Allison R. Donahue

Allison R. Donahue

Allison R. Donahue is a former Michigan Advance reporter who covered 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.

Michigan totals more than 42K COVID-19 cases, 3,800 deaths

By: - May 1, 2020

There are now 42,356 positive cases of COVID-19 in Michigan as of 3 p.m. Friday, although state officials believe the actual number of cases is much higher. This is an additional 977 cases since Thursday. The state reported an additional 77 deaths Friday, bringing the total of Michigan deaths to 3,866.  COVID-19 has reached every […]

GOP Legislature moves toward suing Whitmer, as armed protestors watched from Senate gallery

By: and - April 30, 2020

Updated, 10:12 a.m., 5/1/20 As Senate members sat in session on Thursday, about 20 protesters, some of whom were armed with long guns, stood above in the gallery, while roughly 600 more protested on the Capitol lawn and outside the House and Senate chambers.   “Directly above me, men with rifles yelling at us. Some of […]

New childcare relief fund established during COVID-19 pandemic

By: - April 30, 2020

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced a $130 million Child Care Relief Fund to lower costs of childcare for Michigan families during the COVID-19 pandemic, while also ensuring childcare businesses stay open.  The fund provides direct, non-competitive grants to childcare providers to help ensure that providers currently serving essential workers remain open and costs associated with providing […]

Michigan surpasses 40K cases of COVID-19, 3,600 deaths

By: - April 29, 2020

There are now 40,399 positive cases of COVID-19 in Michigan as of 3 p.m. Wednesday, although state officials believe the actual number of cases is much higher. This is an additional 1,137 cases since Tuesday. The state also reports 103 more Michiganders have died of the disease, bringing the total death toll to 3,670. The […]

Child abuse and neglect worsens in Michigan, causing major worries during COVID-19 

By: - April 29, 2020

In almost every county in the state, the number of children subject to abuse and neglect has increased, according to a new report by the Lansing-based think tank the Michigan League for Public Policy (MLPP). From 2010 until 2018, the most recent year of data, the number of children in families investigated for abuse or […]

How do you teach science experiments at home? How educators are adjusting to the school shutdown.

By: - April 28, 2020

On a normal Monday morning, Devin Schweigert, a seventh grade science teacher at Manistee Middle High School, would be leading a classroom full of students in a science experiment.  However, on this particular Monday morning, he is at home by his computer trying to create lesson plans that his students can do with or without […]

More than 38K COVID-19 cases in Michigan, 3,400 deaths

By: - April 27, 2020

There are now 38,210 positive cases of COVID-19 as of 3 p.m. Monday, although state officials believe the actual number of cases is much higher. There were 37,778 cases on Sunday. Michigan now has had 3,407 people die from COVID-19, up from 3,315 on Sunday. COVID-19 is in every state in the Lower Peninsula and […]

Planned Parenthood offers telehealth services for birth control, UTIs

By: - April 25, 2020

Like many health care providers during the COVID-19 crisis, Planned Parenthood of Michigan (PPMI) is now offering telehealth services, including access to birth control and urinary tract infection (UTI) treatment.  “We know that sexual and reproductive health care can’t wait. Everyone is facing challenges and new stresses right now – getting your birth control or […]

In ‘historic legal decision,’ court rules education is a fundamental right

By: - April 23, 2020

In 2016, a group of Detroit students filed a lawsuit against the state of Michigan claiming their right to a “basic minimum education” was being infringed upon when the district was under state emergency management. And on Thursday, the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in their favor. In a 2-1 ruling, a federal […]

Nessel urges FDA to stop discriminating against LGBTQs in blood donations

By: - April 23, 2020

Attorney General Dana Nessel joined a group of attorneys general in submitting comments to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to support lifting current donation restrictions on the LGBTQ population. She said that will help maintain an adequate national blood supply during the COVID-19 pandemic. On April 2, […]

Anti-quarantine protests pop up across the U.S., resemble coordinated anti-Obama tea party efforts

By: - April 22, 2020

Last Wednesday, thousands of Michiganders left their houses to jam the streets of downtown Lansing and protest on the Capitol lawn during the statewide stay-home order. Two days later, President Donald Trump tweeted: “LIBERATE MICHIGAN!” He also posted similar tweets directed toward Minnesota and Virginia, two other states that had anti-quarantine protests last week and […]

Almost 33K positive cases of COVID, 2,700 deaths

By: - April 21, 2020

There are now 2,700 people who have died of COVID-19 in Michigan and 32,967 positive cases reported as of 3 p.m. Tuesday, although state officials believe the actual number of cases is much higher. This is an uptick of 967 new cases and 232 deaths since Monday.  The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services […]