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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).

Michigan reports 3,215 new COVID-19 cases since Friday

By: - April 6, 2022

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Wednesday that a total of 2,080,612 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 35,776 have died from the virus — an additional 3,215 cases and 70 deaths since Friday. The new numbers combine Saturday’s, Sunday’s, Monday’s, Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s recorded cases and deaths, with an […]

Report shows several northern Michigan counties with high poverty and COVID death rates

By: - April 6, 2022

Many of America’s poorest counties have experienced disproportionately higher rates of COVID-19 deaths, including several in northern Michigan, according to a new report from the Poor People’s Campaign. The report released Monday was from the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival; Repairers of the Breach; the Kairos Center for Religions, Rights and […]

State reports 37 new COVID-19 school outbreaks in last week

By: - April 4, 2022

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reports that 68 pre-kindergarten-12 schools are reporting new or ongoing COVID-19 outbreaks as of Monday. Of those, six K-12 schools —Catherine Blackwell Institute, Detroit Collegiate Preparatory High School at Northwestern, Foreign Language Immersion and Cultural Studies, Ronald Brown Academy, Big Rock Elementary and West Michigan Academy […]

Experts: Michigan budget supplemental is the 1st step in addressing housing crisis

By: - April 4, 2022

A recent report by the Lansing-based Michigan League for Public Policy (MLPP) hones in on ways to achieve housing justice for older adults and people with disabilities, as Michigan continues to top the charts as one of the fastest-aging states in the nation. “Michigan is experiencing a dire shortage of affordable housing, and the greatest […]

Michigan reports 1,661 new COVID-19 cases since Wednesday

By: - April 1, 2022

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Friday that a total of 2,080,612 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 32,863 have died from the virus — an additional 1,661 cases and 33 deaths since Wednesday. The new numbers combine Thursday’s and Friday’s recorded cases and deaths, with an average of 831 […]

Whitmer signs $4.8B infrastructure deal, highlights parks funding

By: - March 30, 2022

Following the GOP-led Legislature’s adoption last week of a massive, nearly $5 billion supplemental infrastructure plan, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer sealed the deal Wednesday by signing the two-bill package in downtown Grand Rapids. The “Building Michigan Together Plan,” composed of Senate Bill 565 and House Bill 5525, puts forward some of the largest infrastructure investments in […]

Gilchrist to meet with White House officials Wednesday for infrastructure talks

By: - March 29, 2022

Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist is set to visit Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, where he will meet with White House officials about infrastructure priorities in Michigan. According to a press release, Gilchrist will sit down with Mitch Landrieu, senior advisor to President Joe Biden and infrastructure coordinator, along with other senior White House infrastructure officials. The […]

State reports 31 new school COVID cases in last week

By: - March 28, 2022

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Monday that a total of 2,074,401 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 32,758 have died from the virus — an additional 1,258 cases and six deaths since Friday. The new numbers combine Saturday’s, Sunday’s and Monday’s recorded cases and deaths, with an average of […]

Michigan reports 1,575 new COVID-19 cases since Wednesday

By: - March 25, 2022

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Friday that a total of 2,076,143 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 32,752 have died from the virus — an additional 1,575 cases and 38 deaths since Wednesday. The new numbers combine Thursday’s and Friday’s recorded cases and deaths, with an average of 788 […]

Lucido under investigation for alleged sexual harassment at Macomb Co. office

By: - March 25, 2022

Macomb County Prosecutor Peter Lucido, who faced numerous credible allegations of sexual harassment while serving in the state Senate, is now the subject of another claim — this time from at least one employee in his new office. WXYZ-TV confirmed Thursday that the Macomb County government has hired a law firm to investigate “complaints alleging […]

Lawmakers pass massive $4.8B plan for water, infrastructure and more

By: - March 24, 2022

A deal reached between Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Michigan’s GOP-led Legislature culminated in almost $5 billion in spending being passed Thursday to shore up infrastructure, drinking water quality, transportation, housing and more. The main supplemental spending bill, Senate Bill 565, was introduced by state Rep. Jon Bumstead (R-Newaygo) and largely uses leftover state and […]

Enviros say GOP, oil industry are using high gas prices to fearmonger about pipeline shutdowns

By: - March 24, 2022

Gas prices have soared in recent weeks amid inflation and the Russian invasion of Ukraine, with some Democrats raising concerns about price gouging. Although they’re starting to drop, many Republicans and oil companies are still using gas prices to criticize Democrats President Joe Biden and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer for efforts to shut down oil pipeline […]