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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).

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 […]

Trump signs bipartisan USMCA trade deal, only invites GOP

By: - January 29, 2020

President Donald Trump signed the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) Wednesday afternoon. Although the new trade deal had plenty of input from Democratic members of Congress, only Republican lawmakers were invited to the signing ceremony in the White House. The deal cleared the U.S. House of Representatives by a vote of 384-41 in December, and the […]

Osborn on Lucido’s alleged harassment: ‘It just makes you feel powerless’

By: - January 28, 2020

On Monday, Melissa Osborn described her experience of having inappropriate and unwanted attention from state Sen. Peter Lucido (R-Shelby Twp.) in an interview on WDET’s “Detroit Today” radio show. Osborn, a regulatory and legislative affairs specialist for the Michigan Credit Union League and affiliates, is the second woman to allege Lucido sexually harassed her since […]

Nessel joins lawsuit challenging Trump admin effort to allow 3D-printed guns

By: - January 27, 2020

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel has joined a lawsuit seeking to prevent the President Trump administration’s newest attempt to allow access to blueprints for 3D-printed guns. The downloadable files would essentially allow anyone with an Internet connection to be able to print their own unregistered, untraceable firearm with a 3D printer. These are sometimes referred […]

Enbridge Line 5 rod stuck in Straits more than 5x longer than 1st reported to state

By: - January 27, 2020

A steel drill rod that became lodged in the Straits of Mackinac lakebed during an equipment collapse in September is at least five times longer than embattled Canadian oil giant Enbridge previously reported to the state – and exactly how much longer is still unclear. On Jan. 7, the Advance first reported that a metal rod […]