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Rick Pluta

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

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
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

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
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

The state starts accepting applications today for medical marijuana licenses. 


William Strampel
Michigan State University / msu.edu

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


Retirement
American Advisors Group / flickr.com

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
Pixabay / pixabay.com

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
Michigan House Republicans / gophouse.org

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
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

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
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

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

Cannabis
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

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
American Advisors Group / flickr.com

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


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


Brian Calley
State of Michigan / michigan.gov

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
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

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
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

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
State of Michigan / michigan.gov

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.


Courtesy Photo / Michigan Department of Corrections

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
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

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
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

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
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

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
Rachel Knickmeyer / flickr.com

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.


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