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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Some Republicans in the state Senate want to throw out the road funding plan lawmakers passed in 2015 and replace it in 2016.


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2016 could bring major changes to the way Michigan treats marijuana.


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Gun owners would face harsh penalties for storing guns where minors can access them.  That’s under a new bill in the state House.


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The head of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) has resigned over the drinking water crisis in Flint.  


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A group of criminal defense attorneys says the Michigan State Police should no longer oversee the state crime lab.  Jake Neher reports.


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  Some Democrats in the state House say people shouldn’t be fired for having a medical marijuana card.  Jake Neher reports.


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A state lawmaker says Michigan should encourage more companies to take oil out of existing wells that have already been capped.  Jake Neher has more.


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Governor Rick Snyder has signed into law major tax breaks for data centers.  Jake Neher reports.


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The Michigan Department of Transportation broke its own rule on road safety studies.  That’s according to a new state audit.  Jake Neher has more.


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The state Legislature has wrapped up its work for 2015 and lawmakers are setting their agendas for next year.  As Jake Neher reports, legislation to help turn around Detroit Public Schools will be a top priority.


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There is new legislation in Lansing aimed at preventing teen suicides.  Jake Neher has more.


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Hundreds of thousands of low-income Michiganders will be able to stay on the state’s expanded Medicaid program.  Jake Neher explains.


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Being a Good Samaritan in desperate times, will no longer land Michigan youngsters in jail. 

“This allows immunity for people under 21 if there is a medical emergency to get help. So, I think this is something that can save lives.”   

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Legislation that would eliminate the straight-ticket voting option on Michigan ballots is headed to Governor Rick Snyder’s desk. Jake Neher reports.


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A group working to legalize marijuana in Michigan in 2016 may be in trouble.  Jake Neher has the story.


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Bills giving big tax breaks to Michigan data centers are headed to Gov. Rick Snyder’s desk.   Jake Neher has the story.

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This is the last week the state Legislature is scheduled to meet in 2015. Republican leaders hope to make progress on some big issues.

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Some out-state school officials have offered an idea they say would win their support for a plan to rescue Detroit Public Schools.   Jake Neher reports.

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The stalemate over road funding continues in the Michigan Legislature.  Jake Neher has the details.


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Michigan students struggled with the state’s new standardized test.  Jake Neher explains.


Detroit Public Schools

Governor Rick Snyder today (Mon.) outlined his plan to rescueDetroit Public Schools from crushing debt and dismal academic results.The proposal would split the district in two. A new body would overseeeducation and normal school operations. The old DPS would exist only tocollect taxes and pay down debt. 

But as Michigan Public Radio’s Jake Neher reports, thegovernor faces what could be the toughest sales job of his tenure to tryto win legislative support for the plan. 

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Michigan education officials are moving ahead with plans to improve teacher evaluations statewide.  Jake Neher has the story.


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People would face criminal penalties for coercing someone to have an abortion under a bill in the state House.   

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A state House panel has approved long-stalled bills to overhaul Michigan’s medical marijuana system.   Jake Neher has the details.

  

Michigan Child and Adult Protective Services workers are eligible for more overtime pay after a recent arbitration decision. There are now more situations that qualify on-call employees working at home for overtime.

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