Rick Pluta

Managing Editor - Michigan Public Radio Network

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9:18 am
Mon February 25, 2013

GOP, Dems Work Through Big Leadership Battles

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It was a weekend for political battling in Michigan at the Republican and Democratic state conventions. There were spirited fights over who would lead the parties for the next two years. Now, Democrats and Republicans in Michigan have to heal their internal wounds before they face each other next year.

A report from the Michigan Public Radio Network's Rick Pluta.

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:43 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Senate Votes To Expand Teacher-Student Sex Ban

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The state Senate has approved legislation that would outlaw consensual sexual relationships between school personnel and students who are between the ages of 18 and 20.

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:45 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Detroit Review Team Finds Big Fiscal Troubles, State Takeover Could Be Imminent

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A financial review team has found Detroit faces a cash crisis of epic proportions – and city officials do not have a workable plan to deal with it.

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NewsRoom
6:31 am
Mon February 18, 2013

Legislation Would Ban State-Designated “Biodiversity Areas”

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There’s a hearing this week in Lansing on legislation that would stop the state from setting aside hundreds of acres strictly for the purpose of nurturing native plants and animals.

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:44 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

Two More Petition Drives Could Put Questions On 2014 ballot

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A state elections panel Friday gave its O-K to a couple of petition drives that want to put questions on the 2014 general election ballot.

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:51 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Schuette To Prosecutors: Don’t Resentence Juvenile Lifers

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There’s a difference of opinion between state Attorney General Bill Schuette and the American Civil Liberties Union on how prosecutors should handle a U-S Supreme Court decision.

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Radio Made in Michigan
3:40 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Michigan Supreme Court: Cop Did Not Violate 5th Amendment By Talking To Suspect

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The Michigan Supreme Court says police officers do not have to stop talking to a suspect once the right to remain silent is invoked.

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:40 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

Sparks Fly At Budget Hearing On Mascot Complaint

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Republican lawmakers at the state Capitol have some harsh words for the Michigan Department of Civil Rights.

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Radio Made in Michigan
3:55 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

Snyder: Short List Of Detroit Manager Candidates Ready

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Governor Rick Snyder says he’ll be ready to move ahead with a state takeover of Detroit city hall – depending on the results of a financial review that should wrap within several days.

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:39 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Complaint: Schools Should Drop American Indian Mascots

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The Michigan Department of Civil Rights has asked the federal government to order schools to stop using American Indian nicknames and mascots or risk losing education funds.

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:15 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

Snyder Budget Plan Includes More Taxes, Money For Schools, Colleges

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Governor Rick Snyder’s budget proposal includes some big spending increases for road repairs and early childhood learning.

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:14 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Young Immigrants Cheer MI Driver’s License Decision

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Immigrant rights groups are cheering Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson’s decision to allow people brought to the U-S as children to get a driver’s license.

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Radio Made in Michigan
6:16 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

MI To Issue Licenses To Illegal Immigrants Brought To US As Children

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Thousands of children of illegal immigrants in Michigan are now eligible for a driver’s license or official state I-D.

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:26 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

Appeals Court: It's OK To Share Small Amounts Of Medical Pot

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The Michigan Court of Appeals has ruled medical marijuana users may share small amounts of pot without running afoul of state law.

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:16 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

Gun Charge Against Ex-Speaker Tossed As Unconstitutional

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A gun charge filed against former state House Speaker Craig DeRoche has been dismissed.

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Radio Made in Michigan
3:18 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

Whitmer Not Running For Governor In 2014

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We can remove state Senate Democratic leader Gretchen Whitmer from the list of potential challengers to Republican Governor Rick Snyder next year.

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Radio Made in Michigan
6:12 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

SoS: No Change Planned During Driver’s License Policy Review

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No immediate changes are planned to a state policy that denies driver’s licenses to people who were brought to the U-S as young children by illegal immigrants.

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Radio Made in Michigan
6:09 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

Snyder Asks MI Supreme Court To Rule On ‘Right-To-Work’

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Governor Rick Snyder has asked the state Supreme Court to bypass lower courts and rule soon on whether Michigan’s new right-to-work law is legal.

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:45 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

Drivers Could Be Allowed To Work Off Traffic Surcharges

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Low-income drivers who’ve lost their licenses because they owe hundreds or thousands of dollars in fees could soon be allowed to work off their debt.

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NewsRoom
9:49 am
Mon January 28, 2013

Senator Wants To Allow Concealed Guns In MI Schools

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A Republican state lawmaker says he’ll soon make another attempt soon to relax restrictions on concealed guns in schools. That’s after Governor Rick Snyder vetoed a measure last year that would have allowed teachers, parents and visitors to carry concealed weapons in schools.

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Radio Made in Michigan
6:09 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

Coalition Seeks To Reverse Wolf Hunt Law

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A coalition of animal rights groups and American Indian tribes is trying to reverse the new state law that allows a wolf hunting season in the Upper Peninsula.

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Radio Made in Michigan
6:33 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Snyder: Selling Tax, Fee Hikes To Public, Lawmakers Won’t Be Easy

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Governor Rick Snyder delivers his third State of the State address Wednesday night.

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:39 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

Referendum Campaign Will Try To Block Wolf Hunts

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A petition drive launches this week to reverse the new law that allows the state to establish a wolf hunting season in the Upper Peninsula. The first step is an appearance this week before a state elections panel.

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NewsRoom
5:23 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

Michigan Economy Headed Into 4th Year Of Growth

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Michigan is entering the fourth year of slow improvements in the economy even though job growth slowed down in 2012. That’s the word from economists who spoke at a conference Friday at the state Capitol.

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NewsRoom
11:30 am
Thu December 27, 2012

Snyder Signs Updated Local Emergency Manager Law

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Governor Rick Snyder has signed an updated local emergency manager law to replace the one rejected last month by voters. The governor says the new law is an improvement because it gives local governments more options to come up with a plan to dig out of a financial crisis. Critics say it's not very different from what voters said "no" to. It still grants emergency managers sweeping authority over local governments that are taken over by the state. The new law cannot be challenged by a referendum the way the old law was.

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NewsRoom
9:04 am
Fri December 21, 2012

A Primer on Michigan's Concealed Carry Laws

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Governor Rick Snyder’s veto of a concealed pistols bill this week preserves the status quo concerning where people may or may not carry firearms. The measure he rejected would have allowed concealed guns in schools, day cares, and hospitals.

But the veto did little to settle the confusion on guns and where they are allowed.

Michigan laws that deal with carrying firearms:

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NewsRoom
6:15 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

Governor Signs Mine Production Tax

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Governor Rick Snyder has signed a tax overhaul that he says will encourage more mining in northern Michigan. 

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NewsRoom
6:16 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

Snyder Vetoes Concealed Gun Bill

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Governor Rick Snyder has vetoed legislation that would have allowed people with concealed pistol permits to carry their guns in school buildings. 

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NewsRoom
6:26 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

Schuette: RTW Will Survive Court Challenge, Applies To Civil Service Workers

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State Attorney General Bill Schuette says Michigan’s new right-to-work law will survive the almost-certain court challenges by unions opposed to it.  

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NewsRoom
5:15 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

Snyder, Treasurer: Review Should Spur Detroit To Move Quickly To Fix Finances

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Governor Rick Snyder says the Detroit mayor and city council are operating under some tight deadlines if they want to avoid a state takeover. A formal state Treasury review of the city’s finances is underway. 

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