Jake Neher

MPRN Capitol Reporter

Jake Neher is a state Capitol reporter for the Michigan Public Radio Network. 

He joined MPRN in September of 2012. Before that he served as a reporter and anchor for WFUV Public Radio in the Bronx, New York, and as News Director for KBRW Public Radio in Barrow, Alaska. He has been working in radio in some capacity since he was 15 years old.

A native of southeast Michigan, Jake graduated from Central Michigan University in 2010. He has a master's degree in public communications from Fordham University.

 

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-Michigan News
7:14 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Better Jobs For Disabled Target Of Lieutenant Governor's Push

Lt. Gov. Brian Calley joined advocates at the state Capitol on Monday to unveil a report that shows many Michiganders with disabilities lack decent job opportunities.
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Lt. Gov. Calley says he'll push for better employment for disabled people

Lt. Gov. Brian Calley says the state needs to do more to help people with disabilities get good jobs.

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Michigan News
7:46 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Early Financial Warning System Gets State Superintendent's OK

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State superintendent backs "early warning system" for districts in financial trouble

Michigan's top education official says he supports legislation designed to prevent schools from getting into financial trouble.

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-Michigan News
7:50 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

No Huge Budget Hole In Michigan's Future

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Lawmakers approve bill to avoid $1 billion budget hole

It looks like Michigan will not face a $1 billion budget hole due to a recent state Supreme Court ruling after all.

The state Senate overwhelmingly passed legislation on Wednesday to fix the issue, less than 24 hours after the bill cleared the state House.

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Michigan News
7:21 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

LGBT Rights Vote Unlikely Until After November Election

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Vote on LGBT rights not likely before November election

Legislation that would add LGBT protections to Michigan’s anti-discrimination law will probably have to wait until after the November election.

Some supporters of the measure hoped lawmakers would take it up before voters go to the polls in November. But the bill has not even been introduced yet.

Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville, R-Monroe, says he wants to take up the issue. Be he does not expect to hold a vote until the Legislature’s “lame duck” session.

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-Michigan News
7:12 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Rested Legislature Faces Smorgasbord Of Issues

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Roads, pot, civil rights on agenda as state lawmakers return from summer break

The state Legislature returns Tuesday after a two month summer break.

Republican leaders still have some big priorities to accomplish before the end of the year. None are bigger than finding a way to fix Michigan’s crumbling roads.

But it looks like that and other major bills will have to wait until the Legislature’s “lame duck” session in December. Top lawmakers say they do not expect many major votes between now and the November election.

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-Michigan News
6:58 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Listeners Quiz Governor On Statewide Call-In Program

Gov. Rick Snyder spent an hour answering questions from Michiganders on Friday on Michigan Public Radio’s call-in program Michigan Calling.
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Gov. Snyder defends his record on statewide call-in program

Gov. Rick Snyder spent an hour fielding questions from Michiganders on Friday. The questions spanned a broad range of topics, including education, the economy, the environment, and social issues.

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-Michigan News
7:05 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

Judge Rules Teachers Can Leave Union Any Time

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Judge says Michigan's largest teachers' union must let member leave any time

A Michigan labor judge says the state's largest teachers' union must let members leave at any time.

The Michigan Education Association (MEA) only allows teachers to quit the union during a one-month period in August. But conservative groups say that is a violation of Michigan's right-to-work law. They are applauding administrative law judge Julia Stern's decision this week.

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Michigan News
7:06 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

Michigan Supreme Court To Hear No-Fault Insurance Rates Case

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No-Fault auto insurance rates case to be appealed to Michigan Supreme Court

A group that wants more information on how auto insurance rates are set in Michigan plans to take its case to the state Supreme Court.

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Michigan News
7:44 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Michigan Democrats Want More Money For Public Schools

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State House Dems call for higher minimum school funding

As many Michigan students return to school, the debate over education funding is starting up again at the state Capitol in Lansing.

Democrats in the state House plan to introduce a bill that would increase minimum payments to districts. Gov. Rick Snyder and lawmakers this year set that amount at an additional $50 per student.

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-Michigan News
7:24 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Accreditation Plan Unveiled For Charter School Authorizers

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Charter school authorizers vow to hold themselves to higher standards

A group of institutions that oversee Michigan charter schools has come up with a system it says will lead to better oversight.

It's a voluntary accreditation system that would judge authorizers based on things like transparency and efforts to turn around failing schools.

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-Michigan News
8:18 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

State Health Director Stepping Down

Michigan Department of Community Health Director Jim Haveman.
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Michigan's top health official resigns after suffering mild stroke

The state's top health official is stepping down to focus on his personal health. Michigan Department of Community Health Director Jim Haveman says he suffered a mild stroke in May.

Haveman served as director of the Michigan Department of Community Health twice - once during Gov. John Engler's second term, and then Gov. Rick Snyder named him the head of MDCH again in 2012.

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-Michigan News
8:12 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Whitmer Launches Women's Health Nonprofit

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State Senate Dem leader launches women's health nonprofit

The top Democrat in the state Senate is launching a new nonprofit group to help women gain access to health care.

Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer, D-East Lansing, says the new organization, called Right to Health, will hold forums, conferences, and fundraisers to promote the cause.

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Michigan News
7:05 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Michigan's State House Approves Wolf Hunts

Groups opposing wolf hunts in Michigan rallied in front of the state Capitol prior to Wednesday’s vote in the state House.
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Lawmakers vote to allow wolf hunts in Upper Peninsula

Wolf hunts in the Upper Peninsula will be able to continue under a law approved on Wednesday by the state House. The petition-initiated proposal cleared the state Senate earlier this month.

The new law does not need Gov. Rick Snyder’s approval to take effect. It’s designed to circumvent two anti-wolf hunting proposals on the November ballot.

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Michigan News
8:13 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Movement For LGBT Rights Gains Support of Michigan Education Groups

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Education groups join calls for LGBT rights in Michigan

The list of groups calling on state lawmakers to pass protections for LGBT people is growing. Organizations representing Michigan college, university, and school officials now say they support the measure.

They join more than 50 business and non-profit groups urging lawmakers to pass the legislation, which the coalition expects to be introduced next month.

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-Michigan News
7:02 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Judge Considers Whether To Recognize Michigan Same-Sex Marriages

Lead plaintiffs Glenna DeJong (l) and Marsha Caspar (center) join Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum (r) outside the federal court building in Detroit on Thursday. DeJong and Caspar were the first same-sex couple to get married in Michigan. Byrum officiated their wedding.
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Judge hears arguments over recognizing 300 same-sex marriages in Michigan

Some 300 same-sex couples in Michigan are waiting to hear whether a federal judge will force the state to recognize their marriages. Judge Mark Goldsmith heard arguments on Thursday from attorneys for the state and for the same-sex couples.

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Michigan News
7:05 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Audit: Michigan Prisoners Need Better Access To Education

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Audit finds problems with prisoner education programs in Michigan

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Michigan News
7:20 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Michigan Pushing For Federal Flood Assistance

Gov. Rick Snyder (r) and Congressman Sander Levin (l) speak with flood victims in Warren on Monday.
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Michigan congressional delegation to push FEMA for flood help


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-Michigan News
8:27 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Back To Drawing Board On Plan To Fix Michigan Roads

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Talks over ways to fix Michigan's roads "back at square one"
 

State lawmakers are hitting the reset button on talks over how to fix Michigan's crumbling roads.

A state Senate workgroup met for the first time Thursday to hammer out a solution. Senators and staff involved in the meeting say it consisted of members offering wide ranging ideas for how to address the issue.

Most estimates say the state needs to boost road funding by between $1 billion and $2 billion a year just to keep the roads from getting worse.

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-Michigan News
7:09 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Michigan Issues Latest Schools Report Card

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Three schools in the Ypsilanti Community Schools district are classified as "priority" schools:

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-Michigan News
4:51 am
Fri August 8, 2014

Michigan Housing Development Authority Director Accused Of Lavish Travel

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Democrats blast Scott Woosley for unnecessary expenditures in the tens of thousands of dollars. 


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-Michigan News
6:26 am
Thu August 7, 2014

Democrats Push For Better Turnout In November Election

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More voters cast ballots in primary than expected, but turnout still low

More than 82 percent of all registered voters sat out Michigan's primary election this week.

That's not the all-time low some observers predicted before the election, but they say the number is still dismal. And many of them expect low voter turnout again for Michigan's general election in November.

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-Michigan News
2:48 am
Wed August 6, 2014

Michigan's Proposal One Passes By Wide Margin

Business and local government groups are applauding Michigan voters' decision to get rid of a tax on business equipment.  

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Michigan News
3:18 am
Tue August 5, 2014

Don't Expect Much Company At The Polls Today

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Historic low voter turnout possible in Tuesday's primary

Voters head to the polls Tuesday for Michigan's primary election. Some observers say there could be a historically low number of people casting ballots.

"I think what we're seeing is we could have an election where we have about 13% to 15.1% of the people that are going to make a decision about what happens in the state on election day," said Matt Marsden with RevSix Data Systems, which is tracking absentee ballots.

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-Michigan News
8:26 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Chance To Speak Out On Education Testing Draws Crowd In Lansing

A public hearing on new standardized tests drew a standing room only crowd Wednesday in Lansing.
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100+ show up to give input on new standardized test

Michigan education officials are in the process of finding a new standardized test… again.

More than a hundred people were in Lansing Wednesday to tell the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) what they want out of a new assessment.

MDE had already chosen the Smarter Balanced assessment three years ago. But many lawmakers were not happy with that test because it's aligned with the controversial Common Core school standards.

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-Michigan News
6:43 am
Fri July 25, 2014

State Elections Board Says 'No' To Minimum Wage, 'Yes' To Wolf Hunting

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$10.10/hour minimum wage petition shot down by state elections board

A state elections board has rejected a petition to raise Michigan's minimum wage to $10.10 an hour.

A bipartisan majority of the Board of State Canvassers threw out dozens of signatures after a last-minute challenge from opponents. They say the signatures were from people who signed the petition more than once, which is illegal under Michigan election law.

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