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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5:15 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

New Bill Seeks To Protect Students’ Privacy, Bans Personal Information On Tests

The debate over a set of school standards known as the Common Core has sparked bipartisan concerns about student privacy.

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5:25 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Last Call! Bill Would Let Downtown Bars And Restaurants Serve Alcohol Until 4am

Some state lawmakers say Michigan bars and restaurants in downtown areas should be able to serve alcohol until 4am.

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3:23 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Early Enrollment For Medicaid Expansion Delayed

Most states that have decided to expand their Medicaid programs under the federal Affordable Care Act started signing people up Tuesday.

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3:32 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Michigan Moves A Step Closer To Privatizing Prison Food Service

Unions that represent prison food service workers are blasting state officials for moving to privatize those services.

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5:27 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

Audit Finds Problems With Oil And Gas Regulation In Michigan

A new report shows almost 70% of actively producing oil and gas wells in Michigan are not being inspected as often as the state intends.

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5:43 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

State House Approves Funding For Common Core School Standards

A resolution that would restore funding for a set of nationwide school standards in Michigan is headed to the state Senate.

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5:13 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

State Legislature Could Vote To Reinstate Common Core Funding This Week

A resolution to reinstate funding for a set of nationwide school standards could move forward Thursday in Lansing.

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5:09 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

State House Democrats Lay Out Plan To Aid Struggling Schools

Michigan House Democrats say the state is failing schools with severe budget deficits and persistently low test scores.

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NewsRoom
5:12 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Michigan On Target To Meet Renewable Energy Standards, Could Achieve More

A new report suggests Michigan is well-positioned to expand renewable energy production.

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NewsRoom
5:38 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

State House Approves Plan To Strengthen Mental Health Courts

The state House Thursday gave overwhelming bi-partisan support to legislation meant to strengthen Michigan’s mental health courts.

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3:49 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Pot For Potholes? GOP State Lawmaker Wants Legal Marijuana To Pay For Roads

So far, Michigan lawmakers have been unable to agree on a way to boost funding for roads.

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NewsRoom
5:13 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Unemployment Drug Testing Bill Moves Forward In State Legislature

A state House panel has approved a set of bills meant to crack down on unemployment fraud in Michigan.

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NewsRoom
5:13 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Medical Marijuana Advocates Decry State Removal Of Children

Steve and Maria Green of Lansing say they did nothing illegal or to warrant the removal of their daughter, Bree (6 months).
Credit Jake Neher MPRN

Medical Marijuana advocates are blasting the state for removing children from the homes of licensed patients and caregivers.

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4:16 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Michigan Becomes 25th State To Expand Medicaid. What’s Next?

Suzanne Murphy of Ann Arbor hopes to become one of more than 320,000 newly-eligible Michigan residents to sign up for Medicaid next year.
Credit Jake Neher MPRN

Michigan is now the 25th state to expand Medicaid under the federal Affordable Care Act.

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5:13 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Advocates For Higher Road Funding Have Not Lost Hope, Despite Snyder Comments

Groups advocating for more road funding in Michigan say they’re confident some deal can be reached soon in Lansing.

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3:27 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Plan To Expand Mental Health Courts Clears State House Committee

Many state lawmakers say they’re eager to expand Michigan’s mental health court system.

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5:25 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Internet Sales Tax Clears State House Committee

A plan to enforce a six-percent sales tax on all internet purchases is headed to the full state House.

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4:43 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Not All Craft Brewers Excited About Bills To Lift Restrictions

State lawmakers opened discussions Tuesday on legislation to ease restrictions on Michigan’s craft brewers.

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NewsRoom
3:36 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Bills In Lansing Would Ease Restrictions On Craft Brewers

Craft brewers in Michigan would face fewer restrictions under a proposal in Lansing.

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5:41 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

PTSD, Insomnia Patients Urge State Panel To Allow Use Of Medical Marijuana

Melody Karr told the Michigan Medical Marihuana Review Panel Thursday that she suffers from both PTSD and insomnia
Credit Jake Neher MPRN

Post-traumatic stress disorder and insomnia could be added to the list of ailments that can be treated with medical marijuana in Michigan.

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4:27 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Activists Call For Marijuana Legalization As State Continues To Sort Out Medical Pot Law

Members of the computer ‘hacktivist’ group Anonymous rally with marijuana advocates Wednesday at the state Capitol.
Credit Jake Neher MPRN

A state board will hear public testimony Thursday on whether to allow patients suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder to use medical marijuana.

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NewsRoom
5:14 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Medicaid Expansion Clears State Legislature, But Enactment Will Likely Be Delayed

Governor Rick Snyder says he intends to sign a bill that will extend Medicaid benefits to hundreds of thousands of Michiganders. The bill cleared the state Legislature Tuesday.

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NewsRoom
3:54 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Calley Says He’ll Cast Tie-Breaking Vote On Medicaid, If Needed

If a vote on Medicaid expansion comes down to a tie in the state Senate, Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley says he’s willing to cast the tie-breaking vote to pass it.

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5:10 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Study: Michigan’s Mental Health Courts Reduce Recidivism, Improve Quality Of Life

Offenders in Michigan’s new mental health courts are far less likely to re-offend compared to those in the traditional criminal justice system.

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4:55 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

Bill To Enforce Internet Sales Tax Gaining Support In Lansing

Legislation to require online retailers to collect the Michigan sales tax in Michigan is gaining support in Lansing.

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4:13 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

Few Michigan Schools Get High Scores Under New State Rating System

The state Department of Education says few Michigan schools are meeting goals for overall performance.

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3:42 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

State Official Declares Smoking Patios At Bars And Restaurants Legal

Michigan smokers could once again have a place to light up at some bars and restaurants under a decision out of Lansing Monday.

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NewsRoom
4:00 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Court Of Appeals Rules Right To Work Law Applies To State Workers

The Michigan Court of Appeals has ruled the state’s right-to-work law applies to state workers.

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5:12 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Senate Leaders: Sales Tax Increase For Roads “Very Unlikely” To Be On November Ballot

A plan to improve Michigan’s roads and infrastructure will probably not be on the November ballot.

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NewsRoom
3:40 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Court Says Decision To Force State Workers To Pay Into Pensions Was Unconstitutional

A three-judge panel says Michigan lawmakers do not have the authority to require state employees to contribute toward their pensions.

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