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).

Key Line 5 legal challenge could wrap soon

By: - February 18, 2020

Canadian oil company Enbridge has not yet shown that its ongoing installation of support anchors along the controversial Line 5 pipeline complies with environmental protection laws, according to a new ruling issued by Administrative Law Judge Daniel L. Pulter. The 18-page order made public last week rejected all but one of the petitioners’ legal challenges […]

DHHS Chief Gordon: Foster care should be ‘treated as a last resort’

By: - February 15, 2020

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s Fiscal Year 2021 budget includes investments her administration says would result in fewer kids being moved into the foster care system. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) would see a boost of $8.6 million, with $5.4 million coming from the state’s General Fund, to address problems that often lead […]

Bipartisan officials are worried about Michigan’s high water levels and erosion. Can they agree on a solution?

By: - February 12, 2020

Local, state and federal officials convened this week at Lansing Community College’s West Campus for an all-day summit, called for by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, to address record high water levels across the state and collaborate on solutions going forward. “As we deal with rising lake levels, there aren’t a lot of things that stop Mother […]

Nessel: Michigan should vote first, not Iowa or N.H.

By: - February 11, 2020

In a Twitter exchange with former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm on Tuesday, Attorney General Dana Nessel slyly suggested that Michigan would be a better choice to vote first in presidential elections than Iowa or New Hampshire. Granholm tweeted Monday night that she is “frustrated at the disproportionate impact of two white states affecting candidate momentum,” […]

Bloomberg wants to turn Michigan blue in ‘20 at all costs — literally

By: - February 9, 2020

With a highly unconventional campaign strategy and no shortage of funds, billionaire former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg is laying the groundwork for Michigan to vote blue in November – even if he’s not the Democratic presidential nominee. Bloomberg’s huge investments in battleground states like Michigan come as the rest of the Democratic field travels to […]

Enviro protections bolstered in gov’s 2021 budget proposal

By: - February 6, 2020

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s $61.9 billion second executive budget proposal includes a sizable boost in funding for climate change adaptations, clean drinking water, Asian carp prevention and other environmental protections. “Climate and water” was one of three top strategic investment areas prioritized in Whitmer’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 budget, as state Budget Director Chris Kolb laid […]

New: Stevens asks feds to investigate ‘secret’ consumer scores

By: - February 5, 2020

U.S. Rep. Haley Stevens (D-Rochester Hills) is requesting that a federal agency investigate the shadowy practice of “secret consumer scores,” which large corporations are increasingly using to collect private information about consumers and determine how companies should interact with them. Stevens wrote a letter to Gene Dodaro, U.S. comptroller general and head of the federal […]

Iowa satellite caucus in Michigan: Sanders, Warren split 4 delegates

By: - February 3, 2020

Nine Iowans gathered in the Ann Arbor Downtown District Library Monday night — at one of 87 satellite caucuses offered for Iowans who could not make it back to their home district — to divide up four available Democratic delegates. The final count, which did not change from the initial alignment, resulted in an even […]

First Nation tribe rejects nuclear waste site on Lake Huron

By: - February 3, 2020

An indigenous community has uprooted a Canadian energy company’s plan to build a permanent nuclear waste repository by the shore of Lake Huron, after years of vocal opposition to the proposal by Canadian and American lawmakers and residents. The company, Ontario Power Generation (OPG), began considering the spot in Ontario across from Michigan’s “Thumb” years […]

House measure urges Canada not to store nuclear waste on Great Lakes

By: - January 31, 2020

A bipartisan measure aimed at putting “moral pressure” on Congress to prevent Canada from storing nuclear waste on Lake Huron has advanced from a House committee. Canada’s Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) has been eyeing a spot on Lake Huron, right across the lake from Michigan’s “Thumb,” as one of its two top choices to […]

In Warren, Trump touts USMCA, vows to end Chaldean deportations

By: - January 31, 2020

Hours before heading to Iowa for a “Make America Great Again” campaign rally Thursday evening, President Donald Trump made a stop to tour the Dana Inc. manufacturing plant in Warren and make a relatively quick 30-minute speech to supporters and plant workers. There, the newly impeached president boasted about the U.S.-Mexico-Canada agreement (USMCA) he signed […]

After a year battling Republicans, Whitmer vows executive action on roads, other priorities

By: and - January 29, 2020

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer was not shy Wednesday evening about addressing the partisan roadblocks her administration faced over the last year from the Republican-controlled Legislature, which stymied some of her biggest policy goals. The Democratic governor delivered her second State of the State address in the Michigan House chamber, taking a look back at the progress […]