Rick Pluta

Managing Editor - Michigan Public Radio Network

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3:38 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Report Says Parole Systems Costs Taxpayers Millions

A new report says Michigan’s parole system is too stingy when it comes to releasing prisoners with sentences of up to life in prison.

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4:55 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Michigan Agriculture Commission Closer To Decision On Backyard Livestock

A state agriculture commission holds its final hearing Wednesday on a controversial new rule.

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4:44 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

The President Signs Farm Bill At Michigan State University

President Barack Obama paid a visit to Michigan State University Friday to sign the new federal farm bill. We have more from The Michigan Public Radio Network’s Rick Pluta.

About 500 people packed a campus hall to witness the occasion.

The event capped years of negotiations and some tough compromises with Congress on the complex legislation. President Obama said he’s always glad to return to Michigan to cheer the auto industry recovery. Now, he says, it’s time to do the same for agriculture and rural America.

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NewsRoom
5:12 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Michigan Supreme Court Rejects Local Ordinance That Bans Medical Marijuana

The Michigan Supreme Court has ruled the state’s medical marijuana law preempts a local zoning ordinance that tries to keep marijuana from being used or grown within city limits.

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3:21 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Snyder Spending Plan Proposes More Money For Schools, Universities And Local Governments

Michigan Budget Director John Nixon, Governor Rick Snyder and Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley delivered the administration’s 2014-15 spending proposal to state House and Senate budget committees. The plan calls for more money for schools, universities and local governments – and a new property tax break for homeowners.
Credit Rick Pluta MPRN

Governor Rick Snyder’s budget proposal calls for more money for schools, universities, and local governments.

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NewsRoom
4:42 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Snyder Extends Heating Fuel Emergency, Asks For Federal Help

Governor Rick Snyder and other Midwestern governors have asked for federal assistance to help ease a shortage of propane gas.

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NewsRoom
4:26 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Michigan Supreme Court Takes Civil Service Right To Work Case

The Michigan Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether the right-to-work law applies to 34,000  state civil service workers.

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5:23 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

State Senate Could Vote Soon On “Safe Harbor” Bill

The state Senate could vote soon on measures that say children who are sold into prostitution would be treated as victims and could not be charged with a crime.

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NewsRoom
4:27 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Campaign Will Try To Raise Minimum Wage

A ballot campaign is organizing to give a pay raise to the roughly 90,000 Michigan workers who make the state minimum wage of $7.40 an hour.

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4:23 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Snyder Breathes New Life Into Balanced Budget Amendment Efforts

A state House committee opened hearings Thursday on measures that would add Michigan to the list of states formally calling for a national convention to draft a balanced budget amendment to the US Constitution.

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5:23 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Michigan’s 2013 Jobless rate: 8.7%

Michigan’s unemployment rate dropped .4 percentage points last month to 8.4%.

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5:13 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Mental Health Commission Report Says Resources, Better Coordination Needed

A state commission is suggesting more resources and better communication would improve mental health services in Michigan.

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NewsRoom
4:56 pm
Mon January 20, 2014

Snyder Renews Call For “Civility” In MLK Day Address

Governor Rick Snyder made another call Monday for civility.

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3:52 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

Appeals Court Sides With Snyder Over Teachers’ Unions

The Michigan Court of Appeals has upheld a law that requires teachers and public school employees to pay more for their retirement health and pension benefits.

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5:13 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Former Lt. Governor Connie Binsfeld Dies At 89

Former Lieutenant Governor Connie Binsfeld has died at the age of 89.

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4:41 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Budget Chief: Expect Some Type Of Tax Rollback

A state budget panel confirmed Friday that Michigan’s improving economy is generating a revenue windfall.

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4:23 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Snyder Cool To Tax Cut Talk

Governor Rick Snyder says it’s too early to be talking about tax cuts as the state appears to be enjoying a revenue windfall.

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5:43 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Snyder: Thaw And Freeze A Concern Post Polar Vortex

Many Michigan schools will remain closed Wednesday for a third day due to cold temperatures and sidewalks blocked by snow.

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3:48 pm
Fri December 27, 2013

Snyder Signs Bill To Allow Bigger Political Donations; Preempt Issue Ad Disclosure

Governor Rick Snyder has reversed his three-year-old campaign pledge, and preempted an effort to force public disclosure of the people who pay for so-called “issue ads” that are often thinly disguised political campaign ads.

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5:16 pm
Mon December 23, 2013

6th Circuit Puts Parole Hearings For Juvenile Lifers On Hold

The US Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has put on hold an order for hearings that could mean freedom for about 360 Michigan inmates sentenced as juveniles to life with no chance for parole.

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4:24 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Loan Board Approves $350 Million in Lending Deal For Detroit

A state board says the city of Detroit may borrow up to $350 million to pay off investment swaps that went sour.

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NewsRoom
5:39 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

Michigan Unemployment Rate Drops As Fewer Compete For Jobs

Michigan’s monthly unemployment rate dropped slightly to 8.8%.

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5:50 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

State Rolls Out Violence Reporting Hotline

Governor Snyder has approved a program to allow students and others to report possible threats of violence with a phone call, text message, e-mail or online communication.

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5:40 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Snyder: Would Veto Abortion Bill Again

Governor Rick Snyder says he’s still opposed to requiring people to buy separate insurance to cover abortions.

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5:52 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

“Pro-Choice” Groups Gear Up To Challenge New Abortion Law

The Legislature’s votes to enact a law to require people to buy separate insurance policies to cover abortions may not be the final word on the issue.

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NewsRoom
5:40 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

State Capitol Quiet On Right-To-Work Anniversary

The state Capitol was quiet Wednesday on the anniversary of the passage of a historic right-to-work bill.

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5:17 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

Snyder: Prison Upgrades On the Way

Governor Rick Snyder says he’s looking to overhaul corrections and criminal justice in the coming year.

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5:37 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Abortion Rights Advocates Push Lawmakers To Put Question On Ballot

Abortion rights advocates were at the state Capitol Thursday to ask lawmakers not to vote on a controversial abortion measure.

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3:30 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Wolf Season Opens In UP

Michigan’s controversial wolf hunting season is underway in the Upper Peninsula.

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5:14 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Secretary of State Johnson Calls For Disclosure Of “Dark Money”

Republicans in Lansing are split over whether people who bankroll so-called “issue ads” should be allowed to remain anonymous.

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