Jake Neher

Jake Neher is a reporter for the Michigan Public Radio Network. He covers the State Legislature and other political events in Lansing.

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Politics & Government
3:28 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Wolf Hunting, Civil Rights, And $1B Budget Hole On State Lawmakers’ Agenda

State lawmakers have a wide range of issues to address between now and the November election.

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Politics & Government
3:21 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Peters Says He’d Vote For Same Obamacare Bill Today

Rep. Gary Peters speaks with Michigan Public Radio’s Rick Pluta on the statewide call-in program Michigan Calling. Peters’ opponent in his bid for U.S. Senate, Republican Terri Lynn Land, is scheduled to appear on the program on October 3rd.
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Democratic candidate for U-S Senate Gary Peters says he would not have changed his vote in favor of Obamacare knowing what he knows now.

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Politics & Government
4:25 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Judge Hears Arguments Over Recognizing 300 Same-Sex Marriages In Michigan

Lead plaintiffs Glenna DeJong (l) and Marsha Caspar (center) join Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum (r) outside the federal court building in Detroit on Thursday. DeJong and Caspar were the first same-sex couple to get married in Michigan. Byrum officiated their wedding.
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About 300 same-sex couples in Michigan hope a federal judge will force the state to recognize their marriages. Judge Mark Goldsmith heard arguments in the case Thursday.

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Politics & Government
4:55 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Audit Finds Problems With Prisoner Education Programs In Michigan

Michigan prison officials need to do more to make sure inmates have access to education programs.

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Politics & Government
5:17 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Michigan Congressional Delegation To Push FEMA For Flood Help

Gov. Rick Snyder (r) and Congressman Sander Levin (l) speak with flood victims in Warren on Monday.
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Governor Rick Snyder and Michigan’s congressional delegation are teaming up to push for federal help for flood victims.

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Politics & Government
5:15 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Snyder Says Metro Detroit Flood Underpins Need For More Road Funding

Governor Rick Snyder says the need for increased funding for roads was underpinned this week by massive flooding in and around Detroit.

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Politics & Government
5:41 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Talks Over Ways To Fix Michigan’s Roads “Back At Square One”

State lawmakers are hitting the reset button on talks over how to fix Michigan’s crumbling roads.

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Politics & Government
3:18 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

State Housing agency Director To Resign After Charging Lavish Travel Expenses

The head of the Michigan State Housing Development Authority is stepping down.

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Politics & Government
4:41 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

Democrats Blast State Housing Director For Lavish Expenses

Democrats are demanding that the state take action in light of lavish travel expenses claimed by the head of Michigan’s housing authority.

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Politics & Government
4:16 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

More Voters Cast Ballots In Primary Than Expected, But Turnout Still Low

More than 82% of all registered voters sat out Michigan’s primary election this week.

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Politics & Government
4:46 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

Historic Low Voter Turnout Possible In Tuesday’s Primary

Michigan’s primary election is Tuesday.

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Politics & Government
5:12 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Environmentalists Pan Proposed Fracking Rules As Comment Period Ends

The time for people to tell the state what they think of proposed new rules for fracking ends at midnight.

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Politics & Government
5:21 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

State Senator Ready To Revisit Creating State-Run Health Exchange

There could be another push in Lansing to set up a state-run website to purchase insurance through the federal healthcare law.

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Politics & Government
5:21 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

$10.10/hour Minimum Wage Petition Shot Down By State Elections Board

A petition to raise Michigan’s minimum wage to $10.10 an hour did not get enough valid signatures to move forward.

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Politics & Government
5:18 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

$10.10/hour Minimum Wage Petition Shot Down By State Elections Board

A petition to raise Michigan’s minimum wage to $10.10 an hour did not get enough valid signatures to move forward.

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Politics & Government
4:42 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Pro-Gaza Protesters Rally At State Capitol

Pro-Palestinian protesters held signs decrying Israel’s offensive in the Gaza Strip in front of the state Capitol on Wednesday.
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Pro-Israeli and pro-Palestinian groups are holding events across Michigan to offer their perspectives on the conflict in Gaza.

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Politics & Government
5:11 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Snyder: Pensioner Approval Of Grand Bargain Sets Detroit Up For Faster Recovery

Governor Rick Snyder says pensioner approval of Detroit’s grand bargain sets the city up for a faster recovery.

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Politics & Government
5:16 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Henry Paulson Tells Michigan To Seek Out Chinese Investment

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Former U-S Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson says China could play a key role in Michigan’s economic recovery.

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Health
5:11 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

State Could Become More Transparent About Infection Rates At Hospitals

The state could soon be more open about how many patients contract infections at hospitals.

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Politics & Government
5:25 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

House Panel Looks To Relax Fines For Driving Without License, Proof Of Insurance

State lawmakers will be back in Lansing Wednesday for their only scheduled session day in July.

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Politics & Government
4:44 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Michigan Files Tax Liens Against CIA

Michigan has filed three tax liens against the Central Intelligence Agency.

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Politics & Government
12:53 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Human services agencies pledge reforms in wake of scathing audits

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Twice in the past month, auditors have found serious problems at Michigan human services agencies. Last week, a report from the state auditor’s office found the Michigan Department of Human Services has failed to investigate cases of suspected adult abuse and to adequately train its staff.

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Politics & Government
5:11 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Medicaid Expansion Sign-Ups Hit 1-Year Target In Just 4 Months

Michigan’s expanded Medicaid program has already hit its 2014 sign-up goal in less than four months.

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Politics & Government
5:26 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Another Audit Says Michigan Has Failed To Protect Vulnerable Adults

A new state audit is again calling into question how well the state protects vulnerable adults.

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NewsRoom
3:22 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Year-Round Schools Get More Money, But Future Of Program In Question

As most Michigan students enjoy their summer vacations, some schools are using new state funding to add air conditioning and other things so they can teach year-round.

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NewsRoom
5:39 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Superintendents Blast Education Budget

Michigan schools begin their new budget year Tuesday.

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NewsRoom
4:43 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Background Checks Coming For Home-Aid Workers, State Can’t Exclude All Felons

Michigan cannot ban all felons from being caregivers in the state’s Medicaid in-home care program.

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NewsRoom
5:24 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Michigan Welcomes Office To Help Skilled Immigrants Get Jobs

There’s a new office in Michigan dedicated to helping highly skilled immigrants find jobs.

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NewsRoom
5:16 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Lawmakers Decide Against Docking MSU $500k For Labor Courses

State lawmakers have backed down from penalizing Michigan State University over controversial courses about organized labor.

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NewsRoom
4:40 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Michigan Film Incentives To Stay At $50 million, Senate Leader Wants More

State lawmakers are getting close to passing a state budget this week.

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