Rick Pluta

Managing Editor, Michigan Public Radio Network
School Bus
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

The Volkswagen emissions settlement from earlier this year could lead to new school busses for some Michigan students.


Money
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

A campaign committee controlled by Republican leaders is facing fines and questions over how it lost track of many thousands of dollars during the last election. 


Robert Young
Michigan Courts / courts.mi.gov

State Supreme Court Justice Robert Young plans to retire at the end of next month, if not sooner.  His plan is to return to his former law firm.


Opioids
Eric Norris / flickr.com

Governor Rick Snyder says current efforts to curb opioid abuse and addiction in Michigan aren’t working as nearly 2,000 people a year in the state die from overdoses. 


Flint Water
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Federal money to upgrade water systems is on a fast track toward Flint.  The state House has agreed to spend $100 million dollars from the EPA and kick in another $20 million from the state. 


Health Care
Pixabay / pixabay.com

Pressure’s growing on Michigan’s congressional Republicans who have to make a decision whether to support a healthcare overhaul that could be voted on next week. 


Water
US EPA / flickr.com

Some state lawmakers got an early peek at Governor Rick Snyder’s new lead rules that are supposed to be rolled out this week.  A top state environmental official shared some details in testimony before a state House budget subcommittee.

Rick Snyder
State of Michigan / michigan.gov

Governor Rick Snyder met Monday with the premier of Ontario to talk about regional cooperation.  They say the Michigan-Ontario relationship should serve as an example as federal lawmakers consider big changes to trade and travel rules. 


Power Lines
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A storm that hammered the entire state with hurricane-force winds has left behind an unprecedented number of downed poles and power lines.  And that poses a new danger for people still without power with the onset of freezing temperatures. 

Rick Snyder
State of Michigan / michigan.gov

Governor Rick Snyder will create a commission this week that has the mission of tackling the problem of lead exposure.  A top administration official says the governor will also ask the Legislature to pass a law to make the commission permanent until the problem is solved.


Gun
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A group of gun control advocates was at the state Capitol to lobby against a proposal to allow people to carry concealed weapons without a permit. 


Abandoned Industrial Site
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The state is close to running out of money to clean thousands of abandoned, polluted properties all across Michigan.


Prison
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A federal lawsuit claims state prison guards joked and made a bet on whether an inmate would try to kill herself before she took her own life.  

Muskegon River
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A bottled water company wants permission to pump more water from the Muskegon River Watershed. Local environmental groups are pushing back.  They want the state Department of Environmental Quality to slow down the approval process. 


Rick Snyder
State of Michigan / michigan.gov

Governor Rick Snyder says the state will wait until May at the earliest to decide whether to close any of the state’s lowest-performing schools. 


Bill Schuette
State of Michigan / michigan.gov

A former sports doctor for Michigan State University and the US Olympics gymnastics team faces 22 more felony sexual assault charges, as levied by Michigan Attorney General, Bill Schuette. 


Office of Governor Rick Snyder

Governor Rick Snyder won’t support a plan to roll back the state income tax rate without a matching plan to cut spending.


Ford School of Public Policy
University of Michigan / umich.edu

A survey of local officials across the state finds wide interest in overhauling Michigan’s emergency manager law


Cheyna Roth / MPRN

Michigan’s elections chief says it appears there were 31 instances of people casting two ballots in the 2016 election, but it doesn’t seem to have changed any results.  That was the finding of audits of the election results, as well as a separate inquiry into ballot irregularities in Detroit.


Rick Snyder
State of Michigan / michigan.gov

Governor Rick Snyder’s proposed budget calls for saving and spending, but no new tax cuts to appease Republicans in the Legislature


Michigan State Senate
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There could soon be tighter restrictions on the public’s access to information in bids for state business. 


Brian Banks
Michigan House Democrats / housedems.com

A state lawmaker has quit his job and agreed to plead guilty to a misdemeanor as part of a plea deal.  This creates the first vacancy of this session of the Legislature.


Prison
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The state Senate has adopted a criminal justice overhaul that aims to improve public safety by sending fewer people to prison. 


Jarrod Agen
State of Michigan / michigan.gov

Governor Rick Snyder’s chief of staff has taken a new job at the White House

Michigan House of Representatives
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Michigan and Louisiana are the only two states that don’t apply their public records laws to the legislature and the governor’s office.  A bipartisan group of Michigan lawmakers have rolled out bills to change that. 


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