Rick Pluta

Managing Editor - Michigan Public Radio Network

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Politics & Government
5:13 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Michigan Supreme Court Order Sets Stage For Appeal Of Juvenile Lifer Opinion

The Michigan Supreme Court won’t reconsider its decision that more than 350 juvenile lifers in state prisons won’t get parole hearings.

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Politics & Government
5:27 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Ballot Questions Not The Final Word On Wolf

Michigan voters will get to weigh in on two laws that allowed wolf hunting in the Upper Peninsula.

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Politics & Government
4:15 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

For Absentee Voters, Election Day May Have Already Come And Gone

We’re two weeks away from Election Day, but for a lot of voters, it’s already come and gone.

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Politics & Government
4:55 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Snyder Approves “Right-To-Try” Law

Governor Rick Snyder has signed a bill to allow terminally ill patients to try experimental therapies when other options have failed.

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Politics & Government
11:20 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Month in Review: September's biggest news stories | WKAR

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Rick Pluta of the Michigan Public Radio Network revisits several of September's biggest Michigan news stories with state capitol reporters Jonathan Oosting of MLive and Inside Michigan Politics publisher Susan Demas.

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Arts & Culture
11:16 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Michigan attorney defends Sherlock Holmes copyright

Benedict Cumberbatch (left) and Martin Freeman star in TV's 'Masterpiece Mystery!' series 'Sherlock'.

"The game is afoot". That's one of many recognizable phrases from the Sherlock Holmes stories written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. John Bursch is a Grand Rapids lawyer who has argued before the U.S. Supreme Court on eight occasions. Now, one of his most unusual clients is the Doyle estate.

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Politics & Government
3:35 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Snyder: US, Not Canada, Should Pay For Customs Plaza

Governor Rick Snyder is expressing frustration that the US government still hasn’t ponied up the money to pay for a new customs plaza to go along with the new international bridge in Detroit.

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Politics & Government
4:25 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

State Board Completes Detroit EM Wrapup

A loan board has approved some of the final steps that make up the state’s role in Detroit’s bankruptcy.

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Politics & Government
5:14 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Snyder: Detroit EM Should Maintain A Role With City Through Bankruptcy

Governor Rick Snyder says he’d like to see Detroit emergency manager Kevyn Orr stick around even if the mayor and city council vote this week to remove him.

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Education
12:44 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

State school superitendent: decision on charter authorizers will be made by year end

Michigan superintendent of public instruction Mike Flanagan
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State superintendent of public instruction Mike Flanagan has said that he will hold the authorizers of charter schools in Michigan accountable for the performance of the schools.

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Politics & Government
4:46 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Governor Signs Law To Allow Service In Lieu Of Driver Fees

Governor Rick Snyder has approved a bill to allow people who owe driver’s fees for traffic offenses to pay off their debt with community service.

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Education
4:41 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Democrats Call For Hold On New Charter Schools

Democrats at the state Capitol are calling for a moratorium on new charter schools until there are rules that ensure more transparency and accountability.

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Economy
3:59 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Michigan Jobless Rate Drops To 7.4%

Michigan’s monthly unemployment rate has dropped by three-tenths of a percentage point to 7.4%.

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Politics & Government
4:47 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

DNR Says Drilling Not OK Under Old Growth Forest

The rights to drill under a landmark old-growth forest in northern Michigan are off the auction block.

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Politics & Government
5:17 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Dem Lawmakers Stop Waiting To Roll Out LGBT Rights Bills

Democrats in Lansing have introduced legislation that would add LGBT protections to Michigan’s civil rights law.

As we hear from The Michigan Public Radio Network’s Rick Pluta, they say they’re pushing the question in hopes of holding a vote on the legislation before the end of the year.

State Representative Sam Singh says support for updating Michigan’s civil rights law is building. Many businesses and education institutions have expressed support, and local governments have adopted similar ordinances.

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Politics & Government
4:44 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Dems Say Businesses Should Warn Employees About To Lose Contraception Coverage

Democrats in the Legislature say women should get 90 days advance warning if their employers are about to drop contraception coverage from company-provided insurance policies.

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Politics & Government
5:54 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

Anti-Wolf Hunt Campaign To Challenge Initiated Law

Opponents of wolf hunting in Michigan are waging their fight on multiple fronts.

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Politics & Government
5:41 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

GOP, Dems To Hold State Party Conventions This Weekend

Democrats and Republicans will hold their state party conventions this weekend.

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Environment
5:44 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Environment Officials: No Single Cause Of Blue-Green Algae Threat

Environmental officials say they’re looking for more ways to keep safe drinking water safe for 100,000 Michigan residents who rely on Lake Erie.

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Politics & Government
3:13 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

State Looking For Fix To $1 Billion Tax Problem

A business tax decision by the Michigan Supreme Court is threatening to blow a billion-dollar hole in the state budget.

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Politics & Government
1:31 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

Same sex marriage in MI awaits appellate decision

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Yesterday, a federal appeals court in Cincinnati began hearing arguments involving state bans against same sex marriage. Michigan, whose voters approved such a ban a decade ago, is one of those states.

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Politics & Government
6:06 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

6th Circuit Hears MI Same-Sex Marriage Appeal

Jayne Rowse and April DeBoer on the steps of the federal courthouse in Cincinnati before the 6th Circuit US Court of Appeals hears arguments in their challenge to Michigan’s same-sex marriage ban.
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Michigan and three other states defended bans on same-sex marriage before a federal appeals court in Cincinnati.

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Politics & Government
3:34 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Prop 1: A Solution Born Of Suspicion

Until recently, businesses in Michigan had to pay taxes on almost all their equipment.

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Politics & Government
4:51 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

State Superintendent Meets With Charter Authorizers

The state Superintendent of Public Instruction met behind closed doors Monday with some of Michigan’s largest charter school authorizers.

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Politics & Government
5:40 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

State Orders Enbridge To Fix Pipeline Through Mackinac Straits

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette and the state Department of Environmental Quality have told Enbridge Energy the company has to do a better job of securing an oil pipeline that runs through the Straits of Mackinac.

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Politics & Government
3:24 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Elections Panel To Consider Minimum Wage, Wolf Hunting Petition Drives

A state elections board will decide Thursday whether to certify petitions to initiate two new state laws.

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Politics & Government
5:15 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Court Ruling On Obamacare Tax Breaks Has No Immediate Effect In Michigan

An appeals court ruling Tuesday out of Washington DC could jeopardize tax subsidies that help nearly a ¼ million Michiganders buy health coverage.

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Politics & Government
5:13 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

AG Prison Report Cites Human, Technology Errors As Prime Cause Of Inmate Escape

A report by the state Attorney General’s office makes a dozen recommendations to prevent future prison escapes.

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Politics & Government
5:39 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Non-Union Builders Challenge Local Wage Floors

An association of non-union construction companies has asked the state Supreme Court to strike down local prevailing wage laws.

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NewsRoom
5:42 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Appeals Court Says No Drilling In Pigeon River Forest

The Michigan Court of Appeals says state regulators were correct to deny a drilling permit to developers who want to put oil wells on private land surrounded by a state forest.

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