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

March 29, 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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ANN ARBOR, Mich. _ A University of Michigan professor has launched a test run for a global project called “Hostile Terrain ’94.” The exhibit in a campus hallway consists of a giant map of Arizona filled with 3,000 toe tags representing those who died as they crossed from Mexico into the U.S. It’s preparation for a simultaneous launch of similar exhibits next year in roughly 100 locations. Anthropologist Jason De Leon says the project aims to illuminate a humanitarian crisis most politicians don’t want to discuss. By Jeff Karoub. UPCOMING: 970 words, photos, video.


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. _ President Donald Trump has the cloud of the special counsel’s Russia probe largely lifted and is hoping to win re-election in 2020 by keeping Michigan and several other Rust Belt states in his column. The Republican president delivered a rollicking 82-minute speech before a boisterous crowd in Grand Rapids on Thursday night, presenting himself as vindicated and vindictive. Trump said “the Russia hoax is dead” and winning the presidential election is “going to be so much easier the second time.” By Jonathan Lemire and Jill Colvin. SENT: 960 words, photos, video.


DETROIT _ Detroit’s firefighters union is challenging the firings of two emergency medical technicians after a device indicated the pair failed to properly administer CPR on a man who died in their care. The Detroit Fire Fighters Association has filed an unfair labor charge in an effort to have Michael Morgan and Julian Holts reinstated. The Detroit News says the city’s fire administration terminated the EMTs after using a Zoll monitor-defibrillator during a January emergency run. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated. Photos pursuing.


—DROWNING DISPUTE: A woman who claimed her husband was beaten by co-workers on a sailboat before his body was found in a western Michigan lake has lost a key decision at the state appeals court.

—SLAIN TROOPER HONORED: A stretch of mid-Michigan highway has been designated to honor a state trooper who was fatally shot during a 1982 traffic stop.

—JAIL FIRE-MICHIGAN: Authorities say a basement dryer fire at a Michigan jail forced them to move inmates and workers upper levels of the facility.

—REMAINS FOUND-EATON COUNTY: Authorities say a homicide investigation is taking place following the discovery of the remains of a female in a wooded area of mid-Michigan.

—STOLEN UNIVERSITY BUS: A Wayne State University shuttle bus was stolen in Detroit by a suspected drunken driver who was stopped an hour later and about 45 miles away.

—STATE PARK-POLICE: Police have reopened roads that lead to a popular Michigan park after resolving an incident in the Upper Peninsula.

—POOL DEATH: Authorities say a 16-year-old boy has died after being found face down in a backyard pool in west Michigan.



WASHINGTON _ Two of the country’s best college point guards match up when No. 2 seed Michigan State and Cassius Winston take on No. 3 LSU and Tremont Waters in the Sweet 16 at the East Region on Friday night. By Stephen Whyno. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7:09 p.m. ET.


ANN ARBOR, Mich. _ Michigan won its first 17 games this season but ended up without a conference title or a Final Four run. By Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.


Zion Williamson is back for a rematch in the Sweet 16 against one of the four teams the Blue Devils lost to this year. Duke gets Virginia Tech on Friday night in the NCAA Tournament, a team that beat the Blue Devils in February. That game was played without Duke’s flying freshman, and R.J. Barrett played sick. Virginia Tech has victories against Duke in each of the past three seasons, and won’t be intimidated by the NCAA Tournament’s No. 1 overall seed. By John Marshall. SENT: 850 words, photos.


Top-seeded Duke faces familiar foe in West Virginia after getting past one giant Tacko. The Blue Devils beat UFC and Tacko Fall to earn rematch against the Hokies. Virginia Tech won the lone meeting between the ACC teams this season. The other games Friday feature Michigan State vs. LSU, North Carolina facing Auburn and Kentucky against Houston. By John Marshall. SENT: 910 words, photos.


TORONTO _ The Detroit Tigers look for another win Friday as they continue a four-game series with the Toronto Blue Jays. The Tigers downed the Blue Jays 2-0 Thursday during Toronto’s home opener. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos. Game starts at 7:07 p.m. ET.


DETROIT _ The Detroit Red Wings host the New Jersey Devils on Friday in a matchup of two teams near the bottom of the Eastern Conference. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:30 p.m. ET.


LAKELAND, Fla. _ Niko Goodrum, Andrew Romine and Enrique Hernandez aren’t exactly stars, but there’s increasing evidence major league teams are putting more value on versatile players like them. More players have been moved around the diamond in recent seasons, a sign of how important the modern utility player is to the flexibility of a big league lineup. Even standouts like Javier Baez have shown they can play several different positions. By Noah Trister. SENT: 990 words, photos.


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