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Allison R. Donahue

Allison R. Donahue

Allison R. Donahue covers education, women's issues and LGBTQ issues. Previously, she was a suburbs reporter at the St. Cloud Times in St. Cloud, Minn., covering local education and government. As a graduate of Grand Valley State University, she has previous experience as a freelance researcher for USA Today and an intern with WOOD TV-8. When she is away from her desk, she spends her time going to concerts, comedy shows or getting lost on hikes in different places around the world.

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Allison R. Donahue: I became a statistic that many vaccinated people haven’t wanted to face

By: - November 26, 2021

In April, when I received my first shot of the COVID-19 vaccine, I was hopeful for the first time in over a year that my life was going to return to normal. However, seven months later, I tested positive for COVID-19 and it was as if the isolating feeling of the early months of the […]

Michigan receives help from feds to ease overburdened hospitals during COVID wave

By: - November 24, 2021

Michigan hospitals will get some additional staffing assistance from the federal government as unvaccinated COVID-19 patients overwhelm local hospitals across the state.  The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) announced Wednesday that the federal government has granted Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s request and will send two medical teams, with 22 medical personnel each, to […]

State reports 140 new COVID-19 outbreaks in schools in last week

By: - November 22, 2021

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Monday that a total of 1,259,261 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 23,315 have died from the virus — an additional 17,008 cases and 83 deaths since Friday. The new numbers combine Saturday’s, Sunday’s and Monday’s recorded cases and deaths, with an average of […]

The state set a vaccination goal of 70%. Then came the Delta variant.

By: - November 19, 2021

Last winter, as COVID-19 vaccines were first being rolled out, a number of states set a 70% vaccination goal for people ages 16 years or older, including Michigan. President Joe Biden and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention set the same goal for the nation in May, which was reached in early August.  This […]

As Michigan’s redistricting process enters its final phase, here’s what experts want to see

By: - November 17, 2021

The Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission (MICRC) approved its nine collaborative proposed maps and an additional six from individual commissioners for the state Senate, state House and congressional districts earlier this month.  The lines will go into effect for the 2022 elections and be in place for 10 years. Now experts are weighing in on […]

As young children get vaccinated, families feel the ‘freedom of our pre-pandemic life’

By: - November 16, 2021

Last month, Allison Gallinati sat in a hospital room, watching over her 6-year-old daughter, Avery, who was struggling to breathe due to COVID-19 complications and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). “We were within a couple hours of her being intubated when she suddenly started responding to the medication. We spent a lot of time wondering if […]

Michigan tops 1.2M total COVID-19 cases

By: - November 15, 2021

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Monday that a total of 1,209,712 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 22,862 have died from the virus — an additional 21,034 cases and 95 deaths since Friday. The new numbers combine Saturday’s, Sunday’s and Monday’s recorded cases and deaths, with an average of […]

Michigan education groups oppose ‘extreme and exaggerated’ anti-CRT bills

By: - November 11, 2021

A coalition of education groups made up of history educators joined together in opposition of two state bills that they say “misconstrue Critical Race Theory (CRT).” The Michigan Council for the Social Studies, the Michigan Council for History Education, Michigan Council for Teachers of English, Michigan State Social Studies Supervisors Association, and the Michigan Association […]

State reports 104 new COVID-19 outbreaks in schools

By: - November 8, 2021

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Monday that a total of 1,166,517 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 22,521 have died from the virus — an additional 8,911 cases and 47 deaths since Friday. The new numbers combine Saturday’s, Sunday’s and Monday’s recorded cases and deaths, with an average of […]

Whitmer vetoes voucher-style education bills 

By: - November 8, 2021

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer vetoed Friday a number of bills that would give tax credits to Michiganders who contribute to a scholarship program for non-public schools. House bills 5404 and 5405 and Senate Bills 687 and 688 would have created Michigan Opportunity Scholarship accounts for families to use on education or learning expenses and tax credits […]

Confused about the redistricting process? Everyone seems to be.

By: - November 5, 2021

The Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission (MICRC) Friday approved nine proposed maps — three each for the state House, state Senate and congressional districts — but have opened the door for potentially introducing new maps proposed by individual commissioners down the road.  The question now is if that’s allowed by the Michigan Constitution, and if […]

Whitmer signs bill axing ‘tampon tax’ 

By: - November 4, 2021

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer Thursday signed into law the first bill in a package eliminating the tax on menstrual products.  “After years of trying to repeal this tax, I am proud that we are bringing people together to put Michiganders first and drive down costs on these essential products,” said Whitmer in a statement. “Everyone should […]