been approved for forgivable loans through the federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), created to help businesses survive the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

Why aren’t more businesses applying for loans that could end up being free money?

Confusion about the rules and difficulty navigating the application process has discouraged some business owners, according to Sarah Russell, a certified public accountant at the Michigan-based accounting firm Clayton & McKervy.

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Updated June 23, 2020 at 12:29 p.m.: 

Tuesday morning, Ypsilanti Mayor Beth Bashert posted on Facebook that she was resigning as mayor. 

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A political rally supporting gun rights was interrupted Thursday evening by counter protesters speaking out against police brutality and racism. A few tense, confrontational moments at the state Capitol building ended peacefully, but without any resolution of the differences in opinion between the two groups.

Jason Howland, one of the organizers of the “American Patriot Rally,” says he’s not a member of any group calling itself a militia, but that the rally was meant to urge people to learn more about militias across Michigan.

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President Donald Trump’s signing of the PPP Flexibility Act on Friday doesn’t immediately answer all the questions about loan forgiveness small business owners and their advocates have been asking for weeks.  

Protestors in Detroit got what they wanted Wednesday night when they were allowed to keep demonstrating past the city’s temporary 8 p.m. curfew, with the support of Police Chief James Craig.

It was a distinctly different attitude from police towards protestors than on Tuesday night, when 127 were arrested for being out too late. Protests against police brutality -- sparked by the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police -- have continued each day in Detroit for nearly a week. 

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Debra Hibbeln and her partner found ways to get by when their Dental practice was closed because of the pandemic. Now they’ve re-hired their employees, and spent a lot of time and money putting new equipment and safety measures in place.  

But instead of re-opening as soon as they can on Friday, they’re taking things slow. A lot has changed after all.

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