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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).

GOP leaders, Whitmer admin. announce FY ‘22 budget deal, details MIA

By: - September 16, 2021

Updated, 12:15 p.m. 9/16/21 with comments from Senate Majority Leader Shirkey’s office Budget leaders from Michigan’s executive office, House and Senate announced Wednesday that they have reached a deal on the upcoming state budget for the new Fiscal Year (FY) 2022, but offered little in the way of what that budget will entail. There are […]

State files complaint against mediator in Line 5 case

By: - September 15, 2021

New filings in federal court Tuesday suggest that the court-ordered mediation process between the state of Michigan and Canadian oil company Enbridge has gone awry, just mere weeks away from the late September date they had anticipated the process would be complete. Attorney General Dana Nessel filed a document Wednesday in federal court arguing that […]

Michigan reports 6,604 COVID-19 cases since Monday

By: - September 15, 2021

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Wednesday that a total of 983,109 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 20,597 have died from the virus — an additional 6,604 cases and 44 deaths since Wednesday. The new numbers combine Tuesday and Wednesday’s recorded cases and deaths, with an average of 3,302 […]

Anti-vax, anti-mask school bills clear GOP-led Senate committee

By: - September 14, 2021

Republican Senate committee members spent part of their Tuesday afternoon hearing from parents and lawmakers who support a bill package to essentially let students at public schools flout local mask mandates, be exempt from COVID-19 testing requirements and not require vaccinations. The Senate Education and Career Readiness Committee hearing was paused at one point by […]

Michigan reports 6,095 COVID-19 cases since Wednesday

By: - September 10, 2021

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Friday that a total of 970,412 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 20,506 have died from the virus — an additional 6,095 cases and 59 deaths since Wednesday. The new numbers combine Thursday and Friday recorded cases and deaths, with an average of 3,047 […]

GOP businessman launches Michigan gov. exploratory committee, pledges $10M of his own funds

By: - September 10, 2021

Metro Detroit businessman Kevin Rinke is the newest and 10th Republican to publicly consider challenging Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer for in 2022. Rinke, of Bloomfield Hills, is a third-generation auto dealer and cites his business expertise as his defining feature as a candidate, similar to another self-funder, GOP former Gov. Rick Snyder. Rinke said during […]

Nessel joins 20 AGs in lawsuit against South Carolina abortion ban

By: - September 10, 2021

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel has joined 20 other colleagues from around the country to support Planned Parenthood in its fight against a restrictive abortion law in South Carolina. In the amicus brief filed Wednesday in the Planned Parenthood South Atlantic v. Wilson case, which is levied against South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson, the […]

Medical, biz leaders urge vaccinations amid rising COVID-19 hospitalizations

By: - September 9, 2021

Michigan’s medical and business leaders convened Thursday to sound the alarm about the possibility of an incoming fourth wave of COVID-19, stressing that the state is at a “tipping point” in dealing with the virus while urging unvaccinated Michiganders to get the vaccine. “We truly need to get the message across that our best treatment […]

DHHS updates guidance for students with COVID-19 exposure

By: - September 8, 2021

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has updated its recommendations for students who have been exposed to COVID-19 at school, depending on the student’s vaccination status, level of masking, social distancing and more. The new guidance — which is not a mandate — comes as the Delta variant of COVID-19 continues to […]

Tlaib joins ‘Squad’ in Minn. to oppose Enbridge’s Line 3, draws parallels to Line 5 fight

By: and - September 8, 2021

Updated, 2:07 p.m., 9/8/21, with comment from Enbridge Over the weekend, four members of the “Squad,” a group of progressive members of the U.S. House — Reps. Rashida Tlaib (D-Detroit), Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), Cori Bush (D-Mo.) and Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) — traveled to Minnesota in opposition to Enbridge’s Line 3 oil pipeline.  Speaking on matters […]

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Oxfam: Michigan falls to 29th best state for workers in 2021

By: - September 8, 2021

The Boston-based nonprofit Oxfam has ranked Michigan as the 29th best state for workers overall in its most recent annual report on working policies and conditions. Michigan’s 2021 ranking is a far cry from what it was in 2020 — then 13th in the country overall, nearly cracking the top 10 best states to work […]

Conspiracy-filled House hearing held on vaccine mandate ban

By: - August 19, 2021

A GOP bill to preemptively prohibit mandatory employee vaccinations saw the light of day Thursday, in a House committee hearing saturated with COVID-19 conspiracy theories and anti-vaxxer rhetoric. House Bill 4471, introduced by state Rep. Sue Allor (R-Wolverine), would create the “informed consent in the workplace act” to prevent employers from “discriminating” against individuals who […]