Rick Pluta

Managing Editor - Michigan Public Radio Network

The state House has approved a controversial measure that would end a ban on depositing yard waste in landfills.

A judge in Ingham County has ordered Flint’s emergency manager to take no official actions until after a hearing scheduled for next Tuesday. The city’s largest public employee union has filed a lawsuit challenging the process that resulted in the appointment of an emergency manager.

Governor Rick Snyder is standing by his proposed consent agreement as an alternative to placing Detroit under the control of an emergency manager with sweeping power.

Governor Rick Snyder says he has not given up on reaching a deal with Detroit elected officials on a legal agreement to fix the city’s finances without a state takeover.

The state House approved a package of bills that creates punishments the use of threats or coercion to try to force a woman to have an abortion.

Governor Rick Snyder’s administration will reveal details Tuesday of a proposal to help the city of Detroit fix its finances and avert a state takeover. The plan will be presented to members of an emergency financial review team and to the Detroit city council.

The debate over abortion is expected to resume Tuesday at the state Capitol.

Measures on the state Senate calendar this week would require health insurance plans to cover autism treatments for children. Supporters of the autism mandate say early treatments can ensure children transition into healthy adults, and ultimately save money on health care costs.

A federal judge is expected to approve a settlement between states and some of the nation’s biggest mortgage lenders. The deal is expected to net Michigan about $100 million. State Attorney General Bill Schuette  has a plan for how to use the money.

Governor Rick Snyder was in Flint to roll out a plan to fight high crime rates in Michigan cities.  The governor presented his plan in front of a room filled with police officers, prosecutors, and other local government officials.  The plan has 34 separate initiatives and would cost tens of millions of dollars.

Unions in Michigan have launched a petition drive to put a constitutional amendment on the November ballot.

A rally was scheduled for Monday night to protest the Michigan Republican Party’s decision to award both of the state’s at-large national convention delegates to Mitt Romney.

Unions and progressive groups plan to roll out a ballot campaign Tuesday to preempt efforts to pass a right-to-work law in Michigan.

The Michigan primary was almost a week ago, but the Rick Santorum campaign continues to dispute the results. The fight with the state GOP is over the apportionment of two statewide delegates to the Republican National Convention.

 Rick Santorum’s presidential campaign has formally asked the Republican National Committee to investigate the actions of Michigan GOP leaders following Tuesday’s presidential primary.

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