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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.

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 […]

Nessel applauds court decision dumping Trump-era changes to the Endangered Species Act

By: - July 11, 2022

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel is applauding a federal court’s decision abandoning Trump-era changes to the Endangered Species Act (ESA). “We must continue to prioritize protection of Michigan’s natural resources, including vulnerable wildlife populations,” Nessel said. In 2019, the Democrat joined 17 other attorney generals and the City of New York in filing a lawsuit […]

VA secretary and lawmakers highlight expanded health care access for veterans

By: - July 7, 2022

On Thursday, U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-Holly), U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Lansing) and U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs Secretary Denis McDonough met at the Lansing VA Clinic to discuss strengthened support for Michigan veterans.  Slotkin, McDonough and Stabenow talked about efforts ensuring veterans have access to health care and benefits, expanding innovative treatments for veterans […]

Preparing for the primary: How to register to vote and request your absentee ballot

By: - July 6, 2022

With less than four weeks until Aug. 2 statewide primary election, voters still have time to register to vote and cast their ballot.  Michigan residents can register to vote online until July 18. They can also register to vote at their local clerk’s office through 8 p.m. on Election Day.  A valid Michigan driver license […]

Statewide COVID-19 rates continue to rise with 13,102 new cases in the last week

By: - July 5, 2022

After last week brought an end to a five-week decline in cases, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services reported another increase in cases in its weekly report released Tuesday. The department reports a total of 2,619,533 Michiganders tested positive for COVID-19, an additional 13,102 cases compared to the previous week’s increase of 14,353 […]

DHHS announces probable case of monkeypox in Michigan

By: - June 30, 2022

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) on Wednesday announced Michigan’s first probable case of monkeypox was detected in an Oakland County resident.  Preliminary testing at the DHHS Bureau of Laboratories returned a presumed positive result for Orthopoxvirus. Monkeypox is part of the Orthopox family of viruses and confirmatory testing at the Centers […]

Whitmer urges insurance companies to ensure coverage for reproductive health care

By: - June 29, 2022

In the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer called on Michigan health insurance companies to ensure women have coverage for reproductive health care. On Wednesday, the governor sent letters to every major health insurance provider in the state, urging them to take every action possible to […]

Doctors call for abortion to remain legal in Michigan

By: - June 28, 2022

Following the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade on Friday, health care advocates and lawmakers are pushing to ensure abortion access is protected by the Michigan state constitution.  On Monday, physicians from across Michigan discussed the medical uncertainties presented by the state’s own abortion ban that’s not currently being enforced, as well as […]

Experts discuss importance of COVID-19 vaccines for children under 5

By: - June 21, 2022

Last week the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved COVID-19 vaccines for young children, ranging from 5 years to 6 months old.  This new recommendation means nearly 20 million additional children in the United States are now eligible for the vaccine. According to the CDC, distribution […]

Coalition challenges Michigan Senate panel opposition to protection for U.P. wilderness areas

By: - June 21, 2022

A collective of more than 350 groups are speaking against a Michigan Senate panel’s efforts to prevent four areas in the Ottawa National Forest from becoming national wilderness areas. Keep the U.P. Wild, a coalition of environmental, religious, business, academic and community leaders, submitted its written opposition to Senate Resolution 150 on June 15.  If […]