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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).

New: Michigan counties that voted heavily for Trump have more COVID-19 cases, deaths

By: - October 20, 2021

While racial gaps in COVID-19 vaccinations have narrowed in Michigan and nationwide, the partisan divide between who is and is not receiving vaccines remains wide. And because COVID-19 vaccines are proven to cut down on an individual’s chances of getting seriously ill or dying from the virus — a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention […]

Nessel, 25 AGs advocate for Native children in Supreme Court case

By: - October 19, 2021

Attorney General Dana Nessel has joined a bipartisan coalition of 26 attorneys general in an effort to uphold protections guaranteed under the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA), Nessel’s office announced Tuesday. The amicus brief, filed on Oct. 8 before the U.S. Supreme Court, concerns the cases of Haaland v. Brackeen and Cherokee Nation v. Brackeen […]

Feds launch long-awaited plan to combat PFAS

By: - October 18, 2021

The President Joe Biden Administration announced Monday newly accelerated efforts to prevent and mediate pollution from per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), a group of “forever chemicals” known to cause harm to human health. PFAS can be found in drinking water, soil and air across the country, and are a growing concern. As part of the […]

Princeton Gerrymandering Project grades Michigan’s redistricting maps

By: - October 15, 2021

A national gerrymandering project from Princeton University has graded Michigan’s 10 preliminary district maps headed for public comment after they were approved this week by the state’s independent citizens panel. The Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission (MICRC) on Monday gave the greenlight to four maps redrawing the state’s congressional districts and three apiece for the […]

Judge strikes Canada letters in Line 5 case

By: - October 13, 2021

The federal judge tasked with deciding jurisdiction for the state’s lawsuit to enforce Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s Line 5 shutdown order, Judge Janet Neff, has stricken letters regarding the Canadian government’s attempts to pause the proceedings. Since June, the government of Canada has repeatedly submitted letters to the court asking Neff to hold the case in […]

Michigan reports 8,671 new COVID-19 cases, 110 deaths since Monday

By: - October 13, 2021

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Wednesday that a total of 1,073,228 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 21,459 have died from the virus — an additional 8,671 cases and 110 deaths since Monday. The new numbers combine Monday’s and Tuesday’s recorded cases and deaths, with an average of 4,335 […]

Republicans parrot conspiracies at Trump-endorsed Michigan rally for so-called election ‘audit’

By: - October 12, 2021

Updated, 4:46 p.m., 10/13/21, 8:36 a.m., 10/15/21, with comment from Benson At the urging of former President Donald Trump, a crowd of about 400 supporters flocked to the Michigan Capitol steps Tuesday to spend the cloudy afternoon demanding a “transparent forensic audit” of the 2020 presidential election that the one-term GOP president lost. GOP activists […]

House bills would disclose state officials, lawmakers named in sexual harassment settlements

By: - October 11, 2021

A pair of Michigan House bills would shed light on any future sexual harassment or sexual assault settlements entered into as a result of accusations against state legislators and top Michigan officials. The House bills — HB 4920 introduced by state Rep. Steven Johnson (R-Wayland) in May, and HB 5281 introduced by state Rep. Adam […]

Michigan reports 8,409 new COVID-19 cases since Wednesday

By: - October 8, 2021

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Friday that a total of 1,055,420 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 21,313 have died from the virus — an additional 8,409 cases and 82 deaths since Wednesday. The new numbers combine Thursday and Friday’s recorded cases and deaths, with an average of 4,205 […]

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All the ways Michigan made the congressional report on Trump trying to overturn the election

By: - October 8, 2021

Updated, 8:41 a.m., 10/15/21 U.S. Senate Democrats dropped a report Thursday on how former President Donald Trump and his allies attempted to overturn the 2020 election, and there’s no shortage of Michigan mentions in the 394-page document. The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee released the lengthy report on Thursday, following many months of investigation into Trump’s […]

GOP Macomb Co. clerk announces ‘forensic audit’ of election server

By: - October 6, 2021

In the next few weeks, election servers in Macomb County will begin to undergo a “forensic audit” process initiated by the Republican county clerk, although there isn’t evidence that such a security measure is necessary. Macomb County Clerk Anthony Forlini, a former state House member, announced the plan Tuesday, saying that he hopes the audit […]

Biden boosts infrastructure, climate change plans in Mich. GOP stronghold

By: - October 5, 2021

Speaking at a Howell union training facility on Tuesday, President Joe Biden marked his Michigan visit by touting two investment bills that he said would act as a “blue-collar blueprint” for revitalizing America’s infrastructure. The Democratic president is still negotiating with members of Congress on the two bills — a $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill […]