Rick Pluta


(MPRN- Undated) A federal appeals court says the Jackson County Commission regularly violated the US Constitution by opening its meetings with a Christian prayer. In a 2-1 ruling, a panel of the Sixth Circuit US Court of Appeals held the commission violated the Establishment Clause. 

Kevin Lavery, WKAR

(MPRN-Lansing) There’s a fight brewing in the Legislature over compensation for people wrongly accused of ripping off the state’s unemployment compensation system. Democrats say the state’s response has been too little, too late for people who were wrongly tagged by a computer program for fraud. 

Rick Pluta, The Michigan Public Radio Network / Michigan Public Radio Network

(MPRN-Lansing) Michigan’s elections chief says it appears there were 31 instances of people casting two ballots in the 2016 election, but it doesn’t seem to have changed any results. That was the finding of audits of the election results, as well as a separate inquiry into ballot irregularities in Detroit. 

Melissa Benmark / WKAR

(MPRN-Lansing) Governor Rick Snyder’s proposed budget calls for saving and spending, but no new tax cuts to appease Republicans in the Legislature. High schools would get bump in per-student funding and there would be help for schools with rapidly declining enrollments. 

Kevin Lavery, WKAR

(MPRN-Lansing) There could soon be tighter restrictions on the public’s access to information in bids for state business. A state Senate committee has adopted a bill that would shield information on bidders’ trade secrets and finances.