Rick Pluta

3:35pm

Tue February 25, 2014
Law

Same-Sex Parenting Goes On Trial In Detroit

Originally published on Tue February 25, 2014 7:01 pm

Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage goes on trial today in Detroit, and Michigan Public Radio's Rick Pluta is there. A lesbian couple wants to settle the doubts over same-sex parenting.

3:46pm

Wed November 6, 2013
Education

Michigan Works To Match Dropouts With Degrees Already Earned

Originally published on Mon November 11, 2013 10:15 am

At Lansing Community College in Michigan, students who've moved on to four-year schools can come back and claim their credits, and maybe even a degree.
David Shane/Flickr

There's a nationwide search underway to find former students who don't know they've already done all or most of the work needed to earn a credential that might help them land a better-paying job.

In Michigan, several hundred community college dropouts were recently surprised to learn they had enough credits to qualify for an associate degree. There are also ex-students who apparently didn't know they're just a few credits shy of a two-year degree.

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2:04am

Thu March 7, 2013
Law

Challenge To Michigan's Gay Marriage Ban Grows From Adoption Case

Originally published on Thu March 7, 2013 12:36 pm

April DeBoer (second from left) sits with her adopted daughter Ryanne, 3, and Jayne Rowse and her adopted sons Jacob, 3, and Nolan, 4, at their home in Hazel Park, Mich., on Tuesday.
Paul Sancya AP

A federal judge in Michigan could rule as soon as Thursday on a challenge to the state's ban on same-sex marriage and civil unions. The challenge comes as the U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear two cases dealing with gay marriage later this month.

In the Michigan case, a lesbian couple sued not because they want to be married, but because they want to be parents.

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3:55am

Fri December 7, 2012
Around the Nation

Michigan Likely To Become A Right-To-Work State

Originally published on Fri December 7, 2012 4:42 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

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2:18am

Wed May 30, 2012
It's All Politics

GOP Michigan Congressman To Run Write-In Campaign

Originally published on Wed May 30, 2012 11:55 am

Rep. Thaddeus McCotter, R-Mich.
Charlie Neibergall AP

Rep. Thaddeus McCotter, R-Mich., is facing the daunting prospect of running a write-in campaign to get re-elected this year, as his campaign fell far short of the number of petition signatures he needs to qualify for the August primary ballot.

Compounding McCotter's troubles: It appears election fraud may have played a part in the failure.

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5:21am

Wed May 9, 2012
Election 2012

Road To The White House Goes Through Michigan

Transcript

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

George Orwell once said that those who control the past, control the future. If you can revise history to fit your point of view, it gives you power. So, it should be no surprise that presidential candidates are struggling over some recent history - the auto bailout.

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3:00am

Fri March 2, 2012
Election 2012

Santorum Upset By Mich. Delegate Decision

Transcript

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And in Michigan, there's a fight going on over one delegate to the Republican National Convention. Rick Santorum's campaign team says its candidate is a victim of, quote, thuggery. They accuse Michigan Republican leaders of engineering an after-the-fact rules change to give Mitt Romney a slim lead in delegates from last Tuesday's state primary.

We have more from Michigan Public Radio's Rick Pluta.

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3:36pm

Fri February 24, 2012
It's All Politics

Fred Who? He's Republican, He's Gay, And He's Competing For Michigan Delegates

Originally published on Fri February 24, 2012 5:36 pm

GOP presidential candidate Fred Karger hopes Michigan's primary rules will allow him to pick up a few delegates to the national convention. He's focusing on just one congressional district in the center of the state.
Rick Pluta for NPR

As better-known candidates trod the landscape and crowd the airwaves, pleading for votes in Michigan's Republican primary, the first openly gay GOP presidential hopeful is plotting a minor upset.

Fred Karger hopes the state's primary rules will land him a mid-Michigan miracle and a handful of delegates to the national convention.

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