Rick Pluta

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The ACLU was in a Detroit courtroom Monday seeking an order to protect a group of Iraqi detainees from threats and coercion from immigration agents. Capital Bureau Chief Rick Pluta has more.

Enbridge Energy has submitted a report to the state on possible alternatives to continuing to run an oil and gas pipeline on the bottomlands of the Straits of Mackinac.  

Capital Bureau Chief Rick Pluta tells us neither of the alternatives would shut down the line.  

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A new state rule requires local water systems to get rid of all their lead service lines over the next 20 years.  

As we hear from Capital Bureau Chief Rick Pluta, these are the types of pipes that contributed to the Flint water crisis.   

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The Legislature has sent Governor Rick Snyder the new state budget, which he is expected to sign.  

As we hear from Capitol Bureau Chief Rick Pluta, the budget attempts to cut funding to Planned Parenthood.  

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An adult testifying in court in a criminal case cannot bring an emotional support animal to the stand.  

As we hear from Capitol Bureau Chief Rick Pluta, the Michigan Court of Appeals made that ruling in a decision released Friday.   

Former US House Speaker John Boehner says the Republican Party is no more.    


Environmental groups are using a large gathering of Michigan’s political and business leaders on Mackinac Island to pressure the state to shut down Enbridge Energy’s Line 5.  

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A campaign to amend the Michigan Constitution is asking a judge to order a state board to certify its question for the November ballot.    
Capital Bureau Chief Rick Pluta tells us the amendment would change how the state draws congressional and legislative district boundaries.   

Governor Rick Snyder has approved six-month ban on ships dropping anchor in the Straits of Mackinac. As we hear from Capital Bureau Chief Rick Pluta, it’s a response to a mishap in April that caused a mineral oil spill and damage to Enbridge Line 5.

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Miranda warnings to suspects who are arrested and questioned are not complete unless officers include the detail that attorneys can be in the room before and during interrogations. Capital Bureau Chief Rick Pluta tells us that decision came Wednesday from the state Court of Appeals.

A question to boost Michigan’s minimum wage to 12 dollars an hour could be headed to the November ballot. We have more from Capital Bureau Chief Rick Pluta.

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A group opposed to legalizing marijuana in Michigan is now asking the Legislature to adopt an initiative to do just that, As Capital Bureau Chief Rick Pluta reports, the opposition group says legalizing pot is pretty much a sure thing at this point.

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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.

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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.