Rick Pluta

Managing Editor - Michigan Public Radio Network

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8:16 am
Mon December 10, 2012

Right to Work Drama To Play Out This Week in Lansing

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There’s plenty of drama expected this week in Lansing as Republicans in the Legislature appear ready to send to Governor Rick Snyder bills that would make Michigan a so-called “right-to-work” state.

The next chapter in this drama will open this morning with a conference call between a judge and the litigants in a lawsuit that’s trying to stop or at least slow down the “right-to-work” momentum in Lansing.

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NewsRoom
8:35 am
Fri December 7, 2012

House, Senate Pass Controversial "Right to Work" Legislation

Opponents of Right to Work legislation demonstrate at the state Capitol in Lansing Thursday. Final action on the legislation could occur as early as next week.
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The Michigan House and Senate have passed the legislation in different versions, and may take final action on the bills next week. Michigan could become the 24th state to say workers cannot be forced to pay union dues even if they work for a business or government employer with union representation.

Hear an NPR report from the Michigan Public Radio Network's Rick Pluta. 

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NewsRoom
6:33 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

MI House Passes 'Right-To-Work'

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The state House has passed a controversial right-to-work bill and sent it to the state Senate. 

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NewsRoom
1:11 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

RIGHT TO WORK UPDATE: Legislature Poised To Vote

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Protestors have filled the halls and Rotunda of the state Capitol for a second day as the Legislature prepares to vote on measures to make Michigan a right-to-work state.

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NewsRoom
7:00 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

Supporters Will Unveil New Emergency Manager Bill

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A new version of a local government emergency manager bill will be rolled out Thursday at the state Capitol.

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NewsRoom
6:25 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

Capitol Braces For Right-To-Work Fight

'Right To Work' Opponents Tuesday Afternoon Inside The State Capitol
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Democrats at the state Capitol have vowed to fiercely fight a right-to-work bill if and when one is taken up in the Legislature’s lame duck session. The prospect of the measure coming up has increased tensions in Lansing.  

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NewsRoom
5:24 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

Lobbying Spikes As Legislature Ponders Whether To Debate Right-To-Work

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It was a day of intense lobbying at the state Capitol on Tuesday as opponents and supporters turned out to argue on whether Michigan should become a right-to-work state. 

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NewsRoom
6:09 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

Mayors Urge Lawmakers to Keep Background Checks for Private Gun Sales

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Mayors and other local officials were at the state Capitol Monday to urge lawmakers not to lift some of Michigan's restrictions on gun ownership. 

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NewsRoom
9:11 am
Mon December 3, 2012

Snyder: Public Act 4 Rewrite Could Happen This Week

The Michigan Capitol.
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Governor Rick Snyder and legislative leaders are talking about a possible replacement to the emergency manager law that was rejected by voters nearly a month ago. The governor says he’d like to see it done before the Legislature wraps up its “lame duck” session.

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NewsRoom
6:22 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

Snyder-Backed Insurance Exchange Likely Dead

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The Legislature is wrapping up the first week of its “lame duck” session with lots of things to do –  but everyone is wondering if Republicans intend to put “right-to-work” legislation on their end-of-the-year to-do list.   

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NewsRoom
6:21 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

Governor Says Action Needed To Encourage Urban Farms

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Governor Rick Snyder says the state should do more to deal with blight and encourage urban farming in cities with lots of vacant land.  

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NewsRoom
5:42 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

Snyder Administration Proposes Industrial Tax Phaseout

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Governor Rick Snyder and Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley want the Legislature to enact a major tax overhaul before its current session ends in two or three weeks. It would phase out Michigan’s tax on business and industrial equipment. 

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NewsRoom
6:11 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

It’s Official: Obama Wins Michigan

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The Board of State Canvassers on Monday has officially adopted the vote totals for the November elections, including the presidential race. The official count is almost 2.6 million votes for President Obama; 2.1 million for Mitt Romney. 

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NewsRoom
6:23 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

Nov. 22, 1963: The Son Of a Secret Service Agent Remembers JFK Assassination

Former Michigan Treasurer Doug Roberts shares his memories of Nov. 22, 1963, with Michigan Public Radio’s Rick Pluta. Roberts’ father was on the Secret Service detail with President John Kennedy in Dallas.

It's been 49 years since the assassination of President John F-Kennedy. Forty nine years since a 17-year-old boy was the first person to read the Secret Service account of what happened that day in Dallas. Doug Roberts of East Lansing was a high school student in Maryland on November 22, 1963. 




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Breaking
11:36 am
Tue November 20, 2012

Attorney: Justice Hathaway Is Not Resigning

Justice Diane Hathaway is under investigation by the FBI.
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UPDATE: 12:57 P.M.  Michigan Supreme Court Justice Diane Hathaway and her attorney say it's not true that she is about to resign, or that she has cleared out her Lansing office.

"She is not resigning. Period," says criminal attorney Steve Fishman, who represents Hathaway as she is investigated over real estate transactions. "Rumors of her resignation are greatly exaggerated."

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NewsRoom
9:32 am
Mon November 19, 2012

Blues Hearing To Focus On “Most-Favored-Nation” Clauses

The Michigan Capitol.
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Hearings continue at the state Capitol on overhauling Blue Cross-Blue Shield of Michigan. The discussion will focus on how Blue Cross has used its market power to keep its costs lower than its competitors.

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NewsRoom
6:22 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

Appeals Court Strikes Down MI Affirmative Action Ban

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The U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has struck down Michigan’s voter-approved ban on race-based affirmative action in state university admissions and public employment. 

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NewsRoom
5:47 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

MI Jobless Rate Dips In October

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Michigan’s monthly unemployment rate dipped slightly in October, and is down almost a full point from where it was at this time last year. It’s still higher than the national average. 

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NewsRoom
4:45 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

Michigan Unlikely To Make Friday Obamacare Deadline

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Michigan is unlikely to meet a Friday deadline to tell the Obama administration if it will create a statewide online exchange for people to shop for health insurance.  

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NewsRoom
6:12 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

Snyder: RTW Still Not On His Agenda

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Governor Rick Snyder says he’d like to avoid re-visiting contentious issues like right-to-work and local government takeovers now that the 2012 election is over. 

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NewsRoom
6:31 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

Snyder: Petition Reform A Priority After The Election

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Governor Rick Snyder says he’d like to see some changes in the rules for how petition drives put proposals on the ballot. The governor is particularly critical of paying petition circulators for signatures.  


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NewsRoom
6:11 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Election Complaint Against Snyder Dismissed

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State elections officials say Governor Rick Snyder can use his official website and e-mail to express his views on ballot proposals – as long he does not specifically advocate for their approval or defeat.

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NewsRoom
5:26 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Snyder: Don’t Rely On Monthly Jobs Report To Make Voting Choices

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Governor Rick Snyder says he doesn’t think voters should base their election decisions on month-to-month changes in jobs numbers. The nation’s new unemployment rate was released Friday. 

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Election 2012
8:19 am
Fri November 2, 2012

Election 2012: Control of MI Supreme Court is On the Line

Two incumbents are running for re-election to the Michigan Supreme Court. Voters will also decide who'll claim one open seat.
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There are three races this year for spots on the Michigan Supreme Court. Two incumbents are running, and there’s one open seat.

The Republican and Democratic parties spend millions of dollars to get their candidates elected to the state’s highest court – even though they are on the non-partisan part of the ballot.

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NewsRoom
5:12 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

ACLU Sues Isabella County Over Jail Conditions

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The American Civil Liberties Union says conditions at the Isabella County jail are so inhumane they violate the U.S. Constitution’s protections against cruel and unusual punishment.

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NewsRoom
4:28 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

Judge Says Shirvell Entitled To Jobless Benefits

A court has ruled the former assistant attorney general who was fired for harassing a gay student leader at the University of Michigan is entitled to unemployment benefits.

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NewsRoom
6:17 pm
Fri October 26, 2012

Hoekstra: Energy Tax Credits A Waste Of Money

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Republican U.S. Senate candidate Pete Hoekstra says federal alternative energy business subsidies are a waste of money that he would end if given the chance. The former congressman appeared Friday on a statewide public radio call-in show.

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Election 2012
6:35 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

Snyder: Rejection of Prop 2 Would Not Be A Green Light For Right-To-Work

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Governor Rick Snyder says Proposal Two should not be viewed as a referendum on whether Michigan becomes a right-to-work state that outlaws compulsory union membership. The question would guarantee collective bargaining rights in the state constitution.

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NewsRoom
6:21 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

Family Sues State Of Michigan In Elderly Woman’s Murder

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The state Department of Corrections says it’s improving how it supervises parolees and how it handles parole violators.

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NewsRoom
6:15 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

State's Jobless Rate Dropped By 1 Point Over Past 12 Months

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Michigan’s unemployment rate dropped in September for the first time in six months. The decline was a very slight one-tenth of a percentage point to 9.3%.

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