Rick Pluta http://publicradioeast.org en Same-Sex Parenting Goes On Trial In Detroit http://publicradioeast.org/post/same-sex-parenting-goes-trial-detroit 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. Tue, 25 Feb 2014 21:05:00 +0000 Rick Pluta 35149 at http://publicradioeast.org Michigan Works To Match Dropouts With Degrees Already Earned http://publicradioeast.org/post/michigan-works-match-dropouts-degrees-already-earned 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.<p>In Michigan, several hundred community college dropouts were recently surprised to learn they had enough credits to qualify for an associate degree. Wed, 06 Nov 2013 22:01:00 +0000 Rick Pluta 27168 at http://publicradioeast.org Michigan Works To Match Dropouts With Degrees Already Earned Challenge To Michigan's Gay Marriage Ban Grows From Adoption Case http://publicradioeast.org/post/challenge-michigans-gay-marriage-ban-grows-adoption-case 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.<p>In the Michigan case, a lesbian couple sued not because they want to be married, but because they want to be parents.<p>Jayne Rowse and April DeBoer have been together 13 years. For all practical purposes, they consider themselves married to each other. Thu, 07 Mar 2013 08:04:00 +0000 Rick Pluta 8826 at http://publicradioeast.org Challenge To Michigan's Gay Marriage Ban Grows From Adoption Case Mich. Unions Want Bargaining Added To Constitution http://publicradioeast.org/post/mich-unions-want-bargaining-added-constitution Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From Ohio now to Michigan, where labor unions are betting big this election. They're throwing their weight behind not one, but three new ballot proposals. The most ambitious of the three would enshrine collective bargaining rights in the state's constitution. As Michigan Public Radio's Rick Pluta reports, that could reverse as many as 170 state laws that currently limit union bargaining power and fundraising.<p>RICK PLUTA, BYLINE: Emboldened by a ballot victory last year in Ohio, union leaders and Democrats in neighboring Michigan sensed an opportunity. Tue, 09 Oct 2012 20:47:00 +0000 Rick Pluta 3271 at http://publicradioeast.org