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Rick Pluta

Managing Editor, Michigan Public Radio Network
Police Car
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Some state lawmakers want to end the practice of allowing police agencies to seize and hold onto cash, cars, and other assets that they think might have played a role in illegal activity.  State law allows police departments to keep seized assets even if a suspect is never charged or convicted of a crime.


Interim Michigan State University President John Engler has instructed school employees to cooperate with investigations into campus sexual misconduct.  Michigan’s former governor began his first full day on the job as convicted MSU sports doctor Larry Nassar was sentenced for sexually abusing patients. 


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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.


Asian Carp
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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.  Snyder says it’s taking too long to get the project started.


John Engler
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Former Governor John Engler will serve as interim president of his troubled alma mater, Michigan State University.  The MSU Board of Trustees is expected to officially vote on the appointment at a meeting this morning.


Money
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The state House has adopted legislation to allow Michigan taxpayers to continue to claim the personal income tax exemption.  The bill is supposed to make sure Michiganders don’t pay more as a result of the new federal tax law.


Rick Snyder
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Governor Rick Snyder declared victory over the state’s economic hardships in his eighth and final State of the State address.  The governor, last night, said choices made over the last seven years leave room now for more investment in schools and infrastructure.  But it’s not clear that he can win support for his plans in the Legislature


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A new campaign wants to put a voters’ bill of rights into the state constitution.  Backers plan to launch a petition drive to place the question on the November ballot.


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A new report says it costs at least $9,600 to properly educate a student in Michigan’s public schools.  The goal of the study is to force a conversation on overhauling school funding. 


Michigan Capitol
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The Legislature is back in session for 2018, and an early priority is dealing with taxes.  Talks are underway to figure out how to make sure the federal tax overhaul doesn’t cause a spike in state income taxes.


Rick Snyder
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There’s been a shakeup at the agency responsible for Michigan energy policy.  People are being re-assigned as the agency’s leader leaves state government for the private sector.


Money
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Governor Rick Snyder has proposed a plan to offset higher costs that could be forced on Michigan taxpayers as a result of the federal tax overhaul.  The biggest issue is the elimination of the federal personal exemption.


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A federal judge in Detroit has ordered hearings for hundreds of Iraqi detainees.  They are being held by the Department of Homeland Security while they fight deportation.  The judge says holding them indefinitely is unconstitutional.


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Families of detained Iraqis facing deportation are waiting on word from a federal judge in Detroit.  They’re hoping the detainees will be released while they wait for their immigration cases to be re-opened.


Opioid
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Nine cities and counties from across Michigan are taking drug companies to court.  From the Upper Peninsula to Detroit, they are trying to recover many millions of dollars in costs related to the opioid crisis


Ballot Box
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A couple hundred volunteers showed up at the state Bureau of Elections Monday.  They dropped off petitions to get a redistricting overhaul on the November ballot.  


Marijuana
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The state starts accepting applications today for medical marijuana licenses. 


William Strampel
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A medical school dean who supervised a Michigan State University sports doctor convicted of sexually abusing patients is stepping down. 


Retirement
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The Legislature has sent Governor Rick Snyder a set of local retirement bills that passed by wide margins once they were stripped of controversial provisions. 


Clipboard
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A union-led petition drive is launching today to protect the state’s prevailing wage law from a different petition drive.  This could lead to dueling ballot questions next November.


Tom Leonard
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State House Speaker Tom Leonard says it’s time for Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon to step down.  It’s part of the growing chorus of criticism of how MSU has handled a sex assault scandal.


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


Prisons
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Michigan has a growing number of inmates who are elderly, terminally ill, or otherwise medically frail.  There is an effort underway to allow many of those felons to be released. 


John Conyers
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The resignation of Congressman John Conyers will leave the seat vacant until it is filled by a special election. 

Cannabis
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The state has unveiled its interim rules for people who want to apply for a license to grow, transport, and sell medical marijuana.  These rules will launch the first phase of a state-approved marijuana industry. 


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