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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The state of Michigan has scrapped a risk study on Enbridge’s Line 5 and fired the contractor just a week before a first draft of the report was to be released.

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Political intrigue is being blamed for the collapse of a deal for the state to offer big tax breaks to employers who bring a lot of jobs to Michigan.

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New teachers will get different retirement options than current school employees under a bill sent to Governor Rick Snyder Tuesday.

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Energy says a pressure test on Line 5 shows it does not pose a threat to the Great Lakes.

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Two state lawmakers are reviewing their options after a judge ordered them to turn over e-mails and other communications related to a law that effectively barred Tesla from selling electric cars in Michigan.

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A group marched on Governor Rick Snyder’s office Tuesday to call for faster work fixing Flint’s water system.

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Enbridge Energy says it’s pressure testing the structural integrity of Line Five beneath the Straits of Mackinac. The company says the results appear to show the oil and gas pipeline does not pose a serious threat to the Great Lakes.

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The Michigan Democratic Party owes half a million dollars in fines over problems related to bingo games used as political fundraisers.

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An advocacy group for kids says a court-ordered report shows Michigan has a long way to go before it can guarantee the safety and welfare of children in foster care.

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Top lawmakers in the state Legislature have reached a tentative agreement with Governor Rick Snyder about changes to the state’s teacher retirement system.