Rick Pluta

Capitol Bureau Chief and Reporter

Rick Pluta is the Capitol Bureau Chief for the Michigan Public Radio Network. He is heard daily on WCMU's Morning Edition and All Things Considered.

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Public universities might risk losing a portion of their state funding for failing to meet benchmarks to prevent campus sexual misconduct.

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A ballot campaign will begin gathering signatures to add a voting rights amendment to the state constitution.

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Michigan State University has begun the process to fire the supervisor of former sports doctor Larry Nassar.

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The state will end its troubled four-year experiment with using private companies for food services in prisons.

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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.

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Interim Michigan State University President John Engler has instructed school employees to cooperate with investigations into campus sexual misconduct.

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LGBT rights groups are blasting Governor Rick Snyder’s appointment of an anti-gay minister to the Michigan Civil Rights Commission.

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Governor Rick Snyder has called for an assessment on water bills to help pay for fixing pipes and other infrastructure.

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Governor Rick Snyder says a new shipping lock in Joliet (JO’-lee-et) Illinois is needed to stop Asian carp from making their way from the Mississippi River system to the Great Lakes.

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Former Governor John Engler will serve as interim president of his troubled alma mater, Michigan State University.