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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 Idaho Capital Sun.

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Lower insulin co-pays, list prices targeted in new bipartisan U.S. Senate bill

By: - June 30, 2022

WASHINGTON — Two key senators have unveiled the details of a bipartisan plan to lower costs for insulin, a lifesaving drug that some Americans have struggled to afford in recent years as prices have skyrocketed. Sens. Jeanne Shaheen, a New Hampshire Democrat, and Susan Collins, a Maine Republican, introduced the measure in June, after months […]

diabetic patient injecting insulin

As insulin costs soar, diabetics say a $35 cap on co-pays is not enough

By: - June 14, 2022

WASHINGTON — Lacy Mason was a 21-year-old graduate student in Atlanta when she started rationing her insulin. As a Type 1 diabetic, she needs to take insulin every day for survival. But when the cost surged to $960 a month, Mason could no longer afford it. She had aged out of Medicaid and her student […]

wheat harvest

U.S. House Ag panel mulls safety net changes in farm bill amid soaring costs

By: - June 9, 2022

WASHINGTON —  Members of the U.S. House Agriculture Committee are considering how to help farmers struggling with rising costs for fertilizer, fuel, seeds and chemicals — the unfortunate harvest of the war in Ukraine, strains on the global supply system, inflation and severe weather.  A panel of the committee heard from agricultural economists Thursday, as […]

School leaders hand out laptops

Four Eastern states win federal grants to expand affordable high-speed internet

By: - June 7, 2022

WASHINGTON —  The U.S. Treasury Department on Tuesday announced the first state awards will go to Virginia, Louisiana, New Hampshire and West Virginia in a massive federal effort to bring affordable, high-speed internet to all American homes and businesses.  Projects in the four states are the first to receive funding as part of a $10 […]

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Upcoming U.S. Supreme Court cases could curb colleges’ use of affirmative action

By: - March 30, 2022

WASHINGTON — A U.S. Supreme Court dominated by conservative justices could fundamentally reshape the college admissions process later this year when it takes up two landmark cases challenging affirmative action in higher education. The court recently agreed to hear two cases that challenge race-conscious admissions programs at Harvard University and the University of North Carolina, […]

Caldor Fire in California

Wildfire responders urge Congress to improve disaster aid process for at-risk communities

By: - October 26, 2021

WASHINGTON —  The federal government should re-examine its emergency response systems to better assist communities at risk from the growing threats of wildfire, state and local wildfire responders told members of Congress on Tuesday. Wildfires across the United States have become larger, more intense and longer-lasting this century in part due to changes in the […]

U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Sen. Jon Ossoff

U.S. Senate Republicans again block debate on voting rights legislation

By: - October 21, 2021

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senate Republicans blocked the advance of voting rights legislation Wednesday, the second time this year — thwarting again Democrats’ attempts to pass federal protections for voters amid a slew of new state elections laws.  “When we are faced with a coordinated effort across our country to limit the freedom to vote, we […]

Gravestones of Native Americans at a Native American boarding school

Democrats seek support services for survivors of Native American boarding schools

By: - August 23, 2021

WASHINGTON — Democratic lawmakers are pushing federal agencies to provide support for survivors of and communities affected by Native American boarding school policies, the decades-long practice of forcibly sending Native American children to faraway boarding schools that rejected their tribal cultures. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Rep. Sharice Davids (D-Kansas) sent a request this month […]

Carlisle Indian School students load bread loaves at a bakery

Federal investigation seeks to uncover painful history of Native American boarding schools

By: - July 8, 2021

WASHINGTON — The Native American children travelled on trains, thousands of miles from their homes, to Pennsylvania’s Carlisle Indian Industrial School in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Many had been forcibly taken from their parents and communities. Once there, they had to hand over their belongings, put on uniforms, cut off their braids, adopt […]

White Sturgeon in Kootenai County

Biden administration rewriting policies to protect endangered species

By: - June 18, 2021

WASHINGTON — The lesser prairie-chicken, a rare dancing grouse once abundant on the Great Plains, could benefit again soon from the protection of the U.S. government. So could the rusty patched bumblebee, a black-headed pollinator that at one time ranged from Georgia to Maine and across the Midwest. The Biden administration is rewriting how it […]

U.S. map of drought conditions

Congress warned of a ‘real and urgent’ drought crisis throughout the West

By: - May 26, 2021

WASHINGTON — A drought crisis unfolding across the West will require short-term relief and massive, long-term federal funding to help states weather the effects of climate change, state water managers and lawmakers said at a U.S. House hearing on Tuesday. Nearly 90 percent of the West is now experiencing drought conditions, according to the federal […]

Helmville, Montana, volunteer firefighters train in the forest.

New funding to curb wildfires pushed in Congress, as another fire season looms

By: - April 30, 2021

WASHINGTON — As wildfires across the United States grow in size, intensity and duration each summer, members of Congress from the West are pushing for massive new investments in ecosystem management and wildfire mitigation. House lawmakers called for more attention to wildfire management and support for wildland firefighters at a hearing Thursday before a House […]