Rick Pluta

Managing Editor - Michigan Public Radio Network
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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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Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley is the fourth Republican running for governor to file petition signatures to appear on the primary ballot. As we hear from Capitol Bureau Chief Rick Pluta, he wants to succeed Governor Rick Snyder.


Governor Rick Snyder rolled out a plan Monday to improve school safety following the Parkland-Florida shootings.


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The Michigan Supreme Court will decide whether schools can ban firearms, or if that’s preempted by a state law.

As Capital Bureau Chief Rick Pluta explains, the court heard arguments Wednesday.


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The Michigan Supreme Court will decide whether police officers illegally searched the backpack of a passenger in a stopped vehicle. The passenger says officers should have first asked his permission.

The Michigan Court of Appeals says a father whose daughter killed his son with an illegal firearm will remain in prison for manslaughter and child abuse.


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Inmates sent to prison as children can sue the state over sexual abuse and other alleged misconduct, under a ruling from the Michigan Court of Appeals.


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More local governments are getting money to create better systems to make sure every criminal defendant has a properly trained lawyer through every step of the legal process. Capital Bureau Chief Rick Pluta explains.


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There could be a conflict between the new federal tax law and the Michigan Constitution.

As we hear from Capital Bureau Chief Rick Pluta, it deals with whether tax-exempt savings plans can be used for private school tuition.


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The state House has approved a bill to require vehicles to keep a distance of at least three feet when passing bicyclists.

As we hear from Capital Bureau Chief Rick Pluta, it’s a response to a fatal accident two years ago near Kalamazoo.


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Governor Rick Snyder has signed a budget bill that accelerates spending on road repairs in time to help with the spring and summer construction season.


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The state schools chief wants to let local districts experiment with student testing.  

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