Rick Pluta

Managing Editor - Michigan Public Radio Network

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6:39 pm
Fri April 27, 2012

State Notifies Families They Can Re-apply for Cash Assistance

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Thousands of families in Michigan cut off from welfare benefits will get a notice soon in the mail telling them they may still qualify for cash assistance.

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Election 2012
6:29 pm
Thu April 26, 2012

Board of State Canvassers Deadlocks on Whether Referendum Goes to Ballot

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The state Court of Appeals appears to be next stop for the petition campaign to reverse Michigan’s emergency manager law. 

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Election 2012
6:36 pm
Wed April 25, 2012

Elections Bureau: Referendum Drive Has Enough Signatures

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State elections officials say the campaign to reverse Michigan’s emergency manager law appears to have gathered enough signatures to qualify for the November ballot.

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NewsRoom
6:19 pm
Wed April 25, 2012

Dems Call for Halt to “Fracking;” DEQ Says Drilling is Safe

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There’s a debate at the state Capitol about a natural gas drilling process known as “fracking.” Drills use a mixture of chemicals and water to extract gas from hard-to-reach pockets underground. The practice has been around for decades. Problems have been reported in other parts of the country – although never in Michigan.

But Democratic state Representative Lisa Brown says the fact that wells are now going deeper and using directional drilling raises questions.

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NewsRoom
6:32 pm
Tue April 24, 2012

Senate Adds Exemption to Smoking Ban

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The state Senate has adopted a budget amendment that would effectively lift Michigan’s ban on smoking at some charity events.

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NewsRoom
6:11 pm
Mon April 23, 2012

Snyder Still Waiting on Sense of Urgency to Fix Detroit

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Governor Rick Snyder is outlining his vision for the future of Detroit.

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NewsRoom
6:26 am
Mon April 23, 2012

Governor’s annual education summit to meet in East Lansing

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State officials, teachers, school administrators and researchers will mingle at a day-long education conference in East Lansing. This will be the 17th annual Governor’s Education Summit.

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NewsRoom
6:16 pm
Thu April 19, 2012

New Law Limits What Can Go into Burn Barrels

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A new law will soon limit the types of waste that can be thrown into pits and barrels to be burned.

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NewsRoom
6:36 pm
Wed April 18, 2012

Calley Signs Autism Mandate

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Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley signed a bill into law Wednesday that will require insurance companies to cover childhood autism treatments.

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NewsRoom
6:26 pm
Wed April 18, 2012

Snyder Visits Troops in Afghanistan

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Governor Rick Snyder was in Afghanistan on Wednesday to visit Michigan Air and Army Guard units.

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NewsRoom
6:22 pm
Wed April 18, 2012

Debate Begins on Industrial Property Tax

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The debate at the state Capitol to get rid of Michigan’s tax on most industrial equipment began Wednesday with a Senate hearing.

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NewsRoom
7:46 am
Wed April 18, 2012

GOP Plans Industrial Property Tax Phaseout

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The first hearing will be held today on a Republican plan to phase out taxes on most industrial equipment in Michigan.

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NewsRoom
6:42 pm
Mon April 16, 2012

Filing Deadline Invites Tax Debate

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This week’s tax filing deadline has sparked a new round of arguing between Democrats and Republicans about taxes with an eye toward elections later this year.

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NewsRoom
7:38 pm
Fri April 13, 2012

Snyder Repeals Motorcycle Helmet Requirement

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Michigan is the 31st state to allow motorcyclists to ride without a helmet.

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NewsRoom
7:16 pm
Wed April 11, 2012

Teachers Oppose Proposed Cuts to Pensions, Retirement Health Benefits

Teachers turned out by the hundreds Wednesday to pack a hearing room in Lansing. They showed up to oppose a measure that would force them to pay more for their retirement health care and pension benefits.

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Election 2012
5:18 am
Mon April 9, 2012

Snyder Foes To Launch Second Recall Attempt

A group that wants to oust Governor Rick Snyder will launch its second effort to collect enough signatures to put a recall question on the November ballot. It will go before an election commission Monday, looking for permission to let the petition drive go forward.

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NewsRoom
6:13 am
Mon April 2, 2012

Medical Marijuana Rules Await Legislature’s Return

Bills to add regulations to Michigan’s voter-approved medical marijuana law are waiting on action from the Legislature when it returns from a two-week spring break.

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NewsRoom
6:22 pm
Wed March 28, 2012

Motorcycle Helmet Repeal Sent to Snyder

It’s now Governor Rick Snyder’s decision on whether to repeal Michigan’s motorcycle helmet law.

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NewsRoom
6:18 pm
Wed March 28, 2012

Supreme Court will Decide Whether Patients can Share Marijuana

The Michigan Supreme Court will decide whether the state’s medical marijuana laws allows medical marijuana cardholders to sell to each other.

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NewsRoom
6:44 pm
Tue March 27, 2012

Helmet Law Repeal Up for Senate Vote

The state Senate plans to vote Wednesday to repeal Michigan’s motorcycle helmet requirement for riders who are 21 and older.

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NewsRoom
6:34 pm
Tue March 27, 2012

Snyder: Consent Deal Could Keep Operational Control of City with Detroit

Governor Rick Snyder continues to defend a legally enforceable consent agreement as the best way to lift Detroit out of a financial crisis.

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NewsRoom
6:27 pm
Tue March 27, 2012

Court Orders GOP Majority to Record Votes

A political fight between Republicans and Democrats at the state Capitol has landed in court.

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NewsRoom
5:45 am
Tue March 27, 2012

Supreme Court lets GOP re-draw county district plan

The Michigan Supreme Court -- in a decision that breaks along party-lines -- has upheld a state law that will let Republicans on the Oakland County Commission redraw their district lines.

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NewsRoom
6:54 am
Mon March 26, 2012

MI AG counsels wait and see on federal healthcare law

Michigan is one of 26 states challenging federal health care reforms in a case that is going before the U. S. Supreme Court. But there is also a stalemate in state government over moving ahead with an online healthcare exchange that is part of the law that would help consumers shop for coverage.

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NewsRoom
6:45 pm
Fri March 23, 2012

Snyder Administration Defends Financial Reviews

Lawyers acting for Governor Rick Snyder have asked the state Court of Appeals to reverse lower court rulings that blocked the administration’s efforts to resolve financial crises in two cities.

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NewsRoom
6:35 pm
Wed March 21, 2012

MI Supreme Court Drawn into Partisan Fight on District

A fight that pits Democrats in Oakland County against Republicans in the Legislature and Governor Rick Snyder is now before state Supreme Court.

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NewsRoom
6:33 pm
Tue March 20, 2012

Snyder to Detroit: Don’t Stop Talking

Governor Rick Snyder’s administration will appeal a judge’s ruling that would delay any deal between the state and Detroit on a plan to fix the city’s fiscal crisis. 

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NewsRoom
6:24 pm
Tue March 20, 2012

Senate to Vote on Stripping Eye Malady from Marijuana List

The state Senate could vote this week on the first major amendment to Michigan's medical marijuana law since it was adopted by voters in 2008.  The measure would strip the eye disease glaucoma from the list of conditions that would qualify a patient for a medical marijuana card.

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Election 2012
6:42 pm
Mon March 19, 2012

Elections Panel Gives Go-Ahead to Union Ballot Drives

A pair of measures that would strengthen collective bargaining rights took a small step today toward being on the November ballot. 

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Election 2012
6:25 am
Mon March 19, 2012

Right To Work Drive To Seek Elections Panel OK

A union-led effort to amend the Michigan Constitution to guarantee labor bargaining rights will go before a state elections panel. The Protect Our Jobs campaign will ask the Board of State Canvassers to pre-approve its petition to get on the November ballot.

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