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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.

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 […]

Detroiters raise concerns about being ‘silenced’ in redistricting process

By: - November 4, 2021

The Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission (MICRC) is coming up on their self-determined deadline for approving final maps, but some advocates are concerned that the maps still do not fairly represent Detroit.  The commission has advanced one state Senate map, three congressional maps and two state House maps. However, there was a dispute among commissioners […]

State reports 9,764 new COVID-19 cases, 137 deaths since Monday

By: - November 3, 2021

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Wednesday that a total of 1,147,512 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 22,384 have died from the virus — an additional 9,764 cases and 137 deaths since Monday. The new numbers combine Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s recorded cases and deaths, with an average of 4,882 […]

Rep. Bolden details great-grandfather’s lynching during ‘critical race theory’ debate

By: - November 3, 2021

Republicans in the state House passed a bill Tuesday that would prohibit schools from teaching any curriculum that includes the “promotion of any form of race or gender stereotyping or anything that could be understood as implicit race or gender stereotyping.” Democrats oppose the bill, saying that it “whitewashes” American history. But Democrats refused to […]

GOP launches school voucher ballot drive

By: - November 2, 2021

Republicans launched a ballot drive Monday to create a school voucher-style system that would use public tax dollars to fund private education ahead of an expected veto from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. “Circumventing the long standing policy of not using public education dollars for private education efforts, while using clever terms intended to deceive the voters […]

State reports 101 new COVID-19 outbreaks in schools

By: - November 1, 2021

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Monday that a total of 1,137,748 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 22,247 have died from the virus — an additional 9,313 cases and 65 deaths since Friday. The new numbers combine Saturday’s, Sunday’s and Monday’s recorded cases and deaths, with an average of […]