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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Top leaders at Michigan State University today Friday offered apologies to victims of sexual assaults by a sports doctor who was on the faculty. They also created a 10 (m) million dollar fund to pay for counseling and other services.

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MSU says Strampel is relinquishing his leadership role “for medical reasons,” and will remain on the osteopathic school’s faculty.

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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.

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A lawyer for Michigan State University tells Attorney General Bill Schuette that no MSU officials knew about the predatory behavior of the gymnastics team doctor.

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Governor Rick Snyder is personally lobbying lawmakers to adopt an overhaul of how local government pensions are managed.

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Michigan has a growing number of inmates who are elderly, terminally ill, or otherwise medically frail.

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The resignation of Detroit Congressman John Conyers leaves a vacancy that must be filled by a special election.

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In Michigan, it is legal for police officers to have sex with prostitutes in the line of duty.

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Hundreds of police officers and firefighters converged Wednesday on the state Capitol.

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In his first day as a candidate for governor, Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley made criminal charges related to the Flint water crisis a campaign issue.