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Kyle Davidson

Kyle Davidson

Kyle Davidson is a reporting intern for the Michigan Advance. A recent MSU graduate, Kyle studied journalism and political science. He has reported on community events, breaking news, state policy, and the environment for outlets including the Lansing State Journal, the Detroit Free Press and Capital News Service.

As Long COVID wreaks havoc on people and the workforce, experts call for more support

By: - October 15, 2022

In April 2020, Anna VanderLaan, a health care worker in Wyoming outside Grand Rapids, began feeling symptoms of COVID-19 while at work. The next day she tested positive for the virus, and within five days she was in intensive care on a ventilator. After six weeks and a tracheostomy that allowed her to be taken […]

Kildee, White House officials tout $213M in federal funding for clean water in Michigan

By: - October 14, 2022

U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Flint) on Friday welcomed representatives from the White House and the Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) to discuss increased funding for water infrastructure. Kildee hosted Mitch Landrieu, White House infrastructure coordinator and senior advisor to the president; Debra Shore, the regional administrator for the Environmental Protections Agency; and […]

Updated: MSU President Samuel Stanley resigns, citing lack of confidence in trustees

By: - October 13, 2022

Updated, 2:49 p.m.. 5:10 p.m., 10/13/22, with additional comments from Gov. Whitmer In a video released to the university Thursday morning, Michigan State University President Samuel Stanley gave his 90-day notice of resignation. Stanley’s decision to resign follows votes of no confidence in the university’s Board of Trustees from MSU’s Faculty Senate and the Associated […]

Rep. Brixie: ‘My abortion is none of your business’ 

By: - October 8, 2022

With a month until Election Day, state Rep. Julie Brixie (D-Meridian Twp.) joined more than 100 people on the Capitol steps rallying in support of abortion rights and more pro-choice women in politics.  The event at the Capitol was one of more than 415 “Women’s Wave” rallies organized by the Women’s March slated across the […]

DTE, Consumers Energy face audits due to outages and safety concerns

By: - October 7, 2022

Following concerns about DTE Electric Co. and Consumers Energy Co.’s  progress in reducing power outages and keeping the public away from downed lines, the Michigan Public Safety Commission (MPSC) this week ordered its staff to begin a third-party audit of the utility companies. The commission also ordered DTE and Consumers to report on their compliance […]

Experts attribute Michigan’s 30-year lag in economic growth to focus on manufacturing, low taxes

By: - October 6, 2022

Michigan’s manufacturing sector is a central part of the state’s economic policy, but experts argue Michigan’s focus on factories has harmed its development over the last 30 years. Michigan Future Inc., a nonpartisan organization focused on promoting Michigan’s success in a knowledge-driven economy, hosted a roundtable Thursday to discuss potential solutions to the state’s lagging […]

Nessel files suit against company over PFAS contamination in West Michigan

By: - September 30, 2022

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel on Thursday filed a suit against FKI Hardware, Inc. seeking compliance and damages from the company after contaminating multiple properties with PFAS and other hazardous materials. According to the Michigan Department of the Attorney General, FKI Hardware, Inc., the successor to the Keeler Brass Co., contaminated multiple properties in West […]

Election officials can pre-process absentee ballots under bill passed by the Legislature

By: - September 29, 2022

As the Nov. 8 election draws closer, Republicans and Democrats in the state legislature came to agreement on a new set of election bills. The bipartisan set of bills, made up of House Bill 4491 and 6071 and Senate Bill 311 and 8 received final approval Wednesday and await Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s signature. “We […]

Nessel takes action against chemical company for Flint River pollution

By: - September 25, 2022

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel and the Department of Environment Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) have taken action against a Flint chemical company after identifying pollution in the Flint River.  On Monday, Nessel and EGLE ordered Lockhart Chemical Co. to stop its use of defective storm and wastewater systems to pump water off site for […]

More than 500 doctors sign on in support of Whitmer’s challenge to Michigan’s 1931 abortion ban

By: - September 23, 2022

Hundreds of doctors across the state on Thursday announced their support for Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s lawsuit challenging the state’s 1931 abortion ban. Backed by more than 500 doctors, the Committee to Protect Health Care filed a brief supporting Whitmer’s lawsuit, which asks the Michigan Supreme Court to determine if the state Constitution protects the […]

As climate change hits Michigan harder, more residents pay the price

By: - September 18, 2022

The summer of 2021 brought an onslaught of heavy rain, flooding freeways, knocking out power and leaving standing water in basements in communities across metro Detroit. While those memories are fresh for many, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) warns an increase in extreme rainfall could be on the horizon. NOAA recently released its […]

Upton proposes bipartisan bill to change the Electoral Count Act

By: - September 16, 2022

On Thursday, U.S. Rep. Fred Upton (R-St. Joseph) joined U.S. Rep Josh Gottheimer (D-N.J.) in proposing bipartisan change to the Electoral Count Act. According to a statement, the Electoral Count Reform and Presidential Transition Improvement Act, or House Resolution 8846, would update ambiguous provisions in the 19th century law with clear procedures, and by outlining […]