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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 lawmakers call out xenophobic reactions to coronavirus

By: - March 2, 2020

In the wake of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) reaching national public health emergency status, two Democratic Michigan lawmakers are condemning heightened hostility and racist sentiments toward people of Asian descent as a reaction to the illness. The coronavirus originated in Wuhan, China, and has so far affected at least 89,000 people and killed more than […]

Michigan depts. release plan to cut Lake Erie phosphorus

By: - February 29, 2020

This week, Michigan’s three environmental departments released the state’s targeted plan to reduce phosphorus in Lake Erie by 40% over the next five years. Michigan’s departments of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE), Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) and Natural Resources (DNR) collaborated on the effort, which they are calling the draft Michigan Lake Erie […]

Michigan’s first PFAS rules for drinking water move forward

By: - February 27, 2020

A state environmental rulemaking panel voted Thursday afternoon to approve draft rules for setting limits on toxic contaminants known as PFAS in Michigan’s drinking water. The rules now head to a panel of state lawmakers for final consideration. If they are passed, Michigan will go from having no rules at all on per- and polyfluoroalkyl […]

How Michigan progressives built an activist army for Sanders

By: - February 27, 2020

“Raise your hand if you got involved with politics for the first time because of Bernie Sanders.” About 30 hands went up — roughly half the students and area locals filling the seats of the MSU classroom. The “Barnstorm for Bernie” event organized by the Michigan State University student organization Spartans for Sanders, with help […]

Warren joins Sanders, Buttigieg in call to decommission Line 5

By: - February 26, 2020

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren has joined two of her fellow Democratic presidential candidates in calling for Michigan’s embattled Line 5 oil pipeline to be shut down. “Michigan’s Line 5 pipeline is a threat to millions who rely on the Great Lakes for clean water and a healthy economy. My plans for a #GreenNewDeal will rebuild […]

Consumers Energy to eliminate carbon footprint by 2040

By: - February 26, 2020

Consumers Energy, the state’s largest energy provider, has a new, ambitious goal to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2040. The public utility in 2019 rolled out its “Clean Energy Plan,” which details how it expects to meet the state’s natural gas and electricity needs through the next two decades. Consumers Energy announced Monday that […]

Michigan House adopts pro-2nd Amendment resolution on Moms Demand Action day

By: - February 25, 2020

Michigan’s Republican-led state House voted Tuesday afternoon to adopt a resolution reaffirming the right of residents to keep and bear arms. House Resolution 227 is one of several resolutions that state Rep. Gary Eisen (R-St. Clair Twp.) has introduced at both the state and local level to uphold citizens’ rights to bear arms. The measures […]

Buttigieg tweets opposition to Line 5

By: - February 24, 2020

Updated, 8:35 p.m. 2/24/20 with comments from AG Nessel In a tweet Monday evening, former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg became the second Democratic presidential contender currently in the race to call for Enbridge’s controversial Line 5 oil pipeline to be decommissioned. “With such a high risk of an oil spill under the Great […]

Enviros applaud state for rejecting DTE Energy’s 15-year plan

By: - February 24, 2020

One of Michigan’s largest public utilities must go back to the drawing board and come up with a better plan to provide electricity to customers over the next 15 years, a state regulatory body decided last week. Detroit-based DTE Energy, which provides electricity in Michigan to 2.2 million customers and natural gas to 1.3 million, […]

House Dems call on EPA for stronger Lead and Copper Rule

By: - February 21, 2020

A group of 50 House Democrats led by U.S. Rep. Haley Stevens (D-Rochester Hills) is pushing for more robust federal rules for protecting consumers against lead and copper in their drinking water. In a letter sent Tuesday to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler, the Democrats urged the federal agency to strengthen proposed changes […]

Tlaib slams census for leaving out Middle Eastern, North African people

By: - February 20, 2020

In a testy exchange with the U.S Census Bureau director last week, U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Detroit) slammed the bureau’s failure to include more diverse demographic information for people of Middle Eastern and North African descent. The moment garnered social media attention on Wednesday when the news organization NowThis News posted a video on Twitter […]

AG joins legal brief to urge federal action on clean energy

By: - February 19, 2020

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel has joined attorneys general from three more states, plus the District of Columbia and California’s clean air agency, in a legal brief urging the federal government to uphold orders to help states promote clean energy. The amici curiae, or “friend of the court,” brief was filed on Feb. 7 on […]