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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.

Contact your local health dept. about vaccination if you’ve been exposed to monkeypox, DHHS says

By: - July 29, 2022

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is encouraging individuals potentially exposed to monkeypox to contact their local health department about vaccination.  “Although the vaccine supply is limited, we are striving to utilize all doses of vaccine as soon as they become available to help mitigate spread,” said Dr. Natasha Bagdasarian, DHHS chief […]

Whitmer calls U.S. Senate passage of chips shortage measure a win for Michigan

By: - July 27, 2022

After the U.S. Senate on Wednesday passed legislation tackling the semiconductor chips shortage, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer shared her support and called the bipartisan decision “a win for Michigan’s workers, manufacturers, and consumers.” “This game-changing bill will make once-in-a-generation investments to set up the United States for decades of economic growth by bringing this vital supply […]

Michigan CEOs make more than employees by factors of hundreds, new report says

By: - July 27, 2022

Updated, 4:16 p.m., 7/28/22 with comments from Whirlpool At least nine Michigan companies pay their CEO more than 100 times what their median worker earns, according to a recent report.  The report was compiled by the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), a federation of 57 national and international labor unions […]

COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations increase in Michigan, state reports

By: - July 26, 2022

Coronavirus cases are continuing to rise in Michigan according to a weekly report released Tuesday from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. The department reports a total of 2,672,312 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, an additional 19,653 cases compared to the previous week’s increase of 16,445 […]

Michigan adds restrictions requiring online marketplaces to verify sellers

By: - July 25, 2022

Michigan is tightening restrictions on online marketplaces with a new set of laws that could help consumers avoid bad faith sellers.  Known as the Integrity Notification and Fairness in Online Retail Marketplaces (INFORM) Act, this new package requires online sellers to verify high-volume third-party sellers and provide their contact information to consumers. The bipartisan act, […]

Michigan Supreme Court finds Grand Rapids Police fingerprinting policy unconstitutional

By: - July 22, 2022

On Friday the Michigan Supreme Court ruled that a now discontinued Grand Rapids Police Department (GRPD) policy of fingerprinting and photographing individuals not charged with a crime is unconstitutional.  The unanimous decision determined that the GRPD violated the Fourth Amendment rights of two Black teenagers when, in separate incidents, the teens were stopped by police, […]

Community risk levels rise, as state reports 16,445 new COVID-19 cases in the last week

By: - July 19, 2022

Coronavirus cases have continued to rise statewide, with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services reporting another increase in its weekly report released Tuesday. The department reports a total of 2,652,659 Michiganders tested positive for COVID-19, an additional 16,445 cases compared to the previous week’s increase of 16,681 cases. In total, 37,291 people have […]

How Michigan legislators and leaders are combating AAPI hate through education and activism

By: - July 18, 2022

Since the beginning of the pandemic, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have increasingly faced discrimination as a scapegoat for the coronavirus as leaders like former president Donald Trump spread racist and xenophobic sentiments, referring to COVID-19 as the “China virus.” Meanwhile, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have disproportionately faced the effects of the coronavirus. The […]

Michigan preps for Saturday roll out of ‘988’ behavioral health crisis line

By: - July 15, 2022

State officials on Thursday announced that Michigan would join the nation in using a new number, 988, to connect residents experiencing behavioral health crises with resources.  In 2020, Congress designated the 988 dialing code to operate through the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline’s network of more than 200 locally operated and funded crisis centers nationwide. This […]

GOP gov. candidates slam Dixon for ‘playing both sides’ during debate as Aug. 2 primary nears

By: and - July 15, 2022

Four of the five GOP candidates vying to challenge Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in November faced off for another debate Friday morning, this time in the WKAR-TV studio in East Lansing just weeks before the Aug. 2 primary. Far-right activist Ryan Kelley, businessman Kevin Rinke, the Rev. Ralph Rebandt and chiropractor Garrett Soldano all fielded […]

Nessel joins AG coalition pushing for regulations on ‘ghost guns’

By: - July 13, 2022

Democratic Attorney General Dana Nessel announced Tuesday she would join 20 other attorney generals in supporting a new federal rule regulating “ghost guns.” Ghost guns are unserialized weapons, often put together from weapon parts kits or partially complete frames and receivers, which can be purchased without background checks. The coalition filed an amicus brief in […]

Michigan COVID-19 rates continue to rise as state reports 16,681 new cases in the last week

By: - July 12, 2022

Coronavirus cases continue to rise in Michigan with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services reporting another increase in its weekly report released Tuesday. The department reports a total of 2,636,214 Michiganders tested positive for COVID-19, an additional 16,681 cases compared to the previous week’s increase of 13,102 cases. In total, 37,142 people have […]