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

July 24, 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.

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TOP STORIES:

OLY--CONGRESS-SEX ABUSE

WASHINGTON — Leaders of the U.S. Olympic Committee, USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University testify before a U.S. Senate subcommittee about changes they’ve made in their organizations to deal with sex-abuse in Olympic and college sports. By National Writer Eddie Pells. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Hearing scheduled to begin 2:30 p.m.

GOVERNOR’S RACE

LANSING, Mich. — Lt. Gov. Brian Calley on Tuesday opened a new attack against Bill Schuette in the Republican gubernatorial primary, accusing him of not working much as attorney general. Calley said Schuette’s official calendar shows he worked just 104 “full days” out of approximately 1,950 working days since he became attorney general. He says Schuette has been “off duty.” By David Eggert. SENT: 130 words UPCOMING: 400 words.

GOVERNMENT AND POLITCS:

REDISTRICTING INITIATIVE-MICHIGAN-AD

LANSING, Mich. — An anti-gerrymandering group is airing its first TV ad in a campaign to persuade voters to change how Michigan congressional and legislative districts are drawn. Voters Not Politicians launched the one-minute ad Tuesday. By David Eggert. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words.

PFIZER-MICHIGAN EXPANSION

LANSING, Mich. — Pfizer Inc. has been awarded $11.5 million in state incentives to build a new manufacturing facility in Michigan and add 450 jobs. The Michigan Strategic Fund Board approved the deal Tuesday. State officials said the pharmaceutical company headquartered in New York could have chosen one to expand in one of its 12 other facilities across the world. By David Eggert. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words.

Also:

— BALLOT INITIATIVES: The Michigan elections bureau says enough voter signatures have been submitted by proponents of ballot drives to raise the minimum wage and require employers to provide paid sick time. The bureau released reports Tuesday. The Board of State Canvassers could certify the signatures at a meeting Thursday. SENT: 130 words.

AROUND THE STATE:

SON’S MEMORY-MURDER

DETROIT — The boyhood memory of a man who witnessed his mother’s murder at age 8 is leading to new trials for two people who claim they were wrongly convicted in a 1999 Mother’s Day slaying in Detroit. Charmous Skinner Jr., now 27, was never interviewed by police or defense attorneys, despite being in the van with his mother, Lisa Kindred, when she was shot. The Michigan Supreme Court says the men might have been cleared. By Ed White. SENT: 350 words, photos.

CONTAMINATED WATER-MICHIGAN

HOLLAND, Mich. — A Michigan drug testing lab is among several private businesses tapping into the state’s investigation of chemical contaminants. Trident Labs added testing for perfluorinated chemicals, known as PFAS, in March after toxic contamination was identified at a former tannery near Rockford. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words.

IMMIGRANT-PLEA WITHDRAWAL

MISSOULA, Mont. — A Montana judge is allowing a Soviet immigrant to withdraw his guilty plea to a 1995 felony charge that left him in danger of being deported. District Judge Leslie Halligan ruled earlier this month that Vitaliy Kadoshnikov, who was then 18, likely didn’t understand the deportation consequences of a felony conviction. He later moved to Michigan and married a U.S. citizen. The conviction became an issue last summer when a dispute with a neighbor led to the police being called. SENT: 300 words.

BUSINESS:

ITALY-FIAT CHRYSLER

MILAN — Fiat Chrysler’s second-quarter earnings presentation was meant to celebrate long-time CEO Sergio Marchionne’s achievement of eliminating all debt for the formerly troubled company. Instead, it will be overshadowed by his early and sudden exit for serious health problems and the debut of his replacement, Mike Manley. Credited with the turnaround of the Jeep subsidiary, Manley faces his first big test as the group CEO on Wednesday, when he lays out the Italian-American automaker’s earnings and takes questions from analysts likely to focus on how he will manage hard-earned growth and profitability. By Business Writer Colleen Barry. SENT: 600 words, photo.

Also:

— CASINO HOTEL EXPANSION: FireKeepers Casino Hotel in southern Michigan plans to expand its hotel by building a second tower. The Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi says an aim is to attract more people from across the Midwest to the casino and hotel near Battle Creek.

IN BRIEF:

— AIR BASE-CONTAMINATION: Tests performed by environmental regulators show contamination flowing from Selfridge Air National Guard Base into the Clinton River and Lake St. Clair.

— CRAYFISH SEIZED: Michigan officials say more than 2,000 pounds of live crayfish have been seized from a truck at the border between the U.S. and Canada. With AP Photo.

— PARKING DISPUTE-SPITTING: A Detroit business owner accused of spitting on a security guard at a popular open air market has appeared in court on a misdemeanor assault and battery charge.

— AIRCRAFT CRASH: Authorities say a 44-year-old man has died after the ultralight aircraft he was flying crashed into trees along a Michigan roadway.

— LANSING DEVELOPMENT: Plans are moving forward on a $242 million project to transform the former Red Cedar Golf Course in mid-Michigan into a mixed-use development.

— MISSING MAN-RIVER: Authorities say a body has been found that’s believed to be that of a man who was reported missing while canoeing in southwestern Michigan.

— FIRE SCIENCE SCHOLARSHIP: A fire science scholarship at Lake Superior State University has been created to honor a student who died.

— GREAT LAKES RESTORATION: Federal officials are hosting a public meeting in Saginaw to discuss the next phase of a multi-year effort to protect and clean up the Great Lakes.

SPORTS:

BBA--TIGERS-ROYALS

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Tigers and Royals continue their three-game, midweek series at Kauffman Stadium. Jordan Zimmermann, who is 4-0 with a 1.36 ERA in six career starts at Kansas City, is the probable starter for Detroit. By Alan Eskew. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game time 7:15 p.m. CT.

FBC--BIG TEN MEDIA DAYS

CHICAGO — Ohio State and Wisconsin are once again favored to win their divisions and meet in the Big Ten title game. The question remains if the Badgers can actually get over the hump this season. By Jay Cohen. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.

FBC--MAC MEDIA DAY

DETROIT — The Mid-American Conference holds its annual preseason football media day at Ford Field on Tuesday. UPCOMING: 600 words.

OAKLAND ATHLETIC DIRECTOR

ROCHESTER, Mich. — Oakland University has hired Steven Waterfield as its new athletic director. The school announced the move Tuesday. Waterfield arrives after serving as an executive associate AD at Nebraska. SENT: 200 words.

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