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.

31 Michigan schools report COVID-19 outbreaks

By: - September 8, 2021

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Wednesday that a total of 964,317 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 20,447 have died from the virus — an additional 2,364 cases and 51 deaths since Tuesday. The deaths announced include 10 deaths identified during a vital records review. The DHHS conducts this […]

Survey shows sharp political, racial divides on school mask mandates

By: - September 7, 2021

Michigan parents are split on whether or not students should be required to get vaccinated or wear a mask this school year, according to a study done by the K-12 Alliance of Michigan, a Lansing-based advocacy group.  The study, conducted by the Glengariff group between Aug. 24 to 26, surveyed 600 parents in the state.  […]

NEW: Despite safety warnings, a metro Detroit doctor is prescribing ivermectin to COVID-19 patients

By: - September 3, 2021

A metro Detroit doctor is prescribing ivermectin to patients with COVID-19, despite the state, Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) strongly urging against it.  Ivermectin is usually used to treat head lice or parasitic worms in humans, horses and other livestock, but misinformation fueled by right-wing figures […]

GOP leader urges state to investigate debunked COVID-19 treatment 

By: - September 3, 2021

State Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake) tweeted Friday that Michigan should investigate ivermectin as a treatment to COVID-19, even though medical professionals across the country have found that it is ineffective and potentially dangerous.  “I am not qualified to determine the veracity of these studies. That requires medical professionals. However, these claims beg the […]

GOP bill bans Whitmer from using warning system — but not the one she used during pandemic

By: - September 2, 2021

The Michigan Senate passed a bill Wednesday to bar the state’s public threat alert system from being used to inform Michiganders about a new law or executive order.  House Bill 4061, introduced by state Rep. Bradley Slagh (R-Zeeland), was in response to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer using an alert system to tell residents about stay-home orders […]

Doctors warn horse-dewormer can be lethal, so why are people taking it for COVID-19?

By: - September 2, 2021

Medication that is usually used to treat parasites has become the latest  COVID-19 conspiracy treatment, but doctors are trying to fight misinformation, stressing it isn’t proven to help treat the virus. In fact, physicians warn the drug can have detrimental side effects in humans if taken incorrectly.  Medical professionals have studied whether or not ivermectin, […]

Supreme Court lets Texas abortion ban stand, sets stage for Roe v. Wade fight nationwide

By: - September 1, 2021

The U.S. Supreme Court stayed quiet Tuesday night as abortion advocates across the country nervously waited for the right-wing-majority court to act on an emergency appeal to block a strict Texas abortion ban, as it’s done for past laws.  But the Supreme Court didn’t take action. The Texas law, Senate Bill 8, went into effect […]

M-STEP results show learning decline during pandemic, thousands of 3rd graders could be held back

By: - August 31, 2021

After another year of disrupted learning during the COVID-19 pandemic, Michigan student state assessment scores from this spring declined from the last time students were given statewide assessments in spring 2019, according to the Michigan Department of Education (MDE). According to the 2021 Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress (M-STEP) results released Tuesday, Michigan students […]

Mich. has 5,020 new COVID-19 cases over the weekend, 12 schools report outbreaks

By: - August 30, 2021

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Monday that a total of 946,698 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 20,257 have died from the virus — an additional 5,020 cases and 27 deaths since Friday. The new numbers combine Friday, Saturday and Sundays recorded cases and deaths, with an average of […]

Slotkin says she helped evacuate more than 100 Afghan nationals

By: - August 30, 2021

U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-Holly) says her team on Friday helped evacuate 114 Afghan nationals from Kabul, over 70 of whom are affiliated with Michigan State University. “My staff worked around the clock to help make it happen, connecting to a broad and often ragtag network of people around the world who felt the fear […]

Colleagues of former judge charged with assault say the system failed to protect them

By: - August 29, 2021

An assault charge against retired Ingham County Circuit Court Chief Judge William Collette earlier this month didn’t surprise some of his former judicial colleagues, who say their reports of his threatening behavior toward them while on the bench were ignored. They contend the problem of bullying and harassment in the court is bigger than Collette, […]

CDC: All 83 Michigan counties have ‘high’ or ‘substantial’ community COVID-19 spread

By: - August 27, 2021

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Friday that a total of 941,678 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 20,230 have died from the virus — an additional 3,958 cases and 69 deaths since Wednesday. The new numbers combine Thursday’s and Friday’s recorded cases and deaths, with an average of 1,979 […]