Rick Pluta

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While COVID-19 Stats Rise In Some States, Cases Drop In Others

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Florida and Alabama are seeing rapid increases in coronavirus cases, which experts link to the states' reopening dates. But Michigan's case numbers are dropping — meaning schools can reopen this fall.


Michigan Appeals Court Says Barbershop Must Close Despite Its Protests

Thursday, May 28, 2020

In a reverse decision, the judges say that barber Karl Manke, who refused to close his shop in defiance of Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's shutdown order, must shutter.


Michigan State Officials Plan For New Stay At Home Protest At Capitol

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Michigan's governor has started lifting restrictions but critics say not fast enough. Officials worry armed protesters will refuse to follow safety measures when they gather at the Capitol Thursday.


After State Of The Union, Spotlight Will Turn To Michigan's Democratic Governor

Sunday, February 02, 2020

Democrats chose Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to give the English response to the State of the Union Address. But in Michigan, some wonder if she can live up to expectations.


Michigan Governor Orders State Ban On Sale Of Flavored E-Cigarettes

Wednesday, September 04, 2019

Michigan's governor says vaping poses a public health crisis, especially to teens, and has ordered that the state ban the sale of flavored e-cigarettes.


Students, Alumni Watch As Michigan State Tries To Restore Its Reputation

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

The university grapples with the aftermath of the Larry Nassar sex abuse scandal that's left students, faculty, alumni and donors wondering what's next, and bracing for civil suits against the school.


Federal Judge In Detroit Orders Bond Hearings For Hundreds Of Detained Iraqis

Wednesday, January 03, 2018

A federal judge in Detroit has ordered bond hearings for hundreds of Iraqis detained by the Department of Homeland Security while they fight deportation. The decision says holding people who don't pose a serious flight risk is unconstitutional.


Cities Dream Of Landing Amazon's New HQ And They're Going To Great Lengths To Show It

Monday, October 16, 2017

Retail giant Amazon is looking for a second home, and many cities are trying to land the HQ2 project. At stake are 50,000 jobs and a new economic anchor for the winner. It has led to a lot of stunts.


2 Top Michigan Officials Face Criminal Charges Over Flint Water Crisis

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

The director of the state's Department of Health and Human Services, Nick Lyon, and Chief Medical Executive Dr. Eden Wells are the highest-ranking state officials to be charged in the crisis.


Michigan Health Chief Charged With Involuntary Manslaughter In Flint Water Crisis

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Nick Lyon is the highest-ranking state official to be charged in the crisis.


Michigan Community Clashes Over Embrace Of Immigrants

Thursday, November 03, 2016

With its large population of Middle Eastern immigrants, the Detroit area is a natural destination for refugees from Syria. But a local leader has called for a stop to these refugee resettlements.


In Michigan, A Highway Sign Is At Center Of An Unusual Trademark Dispute

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

A few years ago, two brothers emblazoned T-shirts with an image of the M-22 highway sign, getting a federal trademark. Now, the state is challenging that trademark in court.


Investigators Dole Out New Charges To 6 State Employees In Flint Scandal

Friday, July 29, 2016

In Michigan, six state employees were charged Friday with covering up information that could have warned the public about lead contamination of the city of Flint's drinking water.


More Charges Expected In Flint's Contaminated Drinking Water Case

Thursday, April 21, 2016

A day after the first criminal charges related to Flint's lead tainted water were filed, residents of the Michigan city and others wonder how high up the investigation into the crisis will go.


First Criminal Charges Filed Over Flint, Mich., Water Contamination Crisis

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

The first criminal charges have been filed related to the drinking water contamination crisis in Flint, Mich.


Congress Grills Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder On Flint Water Crisis

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and the head of the Environmental Protection Agency field questions and attacks from members of Congress over the handling of the Flint, Mich., water crisis.


Former Flint Emergency Manager To Testify Before Congress On Water Crisis

Monday, March 14, 2016

Former Flint, Mich., Emergency Manager Darnell Earley is among those to testify before Congress on Tuesday about the actions leading up to Flint's water crisis.


Michigan Gets Ready to Vote

Monday, March 07, 2016

Rick Pluta, reporter and producer at Michigan Public Radio and co-host of "It's Just Politics," discuss the latest political news leading up to the primary in Michigan.

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Republicans Rumble, Democrats Debate, and Other Weekend Politics

Monday, March 07, 2016

Karen Tumulty, national political correspondent for The Washington Post, discusses a weekend's worth of political news, from primary results to Sunday's democratic debate.

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Suspect In Kalamazoo Shooting To Be Arraigned On Monday

Monday, February 22, 2016

People in Kalamazoo, Mich., are mourning 6 victims of a fatal shooting spree over the weekend. Police have a suspect in custody. But, the community still doesn't know why the mass shootings occurred.