Laina G. Stebbins

Laina G. Stebbins

Laina G. Stebbins is a former Michigan Advance reporter. 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.

Michigan ranks 5th in nation for daily COVID-19 testing

By: - September 2, 2020

State advancements in COVID-19 testing are paying off, with Michigan ranking fifth in the country last week for the number of daily tests conducted, Michigan Department Health and Human Services (DHHS) Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun said Wednesday. But Gov. Gretchen Whitmer warned at the press conference that “the fight is still far from […]

SOS denies Russian ‘data breach’ of Michigan voter info

By: - September 1, 2020

The personal information of 7.6 million Michigan voters was obtained and posted on a Russian hacker site in an apparent attempt to solicit money from the U.S. government, the Russian newspaper Kommersant reported Tuesday. Millions of voters from other key swing states including North Carolina and Florida were also targeted in the dark web database, […]

New company offers U.P. propane alternative to Line 5

By: - September 1, 2020

Updated, 7:30 p.m., 9/1/20 with comment from Enbridge State environmental activists are lifting up a new potential source of propane for Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, in the hopes that it will give more leeway for Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to shut down Canadian oil company Enbridge’s controversial Line 5 pipeline. Line 5 has transported Canadian oil under […]

Lying to get petition signatures is legal in Michigan. Can that change without hurting free speech?

By: - August 24, 2020

As one of 26 states that allow citizen-led ballot initiatives, Michigan’s petition process makes it relatively easy for citizens to enact — and sometimes reject — laws passed by the state Legislature. It also is easy for circulators to mislead voters, as Michigan is just one of a few states that does not prohibit lying […]

AG fights Trump rule allowing ‘bomb trains’ of explosive liquefied gas

By: - August 23, 2020

Attorney General Dana Nessel announced Friday that she has joined a coalition of 14 other AGs in urging a federal court to review a new rule that would allow highly explosive materials to be transported by rail across the country. The petition, filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, […]

Labor advocates file in support of order requiring COVID-19 tests for migrant workers

By: - August 21, 2020

A coalition of worker advocates, unions, community organizations and health experts have filed an amicus brief in support of a state order requiring COVID-19 tests for Michigan’s migrant worker population, as the state’s agriculture lobby pursues a legal challenge to strike down the order as a civil rights infringement. “Plaintiffs’ effort to discern some sort […]

Whitmer orders flags lowered to honor late Rep. Robinson

By: - August 21, 2020

U.S. and Michigan flags at the state Capitol complex and Michigan’s 4th House District wave at half-staff Friday, after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer ordered them to be lowered in honor of the late state Rep. Isaac Robinson (D-Detroit). Robinson died from COVID-19 complications on March 29 at age 44. A day of service in his memoriam […]

Nessel slams stereotype that ‘female leaders can’t work together’ during DNC Zoom watch party

By: - August 20, 2020

Attorney General Dana Nessel and other female Michigan officials (virtually) let loose Wednesday ahead of the National Democratic Convention, in a Zoom event celebrating the 2018 “pink wave” while aiming to spur enthusiasm for the 2020 Democratic ticket. Nessel kicked off the call by cracking open a can of Michigan beer and playing “Get the […]

MSU adopted remote learning. Will other Michigan colleges follow suit?

By: - August 19, 2020

Weeks after Michigan State University officials said that students who are able should stay at home for the fall semester, MSU President Samuel L. Stanley Jr. abruptly announced Tuesday that the university will be switching fully to online-only, remote instruction. The decision, made just two weeks before fall classes are slated to begin, is the […]

New: Appeals Court dismisses lawsuit to stop anti-Whitmer petition, appeal planned

By: - August 19, 2020

A lawsuit challenging the Board of State Canvassers’ approval of a right-wing ballot petition drive was dismissed Monday by the Michigan Court of Appeals. The “Keep Michigan Safe” committee, headed by former Republican state Sen. and U.S. Rep. Joe Schwarz, with legal counsel from attorney and former Michigan Democratic Party chair Mark Brewer, had filed […]

Michigan reports 517 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday

By: - August 18, 2020

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Tuesday that 93,662 total Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 6,340 have died from the virus — an additional 477 cases and 15 deaths since Monday. The state notes that seven of Tuesday’s additional deaths come from its most recent review of vital records […]

Michigan reports 465 new COVID-19 cases, state total tops 93K

By: - August 17, 2020

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Monday that 93,185 total Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 6,325 have died from the virus — an additional 465 cases and one death since Sunday. DHHS also reports that an additional 9,539 Michiganders have been identified as “probable” cases for COVID-19, as well […]