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

September 18, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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TOP STORIES:

DEVOS-THEATER

WASHINGTON — Guns in schools to protect students from grizzly bears? Betsy DeVos endured yet another rocky confirmation hearing in the Senate to become education secretary — this time on a theater stage. In a play performed Monday at Washington’s Arena Stage theater, about a dozen student actors from local high schools posed as frustrated Democrats and friendly Republicans to grill DeVos on the merits of public education, the role of the federal government in civil rights, and her family wealth. By Maria Danilova. SENT: 600 words, photos.

CLEAN WATER-BREWERIES

TOLEDO, Ohio — There are spicy beers and even peanut butter beers, made to stand out on crowded shelves. Then there’s a murky, green brew that looks a lot like algae. It’s making a statement on the one ingredient brewers can’t do without — clean water. The ghastly-looking “Alegae Bloom” beer made by Maumee Bay Brewing Co., which relies on Lake Erie for its water, is a good conversation starter that reminds customers about the toxic algae that show up each year in the shallowest of the Great Lakes, said brewery manager Craig Kerr. By John Seewer. SENT: 700 words, photos.

BUSINESS:

TESLA-CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION

DETROIT — Tesla Inc. has turned over documents to the U.S. Justice Department after statements by CEO Elon Musk about taking the company private, the electric car maker confirmed Tuesday. The Palo Alto, California, company cooperated with the request and believes the matter should be resolved quickly once federal prosecutors review information they have received, according to a company statement. SENT: 250 words, photo. Will be updated.

IN BRIEF:

— FLINT AIRPORT STABBING: A man accused of stabbing a police officer at a Michigan airport could receive a mental evaluation before his trial. Defense attorney Joan Morgan on Tuesday told a judge in Flint that she plans to submit a notice to have Amor Ftouhi’s mental capacity evaluated in the event a mental health defense is pursued.

— MUSIC-BOB SEGER: New dates are being added as Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band prepare for what they say is their final tour.

— EQUINE ENCEPHALITIS-MICHIGAN: Health officials say a resident of western Michigan has been infected with Eastern equine encephalitis . The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and the Allegan County Health Department says the person was hospitalized in late August.

— POLICE IMPERSONATORS: A 29-year-old man has been sentenced to five years of probation for handcuffing people while pretending to be a police officer in Flint, Michigan.

— DOCTOR-CHILD PORN: A former University of Michigan doctor accused of possessing child pornography and inappropriate conduct with young patients is awaiting a prison sentence after reaching a plea agreement.

— MICHIGAN-INVASIVE SPECIES: Michigan officials are sounding the alarm about an exotic insect and a flower that would pose risks to agriculture and the environment if they reach the state. The Department of Natural Resources has added the spotted lanternfly and the Japanese chaff flower to the invasive species watch list.

— AMBULANCE CRASH: Authorities say an ambulance driver was injured in a collision involving a semi-truck in southwestern Michigan.

— FOOD GIVEAWAY-DETROIT: About 800 families in Detroit will receive food and other items as part of an annual anti-hunger program.

— POLICE BOAT DISPUTE: A sheriff in western Michigan says a Lake Michigan patrol boat is missing key equipment, two years after it was delivered at a cost of $600,000.

SPORTS:

BBA--TWINS-TIGERS

DETROIT — Jake Odorizzi takes the mound on Tuesday night for the Twins against Detroit’s Daniel Norris. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game time 7:10 p.m. ET.

FBC--T25-Michigan St Returns

EAST LANSING, Mich. — With an open date last weekend. No. 24 Michigan State has had plenty of time to stew over its loss at Arizona State. Now the Spartans travel to Indiana to begin Big Ten play. By Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.

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