Rick Pluta

Managing Editor - Michigan Public Radio Network

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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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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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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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7:23 am
Mon October 15, 2012

MI Appeals Court To Decide How State Will Comply With Lifer Law Decision

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Courtesy Kevin Rosseel

The Michigan Court of Appeals hears arguments this week on how the state should comply with a US Supreme Court decision on so-called juvenile lifers. It struck down sentences of automatic life without parole for juveniles convicted of murder.

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7:23 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

MI Supreme Court Hears Medical Marijuana Cases

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The Michigan Supreme Court heard arguments Thursday on the future of medical marijuana dispensaries and growing cooperatives.

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7:07 pm
Wed October 10, 2012

Ruth Johnson: Citizenship Question Will Not Be on November Ballot Applications

Secretary of State Ruth Johnson says she will not contest a federal judge’s ruling that a citizenship question may not be on the ballot applications people will fill out at the polls in November.

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9:34 am
Wed October 10, 2012

Unions Place Big Bet On 2012 Ballot

Unions are betting big on ballot proposals in Michigan this election. Voters in California and Alabama will also decide ballot questions dealing with unions, but neither of those measures is as sweeping as Michigan’s. It would enshrine collective bargaining rights in the state constitution. That could potentially reverse as many as 170 Michigan labor laws that limit union bargaining power and fundraising.

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6:37 am
Wed October 10, 2012

Proposal 5 Files Complaint That Snyder Campaigns On Public’s Dime

Governor Rick Snyder.
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A ballot campaign has filed an elections complaint against Governor Rick Snyder. It says he’s using his official website and other state resources illegally to campaign against the proposal.

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8:01 pm
Mon October 8, 2012

Senate Hearings to Open on Public Defense in Michigan

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The state Senate Judiciary Committee opens hearings Tuesday on a plan to fix Michigan’s public defender system.

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10:00 am
Mon October 8, 2012

No‑Fault, Medical Marijuana Law Issues Before The MI Supreme Court

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The Michigan Supreme Court opens its session this week with oral arguments in Lansing. Its first cases deal with auto no‑fault coverage, before the court turns its attention to Michigan’s medical marijuana law.

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6:42 pm
Fri October 5, 2012

Legislation Requires Flag Display in All MI Classrooms

Governor Rick Snyder has signed legislation that requires every schoolroom to display a U.S. flag and give children the opportunity to recite the Pledge of Allegiance.

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5:55 pm
Mon October 1, 2012

New Law Puts Four-Time Felons Behind Bars for 25 Years

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Violent felons convicted of four offenses now face at least 25 years in prison, under a law signed Monday by Governor Rick Snyder.

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8:42 am
Mon October 1, 2012

Michigan Policy Will Strip Welfare Benefits If Kids Miss School

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A new policy is going into effect that takes away welfare benefits from families with children who miss more than 10 days of school without an excuse.

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6:22 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Lawsuit Says No Emergency Managers Until After The Election

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A lawsuit claims no state-appointed managers should be running Michigan cities or school districts until after voters determine the fate of the emergency manager law in November.

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6:15 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Schuette Orders Audit of Blue Cross Assets

Hearings continued Thursday at the state Capitol on the future of Blue Cross-Blue Shield of Michigan.

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6:17 am
Thu September 27, 2012

Democrats Take Immediate Effect Fight To MI Supreme Court

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Democrats are taking a challenge to how state House Republicans rule the chamber to the Michigan Supreme Court.

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7:15 am
Mon September 24, 2012

House Could Vote To Allow Ministries To Pay Medical Bills

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Members of faith-based groups in Michigan could soon be allowed to share the costs of their medical bills as an alternative to buying health insurance. The state House is expected to vote this week on the measure.

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6:08 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

Competitors Say Blues Reform Should Break “Monopoly”

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There was another day of hearings Thursday on Governor Rick Snyder’s proposed overhaul of Blue Cross-Blue Shield of Michigan. For-profit companies say any insurance reforms should make it easier for them to compete with Blue Cross.

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6:29 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

Hearings Launch on Blues Overhaul

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A state Senate committee began its examination Wednesday of a proposed overhaul of Blue Cross-Blue Shield of Michigan.

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9:06 am
Wed September 19, 2012

Snyder Off On Mission To China

Governor Rick Snyder.
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Governor Rick Snyder is on his way to China on a mission to build stronger business ties between Michigan and Asia’s largest economy.

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6:33 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

Ruth Johnson Sued Over Citizenship Box on Voter Forms

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A coalition of unions, voters, county clerks and civil rights groups is suing Secretary of State Ruth Johnson in federal court.

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6:17 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

Snyder: Michigan Needs to Educate More People for Skilled Trades

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Governor Rick Snyder says Michigan and the rest of the country lost sight of the value of vocational training as young people were encouraged to get four-year college degrees.

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6:29 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Snyder Calls for Big Changes for Blue Cross

Blue Cross-Blue Shield of Michigan would become a policyholder-owned company under changes outlined by Gov. Rick Snyder. The governor explains his proposal as Department of Community Health Director James Haveman looks on.
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Governor Rick Snyder has called for some big changes for Blue Cross-Blue Shield of Michigan. He says Blue Cross should become a not-for-profit company that pays taxes and competes with other insurance companies.

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6:56 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

Report: Electricity Will Cost More if Proposal 3 Passes

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The campaigns squaring off against each other over Proposal 3 on the November ballot are arguing the economic merits of renewable energy.

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7:25 am
Mon September 10, 2012

Public Union To Bid On Privatization Contract

A public employees’ union says it will offer a counter-proposal if the state goes ahead with plans to privatize prison health care.

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6:28 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

MI Supreme Court Orders Three Questions onto Ballot

The Michigan Supreme Court has ordered three additional questions onto the statewide November ballot. But it blocked a proposal to allow eight new non-tribal casinos.

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6:41 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Governor Signs Pension Law as Court Battle Looms

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The return of children to classrooms on Tuesday coincided with Governor Rick Snyder approving some big changes to how teachers will save for retirement.

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7:47 am
Tue September 4, 2012

Snyder to Sign Teacher Retirement Legislation

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Teachers unions are already in court trying to block legislation to be signed into law tomorrow (Tue.) by Governor Rick Snyder. It w ill change how public school employees save for retirement and pay for health  coverage after they’re done working.

The lawsuit was filed Friday. Teachers unions say the new plan breaks contracts, and they want a judge in Lansing to hold up the new law while their legal challenge plays out.

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10:11 am
Mon September 3, 2012

November Ballot Waiting on Word from State Supreme Court

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The Michigan Supreme Court is expected to rule early this week on which questions will appear on the November ballot. The court has to rule this week if the state is going to meet state and federal elections deadlines.

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6:15 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

Marijuana Ranks High in 2012 Local Ballot Initiatives

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The city of Detroit this week officially joined three other cities in Michigan that already placed marijuana questions on their November ballots.

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