Rick Pluta

Managing Editor - Michigan Public Radio Network

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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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Politics & Government
5:25 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Religious Protection Bill Teed Up For House Vote

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A bill that’s supposed to protect people exercising sincerely held religious beliefs has been approved by the state House. It now goes to the state Senate.

The Michigan Public Radio Network’s Rick Pluta reports.

The bill was brought up right after House Speaker Jase Bolger declared the effort to add LGBT protections to Michigan’s civil rights law dead. State Representative Jeff Irwin and other Democrats oppose the bill. He says this would make it easier to discriminate against LGBT people.

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Politics & Government
4:38 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

House Holds Hearing On LGBT Civil Rights Bill

Retired Ford executive and former Wayne State University President Allan Gilmour says adopting LGBT protections in law will help the state attract and retain talent.
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A state House committee adjourned Wednesday without a vote on legislation to add LGBT protections the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act.

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Politics & Government
4:36 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

MI asks federal judge to end oversight of child foster care

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Michigan wants out from under court-ordered oversight of the state’s child foster care system.

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Politics & Government
4:44 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Kalamazoo County Re-Count To Begin December 8

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Candidates and campaigns that are unhappy with the results of the November elections have until Wednesday afternoon to ask for recounts.

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Economy
5:11 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Michigan jobless rate falls slightly to 7.1%

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More people were looking for work last month, but more businesses were hiring, which helped drive Michigan’s unemployment rate to 7.1%, the lowest it’s been so far this year.

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Politics & Government
3:36 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Judge allows legal challenge to emergency manager law to move ahead

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A federal judge in Detroit has refused to toss out a legal challenge to Michigan’s emergency manager law.

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Politics & Government
3:51 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

MI Supreme Court Will Decide Whether Right-To-Work Covers State Workers

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The Michigan Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether 35 thousand state civil service employees and the unions that represent them are covered by the right-to-work law.

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Politics & Government
4:43 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

DeBoer Case Appealed To SCOTUS

Marsha Caspar and Glenna DeJong with Frizzy. They were the first same-sex couple married in Michigan on March 22, after a federal judge struck down the state’s same-sex marriage ban. The ban was restored by the US 6th Circuit Court of Appeals.
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The legal team for April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse filed its appeal Monday with the US Supreme Court.

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Politics & Government
4:25 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

DeBoer Asks SCOTUS To Strike Down Michigan Marriage Ban

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A lesbian couple from metro Detroit has asked the US Supreme Court to strike down Michigan’s same-sex marriage ban as unconstitutional.

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Politics & Government
5:12 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Snyder Says Electoral College Overhaul Should Wait

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Governor Rick Snyder says he’s not on board with changing how Michigan divvies up presidential electors.

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Politics & Government
5:24 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

LGBT Rights Debate To Pit LGB Against T

A debate is shaping up in the Michigan House on whether Michigan’s civil rights law should be expanded to protect gays, lesbians, and bisexuals from discrimination.

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Politics & Government
4:44 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

No Decision Yet On Adding LGBT To Michigan Civil Rights law

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There’s no decision yet on whether the Legislature will take up the question of adding gay rights to the state’s civil rights law.

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Environment
4:44 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

DNR Adds 7 Invasive Species To Banned List

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With the addition of seven new plants and animals, Michigan now bans 40 non-native species.

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Politics & Government
5:10 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

6th Circuit Upholds MI Same-Sex Marriage Ban

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The US Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage.

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