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

September 24, 2018

Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up in Michigan at 1:30 p.m. 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. Ken Kusmer is on the desk, followed by Herbert McCann. AP-Michigan News Editor Roger Schneider can be reached at 313-259-0650 or rschneider@ap.org. For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories, digests and digest advisories will keep you up to date. All times are Eastern.

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Republican Bill Schuette says Democrat Gretchen Whitmer shouldn’t be governor because she’s lying about her handling of the investigation of sexual abuser Larry Nassar. Schuette, Michigan’s attorney general, pressed his case Monday — two days after the first woman to publicly identify herself as a Nassar victim, Rachael Denhollander, said Whitmer decided not to pursue sex assault charges against Nassar in 2016. Whitmer was an interim county prosecutor then. By David Eggert. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.



GRASS LAKE, Mich. — Several garbage trucks participated in a funeral procession to honor a sanitation worker who was killed on the job in southern Michigan. Modern Waste Systems, Emmons Service Inc. and Phelps Towing Inc. were among the companies that paid tribute to 27-year-old Justin Pratt on Sunday. Pratt was struck by a vehicle while working from a Modern Waste refuse truck Sept. 18, according to the Columbia Township Police Department. Pratt was pinned between the two vehicles before he was taken to a hospital, where he later died, police said. SENT: 300 words, photos.


DETROIT — A 20-year-old food service worker at Comerica Park in Detroit has been arrested after a video was posted online that appeared to show him spitting on a pizza intended for customers during a Major League Baseball game. The man was taken into police custody Sunday and his arrest “stems from a video going around,” said Officer Dan Donakowski, a spokesman for the Detroit Police Department. The video appeared on Instagram over the weekend and shows someone spitting on the pizza, according to WXYZ-TV. SENT: 200 words.



FRESNO, Calif. — Doctors, environmental groups and California officials will weigh in on the Trump administration’s proposal to roll back car-mileage standards at what could be a raucous hearing in a region with some of the nation’s worst air pollution. The daylong session in Fresno on Monday is the first of three events by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to gather public comment on the mileage plan. Hearings are also planned on Tuesday in Dearborn, Michigan, and Wednesday in Pittsburgh. By Sudhin Thanawala. SENT: 550 words, photos. Will be updated after hearing scheduled to start at 1 p.m. ET. Moving in national services.


— POLICE STANDOFF-SUSPECT DEAD: Authorities say a domestic dispute took place about a week before a western Michigan man fatally shot two people and took his wife and children hostage before killing himself. The Kent County sheriff’s office on Monday released details of the circumstances that led up to the slayings of 58-year-old Lisa Bradley and her longtime boyfriend 54-year-old James Cole at their home.

— SEXUAL MISCONDUCT-UNIVERSITY: The University of Michigan has asked a federal appeals court to set aside a decision giving students accused of sexual misconduct at universities the right to cross-examine accusers at disciplinary hearings.

— POLICE IMPERSONATORS: The leaders of a group of police impersonators who fooled police, firefighters and the public for three years in and around Flint, Michigan, have avoided jail time.

— CONTAMINATED WATER-MICHIGAN: A company says it’s taking steps to reduce contamination in a stream that feeds a southeastern Michigan river that’s been the subject of health advisories.

— DETROIT OFFICER-SNAPCHAT: A rookie Detroit police officer has been suspended after allegedly posting a photo of himself on Snapchat in uniform with an offensive caption.

— GAS PRICES-MICHIGAN: AAA Michigan says average gas prices statewide are down about 5 cents in the past week to about $2.88 per gallon. The Dearborn-based auto club says the average price for self-serve regular unleaded gasoline is about 45 cents more than at the same point last year.

— CLIMATE ADAPTATION CONFERENCE: A conference at the University of Michigan is bringing together experts to share ideas on dealing with a warming climate in the Great Lakes region.

— MIDTERM ELECTION FORUM: A suburban Detroit college and the League of Women Voters are planning to hold a program for voters on statewide ballot proposals and candidates running for a Wayne County court.



ALLEN PARK, Mich. — The Detroit Lions’ defense put together a desperately needed performance in a win over New England. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.


DETROIT — Point guard Reggie Jackson’s health remains a key issue for the Detroit Pistons as they enter their first season under new coach Dwane Casey. By Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos.


ANN ARBOR, Mich. — No. 14 Michigan linebacker Devin Bush Jr. has always been coached by his father, a former Florida State and NFL defensive back, and both count that as a blessing. By Larry Lage. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.


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