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

November 13, 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. Corey Williams is on the desk, followed by Herb 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.

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TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — A gray wolf relocated this fall from the Minnesota mainland to Isle Royale National Park has died. The male wolf was among four taken to the Lake Superior island park from the Grand Portage Chippewa reservation. It’s part of a multi-year effort to rebuild the Isle Royale wolf population, which has fallen sharply in recent years. Officials say other three relocated wolves are doing well. By Environmental Writer John Flesher. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated.


PONTIAC, Mich. — A white retired firefighter who burst out of his suburban Detroit house and shot at a black teenager who was asking for help to find his way to school was sentenced Tuesday to at least four years in prison. Jeffrey Zeigler said he has “full remorse and regret” over the incident last spring in Rochester Hills. The mother of 14-year-old Brennan Walker said race was the key factor. Her son wasn’t physically injured. SENT: 300 words, photo.



Michelle Obama’s 12-stop jaunt across the country — and an ocean — is not your average book tour. Of course, the former first lady is not your average author. Oprah Winfrey will join Obama Tuesday night at the United Center, home of the Chicago Bulls and Blackhawks, as she begins the tour touting the already best-selling “Becoming.” Other stops include Los Angeles, Washington, Detroit, Boston, Paris and London. By Jeff Karoub. SENT: 500 words, photos.


HOLLAND, Mich. — Court records show that a Michigan man who will soon finish a county jail sentence for impersonating an ambulance medic had a history of lying. Forty-two-year-old Tony Fortuna is nearing the end of his nine months in Kent County Jail. He was sentenced in May for impersonating a Grand Rapids ambulance medic. Police say Fortuna injected and administered medications during a two-day stint with American Medical Response in January. SENT: 130 words, photo. UPCOMING: 300 words.


FLINT, Mich. — Closing arguments are planned Tuesday in the case against a man accused of stabbing a police officer at a Michigan airport. Amor Ftouhi, a Tunisian who was living in Montreal, is charged with crimes including an act of terrorism at the Flint airport in 2017. Ftouhi says he’s innocent. UPCOMING: 130 words, more on merits.


DETROIT — A hearing is scheduled in federal court on the status of an Albanian man seeking sanctuary from deportation in a Detroit church. Tuesday’s hearing is on the government’s request to dismiss Ded Rranxburgaj’s petition to stop a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement order for removal after his legal status expired. Rranxburgaj has taken refuge since January at Central United Methodist Church. Developing from 2:30 p.m. ET court hearing, coverage on merits.


— MICHIGAN MARIJUANA: Some Michigan communities are already saying no to marijuana businesses after voters approved the use of the drug for people 21 and older. With AP Photo.

— MAYO CLINIC-DONATION: A corporate strategist from Michigan has given Mayo Clinic its largest gift ever — $200 million. The Rochester-based medical center announced Tuesday that its School of Medicine will be named for the philanthropist, Jay Alix, of Birmingham, Michigan.

— UNION-FIAT CHRYSLER-CORRUPTION: A former union official has been sentenced to 60 days in prison for using money from the UAW-Chrysler National Training Center for shoes, jewelry and other personal benefits.

— INFANT DEATH-MURDER: A western Michigan woman charged in the death of her 6-month-old son who was left in a car seat in a sweltering home has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder.

— CHURCH FIRE: Authorities say arson is suspected in fires found burning at a church in southwestern Michigan. The Kent County sheriff’s office says officers responded Monday to Northview Community of Christ Church in Plainfield Township.

— CITY SEAL-RESTRICTIONS: The city of Ann Arbor, Michigan, is taking a closer look at an ordinance that bans unauthorized displays of its seal and flag after getting a complaint from the American Civil Liberties Union.

— FATAL HOUSE FIRE: The mother of two boys who, along with another child, died in a Detroit-area house fire has been charged with child abuse.

— FOREST ROADS: The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is taking public comments on proposed changes in its inventory of forest roads. The plan adds 26 miles of roads in northern Lower Peninsula, bringing the total to nearly 7,600 miles.



DETROIT — Winners of six of their last seven, the Detroit Red Wings host Arizona on Tuesday night. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game time 7:30 p.m. ET.


EAST LANSING, Mich. — Yes, Michigan State has had injury problems on offense, but the question for the Spartans is whether their problems run deeper than that. By Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos.


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