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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Enbridge Energy will replace a section of a controversial pipeline that runs beneath the Saint Clair River with a tunnel. It will also examine similar treatment for a section of Line Five that runs beneath the Straits of Mackinac.

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Millionaire businessman Sandy Pensler has joined the group of Republicans who want to be the nominee to run against incumbent Democratic Senator Debbie Stabenow. 

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Governor Rick Snyder has named his legal advisor to the Michigan Supreme Court.

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A downturn in the economy would quickly drain the state’s “rainy day” savings.

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State officials say they’re growing increasingly frustrated as Enbridge Energy reports new spots where Line Five has exposed metal. Line Five runs beneath the Straits of Mackinac between lakes Huron and Michigan.

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Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley is stepping away from leading a petition drive to switch to a part-time Legislature.

The petition drive is widely seen as an effort to boost a candidacy for governor. But in his announcement about the change in leadership, Calley dropped no hints on his future plans. Running a ballot campaign while running for governor would present a host of legal and practical problems, however. Calley told The Associated Press he plans to focus his work on “a broader agenda” for Michigan going into 2018 and beyond.

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Governor Rick Snyder has signed a spending bill that includes more money to prosecute members of his administration for their roles in the Flint water crisis.

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Concealed guns could be carried in schools, churches and other places they’re currently banned under bills adopted Wednesday by the state Senate.

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The ACLU has asked a federal judge to release hundreds of Iraqis who are being detained by immigration authorities.

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The Legislature returns to the state Capitol tomorrow.