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BC-MI--Michigan News Digest 1:30 pm, MI

February 9, 2019

Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up today in Michigan. Questions about today’s coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the AP-Detroit bureau at 800-642-4125 or 313-259-0650 or apmichigan@ap.org. For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org.

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TOP STORIES:

ENVIRONMENTAL ORDER

LANSING, Mich. _ The first tussle between Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Republican-led Legislature isn’t over how to fix roads, overhaul school funding or tackle high car insurance premiums. Instead, they’re clashing over the environment — specifically how Michigan adopts regulations and permit requirements for businesses and citizens. By David Eggert. SENT: 710 words, photos.

AROUND THE STATE:

2015 SLAYING

EAST LANSING, Mich. _ A family is still looking for answers more than four years after a man was shot to death on a parking ramp. “Say something, speak up,” says Michael Smith’s sister. “These men, they took someone’s father, someone’s brother, child.” SENT: 320 words, photos.

EXCHANGE-HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. _ Clara Garbon-Radnoti has painful memories of the Holocaust, which claimed the lives of more than 6 million European Jews during World War II, including more than 500,000 from her native Hungary. Among them were her father, her sister and 31 first cousins. Garbon-Radnoti, who was a teenager, said she escaped by hiding in 22 places around Hungary as the Nazis and their Hungarian supporters hunted for Jews to deport to death camps. By Oralandar Brand-Williams, The Detroit News. SENT: 1,360 words, photos MIDTN 401, 601-602.

EXCHANGE-PET PROTECTION

PONTIAC, Mich. _ A new bipartisan legislation signed into law last month is expanding existing federal protections for the pets of domestic violence survivors. U.S. Senator Gary Peters made a stop at Pontiac’s Haven women’s shelter recently to speak on the Pet and Women Safety (PAWS) Act. The shelter opened its Farber Family Pet Center in 2017, allowing survivors to be near their pets for the entirety of their stay at Haven and removing the fear of violence against them if they’re left behind with an abusive partner. By Natalie Broda, The Oakland Press. SENT: 360 words, photos MIPON 501-502.

IN BRIEF:

_ LAKE ERIE ALGAE: Environmental groups have filed a federal lawsuit pushing for more action to prevent the toxic algae blooms that plague Lake Erie’s western basin each summer. Moved on national lines.

_ WINTER WEATHER-MICHIGAN: No electricity? Go to the movies — for free. Consumers Energy says 2,000 free movie tickets, along with soda and popcorn, are available Saturday and Sunday at five theaters in Grand Rapids and Muskegon.

_ TEEN-RIVER SEARCH: Authorities have suspended the search for a 15-year-old boy who fell through ice in the Muskegon River in the northern Lower Peninsula.

_ MONTICELLO REPLICA: A co-founder of the Friendly’s restaurant chain is hoping to turn a replica of Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello home into the centerpiece of a new educational and business center in Connecticut. It will be operated by Michigan’s Hillsdale College.

_ KAYAK LAUNCHER: Kayakers are getting a new opportunity for touring Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

SPORTS:

WISCONSIN-MICHIGAN

ANN ARBOR, Mich. _ No. 7 Michigan hosts No. 19 Wisconsin in a rematch of a game the Badgers won last month. By Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at noon.

MINNESOTA-MICHIGAN ST

EAST LANSING, Mich. _ No. 9 Michigan State hosts Minnesota, desperately hoping to end a three-game losing streak. By Larry Lage. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 2 p.m.

WINGS-SABRES

BUFFALO, N.Y. _ The Buffalo Sabres are 3-6-1 their past 10 in preparing to host the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday. By Hockey Writer John Wawrow. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 1 p.m.

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