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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).

State proposes tighter factory farm regulations to control pollution

By: - April 1, 2020

The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) has announced the state’s new revised five-year general permit for factory farms, also known as Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs). Because factory farms raise so many animals in one area, agricultural pollution from animal waste is often a problem. Excessive nutrient pollution and runoff from […]

National Guard to assist FEMA with makeshift Detroit field hospital

By: - April 1, 2020

About 20 members of the Michigan National Guard will be providing logistical support to the effort to turn Detroit’s TCF Center into a federal medical station, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s office announced Wednesday morning. The National Guardsmen and women are assisting the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) with the operation through Wednesday, helping with an inventory […]

Almost 30% of Michigan’s COVID-19 deaths are in Detroit, U.S. death toll surpasses 9/11

By: - March 31, 2020

There are now 7,615 positive cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by a new coronavirus, as of 3 p.m. Tuesday, although state officials believe the actual number of cases is much higher. The state also reports that 259 people have died of the disease. A statewide coronavirus hotline is open 7 days a week from […]

Robinson’s death renews calls for safer Legislature protocols

By: - March 30, 2020

First-term state Rep. Isaac Robinson (D-Detroit), 44, died from suspected COVID-19 complications Sunday morning. As his friends and colleagues mourn him, some say his passing underscores the need for legislative leaders to take more precautions to prevent the virus’ spread. Robinson could possibly be the first state lawmaker in the country to die from the […]

Michigan has 1K more COVID-19 cases since Friday, 111 total deaths

By: - March 28, 2020

There are now 4,650 positive cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by a new coronavirus, as of 3 p.m. Saturday, although state officials believe the actual number of cases is much higher. The state reports 111 people have reportedly died of COVID-19. A statewide coronavirus hotline is open 7 days a week from 8 a.m. […]

Whitmer task force lays out energy alternatives to Line 5 for U.P. residents

By: - March 26, 2020

After almost 10 months of research, presentations and meetings, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s U.P. Energy Task Force has released a draft of its recommendations for the state’s Upper Peninsula to lessen its dependence on propane from the Line 5 pipeline and look at alternative energy solutions for Michigan’s northernmost region. Public comments on the draft recommendations […]

After Rep. Carter contracts COVID-19, lawmakers, staff advised to self-quarantine

By: - March 26, 2020

The first known member of the Michigan Legislature has tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by a new coronavirus. State Rep. Tyrone Carter (D-Detroit) attended the last House session on March 17, in which 94 of the chamber’s 110 members — including Carter — were present for a lengthy 12-hour session to negotiate a […]

Breaking: Entire Michigan congressional delegation sends letter asking Pence to grant emergency COVID-19 supplies

By: - March 26, 2020

Michigan’s 16-member congressional delegation has written a joint letter to Vice President Mike Pence, urging him to immediately approve the state’s pending requests for critical COVID-19 supplies. Pence is the point person for the President Trump administration’s response to COVID-19, the disease caused by a new coronavirus. The letter obtained by the Advance, which was […]

Slotkin bill would force Trump to use Defense Production Act for life-saving medical supplies

By: - March 25, 2020

A bipartisan bill led by U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-Holly) would force President Donald Trump to take advantage of a wartime-era law that would speed production of critically-needed medical supplies, easing shortages in states that are already running out just weeks into the country’s COVID-19 outbreak. Slotkin and fellow U.S. Reps. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) and […]

Tlaib’s stimulus plan issues platinum coins, gives everyone $2,000 cash cards

By: - March 24, 2020

While negotiations on a COVID-19 stimulus bill remain underway in Congress, U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Detroit) has announced her own plan to counter the economic effect of the COVID-19 outbreak in America. Under Tlaib’s bill, called the “Automatic BOOST to Communities Act,” the U.S. Treasury would create a new mint program to fund direct payments […]

Whitmer signs ‘stay at home’ order, warns businesses not to ‘play fast and loose’ with public health

By: - March 23, 2020

Updated, 3:02 p.m., 3/23/20, with comments from Speaker Chatfield After days of speculation that Michigan would join other states in ordering a “stay at home” measure to prevent the spread of COVID-19, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Monday announced that, after careful consideration with top public health officials over the weekend, she has decided to implement […]

Michigan reports 787 COVID-19 cases, 5 deaths

By: - March 21, 2020

As of 10 a.m. Saturday, there are now almost 790 positive cases of COVID-19 in Michigan, although state officials believe the actual number of cases is much higher. That count is a 238-case increase from Friday morning, and comes with the addition of two more deaths since then; one in Oakland County Friday evening and […]