Rick Pluta

Managing Editor - Michigan Public Radio Network

A leader of the gun control movement in Michigan says her Number One goal is to make sure people who pose a threat can’t get their hands on a firearm.

As we hear from Capital Bureau Chief Rick Pluta, she says that’s more important than banning certain types of weapon.


Earlier this month, Jackson County Sheriff Steven Rand came under fire for alleged discriminatory remarks he made against black people, women and Hispanic people. Following a request from The Jackson County Board of Commissioners to have Rand removed from his position, The Attorney General's office has started an investigation into the matter. As WKAR's Karel Vega and Capital Bureau Chief Rick Pluta discuss, the case shares similarities with another investigation that occurred under Jennifer Granholm.


Survivors of the former MSU sports doctor abuse were among those who testified for the bills. The legislation would also require adults who work with student athletes to report suspicions of abuse.

Reginald Hardwick / WKAR-MSU

The measures would require coaches and trainers to report suspicions of abuse. They would also ban the governmental immunity defense Michigan State University has tried to use to fend off sexual assault lawsuits filed by victims of former sport doctor Larry Nassar. 

Michigan House of Representatives

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.