Rick Pluta

Managing Editor - Michigan Public Radio Network
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Rick Pluta of the Michigan Public Radio Network revisits several of September's biggest Michigan news stories with state capitol reporters Jonathan Oosting of MLive and Inside Michigan Politics publisher Susan Demas.

"The game is afoot". That's one of many recognizable phrases from the Sherlock Holmes stories written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. John Bursch is a Grand Rapids lawyer who has argued before the U.S. Supreme Court on eight occasions. Now, one of his most unusual clients is the Doyle estate.

Governor Rick Snyder is expressing frustration that the US government still hasn’t ponied up the money to pay for a new customs plaza to go along with the new international bridge in Detroit.

A loan board has approved some of the final steps that make up the state’s role in Detroit’s bankruptcy.

Governor Rick Snyder says he’d like to see Detroit emergency manager Kevyn Orr stick around even if the mayor and city council vote this week to remove him.


State superintendent of public instruction Mike Flanagan has said that he will hold the authorizers of charter schools in Michigan accountable for the performance of the schools.

Governor Rick Snyder has approved a bill to allow people who owe driver’s fees for traffic offenses to pay off their debt with community service.

Democrats at the state Capitol are calling for a moratorium on new charter schools until there are rules that ensure more transparency and accountability.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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


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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Michigan and three other states defended bans on same-sex marriage before a federal appeals court in Cincinnati.

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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