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

March 28, 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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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. _ President Donald Trump is returning to west Michigan for what promises to be another raucous rally with supporters. But the cheers awaiting him Thursday night in Grand Rapids belie Republican worries that Democrats in the area are gaining ground thanks to a younger and more diverse population. More organizations with progressive goals are popping up, which could stand in the way of Trump winning Michigan again in 2020. By Sara Burnett and David Eggert. SENT: 920 words, photos. Rally scheduled for 7 p.m. ET.


LANSING, Mich. _ Michigan State Police want to invest more than $2 million dollars into technology to livestream patrol car dashboard cameras following a Detroit teenager’s death after a state trooper used a stun gun on him. The Detroit Free Press reports that Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer included the agency’s technology upgrade in this year’s state budget proposal. It would allow supervisors to monitor pursuits and other critical incidents in real time. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated.


—MEIJER-MISCARRIAGE DRUG: The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan says it has reached an agreement with Meijer on policy changes and training after a pharmacist at one of the retailer’s stores refused to fill a prescription to help a woman complete a miscarriage.

—MISSING WOMAN-DEAD INFANT: Police say they’ve arrested a mid-Michigan woman who had been sought since earlier this month after authorities found the body of her 6-day-old daughter in her car.

—WORKER COMPENSATION-MICHIGAN: State laws changing Michigan’s minimum wage and what employers can offer workers in paid sick leave are set to go into effect.

—CEMETERY REMAINS-MISSING WOMAN: Authorities say human remains found last week in a northern Indiana cemetery may be those of a Michigan woman who vanished last year.

—CHRONIC WASTING DISEASE-DEER: A farmed deer in Montcalm County has tested positive for deadly chronic wasting disease.

—MOTOWN 60-MARVIN GAYE: Clothing worn by singer Marvin Gaye will go on display at the Motown Museum in Detroit as part of the music label’s 60th anniversary celebration. Photos planned.

—EASTPOINTE-VOTING RIGHTS: The federal government has won a key ruling in a lawsuit that accuses a Detroit suburb of violating the rights of black voters in city council elections.

—VOLKSWAGEN RECALL: Volkswagen is recalling over 56,000 cars and SUVs in the U.S. because the rear coil springs can break without warning and cause people to lose control of their vehicles.



ANAHEIM, Calif. _ The No. 2 seed Michigan Wolverines meet the third-seed Texas Tech Raiders in the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament on Thursday evening. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 9:40 p.m. ET.


Oregon is the closest thing to a long shot remaining in the NCAA Tournament after advancing through the opening weekend as a No. 12 seed. But the Ducks are also in the Sweet 16 for the third time in four years and made the Final Four just a couple years ago. No mistake about it: This tournament is all about the heavyweights now. By Dave Skretta. SENT: 950 words, photos.


WASHINGTON _ NCAA Tournament blue bloods Duke and Michigan State and relative newbies Virginia Tech and LSU are left in the East Region bidding for a Final Four appearance that is far more common for the Blue Devils and Spartans than the Hokies and Tigers. Zion Williamson and top-seeded Duke faces ACC rival Virginia Tech in a rematch and Tom Izzo’s second-seeded Michigan State takes on an LSU team playing without suspended coach Will Wade. By Stephen Whyno. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos.


TORONTO _ The Detroit Tigers visit Toronto to play in the Blue Jays’ home opener on Thursday. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos. Game starts at 3:37 p.m. ET.


DETROIT _ The Detroit Pistons host the Orlando Magic on Thursday. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m. ET.


BUFFALO, N.Y. _ The Buffalo Sabres have lost four straight and are 1-10-1 in their past 12 in preparing to host the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday night. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m. ET.


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