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
 

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   A long-term plan to fix Michigan’s roads might not be part of the state budget this year. 

Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake) said he wants to include more money to fix the roads in the short term in the state budget. But he also wants to figure out a long-term policy – that possibly includes new revenue sources –separately from the budget.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   State lawmakers want to put in place a final deadline for medical marijuana facilities to get a license, or not be able to stay open. 

A state House committee unanimously passed a bill Wednesday. It gives a June 1st deadline for facilities – and if they stay open without a license, the facility can’t get a license for a year.

CHARLOTTE, MI (MPRN)--   The state Attorney General’s Office is trying to show that the former Michigan State University president lied to investigators to protect the university. 

Lou Anna Simon was in court Monday for the second day of a hearing to determine whether Simon should stand trial for charges that she lied to law enforcement.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   The former president of Michigan State University will be back in court Monday.

Lou Anna Simon is facing multiple criminal charges, including two felonies.

She stepped down from the presidency at MSU soon after former university sports doctor Larry Nassar was sentenced for multiple sexual assault convictions.

Simon has since been charged with lying to law enforcement.

The attorney general’s office says Simon lied about what she knew about Nassar and when. The office opened an investigation into MSU last year. 

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Michigan lawmakers in Washington DC want veterans to receive full coverage for health problems stemming from PFAS exposure. 

The industrial chemicals have been discovered in sites across Michigan and the US, many of them military bases.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Michigan’s new minimum wage and earned sick time laws took effect Friday.

But the laws are facing challenges.

Lawmakers adopted the ballot measures before they could go to voters – and then changed them in the “lame duck” legislative session before they got signed into law.

Advocates who backed the original proposals say that was illegal. The Michigan Supreme Court and Attorney General Dana Nessel could weigh in on the issue.

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GRAND RAPIDS, MI (MPRN)--   President Donald Trump revved up his supporters in Grand Rapids Thursday night on issues ranging from the Mueller investigation to health care to immigration.  

It was a homecoming for President Trump.

Trump won the 2016 election because Michigan – along with other states that were a part of the so-called “Blue Wall” – gave their electoral votes to the Republican instead.

“You were with me. I won’t forget it and you will be very proud, looking back, that you did it. Thank you,” he said.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   The state of Michigan has promised to make sure adoption and foster agencies that receive state money do not discriminate against same sex couples. 

Attorney General Dana Nessel announced a settlement in an ongoing federal lawsuit between the state and same sex couples. The couples tried to adopt through an agency that contracts with the state, but they were denied services because of their sexual orientation. The agency cited religious beliefs.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed her first bill into law Thursday.

The new law will keep a judge’s seat in a court in Menominee County.

Republican Representative Beau LaFave represents part of the Upper Peninsula – including Menominee County. He sponsored a similar bill in the state House.

“We want to make sure that judges don’t have to drive 250 miles to ensure the due process rights of everybody,” he said. “Doesn’t matter if you’re in Monroe or Menominee. You have a right to due process and that means you got to have a judge close by.”

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   A lawsuit against former Attorney General Bill Schuette will be decided by the highest court in Michigan. 

Several years ago, Progress Michigan started what would become a years-long court battle with then-attorney general Bill Schuette. The case is over whether Schuette and members of his office used private emails for public business.

Now the Michigan Supreme Court will decide if the attorney general’s office needs to do a review of all personal emails from Schuette’s time in office and turn over any that involve state business.

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