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AP-MI--Michigan News Coverage Advisory 8:30 am, MI

August 17, 2018

Good morning! 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. David Runk is on the desk. 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



NEW YORK — Aretha Franklin never saw herself as a feminist heroine. That, she quipped, was Gloria Steinem’s role. But she leaves a legacy of indelible anthems that resonated deeply with women by celebrating their strength and individuality — and demanding, well, just a little respect. “I don’t think I was a catalyst for the women’s movement,” she told Rolling Stone in 2014. “Sorry. But if I were? So much the better!” By Jocelyn Noveck. SENT: 900 words, photos, video.


DETROIT — To the rest of the world, she was the “Queen of Soul” — a woman whose strong and soulful voice could effortlessly jump multiple octaves whether belting out tear-jerking ballads or jump-and-shout gospel. To residents in her hometown of Detroit who followed her more than 50-year career, she was simply “Aretha” or more personally “Ree-Ree” — the city’s favorite daughter, often singing at the Baptist church her father once led or headlining charity functions for kids or the less fortunate. By Corey Williams and Jeff Karoub. SENT: 750 words, photos.


— CONTAMINATED WATER-MICHIGAN: Officials are expanding an investigation into toxic chemicals in drinking water from private wells in part of southwestern Michigan. The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality tested 25 residential wells in Kalamazoo County’s Richland Township.

— EDUCATORS CHARGED-CHILD ABUSE: A former Michigan special education teacher’s assistant has been sentenced to a year of probation after being convicted of assault and battery in connection with alleged student abuse.

— GREAT LAKES-RUNOFF: The Great Lakes Commission says it will divide nearly $900,000 among seven local organizations to help cut runoff of sediment, nutrients and other water pollutants. Runoff feeds harmful algae blooms and oxygen-starved “dead zones” where fish can’t survive.



MINNEAPOLIS — Kyle Gibson takes the mound for Minnesota in the latest start of his resurgent season for the Twins, who take on Detroit in the second game of a four-game series. Matthew Boyd pitches for the Tigers. By Brian Hall. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game time 8:10 p.m. EDT.


DETROIT — Matt Patricia makes his Ford Field debut as coach of the Detroit Lions in a preseason game against the New York Giants, who likely will rest banged-up rookie running back Saquon Barkley. By Larry Lage. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game time 7 p.m. ET.


Jim Harbaugh has struggled to win the biggest games in his three years at Michigan, so this season’s opener at Notre Dame takes on added significance. Other games to watch this upcoming season include Chip Kelly’s return to Oregon as the coach of UCLA, and another clash between Auburn and Georgia. By Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.


DETROIT — Frank Solich has accomplished a lot as Ohio’s coach, but one triumph that has eluded him is a Mid-American Conference title. The Bobcats are among the favorites this year. By Noah Trister. 800 words, photos.


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