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

May 12, 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. Tom Davies is on the desk. AP-Michigan News Editor Roger Schneider can be reached at 313-259-0650 or rschneider@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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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LANSING, Mich. — The term-limited Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder is making jobs training his final priority through a proposal titled the “Marshall Plan for Talent.” The strategy aims to fund $100 million in high school programs that sustain collaboration between the education and business sectors — namely for jobs in professional trade, information technology and other high-demand fields. Michigan has been draining talent since the Great Recession and was recently passed over by Amazon for its second headquarters. Snyder believes more vocational training can fulfill demand for the more than 800,000 job openings expected through 2024. By Alice Yin. SENT: 800 words, photo.



HIGHLAND PARK, Mich. — A recent report showing 1 in 7 children tested positive for lead poisoning two years ago in the Detroit enclave of Highland Park still represented an improvement over previous years, according to historic data. About 14 percent of Highland Park children who had their blood tested revealed elevated lead levels in 2016, compared with nearly 38 percent in 2008, the Detroit News reported .


DETROIT — A legally blind Detroit boy is heading into his 2018 baseball season with a special waiver that allows him to use an optic-yellow ball. The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Detroit sent a letter to Ryan Huizdos’ Little League, saying it was under investigation on accusations of violating the Americans with Disabilities Act for failing to accommodate the visually impaired boy. The Little League had banned the ball because it wasn’t approved and licensed by the league. By Tresa Baldas. Detroit Free Press. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1,700 words.


MIDLAND, Mich. — About 300 Michigan schools are taking part in raising salmon in classrooms with the goal of encouraging students to become advocates for the Great Lakes and the environment. The Pine River Elementary School in the Bullock Creek district is one of three schools in the Great Lakes Bay Region raising Chinook salmon in the program. The eggs were provided to students the Michigan Department of Natural Resources with support from the Great Lakes Bay Region Steelheaders Chapter. By Kate Carlson. Midland Daily News. SENT IN ADVANCE: 500 words.


— RECREATION AREA-MINING: Michigan officials say a significant portion of Island Lake State Recreation Area will be restored under a deal to eventually clean up a former mining site. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says the update comes after a 10-year mineral lease was recently signed with Spring Mill Reclamation LLC.

— POLICE CAT: A suburban Detroit police department is giving another cat a chance to take the law into her own paws. A cat named “Pawfficer Donut” was sworn in Friday by a judge, a day after a cat named Badges was removed from the Troy Police Department due to a serious illness. With AP Photo.

— PEACE OFFICERS-BORDER PATROL: The U.S. Border Patrol’s Detroit Sector plans to hold its annual Police Week Memorial Ceremony at its border station in the city.



DETROIT — The Detroit Tigers try to play a doubleheader against the Seattle Mariners on Saturday after Friday night’s series opener was rained out. Bad weather has been a problem for the Tigers this year. They’ve already played three doubleheaders, two of which were at home, and they have another one scheduled against the New York Yankees in early June. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Games scheduled to start 4:10 p.m. and 7:40 p.m.


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