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Cheyna Roth


Before becoming the newest Capitol reporter for the Michigan Public Radio Network, Cheyna Roth was an attorney. She spent her days fighting it out in court as an assistant prosecuting attorney for Ionia County. Eventually, Cheyna took her investigative and interview skills and moved on to journalism. She got her masters at Michigan State University and was a documentary filmmaker, podcaster, and freelance writer before finding her home with NPR. 
 
Very soon after joining MPRN, Cheyna started covering the 2016 presidential election, chasing after Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, and all their surrogates as they duked it out for Michigan. Cheyna also focuses on the Legislature and criminal justice issues for MPRN. 
 
Cheyna is obsessively curious, a passionate storyteller, and an occasional backpacker. 
 
Follow her on Twitter at @Cheyna_R
 

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Michigan residents could get a break on their back to school shopping.  As Cheyna Roth reports, recently introduced bills would create a back to school spending holiday.


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Michigan State University has agreed to three years of federal oversight.  As Cheyna Roth reports, the US Department of Health and Human Services on Monday announced a resolution to a civil rights investigation.


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A new bill in the state Legislature would ban the manufacturing and sale of personal care products with microbeads.  But, as Cheyna Roth reports, the small plastic beads are already banned in some products at the federal level.


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The Michigan Court of Appeals has cleared up some uncertainty about the state’s spending requirements for local governments.  Cheyna Roth has more.


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The Michigan Supreme Court heard arguments on whether it was legal for the state Legislature to adopt citizen-led ballot initiatives last year…and then quickly change them.  Cheyna Roth was in court for the proceedings.


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Lawyers from the state Attorney General’s Office will be in front of the Michigan Supreme Court today.  The twist?  They’ll be arguing both sides of the same issue.  Cheyna Roth explains.


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This week, the Michigan Supreme Court will hear arguments on a debate that started during a contentious and busy lame duck session last year.  Whether or not the state’s highest court will actually step in with a ruling remains to be seen.

As Cheyna Roth reports, the battle is over whether it was okay for the Republican-led Legislature to adopt and then quickly amend minimum wage and paid sick leave ballot initiatives.


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The Michigan Supreme Court says the state’s tribal governments do not fall under a constitutional provision that can prevent some people from running for office.  Cheyna Roth has more.


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Michigan schools will finalize their budgets today but without knowing how much money they’ll have to work with.  Cheyna Roth reports.


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Anti-abortion groups will soon be on sidewalks and at events around the state, asking voters to support measures that would restrict abortion in Michigan.  There are two groups trying to get enough signatures for their ballot initiatives.

Cheyna Roth breaks down the measures and how Michigan could effectively outlaw abortion in the near future.


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The former dean of Michigan State University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine was found guilty Wednesday of misconduct.  Cheyna Roth reports.


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A jury is expected to begin deliberations today in the trial of former Michigan State University Dean William Strampel.  As Cheyna Roth explains, Strampel is accused of two felonies and two misdemeanors.


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The state department in charge of Michigan’s prisons is not happy with a proposed spending plan in the state Legislature.  Cheyna Roth has more.


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A new idea to raise money to fix the state’s roads involves selling state assets to pay for the infrastructure.  As Cheyna Roth reports, the assets include the Blue Water Bridge.


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New measures would ban abortions after a doctor detects a fetus’s heartbeat.  Michigan Public Radio’s Cheyna Roth reports bills were introduced Wednesday in the state Senate.


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The Republican leadership in the state House and Senate has filed a challenge to a recent opinion by Democratic Attorney General Dana Nessel.


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Opening statements and first witnesses were called yesterday in the criminal trial of the former dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine at Michigan State University.  Cheyna Roth was in the courtroom for the case of The People versus William Strampel.


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A lawmaker in Michigan wants to start a task force aimed at helping curb the state’s lead problem.  The task force would not just be focused on lead in the water.


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A federal judge says Michigan has to hold a special election in 2020 for certain state Senate districts.  And the Legislature and governor have to come up with new political lines for the US House, state Senate, and state House districts by August.

A federal panel of judges says the district lines were originally drawn in favor of Republicans.


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More money could be added to the state’s wrongful conviction fund.  Lawmakers on Thursday sent a bill to add $10 million to the fund to the governor’s desk.


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A federal court in Michigan says that the state's Republican-controlled legislature unfairly drew some of Michigan's state legislative and U.S. House district lines and that a divided government will have to come up with new boundaries.

A panel of three judges said that 27 of 34 challenged districts diluted the weight of people's votes and that every challenged district is unconstitutional.

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Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s plan to fix the state’s roads in a single budget is getting pushback.  The head of the Republicans in the Senate has his own ideas for how to handle a new roads policy.


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Former Michigan State University president Lou Anna Simon was in court today and will return to continue the hearing today.  A judge is deciding whether Simon should stand trial for charges that she lied to law enforcement.


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President Donald Trump revved up his supporters in Grand Rapids last night on issues ranging from the Mueller investigation…to health care….to immigration.


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Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s plan to stop using school aid fund dollars for higher education could hit a roadblock.


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Some Republican lawmakers in Lansing want to shorten the time period when a pregnant woman can get an abortion.  A bill in the Senate would make it a felony to perform abortions after 20 weeks of the probable conception.


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It started last October.  More than 70 police officers, special agents, and government officials executed search warrants on each of the seven Catholic dioceses in Michigan simultaneously.  They loaded vehicles with boxes and filing cabinets – everything they could find related to potential sexual abuse by priests who have worked in Michigan from 1950 until now.  Attorney General Dana Nessel says Michigan is the first state to execute a search warrant on the Church in this way.  Now, Nessel says she expects her office’s investigation to last at least two years.   


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Michigan could become a completely hands-free driving state.  A new bill in the state House comes after Governor Gretchen Whitmer made distracted driving a priority during her State of the State address.


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Governor Gretchen Whitmer will give her first State of the State address tonight.


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State lawmakers are trying to once again raise the age of who is considered an ‘adult’ in the criminal justice system.


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