Rick Pluta

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A bill to make English Michigan’s official language cleared the state House Thursday. As we hear from Capital Bureau Chief Rick Pluta, the debate got fierce at times.


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State Attorney General Bill Schuette says the special prosecutor looking into MSU’s handling of abuse allegations is independent of his office. But, as Capital Bureau Chief Rick Pluta explains, that’s not what the contract says.


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Michigan State University has begun the process to fire the supervisor of former sports doctor Larry Nassar.


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Public universities might risk losing a portion of their state funding for failing to meet benchmarks to prevent campus sexual misconduct. Rick Pluta reports that’s part of a budget proposal that’s begun working its way through the Legislature.


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A ballot campaign will begin gathering signatures to add a voting rights amendment to the state constitution. If the effort gathers enough signatures, the question will go on the November ballot for voters to decide.


LGBT rights groups are blasting Governor Rick Snyder’s appointment of an anti-gay minister to the Michigan Civil Rights Commission. As we hear from Michigan Public Radio’s Rick Pluta, the governor is standing by the appointment.


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Governor Rick Snyder has called for an assessment on water bills to help pay for fixing pipes and other infrastructure. A plan rolled out Thursday would add a dollar every year to most water bills for five years.

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Governor Rick Snyder says a new shipping lock in Joliet, Illinois is needed to stop Asian carp from making their way from the Mississippi River system to the Great Lakes. 


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Former Gov. John Engler will be named the interim president of Michigan State University amid the fallout over sexual assaults committed by former sports doctor Larry Nassar, a high-ranking school official involved in the board of trustees' plan said Tuesday.


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A new campaign wants to put a voters’ bill of rights into the state constitution.

As we hear from Michigan Public Radio’s Rick Pluta, backers plan to launch a petition drive to place the question on the November ballot.


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MSU President Lou Anna Simon and the university Board of Trustees went into a closed-door meeting. That’s following a growing chorus of calls for Simon to resign or be fired.


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The state treasurer says caution should be the watchword as the Legislature develops plans to deal with a glitch in the federal tax overhaul. If they don’t that glitch could cost Michigan taxpayers more in state income taxes.

As we hear from Michigan Public Radio’s Rick Pluta, there are differences among Republicans on what should happen next.


The Legislature is back in session for 2018, and an early priority is dealing with taxes. Michigan Public Radio’s Rick Pluta explains, talks are underway to figure out how to make sure the federal tax overhaul doesn’t cause a spike in state income taxes.


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The state is processing the first applications for medical marijuana licenses.

As we hear from Michigan Public Radio’s Rick Pluta, more than a hundred background checks are already underway. 


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 The state of Michigan is trying to stop a court order that prevents officials from suspending the driver's licenses of people who can't afford traffic fines. As we hear from Michigan Public Radio’s Rick Pluta, the state says it’s not possible to comply with the decision. 


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