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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 Ohio Capital Journal.

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Lawmakers: Trump’s environmental rollbacks threaten minority communities

By: - June 15, 2020

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is suspending key environmental reviews during the pandemic that critics warn could further harm poor and minority neighborhoods 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 pipeline and power projects. […]

Governors warn Congress more federal help is needed to avoid COVID-19 resurgence

By: - June 4, 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: - June 2, 2020

WASHINGTON — The COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately harmed communities of color, laying bare the systemic racial disparities across the United States, experts have told lawmakers across the country. 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 […]

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

By: - May 14, 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 […]

Universities get aid they can’t share with DACA students

By: - May 11, 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. 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 undocumented […]

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

By: - April 24, 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 […]

State AGs to Trump: Put the brakes on new regulations

By: - April 2, 2020

WASHINGTON — Twenty-one 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. The attorneys general sent a letter Tuesday to the White House Office of Management and Budget requesting that the administration cease other regulations and focus only […]

Visitors flock to national parks after Trump waives fees. Is that safe?

By: - March 26, 2020

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is urging Americans to head to national parks as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread.  Many people are heading outdoors to seek a reprieve from being cooped up at home. But in Ohio and elsewhere, some fear that the sudden influx of visitors to national parks could put those parks […]

U.S. Senate Democrats slam Trump officials for coronavirus response

By: - March 6, 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 […]

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Critics slam Trump attempt to overhaul bedrock environmental law

By: - February 28, 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 […]

Native American women are missing and murdered. Will the federal government act?

By: - February 11, 2020

WASHINGTON — Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind was 22, eight months pregnant, and looking forward to her baby shower the following day when she went missing on a sunny August afternoon in 2017. She had gone to a neighbor’s apartment in Fargo, N.D., where she had been asked to help with a sewing project.  She never went home.  […]

State health experts ask Congress for help combating opioid crisis

By: - January 15, 2020

WASHINGTON — States need sustained, flexible federal funding to support programs working to reduce deaths and addiction from opioids and other drugs, health officials told Congress today. Public health officials asked lawmakers for continued commitment to Medicaid and programs that help states address drug addiction problems. A panel of the U.S. House Energy and Commerce […]