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

September 1, 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. E.J. White is on the desk. 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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LOS ANGELES — Aretha Franklin was so hard-nosed in her business dealings that she demanded to be paid in cash before performing. Her heirs won’t have it so simple. Though she lived to 76 and was terminally ill with pancreatic cancer, the Queen of Soul died without a will. As her four sons and other family members move on from Friday’s funeral in Detroit, they’re left with the potentially tall task of finding out how many millions she was worth, and divvying it up, a process that could take years and is likely to play out in public. By Andrew Dalton. SENT: 850 words, photos.


DETROIT — As Aretha Franklin was remembered at her funeral Friday as a proud black woman who also used her magnificent voice to stand up for the black community she loved, several speakers used the moment to continue to demand respect for black America. Amid the gospel, personal reflections and grief were calls to register and turnout to vote in November and condemnation of President Donald Trump, who, upon her death, referred to Franklin as “someone who worked for me” — a comment that rankled many African-Americans. By Errin Haines Whack. SENT: 560 words, photos.



LANSING, Mich. — Michigan Republicans may use a new tactic to stymie a pair of ballot initiatives that would raise the minimum wage and require paid sick leave: adopt the laws themselves ahead of the November election, then change those measures later. The unprecedented strategy is being pushed within the GOP-led Legislature so it’s easier to alter — Democrats say “gut” — the proposals with simple majority votes. If the public approves the measures, future amendments would require the support of three-fourths of both chambers. By David Eggert. SENT: 730 words, photos.



WEST BLOOMFIELD, Mich. — A Detroit-area mom whose daughter died of bacterial meningitis is asking universities to require that students get the meningitis B vaccine. Alicia Stillman’s 19-year-old daughter, Emily Stillman, died of the disease in 2013, when the vaccine had not yet been approved for use in the U.S., The Detroit News reported. The vaccine was approved in 2014. SENT: 250 words.


BATTLE CREEK, Mich. — For seven decades, 26 Fremont St. was home to one Battle Creek family. Members of the Barber family died here, got married here and operated a small gift shop inside. But the house passed to other owners in the 1950s, became apartments and then became empty, abandoned. The Calhoun County Land Bank Authority took it over in a 2015 tax foreclosure. The land bank now has plans to restore it. By Kalea Hall, Battle Creek Enquirer. SENT: 920 words.


DETROIT — To many people, London Muldrow is a walking miracle. The 4-year-old bounces around and talks like any typical youngster, even though a bullet is lodged in the left side of her brain. The bullet is a sad reminder of being shot in the head about four months ago outside a Detroit gas station as her mother, Laurice Henderson, watched in horror. By Oralander Brand-Williams, The Detroit News. SENT: 670 words.


— LAKE MICHIGAN-HAZARDS: Want to cool off in Lake Michigan? Beware. The National Weather Service says there are serious weather-related hazards Saturday, from north of Holland to Manistee

— LAKE SUPERIOR ST-UPGRADES: Lake Superior State University says it has sold bonds to finance a $23 million infrastructure upgrade that will boost safety, security and sustainability while installing a more robust wireless IT network.

— PIPELINE PROTESTS: Opponents of twin oil pipelines in a sensitive Great Lakes waterway are planning a day of protests.



SOUTH BEND, Ind. — No. 14 Michigan and new quarterback Shea Patterson are trying to break the school’s 16-game losing streak against ranked teams on the road against No. 12 Notre Dame. The rivalry resumes after a three-year hiatus. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. 7:30 p.m.


NEW YORK — The Detroit Tigers again play the New York Yankees. 4:05 p.m.


LEXINGTON, Ky. — Kentucky aims to go 7-0 against Central Michigan when it hosts the Chippewas in the season opener for both schools. By Gary B. Graves. UPCOMING. 650 words and photos from 3:30 p.m.


— E MICHIGAN-SPORTS CUTS: A judge has rejected a challenge to Eastern Michigan University’s decision to drop four athletic teams.


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