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

July 7, 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. John O’Connor is on the desk and can be reached at (217) 318-9092. 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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LANSING — As midterm elections draw national attention to Michigan, some wonder if the battleground state that helped put Donald Trump in the Oval Office two years ago will continue its Republican-trifecta streak. Michigan’s state government has been single-party for the last eight years, with Republicans controlling the governor’s seat, state Senate and state House. Democrats hope 2018 will be the year that trifecta shatters. By Alice Yin. SENT: 730 words. With AP Photos.


ANN ARBOR — Allegations of conflicts of interest against a Michigan company may slow a nationwide response to outbreaks of deadly Legionnaires’ disease. Ann Arbor-based nonprofit research company NSF International has been coordinating work to develop new plumbing standards to reduce the growth of legionella bacteria, the Detroit Free Press reported . The company announced in April that one of its for-profit branches would be working with Massachusetts-based Homeyer Consulting Services to help health care facilities manage their water systems, meet the requirements and protect patients from waterborne illnesses. SENT: 335 words.


WASHINGTON — Joan Larsen’s phone was suddenly abuzz. At first, the Michigan Supreme Court justice thought something bad must have happened. But then she realized it was just that Donald Trump, then the GOP’s 2016 presidential candidate, had added her name to a list of people he would consider for a seat on the nation’s highest court. “She was stunned to see the sheer crushing volume of texts and emails,” recalled longtime friend and University of Michigan Law School colleague Sarah C. Zearfoss. “It took her awhile to absorb the cause — the first thought was that something was terribly wrong in her family.” Thus began life on The List — the longest and most public collection of potential presidential Supreme Court nominees in history. Trump says he’ll choose from among the 25 candidates on the list on Monday to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy. By Laurie Kellman. SENT: 980 words. With AP Photos.



LANSING — The Michigan Supreme Court will hold a rare summer session to determine whether voters will get a chance to change the way legislative districts are created. The Legislature now draws districts for Congress and the Michigan House and Senate every 10 years. But critics submitted enough signatures to put the issue on the November ballot. They want to change the state Constitution and give the job to a 13-member commission. SENT: 130 words.


DETROIT — Amateur and experienced shipwreck hunters hit the water every year as soon as the weather warms in search of undiscovered shipwrecks in the Great Lakes. Of the estimated 10,000 ships believed to have been lost on the lakes over the past four centuries, only about a third have been found and identified. By Ann Zaniewski, Detroit Free Press. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1314 words.


HOLLAND, Mich. — With one prototype already in the ground, the Holland Board of Public Works is planning to install 10 more “Smart Bricks” along the snowmelt route to monitor surface temperatures and collect data. What started as a hobby in radio technology for a self-described tinkerer has led to more efficient data collection for the Holland Board of Public Works’ snowmelt system. By Melissa Frick, Holland Sentinel. SENT IN ADVANCE: 625 words.


DETROIT: Organizations providing healthy eating, arts, cultural programming and other services to early childhood centers in Detroit will be eligible for funding from the Kresge Foundation. SENT: 130 words.

DETROIT: Nine recently acquired artworks will be on display at the Detroit Institute of Arts . SENT: 130 words.



DETROIT — Mike Fiers takes the mound for the Tigers against Cole Hamels of the Rangers. By Baseball Writer Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 4:10 p.m. ET.


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