Rick Pluta

Managing Editor, Michigan Public Radio Network
Michigan Supreme Court
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A new court rule is supposed to make sure judges in Michigan don’t put people in jail because they can’t afford to pay fines or fees.  


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A state House committee could vote today on a bill to create a crime of “aggressive panhandling.”  The bill would replace state and local anti-begging laws that have been struck down as violations of free speech rights. 


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An annual report from the state Supreme Court says specialty courts that focus on veterans, people with mental illnesses, and those with substance abuse problems are reducing re-offense rates, and saving taxpayers money. 


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The state House GOP leader has called for an amendment to the Michigan Constitution.  House Speaker Kevin Cotter wants to make it easier to fire state civil service employees. 


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Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has released a list of potential US Supreme Court nominees with two names from Michigan. 

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Michigan’s monthly jobless rate remains unchanged at 4.8%. 


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There’s less money than expected for Governor Rick Snyder and the Legislature to put together the next state budget.  There’s also a shortfall in the current fiscal year.  


Rick Snyder
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Governor Rick Snyder now says it’s possible he deleted some e-mails related to Flint, even though he earlier told a congressional committee that he had not. 


FOIA
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An effort to expand Michigan’s Freedom of Information Act could move forward this week in the state legislature.   


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There could be a legal showdown looming between state elections officials and the ballot campaign to legalize marijuana.


6th Circuit Court of Appeals
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A federal appeals court says Michigan still has not fixed problems with its juvenile lifer law that was declared unconstitutional four years ago. 


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The legislative committee looking into the Flint water crisis wrapped up hearings Tuesday without hearing from Governor Rick Snyder, his senior aides, or former emergency managers who were in charge of the city at the outset of the debacle.


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The Michigan State Board of Education holds its final public session Tuesday on controversial guidelines to help schools come up with plans to deal with gay and transgender students. 


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The state Legislature re-convenes this week to hash out a solution to the Detroit schools’ looming financial collapse.  


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A controversial GOP plan to overhaul Detroit’s schools has landed in the state Senate and is getting a skeptical reception. 


President Obama in Flint
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President Obama flew from Washington to Flint Wednesday to meet with families affected by the city’s drinking water crisis, to check in on relief efforts, and to reassure residents that their problems are fixable, even if it’s not right away.


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Republican leaders in Lansing had some harsh words for teachers who virtually shut down the Detroit school district Monday with a “sickout.”  That’s after they were told they could soon be facing payless paydays.


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A Democrat on the legislative committee looking into the Flint water crisis says Governor Rick Snyder and former state-appointed emergency managers should be called in to testify.  


Michigan Court of Appeals
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The University of Michigan Board of Regents, and other public university boards, are allowed to meet behind closed doors as long as they’re not taking formal votes, according to a decision just handed down by the Michigan Court of Appeals.


Karen Weaver
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Flint Mayor Karen Weaver will return to Lansing for a second day today to meet with legislative leaders.


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The Michigan Court of Appeals has ruled drinking too much and operating a car in a driveway doesn’t amount to illegal drunk driving.


Flint Water
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Two state water quality experts and a Flint utility official face criminal charges related to the Flint water crisis.


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There was a spirited debate between lawmakers on a state House budget panel over a Republican effort to punish the state Board of Education.  


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Democrats at the state Capitol say they plan to put up a fight over spending on criminal defense attorneys for Governor Rick Snyder.  Those lawyers are defending him against legal troubles arising from the Flint water crisis


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Today is the deadline for companies to bid on the chance to conduct a study on the safety of an oil-and-gas pipeline that that runs beneath the Straits of Mackinac


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