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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Michigan’s monthly jobless rate has dropped to its lowest rate in 17 years.

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A task force appointed by Governor Rick Snyder says state-appointed experts should review the retirement plans of local governments in Michigan.

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The Michigan Court of Appeals dismissed a lawsuit claiming the state wrongfully accused thousands of people of unemployment fraud.


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The operators of the Mackinac Bridge are warning there could be big traffic backups the morning of Labor Day.

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Michigan’s education chief forecasts some contentious negotiations with federal officials on the state’s plans for identifying and helping struggling schools.

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Health care providers and patient advocates in Michigan are watching to see what’s in a re-vamped Republican health care overhaul.  The rollout is expected later this week in Washington.

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Governor Rick Snyder has vetoed a bill to create a “choose life” license plate.

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A report released Thursday outlines alternatives to running an energy pipeline beneath the Great Lakes.

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The state of Michigan is in federal court trying to force the city of Flint to accept a deal to get safe drinking water.

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The Michigan Supreme Court says religious schools cannot claim a blanket exemption from being sued for violating discrimination laws.