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Laina G. Stebbins

Laina G. Stebbins

Laina G. Stebbins covers the environment, Native issues and criminal justice for the Advance. A lifelong Michigander, she is a graduate of Michigan State University’s School of Journalism, where she served as Founding Editor of The Tab Michigan State and as a reporter for the Capital News Service. When Laina is not writing or spending time with her cats, she loves art and design, listening to music, playing piano, enjoying good food and being out in nature (especially Up North).

Michigan reports 6,080 COVID-19 cases since Wednesday

By: - September 24, 2021

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Friday that a total of 1,008,069 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 20,863 have died from the virus — an additional 6,080 cases and 82 deaths since Wednesday. The new numbers combine Thursday and Friday’s recorded cases and deaths, with an average of 3,040 […]

Study: Michigan avoided slow job growth by extending COVID unemployment benefits

By: - September 24, 2021

In July, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer vetoed a GOP bill that would have ended emergency COVID-19 unemployment benefits two months before they were set to expire. That decision likely prevented Michigan from being one of many states that saw substantially less job growth by axing those benefits early, according to a new study released Friday by […]

Steele: GOP leadership today is less Reagan-esque, embraces ‘bar fight’ tactics

By: - September 23, 2021

The Republican Party looks a lot different to some these days, particularly following the tea party movement of the Obama era, former President Donald Trump’s single-term presidency and all the changes that came with it. Those changes, and what the future may hold for the modern-day GOP, were discussed Wednesday during a roundtable at the […]

Whitmer praises Legislature for passing budget after ‘hard negotiation’

By: - September 22, 2021

Shortly after the GOP-controlled Michigan Legislature finished passing the remainder of the $53 billion budget plan Wednesday afternoon, Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer took the stage at the Mackinac Policy Conference and shared her own perspective on the budget bills that she plans to sign. Budget leaders from her office, the House and the Senate last […]

Yale physician: Aftershocks of COVID-19 will last until 2024

By: - September 22, 2021

“In my judgment, we’re not yet at the beginning of the end of this pandemic — but I do think we are at the end of the beginning,” said Nicholas A. Christakis, a Yale social scientist, physician and author, who on Tuesday gave a keynote address at the Mackinac Policy Conference. Christakis’ work currently focuses […]

Judge deems Line 5 mediation at ‘standstill’

By: - September 21, 2021

Updated, 8:12 p.m., 9/21/21, with comments from Enbridge The federal judge tasked with determining which court — state or federal — will determine whether Gov. Gretchen Whitmer can shut down Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline has formally acknowledged the mediation breakdown between the parties. In a Tuesday order, Judge Janet Neff dismisses the state’s Sept. 14 […]

Dems concerned about ‘chilling effect’ for schools with ‘critical race theory’-style ban

By: - September 21, 2021

Following a nationwide trend of right-wing furor over how racism is taught in schools, lawmakers on the Michigan House Education Committee on Tuesday traded barbs about race and identity while debating a GOP bill. The legislation is similar to bills introduced by Republicans in several other states that ban “critical race theory” from being taught […]

98 Michigan schools report new COVID-19 outbreaks

By: - September 20, 2021

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Monday that a total of 995,910 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 20,700 have died from the virus — an additional 7,185 cases and 35 deaths since Friday. The new numbers combine Saturday’s, Sunday’s and Monday’s recorded cases and deaths, with an average of […]

Study: Michigan Native women earn 60¢ on the dollar

By: - September 20, 2021

Indigenous women around the country are still facing the same annual wage gap that they did a decade ago, including in Michigan, according to a recent report issued by the Washington, D.C.-based Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR).  The new data highlights the historic economic inequalities for Native American and Alaska Native women that remain […]

Detroit-based coalition announces effort to increase vaccines in BIPOC communities

By: - September 17, 2021

A new coalition targeting Michiganders who remain hesitant to receive the COVID-19 vaccine has launched, bringing together nonprofit community organizations to increase education about vaccines and residents’ access to them. The new Detroit-based group, MI Voices for Vaccines (or V4V) announced its creation on Friday. Vaccinations against COVID-19 in Michigan are still slowly increasing, but […]

Michigan reports 5,616 COVID-19 cases since Wednesday

By: - September 17, 2021

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Friday that a total of 988,725 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 20,665 have died from the virus — an additional 5,616 cases and 68 deaths since Wednesday. The new numbers combine Thursday and Friday’s recorded cases and deaths, with an average of 2,808 […]

As Michigan’s COVID risk level rises, so does the number of kids with COVID

By: - September 16, 2021

The proportion of children getting sick with COVID-19 is increasing, along with other concerning trends across the board, according to the latest data and modeling update from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). The DHHS reports that, as of Tuesday, more than 90% of Michigan’s counties are at high transmission level and […]