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

March 22, 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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ORION TOWNSHIP, Mich. _ Less than a week after a series of critical tweets from the president over an Ohio plant closure, General Motors is announcing plans to add 400 jobs and build a new electric vehicle at a factory north of Detroit. The company says it will spend $300 million at its plant in Orion Township, Michigan, to manufacture a Chevrolet vehicle based on the battery-powered Bolt. By Mike Householder and Tom Krisher. SENT: 700 words, photos, video.


LANSING, Mich. _ Faith-based adoption agencies that are paid by the state of Michigan will no longer be able to turn away LGBT couples or individuals because of religious objection under a legal settlement announced Friday. The agreement was reached between Democratic Attorney General Dana Nessel’s office and lawyers for the American Civil Liberties, which sued in 2017 on behalf of two lesbian couples and woman who was in foster care in her teens. By David Eggert. SENT: 430 words.


—ELON MUSK-FLINT: Tech billionaire Elon Musk surprised students by showing up at a school assembly in Flint, Michigan, and promising to take some of them for a tour of his Space X rocket factory in California.

—WORKER DEATH: Police say a worker has died following an accident that took place while working on a vehicle at a logging business in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

—MEASLES-MICHIGAN: Michigan health officials have confirmed four additional cases of measles in the Detroit area after earlier finding a travel-related case of measles involving a person visiting from Israel.

—NESTLE-MUSKEGON RIVER FUND: Nestle Waters North America says it will pump an additional $2 million into a fund that supports environmental conservation projects in the Muskegon River watershed.

—ILLEGAL DUMPING-BENTON HARBOR: A southwestern Michigan city says it’s cracking down on illegal dumping as it grapples with a problem that’s both an eyesore and expensive.



Tom Izzo’s One Shining Moment was embarrassing. Then again, in the pompous, entitled profession that is the college basketball coach, it wasn’t really all that unusual. Most of these guys are nothing but self-center control freaks, who believe the world revolves around them and their authority should never be challenged. Actually, they’re the ones who need to grow up. By Paul Newberry. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos.


Michigan State survived against a resilient Bradley team, and now the No. 2 seed Spartans must play Minnesota. Yes, really. These two familiar foes are meeting in the second round of the East Region, the earliest matchup ever among Big Ten teams in the NCAA Tournament. The only time two Big Ten teams have played before the regional finals was in 1980, when Purdue beat Indiana in the round of 16. By Dave Campbell. SENT: 830 words, photos.


LOUISVILLE, Ky. _ No. 8 seed Michigan faces No. 9 Kansas State in the second first-round game of the NCAA tournament’s Louisville regional on Friday. By Gary B. Graves. UPCOMING. 600 words, photos. Game starts at about 3 p.m. ET.


SOUTH BEND, Ind. _ Defending national champion Notre Dame knows better than to overlook anyone in this wide-open NCAA Women’s Tournament. The Fighting Irish prepare for Bethune-Cookman in their opener while Michigan State gets ready for a showdown with a neighbor: Central Michigan. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.


—FBN--LIONS-DONNAL: The Detroit Lions have re-signed offensive lineman Andrew Donnal.


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