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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.

Confederate statues would be removed from national parks under spending bill

By: - August 28, 2020

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum is pushing the federal government to get rid of Confederate statues and memorials in national parks — and she’s gaining some traction this year as opposition to the public display of Confederate symbols grows. The Minnesota Democrat, who leads the House subcommittee that oversees spending for the Interior Department, […]

Top Trump official vows federal agents ‘will not back away’ from protests

By: - August 6, 2020

WASHINGTON — The President Trump administration’s No. 2 at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on Tuesday defended federal law enforcement officers’ intervention in anti-police brutality protests in Portland, Ore., and other cities this summer. Characterizing some of the protests as “mob rule,” Acting Deputy Homeland Security Secretary Ken Cuccinelli told lawmakers that federal agents […]

‘No, ma’am’: Some drugmakers won’t promise to offer COVID-19 vaccine at cost

By: - July 22, 2020

Leaders of companies working on some of the top candidates for COVID-19 vaccines predict they should have shots available by early 2021, but said they will rely on the federal government to determine how to distribute them. The heads of five biopharmaceutical companies with promising vaccine candidates told members of Congress Tuesday that they think […]

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 […]

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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 […]