Rick Pluta

Managing Editor - Michigan Public Radio Network

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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5:38 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Michigan Supreme Court To Decide Fate Of 350 Juvenile Lifers

Life without parole used to be the automatic sentence for juveniles who were tried as adults and convicted of first degree murder.

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5:13 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Effort Underway To Regulate E-cigarettes

There is an effort afoot in Lansing to regulate smokeless electronic cigarettes – and ban their sale to minors.

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3:54 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Number Of Michigan Deficit Districts Shrinks

The list of Michigan school districts that have budget deficits is shrinking and the list of districts that are getting in the black is growing.

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5:15 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Snyder Hopes Potholes Will Compel Action On Road Funds

Governor Rick Snyder hopes Michigan’s worsening roads will convince reluctant lawmakers it’s time to spend a lot more money on roads and bridges.

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4:25 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Michigan Gay Marriage Trial Begins

Michigan’s voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage is now on trial before a federal judge.

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4:05 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Same-Sex Parenting Goes On Trial In Detroit

Originally published on Tue February 25, 2014 8:01 pm

Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage goes on trial today in Detroit, and Michigan Public Radio's Rick Pluta is there. A lesbian couple wants to settle the doubts over same-sex parenting.

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5:10 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Milliken Joins Effort To Win Parole Hearings For Juvenile Lifers

Former Michigan Governor William Milliken says more than 350 prison inmates sentenced to life without parole as juveniles deserve a chance at freedom.

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5:41 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Minimum Wage Campaign Begins Collecting Names

The campaign to raise Michigan’s minimum wage will begin collecting signatures.

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5:15 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Lawmakers Express Concern On Cost, Time Of Invasive Species Fix

State lawmakers say they’re concerned about the time and expense of plans to keep the Asian carp out of the Great Lakes.

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4:12 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

Minimum Wage Campaign Sets Its Sights At $10.10

The campaign to increase Michigan’s minimum wage has upped its goal to $10.10 an hour in four years.

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5:10 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Snyder Budget Aide Leaves For Academia

Governor Rick Snyder’s budget chief is leaving the administration to take a job with the University of Utah.

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

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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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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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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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