Rick Pluta

Managing Editor - Michigan Public Radio Network

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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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NewsRoom
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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NewsRoom
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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NewsRoom
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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NewsRoom
5:44 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

Snyder Says New International Bridge Should Open By 2020

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A presidential permit will allow the state of Michigan to wrap up a deal with Canada to build a new international bridge connecting Detroit and Windsor-Ontario.




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NewsRoom
6:05 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Senate Legislation Would Circumvent Wolf Hunt Challenge

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The campaign to block wolf hunting in Michigan was dealt a setback Thursday.

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NewsRoom
6:04 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Bills To Create Public Defender Commission Re-Introduced

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A set of bills was just introduced in the Legislature to begin the process of overhauling Michigan’s public defender system.

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NewsRoom
6:08 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Snyder Hopes For Bipartisan Solution On Road Funding

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Governor Rick Snyder says he hopes to reach a bipartisan deal soon with the Legislature that would generate more than a billion dollars to pay for fixing roads.

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NewsRoom
6:06 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Snyder ready to negotiate with GOP on Medicaid

Governor Rick Snyder says he’s ready to negotiate with skeptical Republicans on expanding the state’s Medicaid program.

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NewsRoom
9:19 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Bill Would Ban Minors From Tanning Beds

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As spring arrives, many teens in Michigan are hitting tanning salons.  State Representative Jim Townsend wants that to stop.

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NewsRoom
4:54 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Michigan Is Officially A Right-To-Work State

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Michigan is officially a right-to-work state.

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NewsRoom
5:40 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Michigan Becomes Nation’s 23rd Right-To-Work State

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Michigan officially becomes a right-to-work state Thursday.

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NewsRoom
3:41 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Schuette Asks For Grand Jury To Investigate Steroid Illnesses, Deaths

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Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette has called for a grand jury investigation into an outbreak of meningitis and other illnesses caused by tainted steroids.

As we hear from The Michigan Public Radio Network’s Rick Pluta, the contaminated medicine has been linked to 259 cases of illness and 14 deaths in the state.

The attorney general filed his request with the Michigan Court of Appeals. If the court says yes, a judge and up to 17 grand jurors would conduct the inquiry into whether any crimes were committed. The proceedings would be secret.

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NewsRoom
4:43 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

SCOTUS To Review Michigan Affirmative Action Ban

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The U-S Supreme Court will once again take up a case that deals with affirmative action and how students are admitted to Michigan’s public universities.

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NewsRoom
5:51 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Michigan Will Join Federal Healthcare Exchange

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The Michigan Senate began its two-week spring break Thursday without voting on whether to accept federal funds to develop a jointly run Internet site for people to shop for insurance.

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NewsRoom
5:41 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Senate Panel Adopts “Conscientious Objector” Measure

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A state Senate committee has approved legislation that would allow health care providers and insurance companies to deny patients contraception and other medical services if they have a moral objection.

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NewsRoom
3:50 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Snyder Still Confident Legislature Will Accept Medicaid Expansion

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A state House budget committee has rejected an expansion of Medicaid in Michigan.

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NewsRoom
6:20 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

State Rolls Out Autism Strategy

The state’s plan for addressing the needs of the estimated 50,000 people in Michigan with autism includes better early treatment and more help for adults with autism.

State health officials unveiled the plan Monday.

Health officials say the first step is to train and hire people who know how to identify and treat autism spectrum disorders.

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NewsRoom
9:06 am
Mon March 18, 2013

State To Release Autism Strategy

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The state Department of Community Health will roll out its plan to address the needs of people with autism. There are about 50,000 people in Michigan with autism.

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NewsRoom
4:43 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Schuette Convenes Task Force On Human Trafficking

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A commission will spend six months studying the problem of human trafficking and child prostitution in Michigan.

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NewsRoom
3:33 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Detroit Council Makes Last-Ditch Arguments To Avoid Takeover

Detroit city officials were at a hearing in Lansing Tuesday pleading for more time to fix the city’s finances before Governor Rick Snyder names an emergency manager.

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NewsRoom
4:16 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

Lawmaker Calling On Schools To Explain Contract Extensions

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A Republican state lawmaker wants school officials to justify employee contracts that could be used to skirt Michigan’s new right-to-work law.

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NewsRoom
9:24 am
Fri March 8, 2013

Carl Levin To Retire

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Michigan’s longest‑serving U‑S senator, Carl Levin, says he will retire next year.

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Radio Made in Michigan
3:14 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Ruling On Michigan Same-Sex Marriage Ban Will Wait For SCOTUS Decisions

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A decision on whether Michigan’s gay marriage ban is constitutional will wait until this summer.

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Law
3:04 am
Thu March 7, 2013

Challenge To Michigan's Gay Marriage Ban Grows From Adoption Case

April DeBoer (second from left) sits with her adopted daughter Ryanne, 3, and Jayne Rowse and her adopted sons Jacob, 3, and Nolan, 4, at their home in Hazel Park, Mich., on Tuesday.
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Originally published on Thu March 7, 2013 1:36 pm

A federal judge in Michigan could rule as soon as Thursday on a challenge to the state's ban on same-sex marriage and civil unions. The challenge comes as the U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear two cases dealing with gay marriage later this month.

In the Michigan case, a lesbian couple sued not because they want to be married, but because they want to be parents.

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:23 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Judge To Hear Legal Challenge To Michigan’s Gay Marriage Ban

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In Michigan, a federal judge could rule as soon as Thursday on a challenge to the state’s ban on same-sex marriage and civil unions.

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:10 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Federal Judge To Hear Challenge To Gay Marriage Ban

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There’s a hearing Thursday in Detroit before a federal judge on a legal challenge to Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage and civil unions.

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:42 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Governor, Legislators Trying To Strike Road $ Deal

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Governor Rick Snyder is pushing lawmakers to act soon on a plan to raise more than a billion dollars in new revenue for roads and transportation projects.

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:13 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

Snyder Expected To Concur With Finding Of Fiscal Emergency In Detroit

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Governor Rick Snyder will be in Detroit Friday.

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:10 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

Bipartisan Support For Non-Cooperation With Detention Without Charges

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Republicans and Democrats are supporting a bill that says state and local law enforcement in Michigan should not cooperate if federal authorities try to detain someone without a warrant.

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