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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 House passes bills regulating PFAS in firefighting foam

By: - October 3, 2019

The Michigan House passed three bills Thursday that would tighten regulations on certain hazardous chemicals found in firefighter foam. Class B firefighting foam is used by firefighters to extinguish fires in which materials like gasoline, oil or jet fuel are burning. In many class B foams, the active ingredient that combines with foaming agents to […]

After budget drama, Whitmer outlines areas for compromise before meeting with GOP leaders

By: - October 2, 2019

After signing the Fiscal Year 2020 budget, albeit with plenty of vetoes, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday laid out a list of key priorities she hopes to address with supplemental funding, saying she is “ready to negotiate” with legislative leaders when she convenes a quadrant meeting Thursday. On Monday, she issued 147 line-item vetoes, which […]

Peters talks 2020, Trump impeachment before visiting UAW strikers

By: - October 1, 2019

U.S. Sen. Gary Peters (D-Bloomfield Twp.) made appearances in Lansing Tuesday morning, which included a question and answer session with the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce at a local brewery before a visit with striking General Motors workers on the picket line. The Advance spoke with Peters after fielding questions on a variety of issues […]

Protesters plan to shut down Baldwin immigration prison before it can open*

By: - September 30, 2019

Updated and corrected, 4:01 p.m. 10/2/19 The North Lake Correctional Facility is set to become Michigan’s first and only private, for-profit immigrant prison when it opens Tuesday morning. Immigration activists around the state are keen on not letting that happen.* Formerly known as the Michigan Youth Correctional Facility, the GEO Group-owned prison had previously been […]

Enviro groups declare solidarity with UAW, telling GM: ‘We know you can do better’

By: - September 27, 2019

Almost 50 environmental organizations signed a letter Friday addressed to the CEO of General Motors, declaring their support for the United Autoworkers (UAW) members who have been striking against GM since Sept. 16. The 46 environmental groups, composed of local and national organizations including Greenpeace USA, Sierra Club and Sunrise Movement, directly urge GM CEO […]

Nessel an outlier among other Dem AGs over Purdue Pharma settlement

By: - September 26, 2019

In the midst of America’s opioid crisis, alleged to have been accelerated by OxyContin manufacturer Purdue Pharma, about half of the nation’s attorneys general have accepted the pharmaceutical company’s proposed settlement and work with their lawyers toward a solution. The other state attorneys general have rejected the plan. Among the former group is Michigan Attorney […]

Detroit awarded $9.7M to address lead-based hazards

By: - September 26, 2019

A federal department is awarding Detroit with a $9.7 million grant to address lead-based hazards in the community, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and U.S. Rep. Brenda Lawrence (D-Southfield) announced Thursday. “This funding is critical to protect children in Detroit from the hazards of lead poisoning” as “lead remains a challenge for the city,” Lawrence said in […]

Bipartisan ‘Clean Slate’ criminal expungement bills get House hearing

By: - September 24, 2019

Members of the Michigan House Judiciary Committee convened Tuesday to hear testimony on a series of bipartisan bills that would expand access to Michiganders who seek to have their criminal offenses expunged. “I think today, we could be making one of the most significant efforts in generations to help our fellow citizens gain fuller participation […]

Michigan House Dems introduce worker protections during Labor Month, UAW strike

By: - September 23, 2019

A group of Michigan House Democrats on Monday gathered to announce a package of bills focused on improving the compensation, protection and support of Michigan workers. “It’s about stability and opportunity,” said state Rep. Kara Hope (D-Holt), the lead sponsor of the legislation.  Hope said the series of reforms will, among other things, provide guarantees […]

Whitmer, Greig agree their relationship is ‘fine’ after K-12 budget split

By: and - September 23, 2019

Michigan has a week to go to get next year’s state budget in place, and the Legislature is expected to approve a slew of conference reports during long Tuesday sessions. Even without the Legislature in session on Monday, there was no shortage of drama, with state Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake) suggesting some of […]

Activists demand bold action at Lansing climate strike

By: - September 20, 2019

Updated, 2:43 p.m. 9/22/19 with comments from Sen. Peters’ office “What do we want?” “Green New Deal!” “When do we want it?” “Now!” Several hundred people, led by students and young activists, congregated at the Lansing Capitol steps Friday afternoon to chant, march and demand bold action from government leaders on climate change. https://s37741.p1438.sites.pressdns.com/2019/09/19/climate-strike-events-planned-across-michigan-friday/ The […]

Republicans change primary rules to give Trump better shot at winning Michigan

By: - September 19, 2019

The Michigan Republican Party is making it much more likely that President Donald Trump will win the state’s presidential primary in March 2020. The new rules instituted by the party this year raise the percentage of the statewide vote needed to receive any of Michigan’s delegates to 20%, up from 15% in 2016, MLive reported. […]