Rick Pluta

Managing Editor - Michigan Public Radio Network
WKAR Special Report: Marijuana in Michigan
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Marijuana-infused beer, wine, and spirits would be outlawed under a bill adopted by the state Senate.


Governor Rick Snyder and state lawmakers have an extra 315 (m) million dollars to work with as they finalize the new budget.


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Construction worker unions have asked the Michigan Supreme Court to put the brakes on sending a petition-initiated question to the Legislature. As we hear from Capital Bureau Chief Rick Pluta, the unions say the petition campaign broke the rules.


This week's Current State focuses on an MSU's "New Day" proposal, a new sexual assault investigator in Ingham County, virtual learning in Michigan, learning everything there is to know about plants and why WKAR may be a little harder to tune in these days. 


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A court says the Legislature gets to vote on a petition-initiated bill that would outlaw rules for how workers are paid on publicly funded projects. We have more from Capital Bureau Chief Rick Pluta.


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The four Republicans and three Democrats running for governor appeared together Thursday for the first time. Arguments about ethics and racism broke out at the forum.


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A state board is starting to move faster to finalize business licenses to grow, transport, test, and sell medical marijuana. As we hear from Capital Bureau Chief Rick Pluta, the marijuana board added three meetings to its schedule between now and the end of the year.


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The state House Republican leader says it’s still possible lawmakers will vote on legalizing marijuana in Michigan. But, as we hear from Capital Bureau Chief Rick Pluta, he says it is unlikely.


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Governor Rick Snyder has signed bills that would make it tougher and more expensive for losing candidates to call a recount of the results. We have more from Capitol Bureau Chief Rick Pluta.


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The state House opened hearings Wednesday on a bill that would require able-bodied people on Medicaid to have a job, be looking for work, or be enrolled in school. As we hear from Capital Bureau Chief Rick Pluta, the bill faces obstacles.


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A legal challenge has been filed against the ballot campaign to overhaul how Michigan draws political boundaries.

As we hear from Capital Bureau Chief Rick Pluta, the lawsuit says the proposal to create an independent redistricting commission should be kept off the November ballot.


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It appears the question of legalizing marijuana in Michigan is headed to the November ballot.

As we hear from Capital Bureau Chief Rick Pluta, a state elections board has certified the campaign has enough petition signatures to take the next step.


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The Latest on Michigan ballot initiatives (all times local):


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US carmakers are preparing for an emerging worldwide movement to outlaw the internal combustion engine.

As we hear from Capital Bureau Chief Rick Pluta, carmakers say this reality fits into their plans for developing autonomous electric vehicles.


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Millionaire businessman Shri Thanedar has filed petition signatures to appear on the August primary ballot as a Democratic candidate for governor.

Capital Bureau Chief Rick Pluta reports.


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