Rick Pluta

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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. 


The Michigan Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether schools can legally ban guns. As we hear from Michigan Public Radio’s Rick Pluta, the lawsuits were filed by gun rights groups.  


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Nine cities and counties from across Michigan are taking drug companies to court.

As we hear from Michigan Public Radio’s Rick Pluta, they are trying to recover many millions of dollars in costs related to the opioid crisis. 


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A couple hundred volunteers showed up at the state Bureau of Elections Monday. As we hear from Michigan Public Radio’s Rick Pluta, they dropped off petitions to get a redistricting overhaul on the November ballot.  


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A medical school dean who supervised a Michigan State University sports doctor convicted of sexually abusing patients is stepping down. We have more from Michigan Public Radio’s Rick Pluta.


State House Speaker Tom Leonard said Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon must step down. He said MSU and Lou Anna Simon have let down the victims of former sports doctor Larry Nassar, who pleaded guilty to multiple counts of criminal sexual conduct.


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Enbridge Energy will be on the hot seat when the Michigan pipeline safety board meets Monday in Lansing. The Canadian company will be asked to explain how it’s ensuring the oil pipeline Line Five is safe.

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A lawyer for Michigan State University tells Attorney General Bill Schuette that no MSU officials knew about the predatory behavior of the gymnastics team doctor. 


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Michigan has a growing number of inmates who are elderly, terminally ill, or otherwise medically frail. As we hear from Michigan Public Radio’s Rick Pluta, there is an effort underway to allow many of those felons to be released. 


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