Rick Pluta

Managing Editor - Michigan Public Radio Network
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The Michigan Civil Rights Commission is asking state Attorney General Bill Schuette for a formal ruling on whether it has the authority to extend housing and employment protections to gay, lesbian, and transgender people. That’s after an attorney from his office torpedoed a proposal the commission was on the cusp of adopting. 

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There are reports from family members and the ACLU that as many as 50 Iraqi immigrants who are being detained while they fight deportation are engaged in a hunger strike. Many of the detainees are from metro Detroit and are being held at a federal facility in Youngstown-Ohio.

Republican Congressman Dave Trott says he will not seek reelection next year and will retire after four years in Congress. Rick Pluta tells us Trott says he always intended for his congressional career to be brief. 


The state schools superintendent says he thinks the education choice movement has taken the focus off improving all public schools. We have more from Rick Pluta.

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Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette and state lawmakers are calling for an overhaul of how the property of recently deceased people is dealt with. Rick Pluta has more. 


Michigan Supreme Court Justice Joan Larsen faced members of the US Senate today as she seeks a promotion to the federal bench.


Governor Rick Snyder is off on a trade mission that will bring him to Asia and Europe before he returns to Michigan next week. 


The Legislature ends its summer recess this week and returns to Lansing. As we hear from Rick Pluta, Governor Rick Snyder will have a to-do list waiting.

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The state is ordering Enbridge Energy to take swift action to fix portions of the Line Five energy pipeline that runs beneath the Straits of Mackinac. As we hear from Rick Pluta, corrosion protections were eroded during maintenance work on the line.

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A former state lawmaker is asking the Michigan Supreme Court to let him run for another political office despite his promise not to. As we hear from Rick Pluta, former state Senator Virgil Smith says his plea bargain was unconstitutional.

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The Wayne County prosecutor says she’ll appeal a ruling that lets a former state senator run for the Detroit City Council even though he promised not to seek public office. 

A report says troubles at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans’ Home are largely resolved.

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A new petition drive will try to boost Michigan’s minimum wage to 12 dollars an hour.

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Uncertainty in Washington about the future of the Affordable Care Act is leaving many Michigan consumers in the dark on how much they will paying for health coverage next year.

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A judge says the state cannot reimburse private and parochial schools for any expenses, even if they’re the result of state mandates.