Rick Pluta

Managing Editor - Michigan Public Radio Network
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Enbridge says pressure test shows Line 5 is safe. 

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Top lawmakers in the state Legislature have reached a tentative agreement with Governor Rick Snyder about changes to the state’s teacher retirement system.

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An advocacy group for kids says a court-ordered report shows Michigan has a long way to go before it can guarantee the safety and welfare of children in foster care. 

There’s no end yet to the standoff between Governor Rick Snyder and the Legislature’s Republican leaders that’s delayed wrapping up the state budget. But they are talking again.

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A state House committee has adopted bills that would require local officials to help enforce federal immigration laws.

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State lawmakers say they will look into reports the Michigan agency that handles child abuse and neglect cases fudged its numbers to make it appear it was complying with a court order.

MI congressional delegation gearing up to fund Soo locks upgrade.

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Calley used a conference of political and business leaders this week to roll out a government reform agenda.

Snyder calls on House to adopt new business tax break. 

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A new Michigan House Bill would ban local ordinances and rules that police officers says cannot ask about the immigration status of a suspect or a witness 

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Concerns over terrorism means the Mackinac Bridge Authority will not have vehicle traffic during its annual Labor Day walk. 

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Hundreds gather for mental health services, many oppose Governor Snyder overhaul. 


President Donald J. Trump named Michigan Supreme Court justice Joan Larsen to federal appeals court. 

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MSU says it’s caught between FOIA and interfering with sex assault investigation. 

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The state is close to running out of money to clean thousands of abandoned, polluted properties all across Michigan.