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

September 6, 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. 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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TOP STORY:

VOTING INITIATIVE

DELTA TOWNSHIP, Mich. — The Michigan elections board has certified a voting initiative for the November ballot that would allow same-day voter registration, no-reason absentee voting and reinstate the straight-ticket voting option. The Board of State Canvassers voted Thursday after determining Promote the Vote gathered enough signatures. It means voters will decide three ballot measures this fall. By David Eggert. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 600 words

GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS:

MICHIGAN CHILD WELFARE-AUDIT

DETROIT — An audit of Michigan’s Children’s Protective Services cites numerous deficiencies in the system that has been under court oversight for 10 years. The scathing report released Thursday by the state Office of the Auditor General found the agency failed to launch and complete investigations within required timeframes, and didn’t complete criminal history checks. By Jeff Karoub. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words.

STRAIGHT PARTY VOTING-MICHIGAN

DETROIT — A federal appeals court on Wednesday revived Michigan’s ban on straight-party voting. The decision means voters in the November election must go line by line if they want to vote for candidates in partisan races. In the past, a single mark could automatically count for candidates of a single party, from governor to county commissioner. By Ed White. SENT: 300 words. Moved late Wednesday and available for use.

AROUND THE STATE:

OBIT-DEVOS

DETROIT — Billionaire Richard DeVos, co-founder of direct-selling giant Amway, owner of the Orlando Magic and father-in-law of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, died Thursday. He was 92. Family spokesman Nick Wasmiller says DeVos died at his western Michigan home due to complications from an infection. DeVos was born in Grand Rapids, not far from Ada, the community about 140 miles west of Detroit where he later lived and died. By Corey Williams. SENT: 550 words, photos.

SCHOOL GUNSHOT SENSORS

MAPLE CITY, Mich. — A Michigan school district has installed a new $156,000 security system meant to help protect students in the event of an active shooter. The Glen Lake Community Schools’ new system includes alert stations in classrooms and hallways that are similar to fire alarms. If a person pulls the alarm, an alert will sound and police will be notified. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words.

BUSINESS:

FORD-PICKUP RECALL

DETROIT — Under pressure from U.S. safety regulators, Ford is recalling about 2 million F-150 pickup trucks in North America because the seat belts can spark and cause fires. The recall, which covers trucks from the 2015 through 2018 model years, comes about one month after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration began investigating fires in the pickups, which are the top-selling vehicles in the United States. By Auto Writer Tom Krisher. SENT: 550 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

— MICHIGAN LAWMAKER CHARGED: A former Michigan lawmaker accused of putting a no-show employee on the public payroll has been sentenced to 90 days in jail. Bert Johnson, a Democrat from Highland Park, was seeking probation and home detention.

— MICHIGAN STATE-GIFT: New York-based real estate investor Edward Minskoff who graduated from Michigan State University is giving $30 million the school to support its campus business pavilion. The university says Thursday it’s the largest single gift received from an individual in the East Lansing school’s history.

— SMALL PLANE CRASH: Authorities say a pilot of a small plane has died following a crash in Michigan. The St. Clair County sheriff’s office started looking for the plane early Thursday following a report that it was overdue in arriving at the St. Clair County International Airport. With AP Photos.

— DEAF-BLIND-SURVEY: The state of Michigan wants to learn about the needs of deaf, blind and hearing-impaired residents.

— COUPLE SLAIN: Authorities say a family member has been arrested in connection with the slayings of a western Michigan husband and wife who died from blows to their heads.

— TOWNSHIP ELECTION-TIEBREAKER: A write-in candidate for township supervisor in southwestern Michigan who lost a tiebreaker for the Republican nomination has prevailed by a single vote following a recount.

— FOSTER CARE-GUNS: A gun-owning couple in the Upper Peninsula has cleared a key hurdle in challenging Michigan’s restrictions on firearms in foster homes.

— SHOOTING RANGE: A new public shooting range has opened in northern Michigan. The state Department of Natural Resources the range in Grand Traverse County offers 12 lanes for target shooting.

SPORTS:

FBC--BIG TEN-FIRED-UP FOES

Penn State-Pittsburgh and Iowa State-Iowa are among the in-state non-conference battles in the Big Ten this week. The ones involving directional schools — Western Michigan at Michigan and Western Illinois at Illinois — aren’t to be forgotten. Those games create lifetime memories for the underdogs, win or lose, and the favorites must be on guard. By College Football Writer Eric Olson. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos.

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— FBC--T25-W MICHIGAN-MICHIGAN CAPSULE

— FBC--T25-MICHIGAN ST-ARIZONA ST PREVIEW CAPSULE

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