Rick Pluta

Managing Editor - Michigan Public Radio Network

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Politics & Government
4:11 pm
Tue March 31, 2015

Famed LGBT Advocate To Argue For Michigan In SCOTUS Marriage Case

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The legal team fighting Michigan’s same-sex marriage ban has settled on a well-known litigator for LGBT rights to argue the case before the US Supreme Court.

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Politics & Government
4:51 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

Michigan’s Defense Of Same-Sex Marriage Ban Delivered To Supreme Court

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Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette's office has delivered the state's defense of its same-sex marriage ban to the US Supreme Court.

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Politics & Government
4:40 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

Court Of Appeals Refuses To Toss Staffer Lawsuit Against Lawmaker

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The Michigan Court of Appeals has rejected a lawmaker’s attempt to use legislative immunity to fend off a sexual harassment lawsuit.

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Politics & Government
4:46 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

Legislature Takes Aim At MEDC In Budget Proposal

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State lawmakers are taking bites out of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation budget.

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Politics & Government
4:21 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

MI Jobless Rate Drops To 5.9%

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Michigan’s monthly unemployment rate has dropped to its lowest point in 14 years.

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Politics & Government
5:24 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

Legislative Project Would Repeal Outdated Criminal Offenses

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The state House has begun an effort to scrub outdated laws from the books and shrink the size of Michigan’s criminal code.

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Politics & Government
5:20 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

House Rejects Amendments To Adoption Law

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The state House is poised to vote Wednesday that would allow faith-based adoption agencies in Michigan to turn away couples based on a religious objection to their lifestyle.

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Politics & Government
4:42 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

Audit: MDOT Falling Down On Bridge Inspections

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A state Auditor General’s report has found problems with Michigan’s bridge inspection program.

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Education
4:43 pm
Thu March 12, 2015

Governor Signs Order To Take Control Of School Reform Office

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The state office tasked with monitoring Michigan’s lowest performing schools will be put under the direct control of Governor Rick Snyder.

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Environment
4:39 pm
Thu March 12, 2015

Snyder To Deliver Second Energy Message

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Governor Rick Snyder will deliver an address Friday on Michigan’s energy future.

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Environment
4:09 pm
Wed March 11, 2015

House Committee Opens Energy Hearings

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A state House committee opened hearings Wednesday on overhauling Michigan’s energy strategy.

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Politics & Government
3:51 pm
Tue March 10, 2015

Snyder: Film Credits Should Be Phased Out, Not Shut Down

Governor Rick Snyder says he’s opposed to abruptly scrapping Michigan’s incentives to attract film and video productions.

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Politics & Government
5:39 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

Faith-Based Adoption Bills Headed To House Floor

Bills to allow faith-based adoption agencies to turn away LGBT couples or anyone else for religious or moral reasons were adopted Wednesday by a state House committee on party-line votes.

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Politics & Government
4:11 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

House Committee To Take Up Adoption Agency Bills

A state House committee could vote Wednesday on bills to shield faith-based adoption agencies from having to serve LGBT couples if the US Supreme Court legalizes same-sex marriage.

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Politics & Government
3:42 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

DeBoer Attorney Says SCOTUS Arguments Will Focus On Children

Attorneys for the lesbian couple challenging Michigan’s same-sex marriage ban have filed their briefs with the US Supreme Court.

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Politics & Government
5:14 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

House Adopts Bills To Relax Air Guns Rules

The state House has adopted legislation that would exempt air-, spring-, and gas-powered guns from Michigan firearms laws.

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Politics & Government
3:55 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

New Fight At Capitol Over Film Subsidies

A state House committee held a hearing Wednesday on legislation to end Michigan’s big tax breaks for film, TV, and movie projects.

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Politics & Government
5:23 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

Snyder Cheers Bond Funding For Workforce Training Programs

A state board has approved selling bonds to come up with $50 million to help community colleges ramp up their career and technical training.

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Politics & Government
4:46 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

Michigan Employer Survey Hints At More Hiring In 2015

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A survey of some of Michigan’s largest employers suggests more hiring is in store this year.

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Politics & Government
5:06 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

Audit Slams MDOT Over Road Warranties

A new report says the Michigan Department of Transportation has done a poor job of ensuring that road builders repair problems with their work.

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Politics & Government
4:55 pm
Thu February 19, 2015

Michigan GOP Presidential Primary Set For March 8

It looks like Michigan Republicans will hold their presidential primary on March 8th of next year.

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Politics & Government
3:54 pm
Wed February 18, 2015

State’s Tax Break Questions Bigger Problem Than Expected

A problem with uncashed business tax credits that threatens future state budgets is bigger than originally thought by about $3 billion.

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Politics & Government
5:26 pm
Tue February 17, 2015

Michigan House Likely To Vote On GOP Primary This Week

The state House is supposed to vote before the end of the week on legislation to hold Michigan’s Republican presidential primary in March of next year.

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Politics & Government
5:10 pm
Fri February 13, 2015

Auditor General Faults MDOT Rail Program For Wasting Millions

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The state Auditor General says the Michigan Department of Transportation spent millions of dollars on commuter rail cars that aren’t being used.

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Politics & Government
5:09 pm
Thu February 12, 2015

Senate Approves March 15th GOP Primary Date

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Michigan Republicans would vote for their presidential nominee on March 15th of next year under a bill that’s cleared the state Senate.

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Politics & Government
4:53 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

Police, Corrections Take Biggest Cuts In Budget-Balancing Plans

Governor Rick Snyder signed an order Wednesday to cut spending on state police, corrections, and health services as part of a plan to retire a deficit.

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Politics & Government
4:14 pm
Tue February 10, 2015

Snyder To Announce Crime Initiatives In Budget Plan

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Governor Rick Snyder will present his budget proposal Wednesday including plans to tackle a deficit.

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Politics & Government
5:11 pm
Mon February 9, 2015

Judge Dismisses Right-To-Work Challenge

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A judge has ruled there was no violation of Michigan’s open meetings act when the state Capitol was closed while the Legislature debated and voted on a right-to-work law.

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Politics & Government
4:27 pm
Fri February 6, 2015

Snyder Signs Restructuring Order From Hospital Bed

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Governor Rick Snyder is still in the hospital Friday.

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Politics & Government
4:39 pm
Thu February 5, 2015

Snyder Admitted To Hospital With Blood Clot

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Governor Rick Snyder’s public schedule has been cleared after he was admitted to a hospital in Ann Arbor Thursday.

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