Rick Pluta

Managing Editor - Michigan Public Radio Network

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3:47 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

Federal Judge Says Juvenile Lifers To Get Resentencing Hearings

A federal judge says 363 inmates in Michigan prisons sentenced to life without parole as juveniles will get new sentencing hearings.

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3:52 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

Grand Juror Clears Bolger, Schmidt Of Crimes In Election Scandal

There will be no criminal charges in the election-rigging scandal that embarrassed state House Speaker Jase Bolger and cost another lawmaker his job.

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3:50 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

Appeals Court Says Michigan Legislature Ignores State Constitution

A federal appeals court says the Michigan Legislature appears to ignore the state constitution in how it handles procedural issues on controversial legislation – including the emergency manager law.

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3:01 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Michigan Supreme Court Says Children In Custody Battle Will Stay With Foster Family

The Michigan Supreme Court has ordered a grandmother to return four children who are the center of a custody dispute to their foster family while it decides whether to take the case.

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4:53 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

Retirees Challenge Michigan Pension Tax In Court

A class-action lawsuit has been filed on behalf of retired public employees against the state for extending Michigan’s income tax to pensions.

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5:08 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Review Team Says Pontiac School District In A Fiscal Crisis

A state review team has determined the Pontiac school district is saddled with so much debt it’s in a financial crisis.

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4:56 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Efforts Underway To Be Ready If Judge Strikes Down Gay Marriage Ban

Paul Holland (left) and Austin Ashley (right) plan a commitment ceremony in September before headed to New York to be formally married. They say they’d get married in Michigan if the state’s same-sex marriage is struck down and gay weddings allowed by a federal judge.

Some county clerks are already planning what to do if a federal judge overturns Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriages.

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2:59 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

Supreme Court Dismisses Wrongful Death Lawsuit In Suicide Case

The Michigan Supreme Court has dismissed a lawsuit filed against the Kent County Sheriff’s Department for failing to take a mentally ill man into protective custody before he killed himself.

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5:50 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

Snyder Cheers Ruling Dismissing Bankruptcy Lawsuits

Governor Rick Snyder says he’s pleased a federal judge has taken control of lawsuits challenging the Detroit bankruptcy filing.

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4:17 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Court Of Appeals Halts Action In Detroit Bankruptcy Challenge

The Michigan Court of Appeals has blocked further action in three lawsuits filed in Lansing that attempt to stop the Detroit bankruptcy case.

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4:11 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Detroit Bankruptcy Decision To Wait A Week

Pension fund attorney Ronald King following a hearing on whether Detroit’s bankruptcy filing violates the Michigan Constitution. Ingham County Circuit Judge Rosemarie Aquilina says she will make a ruling in the case next week.

The first Detroit federal bankruptcy hearing takes place Wednesday.

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5:26 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

County Judge Says Detroit Bankruptcy Violates Michigan Constitution

There’s a new potential roadblock to bankruptcy protection for Detroit.

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4:42 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Possible Reprieve For Inkster, Buena Vista Districts

The Inkster and Buena Vista school districts have until the close of business Monday to submit proof they can come up with enough money to open in September and stay open.

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5:15 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Michigan Jobless Rate Jumps As More People Look For Work

Michigan’s monthly unemployment rate jumped slightly to 8.7% as more people are competing for jobs.

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4:43 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Richardville: Draft Senate Medicaid Plan To Be Ready Next Week

There could be a vote in the state Senate in late August on a bill to extend Medicaid health coverage to thousands of un-insured working poor people.

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4:57 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Legislation Would Allow Petition Campaigns To Cap Public Employee Benefits

There’s legislation pending in Lansing that would allow voters to amend local charters to cap public employee compensation and benefits.

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4:42 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

Wolf Hunt Foes Launch Second Petition Drive

A second ballot drive to outlaw wolf hunting in Michigan is underway.

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4:26 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

Court Says THC-Laced “Medibles” Not Allowed Under Marijuana Law

The Michigan Court of Appeals has ruled that brownies and other baked goods laced with THC are not allowed under the state’s medical marijuana law.

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6:11 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Michigan Gay Marriage Ban Hearing Will Be October 1

A federal judge in Detroit has set an October first hearing date for a legal challenge to Michigan’s ban on gay marriage and adoptions by same-sex couples.

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3:08 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

Michigan Supreme Court Will Decide Whether A Governor Can Reverse A Pardon

The Michigan Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether Governor Jennifer Granholm exceeded her authority when she reversed her decision to commute the life sentence of a convicted murderer.

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3:59 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Review Team Will Examine Pontiac School Finances

Governor Rick Snyder has taken the next step toward a possible state takeover of the Pontiac school district.

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3:01 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Senate Meets With No Vote On Medicaid Expansion

The event generated some clamor, speech-making, and drew the dean of Congress.

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6:05 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Buena Vista, Inkster Schools Could B Dissolved Under New Law

Small school districts with big money troubles could be broken up by the state under a new law signed by Governor Rick Snyder.

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4:11 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Wolf Hunt Foes Launch Second Petition Drive

A second ballot drive to outlaw wolf hunting in Michigan is under way.

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4:53 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Judge Orders Trial In challenge To Michigan Gay Marriage Ban

A federal judge is allowing a legal challenge to Michigan adoption laws and its ban on same-sex marriage to go forward.

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2:18 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Judge Strikes Down Michigan Ban On Partner Benefits

A federal judge has struck down a state law that prohibits public employers from offering health coverage and other benefits to the live-in partners of gay and lesbian employees.

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5:44 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

SCOTUS Decision Lifts requirement For Pre-Clearing Michigan Election Laws

The US Supreme Court’s decision striking down part of the federal Voting Rights Act lifts a requirement that the state and two Michigan municipalities check with the Justice Department on their election plans.

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3:23 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Medicaid Impasse Complicates Other Political Deals In Lansing

Governor Rick Snyder says he’s concerned the deadlock over expanding Medicaid to cover more un-insured working people could be repeated on other tough questions.

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4:12 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

Michigan Monthly Jobless Rate Remains At 8.4% In May

Michigan’s monthly jobless rate remained unchanged from April to May at eight-point-four percent.

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5:26 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Snyder Wants To Eliminate Early Childhood Program Backlog In Next Budget

Governor Rick Snyder signed the new state budget Thursday.

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