Rick Pluta

Managing Editor - Michigan Public Radio Network

Governor Rick Snyder has signed bills to create new business incentives in hopes of getting a few very large employers to locate in Michigan.

Downtown Grand Rapids
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Eleven former employees are charged with falsifying records at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans.

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The Michigan Court of Appeals has dismissed a class-action lawsuit filed against the state by people who were wrongly accused of ripping off the unemployment system.

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The operators of the Mackinac Bridge are warning there could be big traffic backups the morning of Labor Day.

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Michigan’s education chief forecasts some contentious negotiations with federal officials on the state’s plans for identifying and helping struggling schools.

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Health care providers and patient advocates in Michigan are watching to see what’s in a re-vamped Republican health care overhaul.

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Governor Rick Snyder has vetoed a bill to create a “choose life” license plate.

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A report released Thursday outlines alternatives to running an energy pipeline beneath the Great Lakes. It also says Enbridge’s Line 5 is safe to operate for the foreseeable future.

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Doctor Jim Hines filed more than 22 thousand signatures to appear on the August 2018 Republican primary ballot.


The board overseeing new state’s new medical marijuana program meets for the first time today. 

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The ballot campaign to adopt a part-time Legislature amendment in Michigan decided to skip getting its petition approved by a state elections board.

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The state of Michigan has scrapped a risk study on Enbridge’s Line 5 and fired the contractor just a week before a first draft of the report was to be released. 

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New teachers will get different retirement options than current school employees under a bill sent to Governor Rick Snyder Tuesday.

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Enbridge Energy says pressure tests on two sections of Line 5 that runs under the Straits of Mackinac show the pipeline is well-maintained and does not pose a threat to the Great Lakes.


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Enbridge says a test over the weekend of the line that runs under the west bay of the Straits of Mackinac showed no signs of leaks or breaks. Enbridge ran a successful test of the east line earlier this month.

John Gauderman is with Enbridge.

“Our job continues to be ensuring the safety and reliability of Line 5 through the straits, as well as our entire system in every community through which it traverses," said Gauderman.

The pressure test on Line 5 is part of a court settlement following the Kalamazoo River spill seven years ago.