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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A Michigan Court of Appeals panel says an Owasso barber has to shut down under Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s COVID-19 orders. 

A Michigan Court of Appeals panel says a lower court judge got it wrong by refusing to enforce an order to shut down Owosso, Mich., barber Karl Manke, who gained fame or notoriety for cutting hair in defiance of Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's COVID-19 emergency orders. The orders include a ban on barbers and hair salons doing business during the declared crisis.

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A conservative legal foundation has filed a new lawsuit challenging Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s ability to issue and enforce emergency orders related go the COVID-19 outbreak.

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Governor Gretchen acted lawfully when she declared consecutive COVID-19 emergencies over the objections of Republicans in the Legislature. 

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Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer says she has signed new executive orders that will lift many restrictions on businesses and gatherings.