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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).

Detroit McDonald’s workers strike over sexual harassment and violence

By: - November 2, 2021

McDonald’s workers in Detroit walked out in protest last week over what they characterize as the company’s failure to address a widespread problem of sexual harassment in the workplace. An employee told the Advance Tuesday that they plan to strike again soon. In addition to Detroit, McDonald’s employees also went on strike on Oct. 26 […]

GOP-led Senate passes measure slamming DOJ probe of school board threats

By: - November 2, 2021

On a party-line vote, the Michigan Senate on Tuesday adopted a GOP measure condemning the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) for investigating and strategizing about how to deal with increasing threats to school board members and teachers. The threats and harassment by right-wing protestors at schools have largely centered around their opposition to mask requirements […]

As Canada invokes 1977 Treaty, tribal citizens point to older treaties affected by Line 5

By: - November 2, 2021

For nearly five months, the Canadian government has repeatedly submitted court filings and letters to a federal court in the hopes of halting proceedings in State of Michigan v Enbridge — the case which will determine which court will preside over the state’s all-important lawsuit to enforce Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s Line 5 shutdown order. At […]

Michigan reports 8,078 new COVID-19 cases since Wednesday

By: - October 29, 2021

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Friday that a total of 1,128,435 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 22,182 have died from the virus — an additional 8,078 cases and 122 deaths since Wednesday. The new numbers combine Thursday and Friday’s recorded cases and deaths, with an average of 4,039 […]

Whitmer bans state government from purchasing products containing PFAS

By: - October 29, 2021

With an executive directive issued Wednesday by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Michigan became the first state in the country to limit procurement on PFAS-containing products by state agencies. Effective immediately, Executive Directive 2021-08 prohibits the state of Michigan from purchasing products containing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) unless no alternative is available. “PFAS are dangerous, man-made […]

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 […]