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Rick Pluta

Managing Editor, Michigan Public Radio Network
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. 


Michigan Capitol
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Local governments and police and firefighter unions are keeping a close eye on hearings to begin this week at the state Capitol.  GOP leaders are proposing more aggressive state oversight of local retirement funds. 


Retirement
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It looks like the Legislature will spend much of December fighting over an overhaul of how the state oversees local retirement funds. 


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Hundreds of police officers and firefighters converged Wednesday on the state Capitol.  They rallied to protect retirement benefits.


Brian Calley
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Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley surprised no one when he announced Tuesday he would seek the Republican nomination for governor and try to become the first Number Two in Michigan’s executive office in a half-century to ascend to Number One.


John Conyers
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The pressure is building on Congressman John Conyers as Michigan Democrats joined the call for a House Ethics Committee investigation.  The committee announced it will look into allegations of sexual harassment and using taxpayer money to cover it up.


Money
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A downturn in the economy would quickly drain the state’s “rainy day” savings.  That’s the determination of an independent analysis.


Straits of Mackinac
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State officials say they’re growing increasingly frustrated as Enbridge Energy reports new spots where Line Five has exposed metal.  Line Five runs beneath the Straits of Mackinac between lakes Huron and Michigan.


Rick Snyder
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Experts in mental health and criminal justice were in Lansing Tuesday as part of Governor Rick Snyder’s efforts to overhaul both systems – and help people struggling with addiction, unemployment, and, sometimes, criminal behavior.   

Police Car
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A state lawmaker wants to require driver education in Michigan to include training on how to behave during police stops.  He hopes it will reduce misunderstandings and conflicts.


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A bill before the Legislature would close loopholes that led to a judge accidentally ordering a woman to share child custody with the man who raped her.  It was the result of a new law that was supposed to get more fathers to pay child support. 


Donald Trump
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President Trump’s declaration that opioid abuse is a national emergency comes without a lot of new resources for states to deal with the health threat.  


Elijah Cummings
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The ranking Democrat on the US House Oversight Committee wants to subpoena Governor Rick Snyder.  Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) says the governor has not been forthcoming about when he first knew about a fatal outbreak of Legionnaire’s disease in Genesee County.


Michigan Supreme Court
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A state appeals court says a former tribal police chief who pleaded guilty to fraud charges can’t run for state or local political offices.  The case will now go to the state Supreme Court.


Parking Tickets
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Bills to forgive Michigan’s controversial driver responsibility fees have cleared a state House committee.  But, they’ve hit a roadblock.  They’re opposed by Governor Rick Snyder’s Treasury department.


Jocelyn Benson
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The 2010 Democratic candidate for Michigan Secretary of State says she will try again in 2018. 


Amazon
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The retail giant Amazon is looking for a second home.  And that could mean thousands of jobs, and a new economic anchor for a city.  But cities like Denver and Atlanta are competing, but as we hear from Rick Pluta, leaders in some smaller cities think they have a shot – if only they can get Amazon’s attention.


Kristy Etue
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Governor Rick Snyder says he’s close to a final decision on what disciplinary action – if any – will be taken against the leader of the Michigan State Police over a controversial Facebook post. 

Health Care
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Governor Rick Snyder says he’s concerned that President Trump’s decision to end subsidies that help low-income families pay for health insurance could make rates unaffordable.


For Rent
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A fight is brewing at the state Capitol over whether the Legislature should preempt local rules on expensive rental properties.  


I-75
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A plan to grant amnesty to people who owe sometimes thousands of dollars in unpaid driver responsibility fees is in the works.  A bipartisan group of state lawmakers rolled out the proposal Thursday. 


US Flag
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Ten state House Democrats yesterday linked arms during the Pledge of Allegiance in lieu of putting their hands over their hearts.  They say it was to show solidarity with NFL players and to protest a controversial Facebook post by the leader of the Michigan State Police. 


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