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Laina G. Stebbins

Laina G. Stebbins

Laina G. Stebbins is a former Michigan Advance reporter. 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.

Nessel files challenge to Line 5 tunnel plan’s constitutionality

By: - January 17, 2020

Updated, 11:31 a.m., 1/18/19 Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel is not backing down from her legal argument against oil company Enbridge’s plan to build a tunnel around the Line 5 pipeline. A legal brief filed by Nessel in the Court of Appeals Thursday seeks a decision that would reverse an earlier Court of Claims ruling, […]

Shirkey has no plans to address PFAS-laden green ooze with legislation

By: - January 17, 2020

The same morning that a state House committee heard updates on the ongoing “green ooze” toxic waste cleanup in Madison Heights, Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake) told reporters he is in no rush to take action on the issue. “Not anticipating taking any action at this time,” Shirkey said in a response to a […]

State task force delivers 18 criminal justice reforms to GOP leaders, Nessel abstains

By: - January 14, 2020

Updated, 9:23 a.m., 1/17/19 Nine months after Gov. Whitmer appointed a Joint Task Force on Jail and Pretrial Incarceration to examine and improve Michigan’s criminal justice system, the task force released its final report. It delivered 18 policy recommendations to legislative leaders at the state Capitol Tuesday morning. The task force was created by the […]

Michigan Republicans press FEMA, Army Corps on Great Lakes shoreline erosion

By: - January 13, 2020

As water levels in the Great Lakes continue to break records, three Michigan U.S. representatives whose districts include communities on Lake Michigan have called for federal and state agencies to help mitigate shoreline erosion. U.S. Reps. Fred Upton (R-St. Joseph), Bill Huizenga (R-Zeeland) and Jack Bergman (R-Watersmeet) met on Friday with the U.S. Army Corps […]

Michigan’s economy in 2020: Could be better, could be worse

By: - January 11, 2020

More than a decade out from the start of the 2008 recession, Michigan is still facing a challenging environment for economic growth. Nonetheless, the state’s economy is expected to pick up over time – even if it is slower than Michiganders would like. This is according to top economists from the University of Michigan and […]

The march to reverse Roe v. Wade: Michigan anti-abortion group, 5 GOP congressmen file briefs

By: - January 10, 2020

Right to Life of Michigan, the state’s foremost anti-abortion organization, has filed to a brief asking the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion. On the same day, several Michigan GOP lawmakers signed a similar brief in support of a court case that could bring the country closer to that […]

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New Michigan anti-LGBTQ discrimination ballot measure includes religious beliefs protections

By: - January 8, 2020

Updated, 3:02 p.m., 1/9/19 A new ballot initiative filed Tuesday could make civil rights protections for LGBTQ Michiganders a reality, after attempts to amend the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act in the state Legislature have languished for years. And, perhaps in an effort to finally get state GOP leaders on board, the petition also includes language […]

Enbridge retrieves ½ of mechanical debris on Line 5 pipeline — but plans to leave the remainder in lakebed

By: - January 7, 2020

Updated, 2:19 p.m. 1/15/20 with EGLE’s statement Last month, Canadian oil pipeline company Enbridge released a statement announcing its successful retrieval of a 45-foot steel borehole rod segment that had been lost to the Straits of Mackinac in September. Left unsaid was the detail that the recovered segment was only about half of the original […]

Whitmer signs supplemental package after rocky first budget year with GOP leaders

By: - December 20, 2019

After months of discord between the governor and Michigan’s GOP leaders, the state’s budget fiasco has finally come to an end. On Friday morning, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed every bill in the Fiscal Year 2020 supplemental budget package. The package, which was passed by the GOP-led Legislature earlier this month before they left for the […]

New: Little-noticed Whitmer admin change restores child support for some low-income families

By: - December 20, 2019

Come January, qualifying Michigan low-income families who receive both child support and cash assistance will begin seeing additional funds – up to either $100 or $200 – each month. The new Gov. Gretchen Whitmer administration policy will be a significant change for the families enrolled in Michigan’s Family Independence Program (FIP), which provides temporary cash assistance benefits […]

Whitmer kills Nugent-backed deer baiting bill

By: - December 19, 2019

The deer baiting bill that Michigan Republicans – and rocker Ted Nugent – have argued so fervently for has been shot down with a stroke of the governor’s pen. As expected, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer vetoed enrolled House Bill 4687 Thursday morning. The bill would have allowed hunters to engage in deer or elk baiting in the […]

AG Barr announces federal crackdown on Detroit crime, MDOC wasn’t given notice

By: - December 18, 2019

A new President Trump administration initiative will soon bulk up the presence of federal law enforcement in Detroit and set the scene for more “tough on crime” policing tactics in the city. On Wednesday, U.S. Attorney General William Barr traveled to Detroit to announce the launch of a major federal program called “Operation Relentless Pursuit.” […]