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

September 25, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

TRUMP-MILEAGE STANDARDS

DEARBORN, Mich. — Automakers sought flexibility while environmental groups blasted the Trump administration’s proposal to roll back fuel economy standards at a public hearing on the plan in the industry’s back yard. At the hearing Monday in Dearborn, Michigan, home to Ford Motor Co. and just miles from the General Motors and Fiat Chrysler home offices, industry officials repeated two themes: They’ll keep working to make cars and trucks more efficient, but they may not be able to meet existing standards because people are buying more trucks and SUVs. By Tom Krisher and Sudhin Thanawala. SENT: 750 words, photos. Will be updated.

GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS:

SUPREME COURT-REPUBLICANS

LANSING, Mich. — Some Michigan Republican campaign literature doesn’t include the name and photo of incumbent Supreme Court Justice Elizabeth Clement, who was appointed less than a year ago by Gov. Rick Snyder. It is the latest sign that Clement’s endorsement at the party’s August convention isn’t shared by all Republicans. Republican Party spokeswoman Sarah Anderson said some activists aren’t happy with Clement. She said volunteers going door to door with campaign literature “have to buy what they’re selling.” SENT: 300 words.

ROAD PROJECTS-LABOR DISPUTE

LANSING, Mich. — Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder says he was unable to end an unprecedented impasse between road builders and a union of heavy equipment operators that has disrupted hundreds of state construction projects, including major work on Interstates 75 and 696 in the Detroit area. Snyder met with both sides in his Lansing office Tuesday but reported no progress, saying he is “not happy.” He says he likely will warn them of unspecified consequences of their failure to make progress. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated.

AROUND THE STATE:

BALTIMORE HOMICIDE RATE

BALTIMORE — New crime statistics released by the FBI place Baltimore’s homicide rate last year well above that of any other large U.S. metropolis, making it an anomaly in the national crime landscape when looking at American cities with populations over 500,000 people. The 342 homicides notched last year in Maryland’s biggest city yielded a punishing homicide rate of 56 per 100,000 people. Among major U.S. cities, Baltimore was followed by Detroit, which last year recorded a homicide rate of 40 per 100,000 people. By David McFadden. SENT: 700 words.

IN BRIEF:

— COMERICA PARK-SPITTING VIDEO: A 20-year-old food service worker at Comerica Park in Detroit has been charged after a video was posted online that appeared to show him spitting on a pizza intended for customers during a Major League Baseball game. Jaylon Kerley was arraigned Tuesday on felony and misdemeanor food law violations. With AP Photo.

— MICHIGAN STATE-PRESIDENT: The presidential search committee at Michigan State University has selected a firm to lead the search for the embattled school’s next president.

— NUCLEAR PLANT-MICHIGAN: A nuclear power plant in southeastern Michigan is shut down for refueling and maintenance. DTE Energy’s Fermi 2 plant in Monroe County was shut down Saturday and workers will replace about a third of the fuel in the reactor.

— MEDICAL MALPRACTICE SUIT-SETTLEMENT: A jury has awarded the family of a boy who suffered brain damage after being treated at a suburban Detroit hospital more than $130 million in a medical malpractice case.

— POLICE VEHICLE STOLEN-BOY: Authorities say a 12-year-old Michigan boy stole a police cruiser and led officers on a chase that ended when he was boxed in by other law enforcement vehicles.

— CHRISTMAS TREE: A more than 60-foot spruce from the northeastern Lower Peninsula has been selected as Michigan’s official 2018 Christmas tree.

— HOUSE CANDIDATE-EMBEZZLEMENT: Michigan’s Democratic Party and House Democrats are asking that a candidate end her run for a state House seat following allegations of embezzlement while she worked at a law firm.

— SINKING CAR-RESCUE: A Michigan woman who says helping those in need is in her nature is being credited with helping save a motorist from a vehicle in water for a second time in recent years.

— FOREST MANAGEMENT: Michigan officials are meeting with the public this fall to take suggestions on managing state-owned forest lands. The Department of Natural Resources says careful planning is needed to keep Michigan’s 4 million acres of state forest land healthy.

— LUNA PIER LIGHT-RENOVATIONS: An event will be held to celebrate revitalization efforts to a pier and scheduled renovations to the Luna Pier Lighthouse in southeastern Michigan’s Monroe County.

— UNCLAIMED PROPERTY-MICHIGAN: Michigan’s Treasury office is introducing a new website to help people claim lost or abandoned property. The website will allow electronic claim filings and searches for property and is expected to be up and running by Oct. 1.

SPORTS:

FBN--LIONS-BARRY’S BACK

DETROIT — Hall of Fame running back Barry Sanders will join the Detroit Lions for their next game in Dallas as an ambassador for a team he left behind with a sudden retirement that created a rift between him and the franchise and fans. By Larry Lage. UPCOMING: 550 words, photos.

HKN--RED WINGS-PREVIEW

DETROIT — The Detroit Red Wings are desperately hoping 22-year-old center Dylan Larkin can become the next star for the once-proud franchise. By Hockey Writer Larry Lage. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.

BBA--TIGERS-TWINS

MINNEAPOLIS — Detroit plays Minnesota at Target Field to begin three-game series on Tuesday, with Spencer Turnbull (0-1) taking the mound for the Tigers. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game time 8:10 p.m. ET.

BKC--MICHIGAN-BEILEIN IS BACK

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Back from a bypass operation earlier this offseason, Michigan coach John Beilein speaks with reporters. By Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.

FBC--T25-MICHIGAN ST-OFFENSE

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Michigan State scored 35 points in a win over Indiana, but it still didn’t feel like a complete performance offensively for the Spartans. By Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.

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