Rick Pluta

Managing Editor - Michigan Public Radio Network

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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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Politics & Government
4:14 pm
Mon February 2, 2015

6th Circuit Upholds Jury Award Against Andrew Shirvell

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A federal appeals court has upheld a multi-million dollar judgment against a man who stalked and harassed a gay University of Michigan student leader.

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Politics & Government
4:54 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

Governor: Not Concerned About Early Ballot Polls

Governor Rick Snyder says he’s not worried about early polls that show the road funding proposal on the statewide May ballot is in trouble.

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Politics & Government
5:12 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Economist Says May Ballot Has $100 Million Loophole

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An economic study says the May ballot proposal to raise the state sales tax could also cost Michigan taxpayers $100 million more in federal income taxes.

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Politics & Government
5:23 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Snyder Lays Out Civil Rights Plans At Commission Meeting

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Governor Rick Snyder addressed the Michigan Civil Rights Commission Monday.

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Politics & Government
3:02 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Judge Says Michigan Must Recognize Same-Sex Marriages Performed Last March A federal judge says the

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A federal judge says the state must recognize the marriages of 300 gay and lesbian couples.

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Politics & Government
3:01 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

Supreme Court Hears State Employee Right-To-Work Case

The Michigan Supreme Court will decide whether Michigan’s right to work law applies to state civil service workers.

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Politics & Government
4:43 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

Snyder Signs Road Funding Bills, Launches Ballot Campaign

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Governor Rick Snyder has signed legislation to raise $1.2 billion to repair roads.

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Politics & Government
4:26 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

SCOTUS Could Decide Whether To Take Marriage Case

The US Supreme Court could decide Friday whether to hear a legal challenge to Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage.

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Politics & Government
1:06 pm
Wed December 24, 2014

NRC Adopts Eat-What-You-Road-Kill Policy

A new rule makes it easier for drivers who hit and kill an animal to claim their road kill.

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Politics & Government
12:59 pm
Wed December 24, 2014

MI Supreme Court To Decide Whether Paternity Can Be Challenged After Divorce

The state Supreme Court will decide whether a woman can have her ex-husband’s parental rights revoked because he’s not the biological father of her daughter.

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Politics & Government
2:52 pm
Tue December 23, 2014

MI Supreme Court: Schools Must Show Dollar Loss To Sue State

The Michigan Supreme Court says schools districts cannot sue the state under the Headlee Amendment for underfunding K-through-12 education.

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Education
4:15 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Superintendent Says He’s Keeping Charter Authorizers On “At Risk” List

Eleven universities and school districts will remain at risk of losing their authority to authorize new charter academies.

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Politics & Government
4:43 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Voters Would Have To Approve Road Funding Plan

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Governor Rick Snyder and legislative leaders are trying to convince state lawmakers to adopt a plan to raise $1.3billion dollars for roads, and then put the question on the ballot in May.

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Politics & Government
4:46 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

14 Charged In Meningitis Outbreak

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The owners of a compounding pharmacy in Massachusetts face federal murder charges for mishandling medical steroids that were distributed nationwide and caused a meningitis outbreak.

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Politics & Government
5:24 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Snyder: Road Money Discussions “Constructive”

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Governor Rick Snyder met Friday with the Legislature’s Republican and Democratic leaders to try and strike a deal on road funding.

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Politics & Government
4:21 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

MI Supreme Court To Decide If Locals Can Require Union Wages On Projects

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The Michigan Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether local governments can order construction companies to pay union wages on public projects.

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Politics & Government
4:40 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Snyder: House Transit Plan Not Sufficient

Gov. Rick Snyder holds a piece of concrete that fell from a bridge as he makes the case for a gas tax hike to fix roads.
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Governor Rick Snyder says a plan adopted by the state House to shift sales taxes collected on fuel sales to roads won’t work.

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