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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).

Bills would revamp prison sentences, prioritize ‘smart justice’ over punishment

By: - September 18, 2019

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Michigan officials stood alongside a bipartisan group of lawmakers on the Capitol steps Wednesday afternoon to unveil a new bipartisan plan for sentencing reform legislation. The proposed bill package, introduced by state Sen. Curt VanderWall (R-Ludington), state Sen. Jeff Irwin (D-Ann Arbor) and state Sen. Sylvia Santana (D-Detroit), is […]

Flavored vaping products ban effective immediately in Michigan

By: - September 18, 2019

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s emergency rules banning flavored vaping products were released on Wednesday and are effective immediately, according to an announcement from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS). All retailers and resellers will have 14 days to comply with the new rules, including online sellers. https://s37741.p1438.sites.pressdns.com/2019/09/04/whitmer-signs-1st-vaping-ban-in-nation-industry-group-calls-it-illegal/ The statement on Wednesday cites the […]

Nugent wants deer-baiting ban lifted, bashes wildlife officials and scientists

By: - September 17, 2019

Musician and outspoken Republican activist Ted Nugent was the star attraction at a state House committee meeting Tuesday morning, where he argued in fervent support of House Bill 4687 to lift the ban on certain deer and elk hunting regulations in the state. “Banning feeding and baiting is a guaranteed destruction, further destruction, of this […]

Additional sexual assault charge filed against former Flint-area priest

By: - September 17, 2019

One of the five Michigan priests charged with sexual assault earlier this year now faces an additional felony charge, according to Attorney General Dana Nessel’s office. Vincent DeLorenzo, 80, was one of the first five priests charged by Nessel’s office in late May. He had originally been charged with three counts of first-degree and three […]