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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.

Whitmer names new Michigan Women’s Commission chief 

By: - September 25, 2019

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer named her former campaign adviser as the new executive director of the Michigan Women’s Commission. Cheryl Bergman of East Lansing previously was the senior adviser for Whitmer’s gubernatorial campaign, and now will head the Michigan’s Women’s Commission.  “When women in Michigan thrive, all Michiganders thrive. We must continue to work towards Michigan […]

CDC gives state $1M for PFAS testing

By: - September 25, 2019

The U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is providing the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services $1 million to host a study on the exposure of the per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in West Michigan drinking water. The federal government on Monday announced that Michigan is one of seven states chosen for […]

Roads, school funding dominate Rep. Brixie town hall in East Lansing

By: - September 25, 2019

After a full day for the Michigan Legislature as it finished work on the $60 billion Fiscal Year 2020 budget, state Rep. Julie Brixie (D-Meridian Twp.) met with constituents Tuesday night to talk about funding for roads and schools. The GOP-led Legislature has long opposed Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s 45-cent gas tax proposal aimed at raising […]

Slotkin joins UAW members in Lansing as strike hits 8th day

By: - September 23, 2019

As dozens gathered on street corners around the gates to General Motors’ Lansing Grand River Assembly plant to continue the eighth day of striking on Monday, freshman U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-Holly) joined United Auto Workers (UAW) strikers to share her support.  The strike, which began on Sept. 16, includes more than 45,000 GM employees […]

Whitmer signs Medicaid work requirement fix, criticizes GOP’s DHHS budget

By: - September 23, 2019

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed into law on Monday more flexibility for Medicaid recipients on work requirements and reporting rules. Senate Bill 362 exempts those trying to enroll in Medicaid from reporting all required work requirements if the state can acquire the data through other means. The new law also grants applicants a month to report […]

DeVos pushes for more school choice during Detroit visit

By: - September 20, 2019

For the first time since she began serving as U.S. secretary of education, Betsy DeVos came to visit students in a Detroit-area school.  On Friday, DeVos toured Detroit Edison Public School Academy (DEPSA), a public charter school located just outside the Eastern Market area, where she talked about the ‘innovative’ school choice efforts in the […]

How students used social media and memes to change a University of Michigan sexual health policy

By: - September 20, 2019

The University of Michigan has a long history of politically active movements, from the 1962 Port Huron Statement, the first-ever teach-in in 1965 and picket-sign style protests to fight segregation.  But today, students have a new form of political creativity: memes, Twitter updates and Instagram stories.  At the University of Michigan, a small group of […]

Climate Strike events planned across Michigan Friday

By: - September 19, 2019

Multiple Michigan cities and organizations plan to join worldwide participants of the Friday Global Climate Strike in calling for action against climate change. The events are part of a worldwide event in which young people and adults plan to call for transformative climate action by elected officials, preceding countries convening at the 2019 United Nations […]

Deaf, deafblind and hard of hearing Michiganders have been ‘undercounted and overlooked’

By: - September 18, 2019

A new study shows that the population of those who are deaf, deafblind or hard of hearing in Michigan has been underestimated for years. The Michigan Department of Civil Rights Division on Deaf, DeafBlind and Hard of Hearing unveiled a data-gathering project, Not Without Us — the first statewide needs assessment in 30 years — […]

Nessel moves forward with subpoenas against ‘Me Too Kits’ company

By: - September 17, 2019

Attorney General Dana Nessel is continuing to fight against the “Me Too Kits” Co. after getting authority to proceed with investigative subpoenas on Monday. The company is marketing a sexual assault evidence kit, described as a “sexual assault evidence kit for at-home use.” According to a press release from Nessel’s office, Ingham County Circuit Judge […]

What M-STEP scores showed us about Michigan’s education achievement gap

By: - September 17, 2019

Michigan schools still face a tremendous achievement gap between white students, students of color and economically disadvantaged students, even though overall statewide test scores are on the rise.    Data from the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) shows school districts statewide are making small improvements on the M-STEP, a standardized test given to students in the […]

Gov., local communities celebrate ‘Welcoming Week’ for immigrants

By: - September 12, 2019

Many Michigan municipalities are celebrating the state’s diversity and  immigrant population at the eighth annual “Welcoming Week.”  The weeklong event is sponsored by Welcoming Michigan, a project of the Michigan Immigrant Rights Center, a legal resource center for Michigan’s immigrant communities with branches in Washtenaw County, Kalamazoo and Grand Rapids. The project works to help […]