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

September 30, 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. E.J. White 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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TOP STORIES:

ELECTION 2018-ATTORNEY GENERAL

DETROIT — The three major candidates for Michigan attorney general have put criminals in prison during their law careers. But that’s where the parallels end. Dana Nessel, the Democratic nominee, is best known for successfully fighting to overturn Michigan’s ban on gay marriage. Tom Leonard, the Republican contender, is a legislator occupying the most powerful post in the House. Chris Graveline is making history by getting on the statewide ballot as an independent with no party listed. By Ed White. SENT: 900 words, photos.

AROUND THE STATE:

MICHIGAN SCHOOLS-ESPORTS

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. — Game on? Michigan high schools are talking about multiplayer video games as a new varsity sport. MLive.com reports that esports were brought up at the recent annual meeting of the Michigan High School Athletic Association in Frankenmuth. At least 64 schools must sponsor the activity before the MHSAA will consider adding it. SENT: 260 words.

EXCHANGE-FIGHTING CHRONIC WASTING DISEASE

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Researchers from Michigan State University and the state Department of Natural Resources are using technology and old-fashioned observation to track Michigan deer in hopes of curbing the deadly disease. Jonathan Trudeau, a Ph.D. student at Michigan State, came to the university after attending college in New Hampshire to help fight chronic wasting disease in Michigan’s deer population. His tools include GPS tracking collars, laptop computers and satellite imagery. By Dale Young, The Detroit News. SENT: 898 words, photos MIDTN301-303.

EXCHANGE-METAL DRUMMER RECOVERS

HOLT, Mich. — A Michigan metal drummer is recovering from a 2015 bus crash that caused him to lose his right leg. Andrew Tkaczyk was in a bus crash outside El Paso, Texas in 2015. Tkaczyk lost his right leg from the knee down. He spent more than a year healing from rib and hip fractures, multiple vertebrae fractures and a minor head injury, as well as a torn rotator cuff and damaged ligaments and nerves in his right shoulder and right hand. By Rachel Greco, Lansing State Journal. SENT: 1,997 words, photo MILAN501.

IN BRIEF:

— BELLE ISLE CONSERVATORY: The Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory on Detroit’s Belle Isle is getting a $1.9 million renovation.

— OBIT-BRENNAN: Thomas Brennan, a former Michigan Supreme Court justice and founder of Cooley law school, has died. He was 89.

SPORTS:

LIONS-COWBOYS

ARLINGTON, Texas — Dak Prescott tries to get the Dallas offense on track in another homecoming for Detroit counterpart Matthew Stafford. The Cowboys and Lions are 1-2. By Pro Football Writer Schuyler Dixon. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos.

TIGERS-BREWERS

MILWAUKEE — Having pulled even atop the NL Central with the Chicago Cubs, the Milwaukee Brewers will try to sweep the Detroit Tigers in hopes of winning the division. Upcoming: 750 words, photos. Game starts 3:10 p.m.

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