Rick Pluta http://peoriapublicradio.org en Same-Sex Parenting Goes On Trial In Detroit http://peoriapublicradio.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 19472 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Michigan Works To Match Dropouts With Degrees Already Earned http://peoriapublicradio.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 22:18:00 +0000 Rick Pluta 14541 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Michigan Works To Match Dropouts With Degrees Already Earned Gov. Quinn endorses concept of sealing Illinois River from Great Lakes http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/gov-quinn-endorses-concept-sealing-illinois-river-great-lakes <p>There’s been some tension among the Great Lakes states over what to do about Asian carp spreading from the Mississippi River system to Lake Michigan. The two bodies of water join at the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal that links to the Des Plaines and into the Illinois River.<br><br>At their weekend meeting on Mackinac Island, The Great Lakes Council of Governors agreed to adopt a common strategy to fight the spread of invasive species. Illinois Governor Pat Quinn endorsed the concept of sealing off the Great Lakes from the Mississippi River basin.<br> Sun, 02 Jun 2013 23:22:29 +0000 Rick Pluta & Tom Hunt 6648 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Gov. Quinn endorses concept of sealing Illinois River from Great Lakes Challenge To Michigan's Gay Marriage Ban Grows From Adoption Case http://peoriapublicradio.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 2085 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Challenge To Michigan's Gay Marriage Ban Grows From Adoption Case