Rick Pluta

Managing Editor - Michigan Public Radio Network

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Economy
3:59 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Michigan Jobless Rate Drops To 7.4%

Michigan’s monthly unemployment rate has dropped by three-tenths of a percentage point to 7.4%.

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Politics & Government
4:47 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

DNR Says Drilling Not OK Under Old Growth Forest

The rights to drill under a landmark old-growth forest in northern Michigan are off the auction block.

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Politics & Government
5:17 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Dem Lawmakers Stop Waiting To Roll Out LGBT Rights Bills

Democrats in Lansing have introduced legislation that would add LGBT protections to Michigan’s civil rights law.

As we hear from The Michigan Public Radio Network’s Rick Pluta, they say they’re pushing the question in hopes of holding a vote on the legislation before the end of the year.

State Representative Sam Singh says support for updating Michigan’s civil rights law is building. Many businesses and education institutions have expressed support, and local governments have adopted similar ordinances.

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Politics & Government
4:44 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Dems Say Businesses Should Warn Employees About To Lose Contraception Coverage

Democrats in the Legislature say women should get 90 days advance warning if their employers are about to drop contraception coverage from company-provided insurance policies.

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Politics & Government
5:54 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

Anti-Wolf Hunt Campaign To Challenge Initiated Law

Opponents of wolf hunting in Michigan are waging their fight on multiple fronts.

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Politics & Government
5:41 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

GOP, Dems To Hold State Party Conventions This Weekend

Democrats and Republicans will hold their state party conventions this weekend.

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Environment
5:44 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Environment Officials: No Single Cause Of Blue-Green Algae Threat

Environmental officials say they’re looking for more ways to keep safe drinking water safe for 100,000 Michigan residents who rely on Lake Erie.

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Politics & Government
3:13 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

State Looking For Fix To $1 Billion Tax Problem

A business tax decision by the Michigan Supreme Court is threatening to blow a billion-dollar hole in the state budget.

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Politics & Government
1:31 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

Same sex marriage in MI awaits appellate decision

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Yesterday, a federal appeals court in Cincinnati began hearing arguments involving state bans against same sex marriage. Michigan, whose voters approved such a ban a decade ago, is one of those states.

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Politics & Government
6:06 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

6th Circuit Hears MI Same-Sex Marriage Appeal

Jayne Rowse and April DeBoer on the steps of the federal courthouse in Cincinnati before the 6th Circuit US Court of Appeals hears arguments in their challenge to Michigan’s same-sex marriage ban.
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Michigan and three other states defended bans on same-sex marriage before a federal appeals court in Cincinnati.

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Politics & Government
3:34 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Prop 1: A Solution Born Of Suspicion

Until recently, businesses in Michigan had to pay taxes on almost all their equipment.

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Politics & Government
4:51 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

State Superintendent Meets With Charter Authorizers

The state Superintendent of Public Instruction met behind closed doors Monday with some of Michigan’s largest charter school authorizers.

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Politics & Government
5:40 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

State Orders Enbridge To Fix Pipeline Through Mackinac Straits

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette and the state Department of Environmental Quality have told Enbridge Energy the company has to do a better job of securing an oil pipeline that runs through the Straits of Mackinac.

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Politics & Government
3:24 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Elections Panel To Consider Minimum Wage, Wolf Hunting Petition Drives

A state elections board will decide Thursday whether to certify petitions to initiate two new state laws.

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Politics & Government
5:15 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Court Ruling On Obamacare Tax Breaks Has No Immediate Effect In Michigan

An appeals court ruling Tuesday out of Washington DC could jeopardize tax subsidies that help nearly a ¼ million Michiganders buy health coverage.

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Politics & Government
5:13 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

AG Prison Report Cites Human, Technology Errors As Prime Cause Of Inmate Escape

A report by the state Attorney General’s office makes a dozen recommendations to prevent future prison escapes.

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Politics & Government
5:39 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Non-Union Builders Challenge Local Wage Floors

An association of non-union construction companies has asked the state Supreme Court to strike down local prevailing wage laws.

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NewsRoom
5:42 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Appeals Court Says No Drilling In Pigeon River Forest

The Michigan Court of Appeals says state regulators were correct to deny a drilling permit to developers who want to put oil wells on private land surrounded by a state forest.

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NewsRoom
4:55 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Snyder: Prison Food Contract Troubles Are “Unacceptable”

Governor Rick Snyder says he’s about ready to call it quits on a privatized prison food services contract if there are more problems.

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NewsRoom
4:24 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Snyder Signs Detroit Rescue Package, Stresses City’s Recovery

Governor Rick Snyder has signed the legislation that authorizes the state’s $195 million contribution to the Detroit bankruptcy settlement.

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NewsRoom
5:37 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Snyder Skeptical Of E-Cigarette Bill

Governor Rick Snyder has got concerns about legislation headed his way to regulate nicotine vapor devices – or e-cigarettes.

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NewsRoom
5:10 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Michigan Supreme Court Takes Two More Medical Marijuana Cases

The state Supreme Court has agreed to hear two more medical marijuana cases.

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Politics & Government
1:16 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

After marathon session, MI senate takes final shot at road funding

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The Michigan Senate struggled late into the night Wednesday, working on a comprehensive road funding measure.

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NewsRoom
5:10 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Snyder: Restoring MEAP Test Not His Preference

Governor Rick Snyder says he won’t give up on switching Michigan to a new student test that’s aligned with the controversial “Common Core” education standards.

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NewsRoom
5:24 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

‘Right To Work’ Part Of Discussions On Roads Package

Negotiations between Republicans and Democrats at the state Capitol over road funding may have resurrected the controversy over Michigan’s right-to-work law.

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NewsRoom
4:45 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Reform Group Calls For End To ‘Adult-Time-For-Adult-Crime’

A new report by the Michigan Council on Crime and Delinquency is calling for an end to the state’s policy of automatically charging 17-year-olds as adults, and sending them to prison – even for non-violent offenses.

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NewsRoom
5:12 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Schuette Turns Up The Heat On Energy Company With Criminal Charges

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette says an energy company cheated northern Michigan landowners out of oil and gas lease payments as part of a scheme to shut out its competitors.

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NewsRoom
4:55 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Michigan Supreme Court Strikes Down “One Parent” Doctrine

A Jackson County man will get a hearing on whether he gets to keep his kids after a ruling Tuesday by the Michigan Supreme Court.

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NewsRoom
3:53 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

MI Supreme Court Says Governor Cannot Un-Commute Life Sentence

The Michigan Supreme Court says a governor cannot reverse an official decision to commute a prison sentence.

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NewsRoom
5:37 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

DEQ Chief Wants Flexibility To Deal With EPA Carbon Standard

Governor Rick Snyder’s administration says it will ask for a lot of flexibility to meet new federal clean air goals. The federal government wants to cut carbon emissions by 30% over 15 years.

We have more from The Michigan Public Radio Network’s Rick Pluta.

Dan Wyant is the director of the state Department of Environmental Quality. He says the goal attainable if the federal government lets Michigan figure out how it’s going to get there.

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