Rick Pluta

Managing Editor - Michigan Public Radio Network

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NewsRoom
6:34 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

MI Supreme Court Rulings on Ballot Expected

The Michigan Supreme Court is expected to rule Friday on challenges to four questions proposed for the statewide November ballot following a three-hour hearing Thursday.

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NewsRoom
6:38 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

MI Supreme Court Hearing Will Zero in on Ballot Controversies

WKAR file photo

The Michigan Supreme Court will hold a hearing Thursday on whether four questions should appear on the statewide November ballot.

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NewsRoom
6:35 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

Judge Will Lead Inquiry in Schmidt-Bolger Case

southerfried morgueFile

A one-judge grand jury will look into whether there was any illegal activity involved in the party-switching plot between state Representative Roy Schmidt and state House Speaker Jase Bolger.

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NewsRoom
6:29 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

Civil Rights Law Author Says It’s Time to Debate Adding Gay Rights

Ex-State Reps. Daisy Elliott (D-Detroit) and Mel Larsen (R-Oxford).
State Bar of Michigan

Michigan’s landmark civil rights law was celebrated as a legal milestone in a ceremony Tuesday at the state Capitol. The Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act was enacted 36 years ago.

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NewsRoom
2:30 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

Grand Jury Will Investigate Bolger, Schmidt Over Party Switch

The Ingham County Circuit Court has empanelled a one-judge grand jury to look into allegations of illegal activities surrounding the party switch of state Representative Roy Schmidt to the Republicans.

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NewsRoom
6:41 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Court Orders Collective Bargaining Proposal onto Ballot; Challenge Expected

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The Michigan Court of Appeals has ordered the proposal to protect collective bargaining rights in the state constitution onto the November ballot.

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NewsRoom
6:38 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Casino Question Blocked from Ballot

clarita morgueFile

The campaign to allow eight new non-tribal casinos will have to go back to court to get a spot on the November ballot.

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NewsRoom
6:26 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

Bing Frustrated with Delay as Lansing Waits on Light Authority

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Detroit Mayor Dave Bing says the pace of the city’s recovery is being slowed by delays in Lansing. The mayor says the Legislature is taking too long to create an independent authority to help Detroit and other cities keep their street lights on.           

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NewsRoom
7:10 am
Mon August 13, 2012

Subcommittee To Review Fireworks Law

The State Capitol.
File photo WKAR

An ad hoc state House workgroup will review Michigan’s new fireworks law and could recommend some changes. The law allows licensed retailers to sell high-powered fireworks. 

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NewsRoom
6:39 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

LG: Ballot Question Would Not Stop Bridge Project

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Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley says a ballot question to require a public vote on a new international bridge won’t stop the project.

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NewsRoom
6:25 pm
Wed August 8, 2012

Court of Appeals Asked to Lift Order That House GOP Count Procedural Votes

southerfried morgueFile

A battle over how Republicans in the Michigan House of Representatives count votes was argued Wednesday before the state Court of Appeals.

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NewsRoom
6:23 pm
Wed August 8, 2012

EM Law Suspended as Referendum Goes on November Ballot

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The referendum to challenge Michigan’s emergency manager law is officially on the November ballot, and the law is suspended until after the election. Now, there’s a new fight brewing over whether the old emergency financial manager law now takes over.

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NewsRoom
6:22 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

It’s Primary Day in Michigan

It’s primary election day across Michigan.

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NewsRoom
6:33 pm
Mon August 6, 2012

Schuette: Old Law Takes Over If Referendum Succeeds

Kevin Rosseel morgueFile

Attorney General Bill Schuette says if Michigan’s emergency manager law is rejected by voters in November then the old law takes over – and that still allows the governor to name a financial manager to run a city or school district.

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NewsRoom
6:51 am
Mon August 6, 2012

Court of Appeals To Hear Ballot Challenge

File Photo WKAR

The Michigan Court of Appeals will hear a new challenge to a question that could go on the November ballot. A coalition of businesses and existing casinos say a proposal to allow eight new non-tribal
casinos in Michigan has a critical technical flaw.

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NewsRoom
6:51 pm
Fri August 3, 2012

MI Supreme Court Orders Referendum Onto November Ballot

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The Michigan Supreme Court has ordered the referendum on the state’s emergency manager law onto the November ballot.           

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NewsRoom
6:43 pm
Fri August 3, 2012

Treasurer: Emergency Managers To Be Re-Appointed

Courtesy State of Michigan

State Treasurer Andy Dillon says the emergency managers running four cities in Michigan will be quickly re-appointed to serve as emergency financial managers under the former law – with one exception.

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Election 2012
6:31 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

Senate GOP Candidates Tangle in TV Debate

Bill Richards WKAR

Three Republicans running for their party’s U.S. Senate nomination appeared together Thursday in their only televised debate of this primary season.

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NewsRoom
6:37 pm
Wed August 1, 2012

Schuette: Teen Lifers Don’t Deserve Re-Sentencing

southerfried morgueFile

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette is against holding re-sentencing hearings for hundreds of inmates sentenced to life with no chance of parole as juveniles. That’s despite a U.S. Supreme Court decision that struck down mandatory life-without-parole sentences for juveniles.

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NewsRoom
6:33 pm
Wed August 1, 2012

Court: City Cannot Outlaw Medical Marijuana

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The Michigan Court of Appeals says local governments cannot stop people from growing or using medical marijuana.

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NewsRoom
6:39 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

House Panel Continues to Ponder Next Action on Health Coverage

WKAR file photo

Another day of hearings by two state House committees have wrapped up on Michigan’s next step now that the U.S. Supreme Court has upheld the federal healthcare law. Michigan is facing some deadlines to move ahead with an online exchange for people to shop for health coverage.

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NewsRoom
6:17 pm
Mon July 30, 2012

Change Underway in How State Grades Schools

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Michigan will change how it grades schools and teachers when students return to classrooms this fall. The state Department of Education has a waiver from federal rules that will let Michigan try some new things.

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NewsRoom
6:53 am
Mon July 30, 2012

SoS Informs Bolger, Schmidt Inquiry Underway

WKAR File Photo

State House Speaker Jase Bolger and state Representative Roy Schmidt have a little less than three weeks to respond to complaints they broke campaign finance laws. The complaints are related to a plot to keep a real Democrat off the ballot after Schmidt jumped to the Republican Party.

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NewsRoom
6:14 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

MI Supreme Court Says MSU Violates Free Speech Rights

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The state Supreme Court has struck down a Michigan State University ordinance that’s supposed to protect employees from harassment as a violation of the First Amendment.

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NewsRoom
6:22 pm
Thu July 26, 2012

Senate Panel Approves Anti-Abortion Bill

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The state Senate Judiciary Committee has approved legislation that would require clinics and doctor’s offices where abortions are performed to be licensed and inspected.

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NewsRoom
6:32 pm
Wed July 25, 2012

Groups Waiting For MI Supreme Court Ruling

WKAR file photo

The Michigan Supreme Court will decide the fate of a referendum on the state’s emergency manager law after spending more than an hour and half listening to arguments. The case also brought a few hundred demonstrators to Lansing.

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NewsRoom
6:26 pm
Wed July 25, 2012

Regulator Urges Action On MI Online Health Exchange

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State House members held a hearing Wednesday on a federal law requiring states to set up a website to help people buy health insurance. The mandate is part of the Affordable Care Act.

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NewsRoom
7:15 am
Wed July 25, 2012

Governor Declares Energy Emergency In U.P.

The Mackinac Bridge leading to Michigan's Upper Peninsula.
Melissa Benmark WKAR

Governor Rick Snyder has declared an energy emergency in parts of the Upper Peninsula due to a pipeline break in Wisconsin.

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NewsRoom
7:10 am
Wed July 25, 2012

Protestors To Rally Outside MI Supreme Court

The Michigan Supreme Court building.
File Photo WKAR

Opponents of a proposal to allow eight new casinos in Michigan will ask the state Court of Appeals to order the question off the November ballot.

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NewsRoom
6:20 pm
Tue July 24, 2012

Opponents Say Casino Question Should be Blocked from Ballot

Kevin Rosseel morgueFile

Opponents of a proposal to allow eight new casinos in Michigan will ask the state Court of Appeals to order the question off the November ballot.

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