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

July 31, 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.

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FLINT, Mich. — A mother is suing the city of Flint after police handcuffed her 7-year-old son at an afterschool program and couldn’t find a key to release him. The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan was to announce a civil suit Tuesday on behalf of Chrystal and Cameron McCadden. UPCOMING: 350 words. Developing from scheduled 2:30 p.m. ET announcement.



GRASS LAKE, Mich. — Two sets of 24-year-old identical twins had their first date together, became engaged at the same time and are now preparing to tie the knot in Michigan this weekend. Identical twins Krissie and Kassie Bevier will marry Zack and Nick Lewan in Grass Lake on Aug. 3 and 4. Krissie and Zack’s wedding will be held on Friday, while Kassie and Nick will get hitched on Saturday. The four will share their reception Saturday night. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words, photos requested.


— CONTAMINATED WATER-MICHIGAN: Tests of a groundwater well in southwestern Michigan show chemical contamination levels far above federal guidelines. Levels of perfluorooctanesulfonic acid of more than 900 parts per trillion and perfluorooctanoic acid over 800 parts per trillion were found in the Parchment-area well.

— GENETIC TEST-POLICE LAWSUIT: A police sergeant who says he was ridiculed on the job in western Michigan after a genetic test showed he was part black has settled a lawsuit over his treatment for $65,000. The agreement says Hastings police Sgt. Cleon Brown will be on paid administrative leave until Oct. 31, when he’ll resign.

— DETROIT JANITORS-CONTRACT: A union representing hundreds of janitors who clean many downtown Detroit buildings says it has a new contract that will bring $15 an hour wages.

— DETROIT DEMOLITIONS: A minority-owned business that’s participated in Detroit federally funded demolition program is alleging racial discrimination by city officials.

— CONTAMINATION TESTING-MICHIGAN: Officials say chemical contamination in Michigan’s northwestern Lower Peninsula has missed an elementary school’s drinking water well.

— CENTRAL MICHIGAN-PRESIDENT: The Central Michigan University Board of Trustees has appointed the school’s provost as interim president.

— WAYNE STATE-REFUGEE PROGRAMS: Wayne State University researchers are working with a refugee resettlement agency on efforts that aim to ease anxiety, depression and stress among Syrian refugees in the Detroit area.

— CITY MANAGER-THEFT: Nearly 20 years later, authorities still are trying to collect money from a former city manager in western Michigan who admits stealing $1.8 million.

— HOME FORECLOSURES-DETROIT: Officials in Detroit and Wayne County have extended a deadline for home owners to avoid tax foreclosure.



DETROIT — Miguel Cabrera can now say it with a good deal of certainty: Baseball is harder than it looks on TV. “It’s so easy when you watch the game on TV. It’s so slow,” the Detroit slugger said. “The game is so simple on TV.” It’s not nearly as simple on the field, of course, and right now all Cabrera can do is watch. The Tigers lost their star first baseman in the middle of June to a ruptured biceps tendon, and he’s out for the season. Detroit was in a rebuilding mode anyway, but losing one of the team’s top hitters was a significant blow. By Baseball Writer Noah Trister. SENT: 550 words, photos.


DETROIT — The Tigers and Reds, two teams with losing records who may try to trade key players on deadline day, meet Tuesday night in the opener of a two-game series in Detroit. By Baseball Writer Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game time 7:10 p.m. ET.


CLEVELAND — Badly needing outfield help, the Cleveland Indians have acquired center fielder Leonys Martin from the Detroit Tigers. Cleveland also received right-hander Kyle Dowdy in the deal Tuesday in exchange for shortstop prospect Willi Castro. By Tom Withers. SENT: 150 words, photos. Will be updated.


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