Rick Pluta

Michigan Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer
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Governor Gretchen Whitmer toured an elementary school in Flint Monday to call attention to the fact that schools have started their academic year, but they don’t know how much financial support to expect from the state.


Lou Anna Simon
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An Eaton County judge may decide Tuesday whether former Michigan State University president Lou Anna Simon will face a trial.  Simon is accused of lying about when she knew of Larry Nassar’s sexual misconduct. 

 


Michigan Capitol Building
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A state grant program is trying to get internet companies interested in offering high-speed services in rural Michigan. We have more from Capital Bureau Chief Rick Pluta.


Water Faucet
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Michigan officials say they’ve reached a deal with the US Air Force to speed up action to clean up PFAS contamination at the former Wurtsmith Air Force Base in Oscoda. As we hear from Capital Bureau Chief Rick Pluta, they acknowledge that’s just one part of dealing with the state’s PFAS problems.


Theresa Brennan
Livingston County

The Michigan Supreme Court has removed Livingston County District Court Judge Theresa Brennan from the bench. Capital Bureau Chief Rick Pluta tells us the court found Brennan is liable for misconduct that reflected poorly on the judicial system.


Theresa Brennan
Livingston County

The future of a judge accused of misconduct is now waiting on a decision from the Michigan Supreme Court. As we hear from Capital Bureau Chief Rick Pluta, the case includes allegations of an improper romance with a police detective, and lying to protect her career.

Classroom
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Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel has asked a federal court to accept her arguments supporting a group of Detroit parents who have sued the state. As we hear from Capital Bureau Chief Rick Pluta, the families want the court to rule their children have the right to good schools and an adequate education.


Cars on freeway
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The state Senate Tuesday approved a bill to change the rules governing how auto insurance is sold in Michigan. As we hear from Capital Bureau Chief Rick Pluta, the bill would place new caps on medical benefits for people who don’t buy additional coverage.


Michigan Capitol
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The Michigan Supreme Court will weigh in on how Republicans in the Legislature dealt with a voter-initiated measure to increase the state minimum wage. GOP leaders also asked the Supreme Court to issue an opinion on the new law that requires employers to offer workers paid sick leave. We have more from capital correspondent Rick Pluta.


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A state agency has issued its first official advice to help businesses that want to get into the marijuana business. That’s after voters legalized marijuana in Michigan last November. We have more from capital correspondent Rick Pluta.


ICE Officers
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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.  


City of Flint water tower
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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.   


Michigan Capitol Building
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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.   


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