Rick Pluta

Managing Editor - Michigan Public Radio Network

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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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Politics & Government
3:03 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Snyder Hopes Legislature Will Tackle Road Funding In “Lame Duck”

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With the elections over, the Legislature returns to Lansing Thursday to begin what’s expected to be a short “lame duck” session.

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Politics & Government
3:16 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Campaigns Turning To GOTV And “Ballot Security”

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More than 3 million Michigan voters are expected to cast ballots Tuesday in the mid-term elections.

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Politics & Government
5:15 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

Campaigns Fire Up Their GOTV, Ballot Security Operations

Political parties have fired up their get-out-the-vote operations as candidates are in their final sprint of the 2014 election campaign.

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Health
5:12 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Ten People In Michigan Being Monitored For Ebola, But Flu Risk Is Greater

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State and local health officials are keeping watch over 10 people who very recently visited western Africa.

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Politics & Government
2:28 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Snyder Pleased With Speedy Detroit Bankruptcy

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Governor Rick Snyder says he’s pleased with how quickly the Detroit bankruptcy trial wrapped up – and he’s looking forward to the judge’s decision late next week.

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Politics & Government
5:23 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Newspaper Endorsement A Ritual Of The Political Season

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One of the rituals of the political campaign season is the newspaper endorsement.

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Politics & Government
4:25 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

MI Supreme Court Will Hear Arguments On Medical Marijuana Legal Protections

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The Michigan Supreme Court has agreed to hear another round of arguments on who can be protected from prosecution under the state’s medical marijuana law.

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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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