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

May 19, 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.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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ROCKFORD, Mich. _ The Environmental Protection Agency is ordering a former tannery to dig contaminated sediment and excavate soil from areas in western Michigan after finding high pollution levels where the shoemaker once operated. The Grand Rapids Press reports that the EPA sent a letter last month listing several cleanup steps federal regulators want Wolverine World Wide to take this summer. The agency has ordered Wolverine to dredge the Rogue River and excavate along the White Pine Trail in Rockford. SENT: 320 words, photos.


MADRID, Iowa _ As a candidate, Donald Trump won over rural America in part by pledging to put an end to trade practices that have hurt farmers for years. While his prolonged trade war with China has only made a miserable situation works, there’s little indication Trump is paying a political price. Even without a deal, he’s getting credit for trying for the farmers caught in the middle. As he heads into a reelection bid, Trump needs to hold on to farm states like Iowa and Wisconsin. By Sara Burnett and Scott McFetridge. SENT: 1,460 words, photos.


NEW YORK _ Social equity has helped pass, and thwart, legislation legalizing marijuana in some states this year. New York and New Jersey are among the states that appeared to be on the verge of passing legislation earlier that is now stalling. Legal pot advocates say social justice is an important part of the legislation that other states have overlooked. By Jennifer Peltz. SENT: 1,020 words, photos.



PORT HURON, Mich. _ While digging along East Quay Street downtown, construction crews recently discovered a slew of decades-old relics from another time in Port Huron. Several weeks into the reconstruction of Michigan and Quay streets, crews are wrapping up work on the far side of Quay before moving on to Michigan later this season. Along that section of turned-up soil, Warren said, they’d dug down several feet and discovered mostly glass bottles — some dating back over a century. By Jackie Smith, Times Herald. SENT IN ADVANCE: 799 words.


DETROIT _ One Detroit dispensary has made buying pot almost as easy as ordering a pizza. Utopia Gardens recently made its first medical marijuana deliveries. Its service is the first for pot approved by the state of Michigan. The licensed provisioning center is hoping the deliveries will help provide safe access and reverse a downward trend in sales as unlicensed deliverers have proliferated. By Breana Noble, The Detroit News. SENT IN ADVANCE: 683 words.


—OFFICER SHOT-DETROIT: Detroit police say three officers are recovering, including one who was shot, following an incident on the city’s west side.

—HIGHWAY FATALITY-FRIEND KILLED: Police say a Michigan man who was helping a friend whose car had run out of gas along Interstate 69 was struck and killed by a passing vehicle.

—ENDANGERED BUTTERFLY-MICHIGAN: Land in western Michigan is expected to help restore habitat for an endangered butterfly.

—DETROIT MUSEUM-JOURNEY TO NOW: A new exhibit at the Detroit Historical Museum takes visitors through 150 years of life in the city’s Corktown neighborhood.



DETROIT _ The Detroit Tigers look for a win Sunday as they close out a four-game home series against the Oakland Athletics. The Tigers are hoping for a victory to avoid an Oakland sweep. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game started at 1:10 p.m. ET.


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