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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).

As Kellogg strike stretches past 3 weeks, workers say they’ve noted lack of GOP lawmaker support

By: - October 28, 2021

On a chilly October afternoon in Battle Creek, also known as the “cereal capital of the world,” a large crowd of union workers and supporters gathered Wednesday across from the Kellogg headquarters to show solidarity with strikers as they’ve spent more than three weeks on the picket line. National labor leaders and union members from […]

Controversial GOP Senate bill banning ‘critical race theory’ passes in committee

By: - October 27, 2021

Democratic lawmakers and educators are sounding the alarm about Senate Bill 460, the second GOP bill banning “critical race theory” that will head for a full chamber vote this fall in the Michigan Legislature. The legislation was reported out of committee Tuesday, and is similar to bills introduced by Republicans in several other states that […]

‘Filter first’ school water bills get warm bipartisan reception at Senate hearing 

By: - October 26, 2021

A set of bipartisan bills to ensure clean drinking water in schools and child care centers heard favorable testimony Tuesday before a Michigan Senate committee, where the legislation is expected to undergo further changes before being voted on. Senate Bills 184 and 185 were first introduced in late February by state Sens. Curtis VanderWall (R-Ludington) […]

Tlaib, Geiss call on feds to support Afghan and Haitian refugees 

By: - October 23, 2021

U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Detroit) and state Sen. Erika Geiss (D-Taylor) this week both expressed their desire for the federal government to give more support for Afghans and Haitians currently residing in the United States. In a letter led by Tlaib on Wednesday, she and 24 other members of Congress urged President Joe Biden to […]

‘A long time coming’: Michigan workers join ‘Striketober’ for fairer pay, better hours

By: - October 23, 2021

In the Michigan city emblazoned with their employer’s name — as ubiquitous on city business and school names as it is on cereal shelves — Kellogg workers in Battle Creek are taking a stand. “Kellogg’s doesn’t know what they created,” says Jim Aikens, 55, a self-described fourth-generation cereal maker, as he gestures toward the lively […]

Michigan reports 7,108 new COVID-19 cases, 135 deaths since Monday

By: - October 20, 2021

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Wednesday that a total of 1,097,129 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 21,744 have died from the virus — an additional 7,108 cases and 135 deaths since Monday. The new numbers combine Monday’s and Tuesday’s recorded cases and deaths, with an average of 3,554 […]

Activists temporarily turn off Line 5 valve in Vassar

By: - October 20, 2021

Updated and corrected, 3:38 p.m., 10/20/21 with comment from Whitmer’s office and Detroit Will Breathe A Michigan water protector dressed up as a pipeline worker traveled to a Tuscola County Enbridge station in Vassar and physically turned the valve to shut down the Line 5 oil pipeline for several hours on Tuesday. According to a […]

New: Michigan counties that voted heavily for Trump have more COVID-19 cases, deaths

By: - October 20, 2021

While racial gaps in COVID-19 vaccinations have narrowed in Michigan and nationwide, the partisan divide between who is and is not receiving vaccines remains wide. And because COVID-19 vaccines are proven to cut down on an individual’s chances of getting seriously ill or dying from the virus — a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention […]

Nessel, 25 AGs advocate for Native children in Supreme Court case

By: - October 19, 2021

Attorney General Dana Nessel has joined a bipartisan coalition of 26 attorneys general in an effort to uphold protections guaranteed under the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA), Nessel’s office announced Tuesday. The amicus brief, filed on Oct. 8 before the U.S. Supreme Court, concerns the cases of Haaland v. Brackeen and Cherokee Nation v. Brackeen […]

Feds launch long-awaited plan to combat PFAS

By: - October 18, 2021

The President Joe Biden Administration announced Monday newly accelerated efforts to prevent and mediate pollution from per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), a group of “forever chemicals” known to cause harm to human health. PFAS can be found in drinking water, soil and air across the country, and are a growing concern. As part of the […]

Princeton Gerrymandering Project grades Michigan’s redistricting maps

By: - October 15, 2021

A national gerrymandering project from Princeton University has graded Michigan’s 10 preliminary district maps headed for public comment after they were approved this week by the state’s independent citizens panel. The Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission (MICRC) on Monday gave the greenlight to four maps redrawing the state’s congressional districts and three apiece for the […]

Judge strikes Canada letters in Line 5 case

By: - October 13, 2021

The federal judge tasked with deciding jurisdiction for the state’s lawsuit to enforce Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s Line 5 shutdown order, Judge Janet Neff, has stricken letters regarding the Canadian government’s attempts to pause the proceedings. Since June, the government of Canada has repeatedly submitted letters to the court asking Neff to hold the case in […]