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Rick Pluta

Managing Editor, Michigan Public Radio Network
Same Sex Couple
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Michigan is facing a new lawsuit over same-sex couple adoptions.  The ACLU says the state can’t let adoption agencies that take public money turn away same-sex couples.


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Voters might have the chance to decide a pair of workers’ rights questions next year.


LGBT
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The Michigan Civil Rights Commission is asking state Attorney General Bill Schuette for a formal ruling on whether it has the authority to extend housing and employment protections to gay, lesbian, and transgender people.  That’s after an attorney from his office torpedoed a proposal the commission was on the cusp of adopting. 


Mackinac Pipeline Line 5
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Michigan’s energy chief says damage to the protective coating on an oil and gas pipeline that runs beneath the Straits of Mackinac was worse than initially reported.

Michigan Supreme Court
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The Michigan Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether prosecutors can force elected lawmakers to give up their seats as part of a plea deal.  That decision won’t come in time to determine whether a former state senator should be removed from the November ballot. 


Dave Trott
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Republican Congressman Dave Trott says he will not seek reelection next year and will retire after four years in Congress.  Trott says he always intended for his congressional career to be brief. 


Bill Schuette
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Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette and state lawmakers are calling for an overhaul of how the property of recently deceased people is dealt with.


Joan Larsen
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Michigan Supreme Court Justice Joan Larsen faced members of the US Senate Wednesday as she seeks a promotion to the federal bench.  Larsen said she’s beholden to the rule of law and not the president who nominated her.


Immigration
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Governor Rick Snyder is asking Congress to act to protect people from deportation who were brought to the country illegally as children.  The governor was responding to President Trump’s announcement that the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program will end in six months. 


Rick Snyder
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Governor Rick Snyder is off on a trade mission that will bring him to Asia and Europe before he returns to Michigan next week.  


Rick Snyder
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The Legislature ends its summer recess this week and returns to Lansing.  Governor Rick Snyder will have a to-do list waiting.


Mackinac Bridge
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The Mackinac Bridge will be closed to vehicle traffic this morning.  The bridge authority is ready to deal with long traffic backups and other inconveniences to holiday travelers.


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Lawyers for Iraqi immigrants facing deportation say the detainees are being subjected to abuse and intimidation.  The case played out Thursday in a Detroit courtroom. 


Mackinac Bridge
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The state is ordering Enbridge Energy to take swift action to fix portions of the Line 5 energy pipeline that runs beneath the Straits of Mackinac.  Corrosion protections were eroded during maintenance work on the line. 


Immigration
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Family members and attorneys for Iraqi Christians facing deportation say the possibility of pardons is giving them a new sense of hope.  


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The Michigan Parole Board has agreed to conduct a full-but-speedy review of pardon requests from Iraqi nationals threatened with deportation. 


Rick Snyder
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Civil rights groups in Michigan are calling on Governor Rick Snyder to issue a stronger denunciation of comments by a local elected official calling for death to Muslims.


Grand Rapids
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A report says troubles at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans are largely resolved.


Asbestos
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Michigan needs more asbestos inspectors but doesn’t have the funding to pay for them, according to the Legislature’s Auditor General.


Classroom
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The Michigan State Board of Education deadlocked along party lines Tuesday on a model student code of conduct.  The major issue was protecting students from discrimination based on their gender identity.


Classroom
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A judge says the state cannot reimburse private and parochial schools for any expenses, even if they’re the result of state mandates.  The judge was responding to a legal challenge to the state budget


Rick Snyder
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Governor Rick Snyder has signed bills to create new business incentives in hopes of luring some very large employers to Michigan.


Grand Rapids
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Eleven former employees of the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans have been charged with felonies for falsifying reports to reflect they made required patient visits when, instead, they were ignoring them. 


Unemployment
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A state agency has asked courts in three counties to dismiss 186 bench warrants against people accused of unemployment fraud.  The state could next ask for the charges to be dismissed altogether.


Job
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Michigan’s monthly jobless rate has dropped to its lowest rate in 17 years.  But, that has more to do with fewer people looking for work than new hiring.


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