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

May 3, 2019

Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up today in Michigan. 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. For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org.

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FLINT, Mich. _ A judge is to decide Friday whether to suspend a major Flint water criminal case for six months after prosecutors said they discovered 23 boxes of records in a state basement. The strange wrinkle: Other lawyers in the same attorney general’s office say the records aren’t meaningful. By Ed White. The AP is staffing and plans a story on merits. Developing from 1:30 p.m. ET hearing.



DETROIT _ Tesla is increasing the amount of money it will attempt to raise to as much as $2.7 billion. The electric car and solar panel maker said Friday that it’s increasing the offer due to the response from Thursday’s announcement that it would try to raise $2.3 billion. Also, CEO Elon Musk more than doubled the amount of stock he would buy from $10 million, to $25 million. By Tom Krisher. SENT: 820 words, photo.


MILAN _ Carmaker Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has reported a 47% drop in profits for the first quarter of 2019 due largely to production shifts. It nevertheless expressed confidence that new models will help it meet full-year profit targets. It said Friday that net profits fell to 508 million euros ($567 million) from 951 million euros in the same quarter a year earlier, while net revenue sank 5 percent to 24.5 billion euros. By Colleen Barry. SENT: 390 words, photo.


DETROIT _ General Motors is recalling over 368,000 pickups and other trucks worldwide after getting 19 reports of fires caused by engine block heater cords. The recall covers certain 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 4500, 5500 and 6500 trucks, as well as the 2017 through 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 and 3500 and GMC Sierra 2500 and 3500. SENT: 220 words, photo.



CHICAGO _ Democratic presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar has released a plan to spend $100 billion over a decade to improve mental health care and fight substance abuse. The plan the Minnesota senator unveiled Friday includes funding for early intervention of mental health disorders and drug use, a national suicide prevention campaign and better access to opioid addiction treatment. Klobuchar will promote her plan during a campaign stop Friday in Detroit. By Sara Burnett. SENT: 690 words, photo. Will stand.


—MICHIGAN WEATHER-FLOODING: People are using sandbags to hold back floodwaters along Lake St. Clair in southeastern Michigan following this week’s heavy rainfall. Photos. Video.

—GERALD FORD GRAVE: Authorities say two people suspected of defacing the gravesite of former President Gerald Ford and first lady Betty Ford have been charged with misdemeanors.

—DRUG RAID-SHOOTING-LAWSUIT: A western Michigan man shot by police during a 2017 drug raid and now serving time in a federal prison has sued Kent County and the sheriff’s deputy who shot him.

—CLERK CONTROVERSY: A former county clerk has been arraigned on a larceny charge in connection with the withdrawal of $1,660 from the bank account of a 78-year-old Detroit-area woman.

—BIG WOODEN SHOES STOLEN: Two pairs of oversized wooden shoes displayed as part of an art competition that were stolen ahead of the annual Tulip Time Festival in Michigan have been recovered by police.

—TAX FORECLOSURE PROGRAM-DETROIT: A report shows that more than 4,300 families in Detroit avoided losing their homes last year through a program designed to prevent properties from entering a county tax foreclosure auction.

—BELLE ISLE-SPRING CLEANUP: More than 1,200 pounds of disposable plastic and other litter has been removed from canals, lakes and lagoons on Belle Isle in Detroit.

—KIRTLAND’S WARBLER TOURS: Bird watchers, take note: The U.S. Forest Service is offering guided tours this month for people interested in seeing the elusive Kirtland’s warbler.



DETROIT _ Detroit sends Matthew Boyd to the mound Friday against Kansas City’s Jorge Lopez and the Tigers and Royals open a three-game weekend series at Comerica Park. The Tigers had Thursday off after a loss at Philadelphia on Wednesday. By Baseball Writer Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m. ET.


After pledging not to play in North America this year to try to establish a viable professional league, women’s hockey players hope the NHL eventually steps in to fill the void. The pledge sent shockwaves through the sport with a major equipment company advocating for NHL ownership and men’s players and agents voicing their support. The big question: Will it work? By Stephen Whyno and John Wawrow. SENT: 930 words, photos.


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