Rick Pluta

Managing Editor - Michigan Public Radio Network

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5:12 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Land, Peters Disagree In First Appearance

The Republican and Democratic candidates for Michigan’s open US Senate seat pitched themselves to business people at a conference on Mackinac Island Wednesday.

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NewsRoom
2:18 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Hunters’ Group Files Petitions For New Hunting Law

The controversy over wolf hunting in the Upper Peninsula is headed back to the Legislature.

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NewsRoom
5:17 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Detroit Bankruptcy Clears First Big Hurdle

The $195 million dollar state contribution to the Detroit bankruptcy settlement cleared its first major hurdle Thursday as the state House approved the payment by a wide margin.

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NewsRoom
5:21 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Committee Vote On Detroit Bailout Expected

A state House committee is expected to take up legislation tomorrow Wednesday to provide $195 million as the state’s part in the Detroit bankruptcy settlement.

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NewsRoom
5:18 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

State Senate could Triple road funding increase passed by House

Republican leaders in the Michigan Senate have a plan to boost state road funding by up to $1.4 billion a year.

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NewsRoom
3:52 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Conyers Asks Secretary Of State To Put Him On Ballot

Congressman John Conyers is asking Secretary of State Ruth Johnson to put his name on the August Democratic primary ballot.

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NewsRoom
5:23 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Michigan’s Economy Improves, But At a Slower Pace

The long, harsh winter slowed the state’s economic recovery.

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Politics & Government
1:39 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Capitol Update: Revenue, Detroit bankruptcy and minimum wage

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At the state capitol yesterday, Michigan’s latest set of revenue estimates were unveiled. It’s an important twice-a-year gathering with often serious implications for state government spending, budgets and taxes.

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NewsRoom
5:23 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Minimum Wage Supporters Call Richardville Bill “Dirty Trick”

The petition campaign to raise Michigan’s minimum wage to $10.10 an hour says it won’t be thwarted by a Republican attempt to derail it.

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NewsRoom
5:13 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Detroit Committee Opens Legislative Hearings On Bailout

A state House committee is trying to decide if taxpayer dollars should be part of the solution to get Detroit out of bankruptcy.

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NewsRoom
5:46 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Detroit Plan Would Put City’s Finances Under Board Supervision

Detroit’s finances would be under the scrutiny of an appointed board for as long as 20 years after the city’s bankruptcy under a plan unveiled Thursday.

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NewsRoom
5:13 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

House Panel OKs First Parts Of Road Funding Plan

A pair of state House panels Wednesday voted on the first elements of a plan to raise more money for fixing roads.

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NewsRoom
3:35 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Second Wolf Hunt Referendum Approved For November Ballot

A state elections panel has approved a second referendum on wolf hunting in Michigan for the November ballot.

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NewsRoom
5:11 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Snyder Would Like Committee To Oversee Detroit Finances Post-Bankruptcy

Governor Rick Snyder says he thinks there’s progress in negotiations with the Legislature to put $350 million of state money toward Detroit’s bankruptcy settlement.

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NewsRoom
3:58 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Detroit Emergency Manager Tries To Sell Bailout To Lawmakers

Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr is spending a couple of days in Lansing for closed-door meetings with state officials.

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NewsRoom
5:25 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Snyder: Immigration Shakeup Include Ag Workers

Governor Rick Snyder says Michigan needs to do more to attract seasonal migrant laborers to work on farms this spring and summer.

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NewsRoom
2:44 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

SCOTUS Upholds Michigan Affirmative Action amendment

The US Supreme Court has upheld Michigan’s ban on race- and gender-conscious admissions policies at public universities.

The Michigan Public Radio Network’s Rick Pluta reports.

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette defended the amendment, approved by voters in 2006, that outlawed race- and gender-based affirmative action. He praised the Supreme Court decision as on target.

 “Michigan voters exercised their privilege to enact laws as a basic exercise of their democratic power,” he says.

Mark Fancher is an ACLU attorney who argued against the amendment.

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NewsRoom
5:17 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Bolger: Unions Will Have To Put Up Cash To Help Settle Detroit Bankruptcy

The state House Republican leader says he expects unions to put up cash from their bank accounts as part of Detroit’s bankruptcy settlement.

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NewsRoom
5:09 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Murderer Of State Trooper Commits Suicide

An inmate convicted of murdering a Michigan State trooper has committed suicide.

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NewsRoom
4:13 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Michigan Jobless Rate Drops To 7.5%

Michigan’s unemployment rate dropped slightly last month to 7.5%.

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NewsRoom
4:53 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Snyder Sued For Not Recognizing Same-Sex Marriages

The ACLU and eight same-sex couples have sued the state.

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NewsRoom
4:12 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

US Attorney General Says Will Recognize Michigan Same-Sex Marriages

The federal government will recognize the marriages of 300 gay and lesbian couples performed last weekend in Michigan before more weddings were blocked by an appeals court.

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NewsRoom
5:14 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Congressional Democrats Ask Holder To Recognize Michigan Gay Marriages

Some congressional Democrats are putting pressure on Michigan to recognize more than 300 same-sex marriages performed last weekend.

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NewsRoom
5:40 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Governor Snyder: State Will Recognize 300 SameSex Marriages

Governor Rick Snyder says same-sex marriages performed over the weekend in Michigan are legal, but they cannot be officially recognized by the state.

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NewsRoom
5:43 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Schuette: SCOTUS Needs To Resolve Marriage Question ASAP

The U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals could rule anytime now on whether Michigan will allow same-sex marriages to resume, and recognize weddings that were performed over the weekend.

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NewsRoom
4:14 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Local Officials Ask US Attorney General To Recognize MI Same-Sex Marriages

US Attorney General Eric Holder has been asked to declare that the federal government will recognize same-sex marriages performed in Michigan over the weekend, even if the state won’t.

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NewsRoom
4:39 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Snyder: Treat E-Cigarettes Like Tobacco

Governor Rick Snyder is asking the Legislature to send him a bill that would allow the state to tax and regulate e-cigarettes as a tobacco product.

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NewsRoom
4:21 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Calley Signs Road Funding Bill

A new mid-year state budget bill will spend $215 million on road construction and maintenance.

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NewsRoom
4:13 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Campaign To Stop Wolf Hunt To Turn In Petitions

The campaign to stop wolf hunts in Michigan says it has enough petition signatures to get a referendum on the November ballot.

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NewsRoom
3:33 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Closing Arguments Wrap Up In Same-Sex Marriage Trial

Both sides delivered their closing arguments Friday in the legal challenge to Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage.

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