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AP-MI--Michigan News Digest 2 pm, MI

September 2, 2018

Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up in Michigan at 2 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. Corey Williams is on the desk. 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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LOS ANGELES — Aretha Franklin was so hard-nosed in her business dealings that she demanded to be paid in cash before performing. Her heirs won’t have it so simple. Though she lived to 76 and was terminally ill with pancreatic cancer, the Queen of Soul died without a will. As her four sons and other family members move on from Friday’s funeral in Detroit, they’re left with the potentially tall task of finding out how many millions she was worth, and divvying it up, a process that could take years and is likely to play out in public. Estate law experts expressed surprise but not shock that a wealthy person like Franklin would put off making a will until it was too late. At least one of the singer’s attorneys says he urged her repeatedly over the years to draft one. By Andrew Dalton. SENT: 860 words, photos.

ATLANTA — A fiery, old-school pastor who is under fire for saying black America is losing “its soul” at Aretha Franklin’s funeral stands firm by his words with the hopes that those critics can understand his perspective. Rev. Jasper Williams Jr. told The Associated Press in a phone interview Sunday he felt his sermon was appropriate at Franklin’s funeral Friday in Detroit. The Atlanta-based pastor felt his timing was right, especially after other speakers spoke on the civil rights movement and President Donald Trump. Williams says his words about black women being incapable of raising sons alone and his thoughts on the Black Lives Matter movement were taken out of context. But some called Williams’ eulogy a “disaster” and questioned why he was chosen as the one to honor Franklin. By Jonathan Landrum Jr. SENT: 130 words.



SAGINAW, Mich. — The Saginaw City Council has agreed to a development deal that will save a historic 144-year-old mansion from demolition. The council voted last month to accept the agreement from Ann Arbor Builders. The city had initially resolved in 2016 to demolish the property to make room for development in the area, but the decision was overturned following the community’s response. The mansion will include community meeting space, a gift shop and office space, and will provide historical information about the city. SENT: 240 words.


SOUTHFIELD, Mich. — Southfield’s mavens of modern art applauded after cutting the ribbon recently on metro Detroit’s most ambitious new piece of public art — described as “an abstract grove of trees.” Red Pole Park is a public art piece that’s bright red, three stories tall, made of used utility poles stretching the length of a football field. About $50,000 of state tax money was put into the project by the Michigan Economic Development Corp. By Bill Laitner, Detroit Free Press. SENT IN ADVANCE: 612 words.


FLINT, Mich. — The United Auto Workers Local 599 building has stood on East Leith Street on Flint’s north end for more than 60 years. Now, it’s getting a new life as a nightclub and event center. Once serving as the largest local union in the world, Local 599 served approximately 28,000 Buick workers at its peak in the 1960s. But those figures began to dwindle and the final vehicle, a LeSabre, rolled off the assembly line at Buick City, a sprawling 364-acre site on the south end, on June, 29, 1999. By Roberto Acosta, The Flint Journal. SENT IN ADVANCE: 564 words.


— CHILDREN HANDCUFFED-POLICE: A Michigan police department is investigating after officers handcuffed 11-year-old twins and a 17-year-old family friend at gunpoint while responding to a report of juveniles with a handgun.

— MANITOU ISLANDS-FERRY: The present generation of a family that has operated ferries between the mainland and two Lake Michigan islands for more than a century hopes to keep the job a while longer.

— MACKINAC BRIDGE WALK: Participants in the traditional Labor Day walk across the Mackinac Bridge should expect some changes — and prepare for traffic tie-ups.



SOUTH BEND, Ind. — No. 14 Michigan looked a lot like the team that went 8-5 last season, struggling to make plays on offense while the defense tries to keep the Wolverines in the game. In the end, against a rival, they came up short. It all seemed so familiar. Defensive end Chase Winovich insists Saturday night’s loss to No. 12 Notre Dame did not feel the same to him — and this season won’t be the same for Michigan. Michigan’s defense did make key mistakes that aided Notre Dame’s offense, but the other side of the ball remains the biggest concern after a 24-17 loss that included one offensive touchdown for the Wolverines. By Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 740 words, photos.


It was a little early for Michigan State to be playing a thriller, but that’s what happened when a scrappy Utah State team pushed the Spartans through four quarters Friday night. Michigan State was able to win with a late drive. By Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 4 p.m. ET.


NEW YORK — The New York Yankees host the Detroit Tigers Sunday afternoon. New York inched past Detroit 2-1 on Saturday.


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