Rick Pluta

Managing Editor - Michigan Public Radio Network

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Politics & Government
5:42 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

Voters To Decide Fate Of Proposal One And Road Funding

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Governor Rick Snyder spent the last day before Election Day campaigning for Proposal One.

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Politics & Government
3:46 pm
Fri May 1, 2015

Court: Utility Has To Justify Smart Meter Fee

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The Michigan Court of Appeals has ordered a state utility board to take another look at “smart meters” and how much utilities can charge customers who don’t want to use them.

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Education
2:26 pm
Thu April 30, 2015

Detroit Teacher Protest Closes 18 Schools

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Eighteen schools in Detroit were closed Thursday as teachers and other staff skipped classes to protest at the state Capitol.

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Politics & Government
5:42 pm
Tue April 28, 2015

Both Sides Say Victory Within Their Grasp In SCOTUS Marriage Case

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Michigan is now waiting for the US Supreme Court to make its decision on same-sex marriage bans.

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Politics & Government
2:57 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

Insurance Panel OKs Auto No-Fault Overhaul With Rate Rollback

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A state House committee has approved some big changes to Michigan’s no-fault law.

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State Representative Tom Leonard chairs the House Insurance Committee. He says this will save consumers money.

“There is a mandatory rate rollback of 100 dollars per vehicle that has been put in this bill,” he says.

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Politics & Government
3:09 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

Former Justice Betty Weaver, Frequent GOP Critic, Dies

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Former Michigan Supreme Court Justice Betty Weaver has died at the age of 74.

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Politics & Government
4:11 pm
Tue April 21, 2015

House Takes Up No-Fault Overhaul

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An overhaul of Michigan’s no-fault insurance law is moving quickly through the Legislature, where a House committee has opened hearings on the issue.

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Politics & Government
4:11 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

State Capitol To Re-Open To Public On Saturdays

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After almost two decades, the state Capitol in Lansing will re-open for the public to visit on Saturdays.

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Politics & Government
2:11 pm
Fri April 3, 2015

Snyder Would Like Energy Grid That Connects Upper, Lower Peninsulas

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Rick Snyder says one of his long-term ambitions is to improve Michigan’s access to electricity by extending the power grid to connect the upper and lower peninsulas.

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Politics & Government
5:11 pm
Thu April 2, 2015

Wolf Hunt Foes Challenge Law That Circumvented Referendums

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Wolf hunting opponents have filed a lawsuit challenging the state law that circumvented voter referendums on the question.

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Politics & Government
4:25 pm
Thu April 2, 2015

Snyder Says He Would Veto A Michigan RFRA

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Governor Rick Snyder says he would veto a Michigan Religious Freedom Restoration Act if the Legislature sends it to him.

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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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