Michigan State University

EAST LANSING, Mich | The Latest: Michigan State president says he’ll quit Jan. 23

EAST LANSING, Mich. —January 16, 2019— The Latest on the resignation of Michigan State University’s interim president (all times local): 6:40 p.m. Michigan State University’s interim president says he’s stepping down in a week in response to a request from the school’s governing board. John Engler sent an 11-page letter Wednesday to Dianne Byrum, chairwoman of … Continue reading EAST LANSING, Mich | The Latest: Michigan State president says he’ll quit Jan. 23

Science gets shut down right along with the federal government

—January 12, 2019—(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) Angela K. Wilson, Michigan State University (THE CONVERSATION) When the U.S. government shuts down, much of the science that it supports is not spared. And there is no magic light switch that can be flipped to reverse … Continue reading Science gets shut down right along with the federal government

CHARLOTTE, Mich. | Ex-Michigan State leader in court on Nassar-related charges

CHARLOTTE, Mich.— The former president of Michigan State University is making her first appearance in court since being charged with lying to investigators about her knowledge of sexual assault allegations against former sports doctor Larry Nassar. Lou Anna Simon’s attorney says the allegations have no merit. But authorities say she specifically knew in 2014 that … Continue reading CHARLOTTE, Mich. | Ex-Michigan State leader in court on Nassar-related charges

Michigan News: Former MSU Gymnastics Coach Kathie Klages Charged with Two Counts of Lying to Investigators

LANSING, MI – Special Independent Counsel Bill Forsyth Thursday announced that the Michigan Department of Attorney General has charged former Michigan State University women’s gymnastics coach Kathie Klages with two counts of lying to a peace officer.  While investigating how Larry Nassar was able to get away with sexually assaulting hundreds of individuals on and … Continue reading Michigan News: Former MSU Gymnastics Coach Kathie Klages Charged with Two Counts of Lying to Investigators

LANSING, Mich. | Lawyers: Nassar attacked in prison, deserves resentencing

LANSING, Mich. — Larry Nassar‘s attorneys say the disgraced former sports doctor was assaulted within hours of being placed in the general population at the federal prison in Arizona where he is serving a 60-year sentence for child pornography possession. In motions filed Tuesday seeking to have the former Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics … Continue reading LANSING, Mich. | Lawyers: Nassar attacked in prison, deserves resentencing

DALLAS | Larry Nassar, ex-trainer charged with sex assault in Texas

DALLAS (AP) — A former trainer who worked alongside imprisoned ex-sports doctor Larry Nassar at the famed Karolyi gymnastics ranch in Texas was charged Friday with sexual assault. But prosecutors said there wasn’t evidence of criminal wrongdoing by the couple who ran the facility, former national team coordinators Bela and Martha Karolyi. A grand jury … Continue reading DALLAS | Larry Nassar, ex-trainer charged with sex assault in Texas

EAST LANSING, Mich | Michigan State keeps president, to issue $500 million bond

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State University’s embattled interim president survived an attempted ouster from the school’s governing board Friday as trustees met to approve using a bond to finance a $500 million settlement with hundreds of women and girls who said they were sexually assaulted by sports doctor Larry Nassar. At the meeting’s … Continue reading EAST LANSING, Mich | Michigan State keeps president, to issue $500 million bond

LANSING, Mich | AP Sources: Michigan State counsel gets $1.2M, even if fired

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Two people familiar with the situation say Michigan State University’s new general counsel, appointed to help deal with fallout from the Larry Nassar scandal, would make nearly $1.3 million over three years even if he were fired for cause. The people spoke Wednesday to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity … Continue reading LANSING, Mich | AP Sources: Michigan State counsel gets $1.2M, even if fired

INDIANAPOLIS | Emails show deception by Nassar, USA Gymnastics

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Emails show USA Gymnastics in 2015 came up with false excuses to account for the absence of a sports doctor who had been accused of sexually assaulting female athletes. Larry Nassar suggested that USA Gymnastics tell people that he couldn’t attend two major events because he was sick or needed to focus … Continue reading INDIANAPOLIS | Emails show deception by Nassar, USA Gymnastics

LANSING, Mich | Michigan House changes Nassar bills after legal settlement

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan House on Tuesday scaled back legislation inspired by the Larry Nassar sexual assault scandal, dropping certain measures addressed by last week’s $500 million settlement between Michigan State University and hundreds of Nassar’s victims and revising the time limits that survivors of childhood abuse would have to sue. The House … Continue reading LANSING, Mich | Michigan House changes Nassar bills after legal settlement

DETROIT | $500M settlement in Nassar case won’t be shared equally

DETROIT (AP) — The $500 million settlement between Michigan State University and hundreds of Larry Nassar’s victims will be divided up after weighing many factors, including the date and victim’s age when the sexual assaults occurred and the impact it had on their lives, lawyers say. The school, where the sports doctor worked for nearly … Continue reading DETROIT | $500M settlement in Nassar case won’t be shared equally

LANSING, Mich. | Michigan State agrees to pay $500M to settle Nassar claims

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State University agreed to pay $500 million to settle claims from more than 300 women and girls who said they were assaulted by sports doctor Larry Nassar in the worst sex-abuse case in sports history, officials announced Wednesday. The deal surpasses the $100 million-plus paid by Penn State University to … Continue reading LANSING, Mich. | Michigan State agrees to pay $500M to settle Nassar claims

LANSING, Mich | The Latest: Gymnast who helped expose Nassar abuse grateful

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Latest on a settlement between Michigan State University and victims of sports doctor Larry Nassar (all times local): 2:10 p.m. A victim credited with exposing serial sexual abuser Larry Nassar says she is grateful to have reached a legal settlement with Michigan State University that reflects the “incredible damage” that … Continue reading LANSING, Mich | The Latest: Gymnast who helped expose Nassar abuse grateful

LANSING, Mich | Michigan State and Nassar victims reach $500M settlement

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State University on Wednesday announced a $500 million settlement with more than 300 women and girls who said they were assaulted by sports doctor Larry Nassar in the worst sex-abuse case in sports history. The deal surpasses the more than $109 million that Penn State University paid to settle claims … Continue reading LANSING, Mich | Michigan State and Nassar victims reach $500M settlement

EAST LANSING, Mich | Audits warned of lax Michigan State athletic money oversight

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Audits show Michigan State University’s former athletic director Mark Hollis and former President Lou Anna Simon were repeatedly warned that sports staff members weren’t adequately following the school’s financial procedures. The Lansing State Journal obtained the university’s internal audits through a public records request. Hollis and Simon left the university … Continue reading EAST LANSING, Mich | Audits warned of lax Michigan State athletic money oversight

Michigan State trustee calls for culture change after Nassar

A member of Michigan State University’s governing body released a series of proposals Tuesday he says are aimed at changing the institution’s culture in the wake of the Larry Nassar sexual abuse scandal. “Our culture must change and improve,” Brian Mosallam, one of eight people on the university’s board of trustees, said in a release. … Continue reading Michigan State trustee calls for culture change after Nassar

CHICAGO | Michigan State kept ties to coach accused of sexual abuse

CHICAGO | April 24, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — Michigan State University, already reeling from the scandal involving a gymnastics doctor who molested young athletes, maintained ties to a prominent volleyball coach long after he was publicly accused in 1995 of sexually abusing and raping six underage girls he trained in the 1980s. Letters obtained by The … Continue reading CHICAGO | Michigan State kept ties to coach accused of sexual abuse

EAST LANSING, Mich | Olympic medalist Wieber sues USA Gymnastics, Michigan State

EAST LANSING, Mich | April 17, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — Olympic gold medalist Jordyn Wieber is the latest gymnast to sue Michigan State University, USA Gymnastics and the U.S. Olympic Committee over former sports doctor Larry Nasssar’s sexual abuse. Wieber was on the “Fierce Five” team that won gold in 2012. She filed a lawsuit in California … Continue reading EAST LANSING, Mich | Olympic medalist Wieber sues USA Gymnastics, Michigan State

LANSING, Mich. | Nassar victim: Michigan State leader offered secret payoff

LANSING, Mich. | April 13, 2018 (AP)(STL.News)  — A sexual assault victim of former sports doctor Larry Nassar confronted Michigan State University officials on Friday, alleging the school’s interim leader pressured her to accept a payoff to settle her lawsuit without her attorney present. Kaylee Lorincz spoke during a contentious board of trustees meeting, where … Continue reading LANSING, Mich. | Nassar victim: Michigan State leader offered secret payoff

Firm tracks Nassar coverage, bills Michigan State $500K

EAST LANSING, Mich/March 28, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — Michigan State University spent roughly $500,000 for a public relations firm in January to track media coverage and social media activity related to the case of disgraced former sports doctor Larry Nassar, a newspaper reported Wednesday. New York-based Weber Shandwick billed the university $517,343 for 1,440 hours of … Continue reading Firm tracks Nassar coverage, bills Michigan State $500K

Athletes vow to keep fighting in doctor sex-abuse scandal

CHARLOTTE, Mich/February 05, 2018(AP)(STL.News)— The worst sex-abuse case in sports history ended Monday with a third long prison sentence for Larry Nassar, and his victims vowed to keep fighting for accountability in the scandal that upended the gymnastics world and raised alarms about the sport’s ask-no-questions culture. Long after the disgraced doctor is locked up … Continue reading Athletes vow to keep fighting in doctor sex-abuse scandal

The Latest: Beekman named Michigan State interim AD

CHARLOTTE, Mich./February 05, 2018(AP)(STL.News)— The Latest on the third and final sentencing hearing for disgraced former sports doctor Larry Nassar (all times local): 3:05 p.m. Michigan State has hired Bill Beekman to be the school’s interim athletic director. Interim school president John Engler made the appointment Monday. Beekman will keep his role as vice president … Continue reading The Latest: Beekman named Michigan State interim AD

Victims’ father tries to attack Larry Nassar in courtroom

CHARLOTTE, Mich/February 02, 2018(AP)(STL.News)— A father of three victims of Larry Nassar rushed and tried to attack the disgraced former sports doctor on Friday during a sentencing hearing in Michigan, after the judge declined his request for “five minutes” alone with Nassar in a locked room. He was quickly tackled by bailiffs. Two of the … Continue reading Victims’ father tries to attack Larry Nassar in courtroom

Molested gymnasts blast coach who sent them to doctor

CHARLOTTE, Mich/February 01, 2018(AP)(STL.News)— The young athletes who confronted Larry Nassar about molesting them at an elite Michigan gymnastics club saved some of their harshest words for a person who was not in the courtroom: an Olympic coach who for years sent teenage girls to see the now-disgraced doctor. John Geddert operated the Twistars club, … Continue reading Molested gymnasts blast coach who sent them to doctor

Nassar victim who complained in 2004 gets apology from cops

MERIDIAN TOWNSHIP, Mich/February 01, 2018(AP)(STL.News)— A woman whose assault complaint against Larry Nassar was dismissed without charges being filed in 2004 accepted an apology years later Thursday from a Michigan police chief who said, “We wish we had this one back.” Brianne Randall-Gay was 17 when she told Meridian Township police that Nassar had molested … Continue reading Nassar victim who complained in 2004 gets apology from cops

Police will apologize for ‘missed’ chance to get Nassar

DETROIT /January 31, 2018(AP)(STL.News)— A police department in the Lansing, Michigan, area missed an opportunity to pursue criminal charges in 2004 against Larry Nassar and will publicly apologize to the victim who accused the doctor of molesting her during treatment for an abnormal spine, an official said Wednesday. Meridian Township will make the apology Thursday … Continue reading Police will apologize for ‘missed’ chance to get Nassar

Abuse victims say they were required to see disgraced doctor

CHARLOTTE, Mich/January 31, 2018(AP)(STL.News)— Another wave of victims confronted Larry Nassar on Wednesday, this time about sexual abuse at an elite Michigan gymnastics club where young athletes felt they had to use the disgraced doctor’s services and could not question the adults who ran the facility. The judge presiding over the case said the number … Continue reading Abuse victims say they were required to see disgraced doctor

Simone Biles waiting to hear from USOC about sexual abuse

NEW YORK/January 31, 2018(AP)(STL.News)— Simone Biles says she’s met the new president of USA Gymnastics but hasn’t heard from the U.S. Olympic Committee regarding the Larry Nassar sexual abuse scandal. The four-time gold medalist at the Rio Olympics is among those who say they were sexually abused by Nassar, a former team doctor for the … Continue reading Simone Biles waiting to hear from USOC about sexual abuse

Senate set to pass bill in response to sports doctor scandal

WASHINGTON/January 30, 2018(AP)(STL.News)— The Senate is poised to respond to the sex abuse scandal involving sports doctor Larry Nassar by approving legislation that requires governing bodies for amateur athletics to quickly report claims of abuse to law enforcement. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., the bill’s main sponsor, said at a press conference that the bill could … Continue reading Senate set to pass bill in response to sports doctor scandal

Scientists successfully clone monkeys; could humans be next?

NEW YORK /January 24, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — For the first time, researchers have used the cloning method that produced Dolly the sheep to create healthy monkeys, bringing science an important step closer to being able to do the same with humans. Since Dolly’s birth in 1996, scientists have cloned nearly two dozen kinds of mammals, including … Continue reading Scientists successfully clone monkeys; could humans be next?