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

August 9, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



LANSING, Mich. — Record-high turnout in Michigan’s primary is attributed to — who else? — President Donald Trump, with Democrats eager to send him a message this fall and Republicans energized by his involvement in two key statewide races, according to political analysts. The increased voter engagement could continue into the fall. By David Eggert. UPCOMING: 700 words.


DETROIT — Detroit City Council President Brenda Jones won a special primary election Tuesday to serve the final two months of former U.S. Rep. John Conyers’ term. But she may not take the temporary position. In a twist, she lost the Democratic primary for the two-year term that would start in January to Rashida Tlaib, who is set to become the first female member of Congress.  By Jeff Karoub. UPCOMING: 350 words, photos.


NEW YORK — Is it possible to leverage 17,000 votes into a national political movement? Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is trying. The 28-year-old liberal activist, who was nearly unknown outside of Queens and the Bronx until a surprise June victory over a 10-term incumbent in New York’s Democratic congressional primary, has been crisscrossing the country in recent weeks to stump for fellow progressives. But four underdog candidates whom she stumped for in recent weeks lost in Democratic primaries, including Dr. Abdul El-Sayed, Detroit’s former health director, who lost in Michigan’s gubernatorial primary to Gretchen Whitmer. By Stephen R. Groves. SENT: 600 words, photos.


ANN ARBOR, Mich. — A pair of mastodon skeletons, one of which stood in a University of Michigan museum for seven decades, are being reassembled and erected at the school’s new Biological Sciences Building. The 11,000-year-old female Owosso mastodon was taken apart in April after standing inside the Museum of Natural History. Her bones should be back together again by the end of Thursday and standing beside the Buesching mastodon, a cast of a male found near Fort Wayne, Indiana. Both skeletons will be positioned inside the five-story atrium of the Biological Sciences Building. By Mike Householder. UPCOMING: 300 words, photos, video.


— SEVERE WEATHER-MICHIGAN: A cleanup effort is taking place on Detroit’s Belle Isle after severe thunderstorms this week damaged or knocked down scores of trees.

— PRISON GUARDS-RETALIATION: An appeals court has affirmed a $12,500 verdict in favor of a Michigan prisoner who said guards retaliated against him for cooperating with abuse investigators. Randle Griffin says his rights were violated at Gus Harrison prison in Adrian.


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