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).

Another delay: Line 5 mediation is likely to wrap by late September

By: - August 19, 2021

Mediation between the state of Michigan and Canadian oil company Enbridge has been pushed back one month due to a cancelation, meaning that a federal judge may not make a decision on which court will preside over Michigan’s lawsuit to shut down the Line 5 oil pipeline until late September or early October at the […]

DHHS: This fall could ‘look a lot like last spring’ for COVID-19 spread, hospitalizations

By: - August 18, 2021

Michigan is experiencing a COVID-19 surge comparable to spring 2020 based on current trends, said Sarah Lyon-Callo, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) director of the Bureau of Epidemiology and Population Health. Although the number of vaccinated Michiganders is slowly growing, the increase in all COVID-19 metrics is growing much faster. “The Delta […]

Stress, fatigue and fading hopes of ‘normalcy’ as Michigan surpasses 20K COVID deaths

By: and - August 17, 2021

Just over 17 months ago in March 2020, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced that the first case of COVID-19 had made its way into Michigan — kickstarting a period of uncertainty, change, hardships and a unified desire for “normalcy.” Now, the deadly virus has infected 922,687 Michiganders in total. The state hit the grim milestone of […]

Pain and resilience: The legacy of Native American boarding schools in Michigan

By: - August 14, 2021

Updated, 12:45 p.m., 8/19/21 In May, a horrific discovery in British Columbia caught the world’s attention: The unmarked gravesites of hundreds of Indigenous children, buried near the boarding school they were forced to attend by their government and the Catholic Church in a mass effort to assimilate them into white culture. Since then, over 1,300 […]

CDC: 90% of Michigan counties have ‘high’ or ‘substantial’ COVID-19 spread

By: - August 13, 2021

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Friday that a total of 919,133 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 20,011 have died from the virus — an additional 3,127 cases and 29 deaths since Friday. The new numbers combine Thursday’s and Friday’s recorded cases and deaths, with an average of 1,564 […]

Independent redistricting panel hires GOP-connected law firm, despite concerns

By: - August 13, 2021

Updated, 8:20 a.m., 8/13/21 After hours of discussion, the Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission (MICRC) voted 9-2 on Thursday to hire the only law firm that applied to be the panel’s legal counsel once its new U.S. House, and state House and Senate district lines are finalized later this year. The consideration of the Washington, […]

Biden nominates U of M professor for key HHS role

By: - August 9, 2021

A Michigander has been tapped for a key role at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the President Joe Biden administration announced Friday. Samuel Bagenstos, who is on leave from his position as the Frank G. Millard Professor of Law at University of Michigan, had already joined the Biden administration in January […]

Secretary Granholm joins lawmakers in Michigan to tout Biden’s electric vehicle push 

By: - August 5, 2021

Updated, 7:40 p.m. 8/5/21 Former Michigan governor-turned-U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm made her return to Michigan Thursday with a sweeping four-stop visit to highlight President Joe Biden’s new national target for electric vehicle sales. Granholm was first joined by U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-Holly) for a walking tour of an electronic manufacturing facility in Holly. […]

CDC: 32 Michigan counties have high or substantial COVID-19 transmission rates

By: - August 3, 2021

The COVID-19 transmission rates in 32 Michigan counties — 21 more than last week — are considered “high” or “substantial,” according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Last week, the CDC had urged all individuals in substantial or high community transmission areas to wear masks indoors in public, regardless of their vaccination […]

Agency: With slowed rates, Michigan won’t be 70% vaccinated until late fall

By: - July 30, 2021

The nonpartisan Senate Fiscal Agency (SFA) has calculated that, given the state’s current trajectory, it will take until mid-November for Michigan to reach the desired 70% vaccinated threshold to help stop the spread of COVID-19. The agency has been tweeting out adjusted estimates every few days. COVID-19 vaccine rates have been slowing in Michigan and […]

Indigenous activists protest Line 5 in Michigan on 20,000-mile journey to DC

By: - July 29, 2021

Tribal citizens on a 20,000-mile, cross-country journey to highlight sacred Indigenous sites and call on President Joe Biden’s administration to protect them made their ninth and final stop in Mackinaw City this week. The activists were met and welcomed Tuesday morning by Native people from numerous tribes across Michigan, including the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe […]

State reports 1,028 new COVID-19 cases since Friday

By: - July 27, 2021

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Tuesday that a total of 901,683 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 19,902 have died from the virus — an additional 1,762 cases and 19 deaths since Friday. The new numbers combine Saturday’s, Sunday’s, Monday’s and Tuesday’s recorded cases and deaths, with an average […]