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

June 13, 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.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates.

TOP STORY:

XGR--ONLINE GAMBLING

LANSING, Mich. — Bills that have cleared an initial legislative hurdle would legalize online gambling in Michigan and start the process toward possibly also allowing sports betting in the wake of a U.S. Supreme Court decision. The state House late Tuesday voted 68-40 in favor of the legislation, which is not expected to be considered by the Senate until September at the earliest after lawmakers adjourned for a summer break. An 8 percent tax would be collected from wagers, minus winnings paid out — which would be less than a 19 percent tax now paid by Detroit’s three casinos. By David Eggert. SENT: 600 words.

GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS:

GOVERNOR’S RACE

LANSING, Mich. — The conservative group Americans for Prosperity is spending nearly $1.7 million on a TV ad criticizing Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gretchen Whitmer, saying she backed policies of former Gov. Jennifer Granholm and voted for tax increases as a legislator. The 30-second ad will begin airing Thursday and run for three weeks. Americans for Prosperity is backed by the billionaire Koch brothers. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated.

XGR--ENVIRONMENTAL BILLS-INDUSTRY PANEL

LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Legislature narrowly passed a bill to create a private industry panel within the state Department of Environmental Quality on Tuesday, closing the curtain on months of resistance from Democrats and environmentalists who fear further environmental deregulation in a state still haunted by Flint’s lead-tainted water crisis. The bill now heads to Gov. Rick Snyder after the Republican-controlled Senate gave it final approval in a 25-11 party-line vote as the Legislature met on its final day of session before summer break. By Alice Yin. SENT: 600 words. Moved late Tuesday and available for use.

XGR--BIKE SAFETY-MICHIGAN

LANSING, Mich. — Michigan drivers would have to allow 3 feet of clearance or a “safe distance” while passing a bicyclist on the road under bills that won final legislative approval Tuesday and that are expected to be signed into law. The state Senate also passed a measure that would require teen drivers to learn about laws pertaining to cyclists and other vulnerable roadway users for one hour as part of their initial driver education course. By David Eggert. SENT: 300 words. Moved late Tuesday and available for use.

AROUND THE STATE:

DTE ENERGY-TAXES

FRENCHTOWN TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Southeastern Michigan officials say a nuclear plant’s move to slash its property taxes by 60 percent could be devastating to the community. DTE Energy filed for a property tax reduction for its Fermi 2 nuclear plant with the Michigan Tax Tribunal last month. The Detroit-based utility’s plant is located along Lake Erie in Monroe County’s Frenchtown Township. The county could lose nearly $11.6 million in property taxes from the nuclear plant. SENT: 300 words.

COMMENCEMENT-MARINE UNIFORMS

MARSHALL, Mich. — A high school principal in southern Michigan has apologized to two graduates who he had chastised for wearing their Marine dress uniforms during commencement. Marshall High School Principal Scott Hutchins apologized Monday for his comments regarding the two students’ decision not to wear their caps and gowns on June 3. Superintendent Randy Davis says Hutchins pulled aside Pfc. Willie Couch and Pfc. Samuel Hackworth at the ceremony. Hutchins thanked them for their service but told them, “I do not feel you acted honorably today by not following our rules.” SENT: 300 words.

IN BRIEF:

— MAN-SLAIN-INSTAGRAM: A Detroit man has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor in the accidental fatal shooting of his 18-year-old friend that was livestreamed on social media. The Wayne County prosecutor’s office says 18-year-old Dawone Cook entered his plea Wednesday to a charge of careless discharge of a firearm causing death.

— MARQUETTE-COAL PLANT: A power station that generates electricity for the Marquette area in the Upper Peninsula has burned its last pieces of coal. Marquette Board of Power and Light instead is relying on a power plant that uses natural gas for fuel.

— BAD VERDICT FORM: A murder conviction after a 12-day trial in Lapeer County has been thrown out because of a bad verdict form. Ken Grondin III was found guilty of first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of his 20-year-old girlfriend. But the Michigan appeals court says the jury might have been confused.

— DETROIT EX-MAYOR: Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick is ready to leave federal prison and is seeking a little help from President Donald Trump. The request is part of a Facebook blog called “The Freedom and Justice Trust.” The writer identified himself in the post as Kwame M. Kilpatrick.

— EMBRYO DISPUTE: A suburban Detroit judge has declined to appoint a guardian for frozen embryos while she determines whether she can intervene in a dispute over their control. Gloria Karungi wants custody over as many as 10 frozen embryos.

— MICHIGAN SLAYINGS: A man charged with killing his ex-girlfriend and her father in southwestern Michigan in 2016 has agreed to be sentenced to 40 to 60 years in prison in a plea deal.

— APARTMENT COMPLEX-SHOOTING: Authorities say two men were injured in a shooting outside an apartment complex near Grand Valley State University in western Michigan.

— FATAL CAMPER FIRE: Authorities say there’s no indication of foul play in a camper fire in southern Michigan that killed two young siblings and a dog and injured a third child.

SPORTS:

BBA--TWINS-TIGERS

DETROIT — After losing Miguel Cabrera for the season with an injury, the Detroit Tigers try to move on when they host the Twins on Wednesday. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game time 7:10 p.m. ET.

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