Rick Pluta

Managing Editor - Michigan Public Radio Network

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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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3:10 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Schuette: State Law Protects Detroit Institute of Arts Assets From Bankruptcy Sale

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette has released a legal opinion that says the collection held by the Detroit Institute of Arts cannot be sold if the city goes into bankruptcy.

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5:12 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Detroit Institute of Arts Protection Bill Passes State Senate

The Michigan Senate has narrowly approved a bill that seeks to shield the paintings, sculptures, and other assets of the Detroit Institute of Arts from being sold if the city goes bankrupt.

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4:13 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

Snyder Wants “Urban Pioneer” Immigration Visa

Governor Rick Snyder says he hopes a federal immigration overhaul will include more resident visas for people willing to settle in Detroit, Flint, and other cities that have lost population.

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NewsRoom
4:43 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

4 Million Dollars Will Help Wayne County Deal With Backlog In Testing Rape Kits

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A four million dollar donation from the state could help cut in half a backlog of untested rape kits in Detroit.

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4:56 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

Michigan Senate To Vote On Bill To Protect DIA If Detroit Goes Bankrupt

An effort to shield the collections of the Detroit Institute of Arts from the auction block should the city go bankrupt is scheduled for a vote Wednesday in the state Senate.

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NewsRoom
4:38 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

American Indian Tribes To Challenge Michigan Wolf Hunt

Five Michigan Indian tribes have decided to challenge the state’s decision to hold a wolf hunt in the western UP this coming fall.

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3:10 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Snyder Calls In Federal Help For Medicaid Talks

Governor Rick Snyder says he’s going to re-double efforts to get the Legislature to agree to expand Michigan’s Medicaid program.

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5:26 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Low-Performing School Authority Hits Halfway Mark In Fundraising

Governor Rick Snyder says the 15 Detroit schools being run by the state Educational Achievement Authority are already showing signs of improvement.

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5:12 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Jeb Bush: Stick With Common Core School Standards

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush says Michigan should pursue more charter schools and online learning as part of the state’s efforts to improve education.

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5:17 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

Schauer Filing Sets Up 2014 Michigan Governor Race

The field seems cleared for two sons of Battle Creek to face each other in the 2014 race for Michigan governor.

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5:43 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Review Team Finds Hamtramck In A Fiscal Emergency

A state-appointed team has found Hamtramck is facing a fiscal crisis.

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4:14 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Michigan Supreme Court Limits Expenses For Crash Victims

The Michigan Supreme Court has placed new limits on the expenses that can be claimed by people who are injured in auto accidents.

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5:38 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Wolf Hunt Law Headed For 2014 Ballot

Voters will decide the fate of a state law that allows wildlife officials to set wolf hunting seasons in the Upper Peninsula.

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5:25 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Drive To Ban Abortion Coverage In Insurance Policies Will Go Ahead

Abortion foes in Michigan have been given the go-ahead to launch a petition drive.

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5:42 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Buena Vista Plan Includes Summer “Make-Up” Camps

The Buena Vista school district in Saginaw County will not resume classes. That’s one of the decisions made Monday at a meeting of state and local education officials.

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5:27 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

State To Waive Attendance Requirement For Buena Vista High School Seniors

The state schools chief says he’ll lift the attendance requirement for 25 graduating seniors in the Buena Vista school district.

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5:17 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

Governor Snyder Approves Wolf Hunt

Governor Rick Snyder has signed a bill to give state wildlife officials more control over which species can be hunted in Michigan – and to permit wolf hunts in the Upper Peninsula.

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3:08 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

State Capitol Area Could Adopt Uniform Gay Rights Ordinances

A group of Lansing-area local elected officials are calling for a common anti-discrimination policy for the entire region surrounding the state Capitol.

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3:13 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Supreme Court Declines To Hear Live-In Partner Benefits Case

The Michigan Supreme Court has declined to hear a challenge to the policy that allows live-in partners of state employees to be covered by their health coverage.

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3:11 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Snyder Says Fight In Legislature Slows Budget Deal

Governor Rick Snyder’s early June deadline to finish the budget, come up with more money for roads, and expand the Medicaid program is fast approaching.

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5:24 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

House Panel Holds Hearing On Measure To Bypass Wolf Hunt Referendum

A state House committee is holding a hearing on a measure that would change how hunting is managed in Michigan, and bypass a referendum on wolf hunting if it’s on the ballot next year.

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4:45 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Business Grant Funds “Wraparound” Schools In Detroit

Detroit and other Michigan cities are turning to businesses to help pay for schools that offer a wide array of services for students, their families, and surrounding neighborhoods.

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NewsRoom
4:13 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Senate Measure Could Bypass Wolf Hunt

The Michigan Senate has approved legislation that would name the gray wolf and 38 other animals as game species in Michigan.

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3:12 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

Court Of Appeals Convenes Grand Jury To Investigate Meningitis Deaths

A special Michigan grand jury will investigate meningitis deaths and illnesses linked to a medical compound created by a Massachusetts company.

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NewsRoom
5:37 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Snyder Pleased Immigration Reform Includes Investor Visas

Governor Rick Snyder says he’s pleased the proposed federal immigration overhaul includes more visas for investors and entrepreneurs.

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5:25 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Michigan Jobless Rate Drops To 8.5%

Michigan’s unemployment rate has dropped slightly to eight-point-five percent.

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5:41 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

House Panel Puts Road Funding Plan On Fast Track

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A state House committee is going to work on a $1.6 billion plan to pay for road repair and maintenance.

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6:03 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

State Will Lose $150 Million To Sequester

State officials say they don’t expect they’ll have to lay off employees due to the loss of 150 million dollars in federal funds this year and next.

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