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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).

Regan blames special state House election loss on ‘coup’ from ‘RINO establishment’

By: - May 4, 2022

The day after far-right Republican Robert Regan lost a special state House election Tuesday in a surprise upset, Regan blamed establishment Republicans for his loss during a radio talk show appearance. “This was a big, big win for … quite frankly, the RINO [Republican in Name Only] establishment, who’s proved beyond a shadow of a […]

GOP lawmakers attend anti-abortion luncheon, hail SCOTUS draft opinion

By: - May 3, 2022

As the nation still grapples with the late Monday news of a leaked draft opinion from the U.S. Supreme Court, which confirms that the court plans to overturn Roe v. Wade, Michigan GOP senators took a break from session Tuesday to partake in a closed luncheon with Right to Life (RTL) of Michigan. RTL has […]

State reports 35 new COVID-19 outbreaks in schools in the last week

By: - May 2, 2022

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reports that 79 pre-kindergarten-12 schools are reporting new or ongoing COVID-19 outbreaks as of Monday. Of those, 35 K-12 schools in 14 counties are experiencing new outbreaks or clusters that total 229 COVID-19 cases. The state reports school- and sports-related COVID-19 outbreaks on a weekly basis. […]

Granholm, Whitmer, members of Congress cut ribbon for MSU’s $730M nuclear research facility

By: - May 2, 2022

After 13 years of work and a nearly $1 billion investment, state and national leaders came together in East Lansing Monday for a prestigious ribbon-cutting ceremony for the one-of-a-kind scientific facility. The Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB), housed on Michigan State University’s campus next to academic buildings and across the street from the MSU […]

Enbridge, Nessel fight over Line 5 pipeline in holding pattern 

By: - May 1, 2022

Updated, 8:26 p.m., 5/3/22, with comments from Enbridge When Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Attorney General Dana Nessel took office in 2019, both having campaigned on decommissioning Enbridge’s Line 5, they ushered in a flurry of legal and regulatory battles over the embattled oil pipeline. Two federal lawsuits could determine the fate of the 69-year-old […]

Rep. Jewell Jones turns down GOP leadership’s offer to resume committee posts

By: - April 29, 2022

State Rep. Jewell Jones declined to resume his seat on three House committees this week after being offered them back by House Speaker Jason Wentworth. Wentworth (R-Clare) had stripped Jones of his assignments on three committees, including the Regulatory Reform and the Military, Veterans and Homeland Security committees, in September after Jones attempted to sneak […]

Rep. Matt Maddock booted from House GOP caucus

By: - April 27, 2022

State Rep. Matt Maddock (R-Milford) has been removed from the House GOP caucus, the Advance has confirmed. “As to the reason, the caucus doesn’t discuss internal issues,” said Gideon D’Assandro, spokesperson for House Speaker Jason Wentworth (R-Clare) on Wednesday. There have been reports that Maddock shared details from confidential caucus meetings. Maddock’s page on the […]

Advocates rally to raise awareness as almost 25,000 Michigan children were abused in 2021 

By: - April 26, 2022

Around 200 advocates flocked to the Michigan Capitol on Tuesday to raise awareness about preventing child abuse and neglect, planting pinwheels in the ground across the city afterwards as part of the 14th annual event hosted by the Children’s Trust Fund. More than 16,000 complaints of child abuse and neglect were confirmed in Michigan in […]

State reports 14 new COVID-19 outbreaks in schools in the last week

By: - April 25, 2022

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reports that 44 pre-kindergarten-12 schools are reporting new or ongoing COVID-19 outbreaks as of Monday. Of those, 14 K-12 schools —Burns Elementary-Middle School, John R. King Academic And Performing Arts Academy, Wacousta Elementary, Little Dragons Learning Center, Gull Lake-Ryan Intermediate, Ottawa Area Center, Allen Elementary, Burns […]

Grand Rapids police chief confirms Officer Christopher Schurr shot, killed Lyoya

By: - April 25, 2022

The Grand Rapids Police Department (GRPD) has released the name of the officer who shot a 26-year-old unarmed Black man on April 4, an incident that has sparked numerous protests across the state in the weeks since. Patrick Lyoya was shot in the back of the head after he was pulled over on a traffic […]

Biden calls McMorrow with praise, Theis continues fundraising off anti-LGBTQ+ comments

By: - April 25, 2022

State Sen. McMorrow (D-Royal Oak) is still receiving national acclaim for her viral floor speech last week, even receiving on Friday a personal call from President Joe Biden. Meanwhile, state Sen. Lana Theis (R-Brighton) sent out another fundraising email after baselessly accusing McMorrow and Democrats of “grooming” and “sexualizing” children. The controversy began on April […]

Whitmer unveils ‘game-changer’ climate plan for carbon neutrality by 2050

By: - April 23, 2022

Standing among a solar array in Traverse City on Thursday, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced the release of Michigan’s new “healthy climate” plan for the state to eventually achieve 100% economy-wide carbon neutrality by 2050. The MI Healthy Climate Plan has been two years in the making since Whitmer directed its creation in 2020, tasking the […]