Rick Pluta

Managing Editor - Michigan Public Radio Network
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Governor Rick Snyder’s budget chief says plans are underway to fund improved school safety. Budget Director John Walsh said the governor told him to be prepared to add something to the spending proposal that’s currently before the Legislature.


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The Legislature has sent a bill to Governor Rick Snyder that forbids local governments from adopting ordinances dealing with questions employers may ask in job interviews. 


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The state House has adopted bills that would allow prisoners in advanced stages of illness including cancer and dementia to be paroled for medical reasons. Capital Bureau Chief Rick Pluta reports.


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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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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