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

May 2, 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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TOP STORIES:

XGR--MEDICAL PAROLE

LANSING, Mich. _ Legislation designed to ease Michigan’s ability to parole medically frail inmates is nearing final approval. The Senate on Thursday overwhelmingly passed bills that earlier cleared the House, meaning they will go to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s desk. The bills would enable some prisoners with severe and chronic physical or mental disabilities to finish their sentences at a medical facility rather than a prison, if approved by the parole board. By David Eggert. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words.

XGR--SNOW DAYS

LANSING, Mich. _ Legislation that would forgive Michigan schools from having to make up as many as four snow days is headed to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer for her expected signature. The Senate approved the bill unanimously Thursday. It would exclude the period from Jan. 29 through Feb. 1 from counting as snow days. That’s when an artic deep freeze shut down schools in the state. By David Eggert. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos.

PRISON DEATHS-MICHIGAN

LANSING, Mich. _ The Michigan Department of Corrections has acknowledged errors in its state prison death counts after a newspaper investigation revealed that the agency hasn’t been accurately or consistently tracking the deaths as it’s federally mandated to do. The Detroit Free Press’ analysis of open records comes after the state reported to the federal government that 2018 saw the highest rate of deaths in Michigan prisons in 25 years. The newspaper says state lawmakers wouldn’t know about the spike. SENT: 140 words. UPCOMING: 300 words.

SPRING FLOODING-MISSISSIPPI RIVER

ST. LOUIS _ The fast-rising Mississippi River is nearing levels unseen since a historic 1993 flood, threatening levees and forcing people living near the bulging Big Muddy to move to higher ground. Parts of downtown Davenport, Iowa, remain underwater after the river tore through a temporary barrier. By Thursday, the river was within inches of the 1993 all-time high, and expected to top it. Residents of a small Missouri town have been urged to evacuate as a levee was threatened. By Jim Salter. SENT: 410 words, photos. Will be updated.

BUSINESS:

TESLA-RAISING CAPITAL

PALO ALTO, Calif. _ A week after revealing a huge first quarter loss and the need to raise cash, Tesla is doing just that with CEO Elon Musk buying $10 million in new shares being offered as part of a stock and debt offering that could raise more than $2 billion. Tesla said Thursday that it’s offering $650 million of common stock and $1.35 billion in convertible senior notes. That would add up to about $2.3 billion before discounts and expenses and if the underwriters fully exercise their options. SENT: 270 words, photos.

Also:

—EARNS-KELLOGG, from BATTLE CREEK, Mich. _ Kellogg Co. (K) on Thursday reported first-quarter earnings of $282 million. The Battle Creek, Michigan-based company said it had profit of 82 cents per share. Earnings, adjusted for non-recurring costs and restructuring costs, came to $1.01 per share. SENT: 160 words.

—EARNS-DOWDUPONT, from WILMINGTON, Del. _ DowDuPont Inc. on Thursday reported first quarter earnings of $520 million. The Wilmington, Delaware, company said it had net income of 23 cents per share. Earnings, adjusted for severance costs and non-recurring costs, came to 84 cents per share. SENT: 130 words.

IN BRIEF:

—MICHIGAN WEATHER-FLOODING: Communities in southeastern Michigan are bracing for more flooding after rainfall swamped homes, left some streets impassable and closed a stretch of Detroit-area freeway.

—CAMPAIGN COMMERCIAL-SHERIFF: A sheriff has paid $200 to resolve a complaint about him appearing in a 2018 commercial for the Republican candidate for Michigan governor.

—STUDENTS THREATENED-MICHIGAN: Authorities say a 15-year-old boy who wanted to shoot students at his high school in Michigan sought help from other students in a failed attempt to get a gun.

—MOST WANTED-ARREST: Authorities say a man on Detroit’s Most Wanted List has been arrested in West Virginia.

—JAIL OVER PROBATION: The Michigan appeals court says a man convicted of drunken driving can seek a jail sentence over probation.

SPORTS:

HKW--WOMEN’S PRO HOCKEY-FUTURE

More than 200 of the top female hockey players in the world have decided they will not play professionally in North America next season, hoping their stand leads to a single economically sustainable league. The announcement comes after the Canadian Women’s Hockey League abruptly ceased operations, leaving the five-team, U.S.-based National Women’s Hockey League as the only pro league in North America. Players say the salaries and business model of the NWHL don’t work. By John Wawrow and Stephen Whyno. SENT: 1,190 words, photos.

With: HKW--WOMEN’S PRO HOCKEY-FUTURE-THE LATEST: The Latest on women’s hockey players announcing boycott in demand for one league. Will be updated as developments occur.

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