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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Some Democrats in the Legislature are calling for a law that would allow authorities to seize the firearms of people who threaten to commit suicide or hurt others.

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State lawmakers say they will look into reports the Michigan agency that handles child abuse and neglect cases fudged its numbers to make it appear it was complying with a court order.

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Dow Chemical will have to defend itself against lawsuits filed by families that live down river from its Midland plant. They say Dow is liable for contaminating their property with dioxin.

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Governor Rick Snyder is pushing for quick approval of a controversial tax break to help lure large employers to the state.

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Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley is raising his profile ahead of an anticipated run for governor next year.

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Michigan’s congressional delegation is getting ready to fight for a big piece of federal spending on infrastructure. They want roughly a billion dollars to upgrade the shipping lanes of the Soo locks.

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Governor Rick Snyder spoke out against a toxic political culture that he says it’s getting in the way of practical problem-solving.

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Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette says his office is treating cases of fatal drug overdoses as murder investigations.

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The job of state lawmaker would be part-time under a ballot campaign launched Tuesday by Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley.

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A bill before a state House committee would allow residents of a community to sue and be reimbursed for the costs of challenging a local gun ordinance. 

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