Rick Pluta

Managing Editor - Michigan Public Radio Network

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3:35 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Second Wolf Hunt Referendum Approved For November Ballot

A state elections panel has approved a second referendum on wolf hunting in Michigan for the November ballot.

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5:11 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Snyder Would Like Committee To Oversee Detroit Finances Post-Bankruptcy

Governor Rick Snyder says he thinks there’s progress in negotiations with the Legislature to put $350 million of state money toward Detroit’s bankruptcy settlement.

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3:58 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Detroit Emergency Manager Tries To Sell Bailout To Lawmakers

Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr is spending a couple of days in Lansing for closed-door meetings with state officials.

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NewsRoom
5:25 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Snyder: Immigration Shakeup Include Ag Workers

Governor Rick Snyder says Michigan needs to do more to attract seasonal migrant laborers to work on farms this spring and summer.

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2:44 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

SCOTUS Upholds Michigan Affirmative Action amendment

The US Supreme Court has upheld Michigan’s ban on race- and gender-conscious admissions policies at public universities.

The Michigan Public Radio Network’s Rick Pluta reports.

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette defended the amendment, approved by voters in 2006, that outlawed race- and gender-based affirmative action. He praised the Supreme Court decision as on target.

 “Michigan voters exercised their privilege to enact laws as a basic exercise of their democratic power,” he says.

Mark Fancher is an ACLU attorney who argued against the amendment.

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5:17 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Bolger: Unions Will Have To Put Up Cash To Help Settle Detroit Bankruptcy

The state House Republican leader says he expects unions to put up cash from their bank accounts as part of Detroit’s bankruptcy settlement.

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NewsRoom
5:09 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Murderer Of State Trooper Commits Suicide

An inmate convicted of murdering a Michigan State trooper has committed suicide.

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NewsRoom
4:13 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Michigan Jobless Rate Drops To 7.5%

Michigan’s unemployment rate dropped slightly last month to 7.5%.

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4:53 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Snyder Sued For Not Recognizing Same-Sex Marriages

The ACLU and eight same-sex couples have sued the state.

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4:12 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

US Attorney General Says Will Recognize Michigan Same-Sex Marriages

The federal government will recognize the marriages of 300 gay and lesbian couples performed last weekend in Michigan before more weddings were blocked by an appeals court.

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5:14 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Congressional Democrats Ask Holder To Recognize Michigan Gay Marriages

Some congressional Democrats are putting pressure on Michigan to recognize more than 300 same-sex marriages performed last weekend.

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5:40 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Governor Snyder: State Will Recognize 300 SameSex Marriages

Governor Rick Snyder says same-sex marriages performed over the weekend in Michigan are legal, but they cannot be officially recognized by the state.

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5:43 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Schuette: SCOTUS Needs To Resolve Marriage Question ASAP

The U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals could rule anytime now on whether Michigan will allow same-sex marriages to resume, and recognize weddings that were performed over the weekend.

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4:14 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Local Officials Ask US Attorney General To Recognize MI Same-Sex Marriages

US Attorney General Eric Holder has been asked to declare that the federal government will recognize same-sex marriages performed in Michigan over the weekend, even if the state won’t.

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4:39 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Snyder: Treat E-Cigarettes Like Tobacco

Governor Rick Snyder is asking the Legislature to send him a bill that would allow the state to tax and regulate e-cigarettes as a tobacco product.

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4:21 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Calley Signs Road Funding Bill

A new mid-year state budget bill will spend $215 million on road construction and maintenance.

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NewsRoom
4:13 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Campaign To Stop Wolf Hunt To Turn In Petitions

The campaign to stop wolf hunts in Michigan says it has enough petition signatures to get a referendum on the November ballot.

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3:33 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Closing Arguments Wrap Up In Same-Sex Marriage Trial

Both sides delivered their closing arguments Friday in the legal challenge to Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage.

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5:38 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Michigan Supreme Court To Decide Fate Of 350 Juvenile Lifers

Life without parole used to be the automatic sentence for juveniles who were tried as adults and convicted of first degree murder.

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NewsRoom
5:13 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Effort Underway To Regulate E-cigarettes

There is an effort afoot in Lansing to regulate smokeless electronic cigarettes – and ban their sale to minors.

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NewsRoom
3:54 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Number Of Michigan Deficit Districts Shrinks

The list of Michigan school districts that have budget deficits is shrinking and the list of districts that are getting in the black is growing.

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5:15 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Snyder Hopes Potholes Will Compel Action On Road Funds

Governor Rick Snyder hopes Michigan’s worsening roads will convince reluctant lawmakers it’s time to spend a lot more money on roads and bridges.

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4:25 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Michigan Gay Marriage Trial Begins

Michigan’s voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage is now on trial before a federal judge.

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Law
4:05 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Same-Sex Parenting Goes On Trial In Detroit

Originally published on Tue February 25, 2014 8:01 pm

Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage goes on trial today in Detroit, and Michigan Public Radio's Rick Pluta is there. A lesbian couple wants to settle the doubts over same-sex parenting.

NewsRoom
5:10 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Milliken Joins Effort To Win Parole Hearings For Juvenile Lifers

Former Michigan Governor William Milliken says more than 350 prison inmates sentenced to life without parole as juveniles deserve a chance at freedom.

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5:41 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Minimum Wage Campaign Begins Collecting Names

The campaign to raise Michigan’s minimum wage will begin collecting signatures.

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5:15 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Lawmakers Express Concern On Cost, Time Of Invasive Species Fix

State lawmakers say they’re concerned about the time and expense of plans to keep the Asian carp out of the Great Lakes.

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4:12 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

Minimum Wage Campaign Sets Its Sights At $10.10

The campaign to increase Michigan’s minimum wage has upped its goal to $10.10 an hour in four years.

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5:10 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Snyder Budget Aide Leaves For Academia

Governor Rick Snyder’s budget chief is leaving the administration to take a job with the University of Utah.

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3:38 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Report Says Parole Systems Costs Taxpayers Millions

A new report says Michigan’s parole system is too stingy when it comes to releasing prisoners with sentences of up to life in prison.

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