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

May 14, 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.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates.

TOP STORY:

COLD CASE-EXCAVATION

MACOMB TOWNSHIP, Mich. — After a weekend break, police in suburban Detroit have resumed digging in an area that might yield the remains of up to seven missing girls. Konnie Beyma’s sister, Kimberly King, disappeared in 1979 at age 12. Beyma was at the site Monday in Macomb County’s Macomb Township and says police believe they “are very close” to finding remains. Beyma tells The Associated Press that she wants to bury her sister next to their grandmother in Kentucky. She describes Kimberly as a “fun-loving” tomboy who loved sports. By Mike Householder. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words, photo, video.

AROUND THE STATE:

CIVIL RIGHTS COMPLAINT

KALAMAZOO, Mich. — A former southwest Michigan attorney says she was fired just days after she told supervisors that she planned to file a civil rights complaint. The Kalamazoo Gazette obtained documents through an open records request showing that Kalamazoo County assistant corporation counsel Amber Beebe was terminated for workplace misconduct and violating county policies in March. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 250 words.

FREE TOILETS

DETROIT — Detroit residents are seeing their water bills drop as part of a city program that installs new toilets for free and covers plumbing repairs. Susan Kulczyk had an ultra-low-flow toilet installed in her Detroit home last month. She’s part of the city’s Water Residential Assistance Program that helps low-income residents pay water bills for up to two years. Kulcyzk’s water bills have dropped from more than $200 a month to less than $70. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 250 words.

IN BRIEF:

— POLICE SHOOTING-MICHIGAN: Authorities say a Detroit-area police officer has fatally shot a man who reportedly assaulted his parents and rushed at the officer afterward. Royal Oak police say 20-year-old Cody Reynolds died in the early Monday shooting. No officers were injured.

— GOVERNOR’S RACE-THANEDAR ADS: Democratic gubernatorial candidate Shri Thanedar, who has risen in polling thanks to a multimillion-dollar ad campaign, is taking a “temporary pause” from TV ads. Spokesman Tony Lewis says the campaign achieved its “first phase” goals and objectives, and halted the months-long TV blitz to prepare for the final stretch of the race.

— SHUTTERED SCHOOL-FIRE: Authorities say a fire on the roof of a vacant Flint elementary school may have been intentionally set. Battalion Chief Mark Kovach says crews responded early Monday to Washington Elementary and found a fire on the roof of the former school’s gym.

— SEXUAL MESSAGES-CHARGES: A prosecutor has dropped criminal charges against a western Michigan couple who were accused of trying to entice their daughter’s teen friends for sex. Defense attorney Damian Nunzio says the case fell apart after he obtained thousands of text messages.

SPORTS:

BBA--INDIANS-TIGERS

DETROIT — Carlos Carrasco starts for Cleveland against Mike Fiers of the Detroit Tigers. By Baseball Writer Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game time 7:10 p.m.

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