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

August 29, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 STORIES:

ARETHA FRANKLIN-MUSIC’S FUNERALS

NEW YORK — Elvis, Whitney, Prince, Biggie and, now, Aretha: The funerals and public memorials of music royalty have been as varied as the work they created, from small family affairs to days of tributes as huge in death as they lived their lives. By Leanne Italie. UPCOMING: 1,000 words, photos.

With: ARETHA FRANKLIN-TAYLOR SWIFT

ARETHA FRANKLIN-PUBLIC VIEWING

DETROIT — The Queen of Soul’s diva ways played out for the second day of her public viewing on Wednesday, as she was shown in an entirely different outfit — this time, wearing blue instead of the bright red seen across the world on the first day. Mourners poured into the Detroit museum to pay their respects to Aretha Franklin, and several reminisced about their own personal encounters with Franklin during her lifetime. By Jeff Karoub and Josh Replogle.  UPCOMING: 650 words, photos, video.

ARETHA FRANKLIN-SORORITY

DETROIT — What began as a thin line swelled into a sea of sisterhood as hundreds of members of Delta Sigma Theta streamed into the rotunda of the Charles H. Wright Museum on Tuesday to pay tribute to the Queen of Soul, a member of the sorority. The moving ceremony, known as the Omega Omega Service, is not usually open to non-sorority members. The rare exception was the latest testament to the life and legacy of Aretha Franklin, remembered by her sisters as a proud black woman who demanded respect and loved her community. By Errin Haines Whack. SENT: 550 words, photos.

TEST RESULTS

LANSING, Mich. — Michigan reports slight improvements by third- and fourth-graders on reading and writing tests, the “few highlights” in otherwise disappointing results especially in math and social studies. By David Eggert. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words.

GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS:

VOTING INITIATIVE

LANSING, Mich. — A group backing a Michigan initiative to allow same-day voter registration and no-reason absentee voting filed a federal lawsuit demanding the state certify the measure for November’s ballot. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 280 words.

AROUND THE STATE:

MISSING TIME CAPSULE

COLOMA, Mich. — Former classmates in Michigan reunited to uncover a time capsule buried 30 years ago. The result? They can’t find it. SENT: 200 words, photo.

TREEHOUSE DISPUTE

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — A Michigan family is fighting with city officials over the legality of a large wooden treehouse. The Ann Arbor News reports that a judge has instructed Ann Arbor residents Tamar Boyadjian and Greg Douglas to bring their treehouse up to code by Friday or take it down. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

— MARIJUANA-HOME DELIVERY: Did you hear the doorbell? It could be your medical marijuana. Michigan regulators are proposing a rule that would allow online orders and home delivery.

— COUPLE KILLED: A suburban Detroit man wanted by police has been charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of his 18-year-old sister and her boyfriend whose bodies were found in a tool shed.

— DETROIT SCHOOLS-WATER: Drinking water is being shut off at all Detroit public schools because water at 16 was found to have high levels of lead or copper.

— SHEPARD FAIREY: The city of Detroit fails to persuade the Michigan appeals court to reinstate vandalism charges against graffiti artist Shepard Fairey.

— MICHIGAN STORMS: Consumers Energy says some areas hit by a wave of thunderstorms and strong winds might not get electricity restored until late Friday.

— MICHIGAN SENATE-PENCE: Vice President Mike Pence is in Michigan to raise money for Republican U.S. Senate candidate John James.

— FATAL GO-KART CRASH: Police say a 4-year-old girl was killed in a late-night go-kart crash when her father lost control on a Detroit street.

— FLINT AIRPORT STABBING: Prosecutors are opposing efforts to move the trial of a man who is accused of stabbing a police officer at the Flint airport.

— CONSUMERS-GAS RATES: The Michigan Public Service Commission has approved a settlement agreement allowing a $10.6 million rate increase for Consumers Energy Co. natural gas customers.

SPORTS:

TIGERS-ROYALS

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Michael Fulmer starts for the Detroit Tigers and Danny Duffy goes for the Kansas City Royals in the finale of a two-game midweek series. By Dave Skretta. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 2:15 p.m.

BIG TEN THIS WEEK

The Michigan-Notre Dame rivalry is being renewed for the first time since 2014, and the trip to South Bend should offer a clue as to whether the Wolverines are ready to challenge for Big Ten East supremacy. By College Football Writer Eric Olson. 600 words, photos.

MICHIGAN’S DEFENSE

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — When No. 12 Notre Dame has the ball Saturday night, No. 14 Michigan may have the advantage. The Wolverines appear to be loaded on defense with NFL-caliber players up front, at linebacker and in the secondary. The Fighting Irish, meanwhile, are relying on a quarterback who didn’t complete half his passes last season. By Larry Lage. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m.

LIONS PREVIEW

DETROIT — The Detroit Lions made some renovations in and around their locker room perhaps trying to turn some little changes into big ones that really matter under Matt Patricia. By Larry Lage. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 4 p.m.

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