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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.

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 […]

Educators feel ‘less supported’ by state going into another COVID-19 school year

By: - August 27, 2021

As school districts enter into their third school year impacted by the pandemic, teachers and education leaders tell the Advance they’re feeling less supported by the state to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19.  Earlier this month, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) updated its guidance for the new school year, which […]

Hartland man sentenced to 6 years in prison for Whitmer kidnapping plot

By: - August 25, 2021

One of the men who allegedly plotted last year to kidnap and kill Gov. Gretchen Whitmer over her COVID-19 health restrictions was sentenced to prison Wednesday for 6 ¼ years. Hartland resident Ty Garbin, 25, who is one of six men charged in federal court for conspiring to kidnap Whitmer, is the only one to […]

Unlock Michigan launches 2nd petition to limit state, local health powers 

By: - August 24, 2021

A right-wing group’s second petition to quash health orders is underway, this time aimed at eliminating the ability of state and local health officials to implement mandates, as they’ve done during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Last month, the GOP-led Legislature voted to approve the Unlock Michigan petition to repeal the 1945 Emergency Powers of the Governor […]

Peters plans to go to Hell and back, touting voting rights, COVID relief funds 

By: - August 24, 2021

U.S. Sen. Gary Peters (D-Bloomfield Twp.) does believe there’s a chance in hell that Congress passes sweeping voting rights legislation that could blunt state Republican efforts across the country to restrict ballot access. Peters kicked off his annual statewide motorcycle tour Monday in Hell, a small Livingston County town about 25 miles northwest of Ann […]

State reports 4,197 new COVID-19 cases, 37 deaths since Wednesday

By: - August 20, 2021

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Friday that a total of 929,574 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 20,113 have died from the virus — an additional 4,197 cases and 37 deaths since Wednesday. The new numbers combine Thursday’s and Friday’s recorded cases and deaths, with an average of 2,098 […]

‘Not enough teachers who look like me’: African Americans want more classroom representation

By: - August 19, 2021

During a Black Leadership Advisory Council (BLAC) education virtual town hall meeting Wednesday night, Black parents, students and teachers called for more equity in the school system, including more representation of Black educators. “There’s no equity in regards to the teaching staff compared to the student population,” said Trishanda Williams, a teacher at Flint Community […]