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

April 3, 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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DETROIT _ The state of Michigan is placing a paroled prisoner in an assisted living center at taxpayer expense after the federal government declined to deport him to Cuba. Prudencio Loyrafuls’ life sentence for drug crimes was reduced in December by Gov. Rick Snyder. The parole board knew the 72-year-old wasn’t a U.S. citizen and figured that federal authorities would pick him up and take him off the state’s hands. But U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said no. By Ed White. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 520 words, photo planned.


DETROIT _ Nearly two dozen women are going to be recognized for their work as Detroit police officers and firefighters. The Detroit Public Safety Foundation’s 6th annual Women in Blue breakfast is scheduled for Thursday at the MGM Grand. One officer and one firefighter will be announced as “women of the year” for their respective departments. Fifteen police officers and five firefighters have been nominated for the awards. By Corey Williams. SENT: 370 words.


—XGR--EVICTION ORDERS: Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has signed a bill to define who can serve eviction orders in the state.

—COMPUTER NETWORKS TARGETED: Officials say a Michigan county’s computer networks were attacked by a ransomware-type virus.

—SCHOOL APPLICATION-QUESTIONS: A suburban Detroit school has dropped some questions from its online application after a complaint that it asked for proof of citizenship and residency.

—IRAQI IMMIGRANTS-ARRESTS: Lawyers say they’ve exhausted efforts to slow down or suspend the deportation of Iraqi nationals after a court refused to set aside a decision from a three-judge panel.

—POLICE SHOOTING-MICHIGAN: Authorities say a police officer shot and wounded a man who was threatening to harm himself and officers in western Michigan.

—GOOSE ATTACK-WARNING: Police at Eastern Michigan University have issued a warning about potentially aggressive geese after one attacked and chased a person at a campus parking lot.



EAST LANSING, Mich. _ Michigan State’s Cassius Winston has joined a select group of players in school history as an All-America player and Big Ten player of the year. If he can help the Spartans win two more games, he’ll join Magic Johnson and Mateen Cleaves as the school’s national championship-winning point guards. By Larry Lage. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos.


MINNEAPOLIS _ A loss in the one-and-done NCAA Tournament pulls the curtains on a team’s season. As for those that made it to the Final Four in Minneapolis this year? They’ll literally be greeted by giant drapes, one of several complex and expensive tasks that are part of converting a football-sized venue to a basketball-friendly facility. At first-time host U.S. Bank Stadium, the temporary blinds for the front windows and translucent roof cost $4.6 million and took about a week to install. By Dave Campbell. SENT: 890 words, photos.


An Associated Press analysis of rosters of perennial NCAA Tournament teams concludes that it takes NBA-ready talent _ players who leave school early _ to go far consistently. Though there are exceptions scattered about, the AP found that the teams that consistently advance to the Elite Eight are also the teams with the most early entries in the NBA draft. Even this Final Four _ without the star “one-and-dones” _ has several players who will leave college with eligibility remaining. By Eddie Pells and Larry Fenn. SENT: 1,430 words, photos.



An Associated Press analysis of NCAA Tournament rosters over the last 30 years shows the ever-expanding impact of the NBA rules have had on both the college game and the draft. In 2005, the year before the one-and-done rule went into effect, there were nine high schoolers and one freshman drafted. Last season, there were no high schoolers and 13 of the first 18 picks were freshmen college players. By Eddie Pells and Larry Fenn. SENT: 900 words.


NEW YORK _ The Detroit Tigers look for a win as they close out a three-game road series against the New York Yankees. The series is split going into Wednesday’s match. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 4:05 p.m. ET.


DETROIT _ The Indiana Pacers are in Detroit on Wednesday to take on the Pistons. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m. ET.


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