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.

Study: SNAP benefits don’t come close to covering the cost of a meal in Leelanau County

By: - July 28, 2021

Leelanau County in northern Michigan has the largest gap nationwide between maximum Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits and the average cost of a meal, according to a recent study.  Urban Institute, a Washington, D.C.-based social and economic policy research nonprofit, found that in 2020, the average meal in Leelanau County, which is estimated to […]


Report shows Catholic Conference funding opposition against LGBTQ+ rights initiative

By: - July 28, 2021

The Michigan Catholic Conference has largely funded the opposition against Fair and Equal Michigan’s petition to amend the state’s Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act to expand anti-discrimination protections for LGBTQ+ residents, according to campaign finance reports filed Monday. The petition aims to get the issue before voters in 2022, but was rejected this week by a […]

DPSCD reaches deal with union on school reopening plan, includes hazard pay, paid sick leave

By: - July 26, 2021

Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) announced Monday that a deal has been struck with the Detroit Federation of Teachers (DFT) for the schools’ reopening plan with updates for COVID-19 safety standards.  “We are all excited to have our students back in schools and classrooms in the fall. As a district, I am proud that […]

State board nixes LGBTQ protections ballot initiative

By: - July 26, 2021

The bipartisan Board of State Canvassers unanimously voted Monday to reject the Fair and Equal Michigan petition to amend the state’s Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act to expand anti-discrimination protections for LGBTQ+ residents due to a lack of valid signatures. The group was aiming to get the issue before voters in 2022. The board, which consists […]

‘It would force me to lie to patients’: Republicans consider so-called abortion pill reversal legislation

By: - July 24, 2021

The latest anti-abortion bill introduced in the Michigan Legislature would require physicians to inform patients who are getting medication abortions of a medically unproven procedure known as abortion pill reversal (APR).  Some doctors are concerned that this legislation, if passed, would require them to lie to patients and give them unsound medical advice.  On June […]

State reports 1,295 new COVID-19 cases since Tuesday

By: - July 23, 2021

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Friday that a total of 899,921 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 19,883 have died from the virus — an additional 1,295 cases and 21 deaths since Tuesday. The state is only reporting COVID-19 data on Tuesdays and Fridays each week. The new numbers […]

State finds more invalid signatures after 2nd review of LGBTQ rights group petition

By: - July 23, 2021

After the Bureau of Elections (BOE) did a second review of the signatures submitted by Fair and Equal Michigan, the group behind the ballot drive to prohibit discrimination against LGBTQ people, the consensus is that there is still not enough valid signatures to make it on to the 2022 ballot.  However, the campaign, which aims […]

More than 1.25M Michiganders approved to receive emergency food assistance in July

By: - July 23, 2021

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) announced Thursday that Michigan families who are eligible for food assistance benefits will receive an additional monthly payment in July. More than 1.25 million people in close to 700,000 Michigan households will benefit under approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food […]

Craig: ‘I’m running’ for Michigan governor in 2022

By: - July 22, 2021

Former Detroit Police Chief James Craig said Wednesday night on the Fox News show, “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” that he is running for governor in Michigan in 2022.  “I’m running, because when I look at what some politicians are doing across our country — let’s talk about Gov. [Gretchen] Whitmer, she follows different rules,” Craig said.  […]

Former Detroit police chief forms exploratory committee for GOP gubernatorial run 

By: - July 21, 2021

Former Detroit Police Chief James Craig announced Wednesday the formation of his candidate committee, “Chief James Craig for Governor Exploratory Committee,” as the first step toward a 2022 run for governor. However, his official announcement that he’s running for governor is still likely weeks away.  Craig stepped down from his position with the Detroit Police […]

Whitmer releases last school from state oversight, but creates some confusion in Muskegon Heights

By: - July 20, 2021

As of Monday, there are no schools in Michigan under state oversight after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer released the Muskegon Heights School District from receivership under the Local Financial Stability and Choice Act and dissolved its Receivership Transition Advisory Board (RTAB).  This marks the first time the district has had local control without state oversight since […]

Mackinac Bridge bomb threat still under investigation

By: - July 19, 2021

A bomb threat on the Mackinac bridge on Sunday closed the bridge for about three hours while authorities swept the area.  According to the Mackinac City Police Department, at around 2 p.m. Sunday, Chippewa County Central Dispatch in Mackinac County received a call from someone claiming to have put a bomb at the south end […]