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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).

Tlaib, Lawrence, Levin join letter urging Senate to add immigration reform to Build Back Better

By: - November 23, 2021

Three of Michigan’s members of Congress have signed onto a letter led by U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) asking U.S. Senate leadership to reinstate a pathway to citizenship within President Joe Biden’s “Build Back Better” (BBB) Act. The U.S. House passed the $1.85 trillion BBB Act on Friday, which includes a host of social spending […]

Nessel: Redistricting panel’s closed meeting likely violated Constitution

By: - November 22, 2021

Attorney General Dana Nessel issued a formal legal opinion Monday finding that the controversial Oct. 27 closed meeting held by the state’s independent citizens panel likely should have been an open meeting. “The Commission is tasked with developing and adopting new districts that will no doubt change the makeup of our elected legislators,” Nessel said […]

Enviros, tribal leaders face right-wing, pro-Line 5 ‘echo chamber’ 

By: - November 22, 2021

For years, Canadian pipeline company Enbridge has been pushing back against opponents of its controversial Line 5 oil pipeline by arguing that, should it be shut down, fuel prices would shoot up and propane supply would suffer. However, a shutdown doesn’t appear to be imminent, as Enbridge is locked in an array of court battles […]

Michigan reports 17,980 new COVID-19 cases since Wednesday, state at ‘severe risk’

By: - November 19, 2021

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Friday that a total of 1,242,253 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 23,232 have died from the virus — an additional 17,980 cases and 128 deaths since Wednesday. The new numbers combine Thursday’s and Friday’s recorded cases and deaths, with an average of 8,990 […]

Nessel, 18 AGs urge U.S. Senate to pass federal PFAS action bill

By: - November 19, 2021

Attorney General Dana Nessel and a coalition of 18 other attorneys general are calling upon upon a U.S. Senate committee to take swift action to improve federal PFAS standards. Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a group of toxic “forever chemicals” known to cause harm to human health, and can be found in drinking water, […]

Kellogg strike stretches into 6 weeks as company’s ‘last best final offer’ has expired

By: - November 18, 2021

The Kellogg strike encompassing about 1,400 union workers at four cereal plants around the country, including in Battle Creek, is continuing into mid-November after the company’s “last best final offer” to the union expired without a vote and Kellogg says it is seeking new workers. Workers at the company’s four cereal plants in Michigan, Pennsylvania, […]

New: Judge rules for Enbridge, Line 5 shutdown case to be heard in federal court

By: - November 16, 2021

A federal judge has ruled that the lawsuit over Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s Line 5 shutdown order, originally brought before a state court, will be heard in federal court, per Enbridge’s request. “.. .The Complaint arises under federal laws and treaties, and it presents substantial federal questions,” Judge Janet Neff writes in her 218-page Tuesday ruling, […]

Trump endorses Detmer, says Sen. Theis ‘forgot she’s a Republican’

By: - November 16, 2021

Former President Donald Trump has endorsed Republican real estate manager Mike Detmer in his bid to challenge incumbent state Sen. Lana Theis (R-Brighton) for her seat in 2022. Detmer lost the August 2020 GOP primary to challenge U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-Holly) in the 8th Congressional District. Slotkin won reelection in November 2020. However, Trump […]

Enbridge boat crashes into Mackinac Bridge, leaves 4 injured

By: - November 15, 2021

Updated, 12:27 p.m., 11/16/21, with comment from U.S. Coast Guard A 30-foot vessel operated by a contractor of embattled Canadian oil company Enbridge crashed into the northern end of the Mackinac Bridge on Nov. 3, just over a mile East from the controversial Line 5 oil pipeline that the company operates under the Straits of […]

Lansing, Warren mayors say infrastructure deal funds are critical for Michigan cities

By: - November 12, 2021

Following the Nov. 5 passage of President Joe Biden’s bipartisan $1.2 trillion infrastructure deal, local Michigan leaders are celebrating what the investment will mean for their cities. “$7.3 billion to Michigan … is huge for us,” said newly re-elected Lansing Mayor Andy Schor during a virtual roundtable hosted by the Michigan Democratic Party (MDP) Friday. […]

$626M settlement approved for Flint water crisis victims

By: - November 11, 2021

In a 178-page opinion late Wednesday afternoon, a federal judge formally approved a historic settlement for Flint residents totaling $626.25 million. The settlement comes seven years after the city’s water source was switched to the Flint River, while under emergency management during the former Gov. Rick Snyder administration, without applying corrosion inhibitors. The result was […]

Michigan GOP leaders join legal fight against employer vax mandates

By: - November 10, 2021

The Michigan Legislature’s GOP leaders have entered the legal arena to fight President Joe Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for large private employers, which supporters say will protect workers but the Republican lawmakers characterize as “authoritarian” and “unlawful.” Over the past few months, Biden’s administration has rolled out new federal rules that mandate companies with at […]