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Nightside Report Feb. 2, 2021: Michigan offers free community college tuition to residents 25 and older, Future of US shopping malls in jeopardy amid ongoing pandemic

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New program offers free tuition to Michiganders to get associate degrees
New program offers free tuition to Michiganders to get associate degrees

Michigan offers free community college tuition to residents 25 and older -- Here’s how to apply

DETROIT – Michigan is accepting applications for tuition-free assistance for adults 25 and older to earn an associate’s degree or postsecondary certificate at their local community college or a private training school.

The program, called “Michigan Reconnect,” is being supported with an initial $30 million in state funding.

“To succeed as a state, Michigan must be a state of successful people,” Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said during a press conference Tuesday.

Applicants must be at least 25, have lived in the state a year or more, have a high school diploma or equivalent and not have an associate’s or bachelor’s degree. More than 4.1 million residents could be eligible.

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The Latest: Michigan coronavirus cases up to 562,510; Death toll now at 14,672

Metro Detroit weather: Multiple snow showers, sub-zero temperatures ahead

Savor all these above-normal days, as a polar plunge is headed our direction by the weekend.

Click here to read the full forecast.

4 Fast Facts

  • Do you like potato chips? A group is asking for your potato chip bag when you’ve finished it. Click here to read more.
  • A woman who survived human trafficking is sharing her story with lawmakers in Lansing, pushing for laws to be changed to protect others. Click here to read more.
  • Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan announced the expansion of the city’s vaccine eligibility to restaurant workers, grocery store employees, janitors and security guards. Click here to read more.
  • One Detroit mother knows the pain of losing a loved and is hoping that no one else has to experience something similar. Click here to read more.

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Future of US shopping malls in jeopardy amid ongoing pandemic

No fewer than 20 nationally known retailers have recently filed for bankruptcy.

J. C. Penney, Nieman Marcus and Pier 1 Imports are just a few. Now the once vaunted shopping malls you often found these chains inside of are getting hit hard as well.

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Financial expert offers advice on navigating unique tax season during pandemic

As with so many things during the pandemic filing your taxes this year is very different.

There is a whole new list of challenges for many who may have collected unemployment or suffered job loss.

What is key is getting your return in early. This year here is what you need to know if you collected unemployment or a stimulus check.

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Parents file lawsuit demanding restart of Michigan high school sports

It is back to court for Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on her COVID closures.

High school athletes and their parents through the group, Let Them Play Michigan, took to the state court of claims in Lansing Tuesday morning.

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About the Author:

DeJanay Booth joined WDIV as a web producer in July 2020. She previously worked as a news reporter in New Mexico before moving back to Michigan.