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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).

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 […]

Michigan reports 6,283 new COVID-19 cases since Monday

By: - November 10, 2021

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Wednesday that a total of 1,172,800 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 22,684 have died from the virus — an additional 6,283 cases and 163 deaths since Monday. The new numbers combine Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s recorded cases and deaths, with an average of 3,142 […]

White House not looking at whether to shut down Line 5

By: - November 9, 2021

White House spokesperson Karine Jean-Pierre confirmed Monday that President Joe Biden’s administration is studying the impact of the proposed tunnel-enclosed replacement of the controversial Line 5 oil pipeline. The White House is not, however, formally reviewing whether or not to assist Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in shutting down the current pipeline. “We don’t have any updates […]

Michigan reports 10,094 new COVID-19 cases since Wednesday

By: - November 5, 2021

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Friday that a total of 1,157,606 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 22,474 have died from the virus — an additional 10,094 cases and 90 deaths since Wednesday. The new numbers combine Thursday’s and Friday’s recorded cases and deaths, with an average of 5,047 […]

Michigan tribes send letter to Biden asking him to back Line 5 shutdown

By: - November 5, 2021

All 12 federally recognized tribes in Michigan sent a letter to President Joe Biden and his administration Friday, urging him to lend strong support to the state’s effort to shut down the controversial, 78-year-old Line 5 oil pipeline owned by Canadian company Enbridge. “The Governor, the Attorney General, and our Tribal Nations need your Administration’s […]

Whitmer directs state heads to review, seek solutions for cleaner drinking water

By: - November 4, 2021

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has directed state departments and agencies to jointly “undertake a comprehensive review of the state’s role in our drinking water systems,” her office announced Thursday. Through the six-part Executive Directive No. 2021-9, Whitmer aims to strengthen Michigan’s drinking water regulations, policies and rules by reviewing its laws, investments, public education, lead abatement, […]

‘Solidarity forever’: Sanders hosts town hall on strikes at Kellogg and beyond

By: - November 4, 2021

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) hosted a “Labor strikes back!” livestream Wednesday evening, featuring union workers in Battle Creek and across the country giving updates from the front lines. The event featured Trevor Bidelman — a fourth-generation Kellogg employee and the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union (BCTGM) Local 3-G President — […]

House Dems roll out bills expanding voting rights

By: - November 3, 2021

A group of Michigan House Democrats, joined by Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum and House Minority Leader Donna Lasinski (D-Scio Twp.), unveiled on Wednesday a package of bills aimed at expanding and protecting Michiganders’ right to vote. The nine-bill package comes as legislative Republicans promote their own bills which they […]