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.

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 […]

Stress, fatigue and fading hopes of ‘normalcy’ as Michigan surpasses 20K COVID deaths

By: and - August 17, 2021

Just over 17 months ago in March 2020, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced that the first case of COVID-19 had made its way into Michigan — kickstarting a period of uncertainty, change, hardships and a unified desire for “normalcy.” Now, the deadly virus has infected 922,687 Michiganders in total. The state hit the grim milestone of […]

State reports 3,554 new COVID-19 cases, 19 deaths since Friday 

By: - August 16, 2021

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Monday that a total of 922,687 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 20,030 have died from the virus — an additional 3,554 cases and 19 deaths since Friday. The state is only reporting COVID-19 data on Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays each week. The new […]

Census data shows Michigan’s population grew and diversified, Detroit lost residents

By: - August 12, 2021

Michigan’s population increased slowly over the past decade and became increasingly more diverse, but the population of Detroit decreased for the seventh decade in a row, according to 2020 U.S. Census data released Thursday.  Michigan’s population, which is now nearly 10.1 million people, grew by just 2% since the 2010 Census, making it one of […]

Republican pops resolution against school mask mandates, board passes pro-mask measure instead

By: - August 10, 2021

The Michigan Board of Education voted Tuesday to adopt a resolution supporting local school districts’ decisions on whether to put in place mask mandates in K-12 schools this upcoming school year during a more than eight-hour meeting. The resolution, introduced by Republican Tom McMillin, a former state House member, initially encouraged schools not to impose […]

Independent redistricting commission considers hiring GOP-tied law firm

By: - August 9, 2021

Updated, 11:15 a.m., 7/10/21, with new comments from Nessel’s office The Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission (MICRC) announced Friday that it will be interviewing a Washington, D.C.-based law firm with GOP ties to represent the commission as its legal counsel. MICRC spokesperson Edward Woods III said the commission submitted two requests for proposal, but only […]

Michigan receives $52M in federal funds to fortify infrastructure against natural disasters

By: - August 9, 2021

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved a $51.7 million federal grant from the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) to invest in Michigan’s infrastructure that will be resilient against climate change. “I am grateful to have an ally in the Biden administration that is working diligently to ensure that we have the resources to […]

State reports 3,962 new COVID-19 cases since Tuesday

By: - August 6, 2021

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Friday that a total of 910,500 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 19,950 have died from the virus — an additional 3,962 cases and three deaths since Tuesday. The state is only reporting COVID-19 data on Tuesdays and Fridays each week. The new numbers […]