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Allison Winter

Allison Winter

Allison Winter is a Washington, D.C., correspondent for States Newsroom, a network of state-based nonprofit news outlets that includes the Michigan Advance.

Border officials didn’t follow guidelines on migrant children’s health care, govt. investigators find

By: - July 16, 2020

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has not consistently followed new guidelines for medical care of migrant children and spent some of the agency’s money designated for “medical care” on unrelated items like printers, speakers and its canine program, according to a new federal investigation. The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), an independent “congressional watchdog,” […]

Congress told pandemic will worsen racial disparities in public schools

By: - June 25, 2020

WASHINGTON — The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated racial inequities in education, a disparity that Congress needs to help rectify, President Barack Obama’s former education chief told lawmakers this week. “Our education system is fraught with inequities that existed before COVID-19,” John King Jr., who served as secretary of education in 2016 to 2017, told lawmakers […]

Dems: Trump’s environmental rollbacks harm communities of color

By: - June 16, 2020

WASHINGTON — The President Trump administration is suspending key environmental reviews during the pandemic that critics warn could further harm poor and minority neighborhoods in Michigan and around the country.  Lawmakers and activists say the administration’s actions — meant to boost the lagging economy — could have disproportionate effects on minority communities that live near […]

Whitmer warns Congress more federal help is needed to avoid COVID-19 resurgence

By: - June 3, 2020

WASHINGTON — The federal government needs to assist states with a national strategy for distribution of COVID-19 tests and medical equipment or risk a second surge of the disease, Democratic governors told lawmakers Tuesday on Capitol Hill. Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Colorado Gov. Jared Polis asked Congress for more federal help as states try […]

‘People of color want freedom … from infection, freedom from death’

By: and - May 31, 2020

WASHINGTON — The COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately harmed communities of color, laying bare the systemic racial disparities across the United States, experts told Congress this week. Early evidence suggests there are elevated rates of infection and death from COVID-19 in African-American populations and other communities of color. Nationwide, Black Americans are dying at nearly two […]

Fauci warns reopening too soon could cause ‘suffering and death’

By: - May 12, 2020

WASHINGTON — A top Trump administration health official warned U.S. senators Tuesday that reopening the economy too quickly could cause suffering, death and an even longer economic setback. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health, told lawmakers there could be a surge […]

Betsy DeVos

DeVos: Universities can’t share grants with DACA students

By: - May 12, 2020

WASHINGTON — Colleges and universities across the country are getting emergency federal aid for COVID-19, but some of the most vulnerable students won’t be eligible for assistance. U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has said the emergency grants — part of the $2 trillion coronavirus relief act that Congress approved last month — can’t go to […]

Can more conservation, less wildlife trade help prevent the next pandemic?

By: - April 25, 2020

WASHINGTON — As the United States reels from COVID-19, scientists and environmentalists say beefing up conservation efforts could help protect humanity from future pandemics.  Lawmakers and policy experts alike have been focused on the immediate health and economic concerns from the pandemic. But many environmental advocates say the global crisis has also laid bare the […]

Nessel to Trump: Put the brakes on fuel economy, other rule changes

By: - April 2, 2020

Updated, 9:35 a.m., 4/2/20, with comments from Nessel WASHINGTON — Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel and 20 other attorneys general from across the country are pressing the Trump administration to freeze pending regulations so officials can focus on the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. “This action is essential to managing this public health crisis and […]

Senate Dems torch Trump admin for coronavirus response, Peters wants national website

By: - March 4, 2020

WASHINGTON — U.S. senators want Trump administration officials to be more forthcoming about coronavirus amid concerns the White House has given misinformation on the disease. A Senate panel with oversight on health issues heard from top public officials Tuesday from the Centers for Disease Control, the National Institutes of Health, and the Food and Drug […]

Dingell slams Trump attempt to overhaul bedrock environmental law

By: - February 25, 2020

WASHINGTON — Concerned citizens and environmental activists from around the country traveled to the nation’s capital on Tuesday to blast the Trump administration’s plans to overhaul one of the nation’s bedrock environmental policy laws at a rare public hearing with administration officials. President Donald Trump last month unveiled a massive rewrite of the regulations associated […]

Trump’s poverty line changes could crush Michiganders ‘barely getting by’

By: and - February 17, 2020

Low-income Michiganders could face cuts to federal food, health care and heating assistance programs under proposed regulatory changes from the President Trump administration. The White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is pushing changes to how the government calculates the official definition of poverty in the United States. The technical recalculation could have major […]