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

May 15, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 STORIES:

COLD CASE-EXCAVATION

MACOMB TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Police looking for the remains of up to seven girls who have been missing for decades stopped digging Tuesday in suburban Detroit, suspending a multi-day effort while they decide whether to search elsewhere in Michigan or resume the excavation in roughly the same area. Authorities repeatedly have said they’re confident they will solve the cold cases, raising the hopes of anxious family members who are desperate to learn what happened to their loved ones. The timeout could last a week, Warren Mayor James Fouts told The Associated Press. “I’m disappointed, obviously, there was not a recovery,” said Konnie Beyma, whose sister, Kimberly King, disappeared in 1979 at age 12. “Based on information from law enforcement, I was beginning to believe we were close to resolution.” By Mike Householder. SENT: 300 words, photos. Will be updated.

MUSLIMS-JEWS SOLIDARITY

DETROIT — As turmoil spreads through the Middle East, American Jews and Muslims have been forming alliances to build trust and seek solidarity in more ambitious ways than in the past, a sharp contrast to the violence engulfing their homelands this week. Muslims and Jews have dispatched members into mosques and synagogues to learn about each other’s faiths, made a joint trip to tour civil rights sites in the South and formed partnerships involving CEOs of major corporations. Leaders of the groups said the challenging world events have provided impetus for the outreach efforts, including violence in Gaza, the Trump administration’s moving of the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, the travel ban from mostly Muslim countries and deepening concern about hate crimes. By Jeff Karoub and David Crary. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS:

XGR--ADDRESS CONFIDENTIALITY

LANSING, Mich. — The state Senate on Tuesday voted to create an address confidentiality program designed to safeguard victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking from further abuse from their attackers — a move that would bring Michigan in line with a majority of other states. Victims could have a state mailing address. An agency would forward mail from a post office box to their physical residence. By David Eggert. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words by 5 p.m.

AROUND THE STATE:

LAKE ERIE SEAWALL

FRENCHTOWN TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Residents along Lake Erie in southeastern Michigan are restoring their properties after a recent storm collapsed a seawall and flooded the area. Some homeowners in Monroe County’s Frenchtown Township say flood damage from the April 15 storm will require thousands of dollars in restoration costs. The township’s flood-control ordinance says seawall maintenance is the homeowners’ responsibility. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 250 words.

IN BRIEF:

— VENEZUELA-KELLOGG’S CLOSURE: The Kellogg Company says it is closing operations in Venezuela at a time of widespread hunger in the crisis-wracked South American nation. The Battle Creek, Michigan-based company said in a statement Tuesday that it was prompted to cease operations as a result of continued economic deterioration.

— DETROIT SCHOOLS-CORRUPTION: An appeals court has affirmed the conviction of a Detroit school principal who was sentenced to two years in prison for taking bribes from a contractor. Josette Buendia says she didn’t get a fair trial because she wasn’t allowed to show jurors that she used cash and gift cards to help her struggling school.

— FIRE-FATAL SHOOTINGS: A man has been sentenced to life in prison without a chance for parole in the deaths of three people who were shot inside a burning house.

— TAINTED BROWNIES: A Michigan engineering company employee has been fired after police determined she baked laxatives into brownies intended for a departing colleague’s send-off.

— GAS STATION SHOOTING: A 26-year-old gas station clerk has been arraigned in the fatal shooting of a customer inside the west side Detroit business.

— BOYFRIEND SLAIN-GIRLFRIEND CHARGED: A Detroit-area woman who called 911 to report the fatal shooting of her 36-year-old boyfriend has been charged in his slaying.

— DETROIT TAXES-CRACKDOWN: Businessman Dan Gilbert’s real estate firm is resisting efforts by Detroit to get personal information of potential tax evaders. Michigan Radio reports the city is suing Bedrock for allegedly failing to turn over information about tenants including Social Security numbers.

— MEMORIAL DAY TRAVEL-MICHIGAN: AAA says nearly 1.3 million people from Michigan are expected to travel during the Memorial Day holiday weekend. The auto club says that the projection is a nearly 5 percent increase from last year’s travel for the holiday and the most in more than a decade.

— RIVER LOWERING-MICHIGAN: A utility plans to lower the St. Joseph River near a southwestern Michigan hydroelectric dam by 3½ feet to conduct maintenance work.

— TOWNSHIP EMBEZZLEMENT: A former township treasurer in the Upper Peninsula has been ordered to pay $1.4 million in an embezzlement investigation.

— AUTOSENS CONFERENCE-DETROIT: Leaders in autonomous vehicle technology are meeting this week in Detroit. The AutoSens Conference runs through Thursday at the Michigan Science Center.

SPORTS:

BBA--INDIANS-TIGERS

DETROIT — Cleveland sends Josh Tomlin to the mound against Detroit’s Francisco Liriano. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game time 7:10 p.m. ET.

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