Rick Pluta

Managing Editor, Michigan Public Radio Network
Brian Calley
State of Michigan / michigan.gov

The ballot campaign to adopt a part-time Legislature amendment in Michigan decided to skip getting its petition approved by a state elections board.  The leader of the campaign, Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley, says he’s comfortable fighting any challenges in court.


Straits of Mackinac
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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.


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


Michigan House of Representatives
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Political intrigue is being blamed for the collapse of a deal for the state to offer big tax breaks to employers who bring a lot of jobs to Michigan.


Mackinac Pipeline Line 5
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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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Top lawmakers in the state Legislature have reached a tentative agreement with Governor Rick Snyder about changes to the state’s teacher retirement system.


Children
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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. 


Rick Snyder
State of Michigan / michigan.gov

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. 


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


Michigan House of Representatives
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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. 


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Governor Rick Snyder is pushing for quick approval of a controversial tax break to help lure large employers to the state. 


Brian Calley
State of Michigan / michigan.gov

Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley is raising his profile ahead of an anticipated run for governor next year. 


Soo Locks
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Michigan’s congressional delegation is getting ready to fight for a big piece of federal spending on infrastructure.  They want roughly a billion dollars to upgrade the shipping lanes of the Soo Locks.


Rick Snyder
State of Michigan / michigan.gov

Governor Rick Snyder spoke out against a toxic political culture that he says it’s getting in the way of practical problem-solving.

Bill Schuette
State of Michigan / michigan.gov

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette says his office is treating cases of fatal drug overdoses as murder investigations.

Brian Calley
State of Michigan / michigan.gov

The job of state lawmaker would be part-time under a ballot campaign launched today by Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley


Gun
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A state House bill would make it easier for people to sue their local government to repeal a gun ordinance. 


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A state House committee held its first hearing Wednesday on legislation that would outlaw “sanctuary cities” in Michigan.  The bills would ban local ordinances and rules that police officers says cannot ask about the immigration status of a suspect or a witness unless it’s tied to their investigation. 


Michigan Hall of Justice
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The Michigan Court of Appeals has put a lawsuit regarding state money for private schools on hold while it decides who can be part of it. 


Petition
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Two more petition campaigns were given the go-ahead Thursday by a state elections panel to start collecting signatures, including one to legalize recreational marijuana in Michigan. 


Mackinac Bridge
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The Mackinac Bridge will be largely closed to vehicle traffic the morning of Labor Day. 


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There was a big rally at the state Capitol Wednesday to support improved mental health services and to oppose Governor Rick Snyder’s plan to overhaul how those services are paid for.


John Kivela
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There were tears and hugs on the floor of the state House Tuesday as colleagues got word that state Representative John Kivela took his life – one day after his second arrest on a charge of drunk driving.

Joan Larsen
State of Michigan / michigan.gov

Michigan Supreme Court Justice Joan Larsen has been chosen by President Trump to serve on the Sixth Circuit US Court of Appeals.  Trump once put Larsen on his list of judges and lawyers he would consider naming to the US Supreme Court. 


Michigan Hall of Justice
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Teachers don’t have to wait if they want to drop out of their union.  That ruling was handed down Wednesday by the Michigan Court of Appeals.  The court said the Michigan Education Association can’t force teachers who want to leave to wait until an August “opt-out period.”


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