Rick Pluta


Michigan officials say they’ve reached a deal with the US Air Force to speed up action to clean up PFAS contamination at the former Wurtsmith Air Force Base in Oscoda.
                They acknowledge that’s just one part of dealing with the state’s PFAs problems.

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       The Michigan Supreme Court will take another look at whether it’s ever OK for taxpayer dollars to go to private or parochial schools.

       The court is responding to a challenge against state budgets.

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The future of a judge accused of misconduct is now waiting on a decision from the Michigan Supreme Court. The case includes allegations of an improper romance with a police detective, and lying to protect her career.

“Hear ye, hear ye, the chief justice and the justices of the Supreme Court."

Judge Theresa Brennan was not at the Supreme Court hearing in a case that will determine whether she can remain on the bench in Livingston County. The Supreme Court must now decide whether to uphold a recommendation that would force Brennan off the bench.


A technology upgrade that’s supposed to help consumers threatens to shut down the system for keeping track of felons and sex offenders who’ve been released from prison.
                Electronic tethers that keep track of offenders could go dark at the end of the year.

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Governor Gretchen Whitmer says she has yet to hear a serious alternative to her proposal to boost the fuel tax to pay for road repairs. She says any plan that does not raise new revenue for roads is not acceptable.

Governor Whitmer addressed a small business convention, where she said Michigan’s been moving around pots of money without actually increasing spending on roads and bridges. And now she says Michigan’s roads are ranked among the worst in the country.


Governor Gretchen Whitmer says money and political clout are at stake in the upcoming US Census. She says Michigan stands to lose a great deal if everyone doesn’t participate.


A state lawmaker wants to amend the Michigan Constitution to ensure there is a right to keep electronically stored information private.

State Senator Jim Runested says laws have not kept pace with the ways personal information can be taken from computers, cell phones, tablets and web sites. He says law enforcement should not be allowed to go searching through a person’s electronically stored information without a court’s permission.


A state elections board is going to work on new rules to govern petition drives that want to get issues before the Legislature or on an election ballot.

The Michigan Board of State Canvassers faces a complicated situation. Last year, Republicans in the Legislature adopted a law to make it harder for petition drives to succeed. Earlier this year, Democratic Attorney General Dana Nessel issued a formal opinion. It strikes down much of what Republicans enacted. Republicans are now challenging that opinion in court.


       “And we’ll see what happens…”

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel has asked a federal court to accept her arguments supporting a group of Detroit parents who have sued the state.
                The families want the court to rule their children have the right to good schools and an adequate education.


Republican John James says he will run again for the US Senate after losing last year to Debbie Stabenow. This time, James would face Senator Gary Peters.

James is a West Point graduate, Iraq war veteran, and business owner. Republican leaders like his resume, and hope James can help the GOP ticket win over more African-American voters.

James announced that he’s running on Fox News.

“We’re going to make sure we put the American people first. We’re going to put country over party. We’re going to put the people of the state of Michigan first.”