Rick Pluta

Managing Editor - Michigan Public Radio Network

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6:21 am
Wed June 27, 2012

Governor Signs Budget; Says Tax Cut Will Boost Economy

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder.
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Governor Rick Snyder has signed the new state budget. It’s a spending plan he says leaves room for an election year tax rollback.

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8:34 pm
Tue June 26, 2012

Michigan Prepares to Re-sentence Juvenile Lifers

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Arrangements are being made to return more than 350 Michigan inmates to the courts where they were sentenced. The prisoners will get new sentences under a U.S. Supreme Court decision this week.

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6:25 pm
Mon June 25, 2012

U.S. High Court Ruling Gives Some Hope of Parole to Juvenile Lifers

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The U. S. Supreme Court has struck down state laws like one in Michigan that automatically sends some juveniles to prison for life with no chance of parole.

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3:08 pm
Mon June 25, 2012

SCOTUS Ruling Gives 350+ MI Inmates Chance For Parole

The U.S. Supreme Court has struck down the constitutionality of state laws allowing juveniles to be sentenced to life without parole.
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The U.S.  Supreme Court has struck down state laws that allow juveniles to be sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole. Michigan is one of several states that allowed juveniles to be sentenced to life without parole.

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8:38 am
Mon June 25, 2012

National Jobs Fair Targets Unemployed Military Veterans

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A jobs fair for veterans in Detroit this week is expected to draw thousands of job seekers and prospective employers from across the Midwest.

The event is sponsored by the U.S. Veterans Administration.  The need in Michigan and surrounding states was a big reason to hold the event in Detroit.

Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs deputy director Jason Allen says more than one in 10 Michigan veterans are unemployed and looking for work.  Employers from across the Midwest will be interviewing for 22,000 openings.  

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NewsRoom
6:27 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

Commission Recommends Agency to Oversee Indigent Defense

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A commission appointed by Governor Rick Snyder to look at how Michigan ensures everyone accused of a crime gets a decent legal defense has made its recommendations.

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NewsRoom
6:36 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

Business Group Files Objection to Labor Ballot Drive

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A coalition of business organizations has asked Secretary of State Ruth Johnson to block a measure from the November ballot.

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NewsRoom
6:51 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

Casino Drive Says It Has Enough Signatures

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A drive to allow eight new privately owned casinos in Michigan says it’s gathered more than enough signatures to qualify for the November ballot.

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Election 2012
6:45 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Romney Attacks Obama in Michigan Appearances

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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney toured Michigan Tuesday with stops in Frankenmuth, DeWitt, and Holland.

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NewsRoom
6:42 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

State to Begin K2 Crackdown July 1

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On July 1, the state will launch a crackdown to clear store shelves of a type of synthetic marijuana called K-2. Governor Rick Snyder signed a law Tuesday that outlaws K-2 and other designer drugs.

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NewsRoom
6:28 pm
Mon June 18, 2012

Democrats, Protesters Prep for Romney Visit

GOP presumptive presidential nominee Mitt Romney greets supporters during a visit to Lansing Community College in May.
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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney will visit Michigan Tuesday on the final leg of a tour of battleground states.

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6:21 pm
Mon June 18, 2012

Protest Performance of "Vagina Monologues" Planned at Capitol

Rick Pluta MPRN

People with blankets and lawn chairs are already gathering in front of the state Capitol in Lansing for a protest performance Monday of “The Vagina Monologues.”

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6:46 am
Mon June 18, 2012

Romney Headed Back To Michigan

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.
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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney returns to Michigan as he winds up a tour of six battleground states. He will make three campaign stops and attend two fundraisers.

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5:57 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

Michigan, Canada Sign International Bridge Span Agreement

The Ambassador Bridge links Detroit and Windsor, Ontario.
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Governor Rick Snyder and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper have officially signed a deal to build a second bridge crossing between Detroit and Windsor, Ontario.

 The deal comes after years of battling over creating a second bridge with the owners of the existing Ambassador Bridge pushing to build a second span near their site.  The state legislature forbade Snyder from using Michigan taxpayer’s money to build a new bridge without legislator’s approval.  

But Snyder says Canada will cover the cost of construction.

NewsRoom
6:31 pm
Thu June 14, 2012

Two Democrats Punished with Speaking Ban

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Two state lawmakers---one from the Lansing area---have been banned for one day from speaking during House debates.

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6:26 am
Thu June 14, 2012

House Approves Amendment To Ban Bridge Spending

Detroit's Ambassador Bridge.
WKAR File Photo

A state House committee has approved a budget amendment that would forbid spending public dollars on a new international bridge in Detroit.

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NewsRoom
6:22 am
Thu June 14, 2012

House Approves New Abortion Rules; No Senate Vote Soon

The state House has voted for sweeping new regulations and insurance requirements on abortion providers. The measures are backed by abortion opponents, and opposed by abortion rights advocates.

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NewsRoom
6:21 pm
Wed June 13, 2012

Protect Our Jobs Campaign Files for Ballot

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The campaign to guarantee collective bargaining rights in the state constitution says it has more than twice the number of signatures needed to qualify for the ballot.

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NewsRoom
6:20 am
Wed June 13, 2012

Bottle deposit exemption on its way to governor

Legislation that would exempt cocktails sold in pouches from Michigan’s 10-cent bottle deposit law is on its way to Governor Rick Snyder. The state Senate approved a final version of the legislation  and the House concurred.

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6:44 pm
Tue June 12, 2012

Protesters in Pink Shirts Oppose Abortion Legislation

Amanda Kennedy of Mason and Susie Simons of East Lansing were among the hundreds of protesters at a rally on the Capitol lawn.
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There was a demonstration Tuesday at the state Capitol as abortion rights advocates protested legislation up for a vote this week.

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NewsRoom
6:24 pm
Mon June 11, 2012

Romney to Make Michigan Visit Next Week

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Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney will make a two-day campaign and fundraising swing through Michigan next week.

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6:17 am
Mon June 11, 2012

Lawmaker Hopes Michigan Will Follow California’s Example On Term Limits

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Barely a week ago, California voters approved changes to the state’s term limits law. California will now allow state lawmakers to serve up to a dozen years in one chamber before they are forced out of office. A Republican legislator in Michigan hopes this state will follow California’s example.

California’s old term limits law was similar to the one in Michigan that allows lawmakers no more than six years in the House and eight years in the Senate.

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NewsRoom
6:25 pm
Fri June 8, 2012

Court of Appeals Punts on Emergency Law Decision

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A special seven-judge panel of the Michigan Court of Appeals will decide whether a referendum challenging Michigan’s emergency manager law will appear on the November ballot.

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NewsRoom
6:49 pm
Thu June 7, 2012

Michigan Rising Hangs Up Snyder Recall Effort

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The group trying to recall Governor Rick Snyder says it’s giving up.

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NewsRoom
6:29 pm
Thu June 7, 2012

House Committee Moves Abortion Measures to Floor

A state House committee has approved a sweeping new set of restrictions and requirements on abortion providers and women who want to end their pregnancies.

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NewsRoom
6:27 pm
Wed June 6, 2012

MI House Approves Income Tax Rollback

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The state House has approved an election year tax reduction. The measures now head to the state Senate.

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NewsRoom
6:18 pm
Wed June 6, 2012

McCotter Officially Removed from Ballot, AG Takes Over

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Republican Congressman Thad McCotter has been officially removed from the August primary ballot by a state elections board.

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NewsRoom
6:19 pm
Tue June 5, 2012

Education Budget Headed to Snyder

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A budget for schools, universities, and community colleges is on its way to Governor Rick Snyder.

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NewsRoom
7:23 pm
Mon June 4, 2012

Report: Governor Has Plan to Bypass Legislature on Bridge

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A published report says Governor Rick Snyder is ready to bypass a reluctant Legislature and move ahead with a new international border crossing in Detroit.

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6:47 am
Mon June 4, 2012

LaHood Visits Detroit For Mass Transit Meeting

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The future of mass transit in Detroit will be the topic of a meeting that brings U. S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood to Michigan. City, state, and federal officials are hoping to get some financial support for a light rail project down Detroit’s main thoroughfare.

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