Cheyna Roth

Reporter - Michigan Public Radio Network

Before becoming the newest Capitol reporter for Michigan Public Radio Network, Cheyna Roth was an attorney. She spent her days fighting it out in court as an assistant prosecuting attorney for Ionia County.

Eventually, Cheyna took her investigative and interview skills and moved on to journalism.

She earned her masters degree at Michigan State University and was a documentary filmmaker, podcaster, and freelance writer before finding her home with NPR.

Very soon after joining MPRN, Cheyna started covering the 2016 presidential election, chasing after Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, and all their surrogates as they duked it out for Michigan.

Cheyna also focuses on the Legislature and criminal justice issues for MPRN.

Cheyna is obsessively curious, a passionate storyteller, and an occasional backpacker.

Larry Inman
GOP House

Embattled Republican state Representative Larry Inman appeared for state House session Wednesday.


Marijuana plant photo
Flickr/Creative Commons

Michigan’s recreational marijuana businesses started selling cannabis Sunday and sold more than $200,000 worth of product. There are now four marijuana stores open for business.


Jail cells photo
Julie, Dave & Family / flickr creative commons

The Michigan Department of Corrections says it will be able to keep its tether program up and running through 2020. The program tracks an estimated four-thousand people on probation, parole, and supervised release.

Michigan Senate
Reginald Hardwick / WKAR-MSU

Lawmakers return to Lansing next week. There are three scheduled weeks of session before the end of the year, and Legislative leaders are hoping to make the best of it.

Garlin Gilchrist II / Twitter

Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist became the first African American Lieutenant Governor to sign a bill into law Thursday.

Houses
Pixabay Creative Commons

Some Michigan Democrats want to expand access to affordable housing across the state.

Michigan Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR

Governor Gretchen Whitmer is in Israel all week on a trip aimed at strengthening Michigan’s business ties with the country. The goal is to help Michigan compete for tech jobs that pay well. 


 Michigan capitol building at sunset
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

Democratic and Republican leaders are hopeful they will reach a deal on a supplemental budget. But it looks like that won’t happen until after Thanksgiving. The House and Senate are on break. Though they have one tentative session day scheduled next week.

State Sen. Mike Shirkey (R) Clarklake
senatormikeshirkey.com

Democratic lawmakers are criticizing remarks by Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake). 

gavel
Public Domain

A federal lawsuit against two Detroit-area Kohls Department Stores can go forward. The stores in Novi and Northville are accused of violating the Americans With Disabilities Act. Daimeon Mosley from Arizona says their bathrooms are not accessible.

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