Rick Pluta

Governor Rick Snyder has approved six-month ban on ships dropping anchor in the Straits of Mackinac. As we hear from Capital Bureau Chief Rick Pluta, it’s a response to a mishap in April that caused a mineral oil spill and damage to Enbridge Line 5.


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Miranda warnings to suspects who are arrested and questioned are not complete unless officers include the detail that attorneys can be in the room before and during interrogations. Capital Bureau Chief Rick Pluta tells us that decision came Wednesday from the state Court of Appeals.


A question to boost Michigan’s minimum wage to 12 dollars an hour could be headed to the November ballot. We have more from Capital Bureau Chief Rick Pluta.


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A group opposed to legalizing marijuana in Michigan is now asking the Legislature to adopt an initiative to do just that, As Capital Bureau Chief Rick Pluta reports, the opposition group says legalizing pot is pretty much a sure thing at this point.


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Construction worker unions have asked the Michigan Supreme Court to put the brakes on sending a petition-initiated question to the Legislature. As we hear from Capital Bureau Chief Rick Pluta, the unions say the petition campaign broke the rules.


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A state board is starting to move faster to finalize business licenses to grow, transport, test, and sell medical marijuana. As we hear from Capital Bureau Chief Rick Pluta, the marijuana board added three meetings to its schedule between now and the end of the year.


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The state House Republican leader says it’s still possible lawmakers will vote on legalizing marijuana in Michigan. But, as we hear from Capital Bureau Chief Rick Pluta, he says it is unlikely.


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The state House opened hearings Wednesday on a bill that would require able-bodied people on Medicaid to have a job, be looking for work, or be enrolled in school. As we hear from Capital Bureau Chief Rick Pluta, the bill faces obstacles.


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A legal challenge has been filed against the ballot campaign to overhaul how Michigan draws political boundaries.

As we hear from Capital Bureau Chief Rick Pluta, the lawsuit says the proposal to create an independent redistricting commission should be kept off the November ballot.


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It appears the question of legalizing marijuana in Michigan is headed to the November ballot.

As we hear from Capital Bureau Chief Rick Pluta, a state elections board has certified the campaign has enough petition signatures to take the next step.


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US carmakers are preparing for an emerging worldwide movement to outlaw the internal combustion engine.

As we hear from Capital Bureau Chief Rick Pluta, carmakers say this reality fits into their plans for developing autonomous electric vehicles.


Governor Rick Snyder rolled out a plan Monday to improve school safety following the Parkland-Florida shootings.


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The Michigan Supreme Court will decide whether schools can ban firearms, or if that’s preempted by a state law.

As Capital Bureau Chief Rick Pluta explains, the court heard arguments Wednesday.


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Inmates sent to prison as children can sue the state over sexual abuse and other alleged misconduct, under a ruling from the Michigan Court of Appeals.


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More local governments are getting money to create better systems to make sure every criminal defendant has a properly trained lawyer through every step of the legal process. Capital Bureau Chief Rick Pluta explains.


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