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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.

More abortion restrictions were introduced in 2021 than ever. Here’s a look back at the debate.

By: - December 29, 2021

Conversations around access to abortion took centerstage this year after the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear a challenge to  a Mississippi law banning abortions after 15 weeks that could result in the court overturning the landmark Roe v. Wade decision. If justices uphold the Mississippi ban in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the […]

Benson says petition to ‘audit’ the 2020 election ‘threatens the survival of our democracy’

By: - December 23, 2021

Audit Forward, a group demanding a so-called “forensic audit” of the 2020 presidential election, submitted a petition to Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson’s office Tuesday.  This is similar to what pro-Donald Trump supporters have done in Arizona and Wisconsin, two other states the former GOP president lost in 2020. The petition would require a review […]

GOP state House candidate spreads white supremacist comments in Facebook video

By: - December 22, 2021

During a Facebook live video Tuesday, Mellissa Carone, a Republican candidate running for the state House in 2022 who is known for testifying to state lawmakers alongside Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani last year, said that public schools and the government are trying to “eliminate” white people in America.  “They’re trying to eliminate the white people […]

Here’s what was discussed in the closed redistricting panel session that sparked a lawsuit

By: - December 21, 2021

After weeks of pressure from voting rights advocates and journalists and a ruling by the Michigan Supreme Court, the Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting had to finally release seven memos and an audio recording from a closed session in late October.  The Detroit Free Press, Detroit News, Bridge Michigan and the Michigan Press Association filed a […]

Omicron is spreading in Michigan, but Whitmer says statewide mandates are unlikely

By: - December 21, 2021

There are currently eight cases of the fast-spreading COVID-19 omicron variant that have been found in Michigan. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Tuesday the state is urging people to get vaccinated and booster shots instead of implementing statewide mandates.  This has been the state’s overall strategy since vaccines became widely available to those 16 and up […]

State reports 56 new school outbreaks in the last week 

By: - December 20, 2021

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Monday that a total of 1,434,837 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 25,984 have died from the virus — an additional 13,984 cases and 160 deaths since Friday. The new numbers combine Saturday’s, Sunday’s and Monday’s recorded cases and deaths, with an average of […]

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Supreme Court rules redistricting commission needs to release recordings, memos from closed session

By: - December 20, 2021

Updated, 3:53 p.m., 12/20/21, with comment from MICRC spokesperson The Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission (MICRC) has to release all recordings of its closed sessions and seven legal memos after the Michigan Supreme Court ruled the private meeting was unconstitutional.  The Detroit Free Press, Detroit News, Bridge Michigan and the Michigan Press Association filed a […]

State Supreme Court hears arguments in media orgs. suit against redistricting panel

By: - December 15, 2021

The Michigan Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday in a lawsuit filed by several media organizations that allege the state’s redistricting commission has violated the constitutional requirement of transparency. The Detroit Free Press, Detroit News, Bridge Michigan and the Michigan Press Association filed the lawsuit against the Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission (MICRC) on Dec. […]

State reports 47 new school outbreaks in the last week

By: - December 13, 2021

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Monday that a total of 1,396,467 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 25,240 have died from the virus — an additional 16,143 cases and 160 deaths since Friday. The new numbers combine Saturday’s, Sunday’s and Monday’s recorded cases and deaths, with an average of […]

Rep. Jones to go to trial after judge decides April arrest was ‘lawful’

By: - December 13, 2021

State Rep. Jewell Jones (D-Inkster) is facing trial for numerous criminal charges after a Livingston judge ruled Friday that Jones’ arrest last spring was lawful.  Jones was arrested in early April when he was driving “erratically” on I-96 in Handy Township.  He is being charged for resisting and obstructing a police officer, operating a motor […]

Michigan reports 11,783 new COVID-19 cases since Wednesday

By: - December 10, 2021

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Friday that a total of 1,380,324 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 25,080 have died from the virus — an additional 11,783 cases and 235 deaths since Wednesday. The new numbers combine Thursday’s and Friday’s recorded cases and deaths, with an average of 5,892 […]

Michigan reports 15,385 new COVID-19 cases since Monday

By: - December 8, 2021

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Wednesday that a total of 1,368,541 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 24,845 have died from the virus — an additional 15,385 cases and 351 deaths since Monday. The new numbers combine Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s recorded cases and deaths, with an average of 7,693 […]