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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Legislation to keep many 17-year-olds from going to adult prisons cleared a state House panel on Tuesday.

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With the state’s March 8th primary fast-approaching, Presidential candidates are turning their attention to Michigan.  Senator Bernie Sanders had stops in Ypsilanti and Dearborn as part of his campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination, while Ohio Governor John Kasich stopped at Grand Valley State University near Grand Rapids.

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Legislation to send more state aid to Flint could move through the state House this week.  

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A group of state House Democrats hopes the crisis in Flint will help bring attention to other issues they say threaten clean water in Michigan.  They announced bills on Thursday that would increase regulations on fracking.

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Legislative hearings are underway on a plan to keep Detroit Public Schools (DPS) from going broke.  

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State lawmakers are responding to complaints about a new elections law.  A state House panel approved a bill Wednesday meant to clarify the law.

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Legislation meant to stop teacher “sickout” protests is one step closer to becoming law. 

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A state House panel has approved raising speed limits on some Michigan roadways. 

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It looks like state lawmakers have reached a compromise to increase speed limits on many Michigan roadways.  A state House panel plans to vote on the plan today. 

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Democrats in the state Legislature say lawmakers should get an opportunity to question people under oath about the Flint water crisis.

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The state House and Senate have unanimously approved an emergency spending bill to help Flint address its water crisis.  It now goes to Governor Rick Snyder’s desk.  

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A $28 million emergency funding bill for Flint could clear the state Senate today.  

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Local leaders and school officials are challenging a new state elections law in federal court.

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More than 300 Michigan inmates sentenced as minors to life without parole could get a second chance at early release. 

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A judge has dismissed the case against a man who was charged under the State Police crime lab’s controversial THC policy. 

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A bipartisan group of state lawmakers hopes to send privacy protection legislation to Governor Rick Snyder’s desk this year.  

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Republicans say a $28 million emergency appropriation for Flint should come with some accountability measures to make sure that money is spent wisely.

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The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) regional administrator is stepping down over the public health crisis in Flint. 

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Governor Rick Snyder is asking the Obama Administration to change its mind and declare a major disaster in Flint.  

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Michigan Democratic leaders say Governor Rick Snyder’s Flint apology during his State of the State speech is not enough.  

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A new State Police crime lab policy is sparking criticism from a growing number of forensic scientists.

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State lawmakers could consider legislation meant to stop teacher “sickout” protests, like the ones that closed about 60 Detroit schools Monday. 

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It’s looking less likely that there will be a ballot question in November to overhaul Michigan’s medical marijuana system.  

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Governor Rick Snyder and Flint Mayor Karen Weaver are set to meet on Thursday to discuss the city’s water emergency.

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A federal judge says energy customers across the Midwest should get refunds and a break on their future bills.