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.

Courtesy Governor Whitmer's Twitter

Governor Gretchen Whitmer is part of a panel that will testify tomorrow (WED) before a US Senate committee. The topic is climate change and infrastructure.

"Sleeping Bear Dunes" by Trent Strohm is licensed with CC BY-NC-ND 2.0. To view a copy of this license, visit https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/

A tree-killing pest has made its way into the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and its spread has state natural resources officials concerned.

"Michigan Capitol" by MittenStatePhototog is licensed with CC BY 2.0. To view a copy of this license, visit https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

The director of Michigan’s unemployment system said today (THU) there was an unprecedented increase in efforts to defraud the system during the COVID-19 crisis, and that bogged down processing claims.

"Jail cells at the Southborough Police Station" by my_southborough is licensed with CC BY-ND 2.0. To view a copy of this license, visit https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/

Michigan continued a trend last year of fewer felons returning to prison for committing new crimes for violating the terms of their parole. That’s according to the Michigan Department of Corrections’ tracking of parolees for three year after they’ve been released.

Courtesy Governor Whitmer's Twitter

Governor Gretchen Whitmer asked business leaders Friday to back her COVID-19 relief plans and to demand civility in politics.

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