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

July 5, 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 Ken Kusmer. 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.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

TRUMP-SUPREME COURT

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is closing in on his next Supreme Court nominee, with three federal judges leading the competition to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy. Trump’s top contenders for the vacancy at this time are federal appeals judges Amy Coney Barrett, Brett Kavanaugh and Raymond Kethledge, said a person familiar with Trump’s thinking who was not authorized to speak publicly. Working closely with a White House team and consulting with lawmakers and outside advisers, Trump has spent the week deliberating on the choice. He conducted interviews on Monday and Tuesday and has spoken to seven possible candidates. He has not yet publicly indicated that he has narrowed the list and could still consider others in the mix. By Catherine Lucey, Ken Thomas and Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 640 words, photos.

With:

TRUMP-SUPREME COURT-THE LATEST: The Latest on President Donald Trump and the Supreme Court nomination.

ODD--FIFTY SHADES HIDDEN

BERKLEY, Mich. — A suburban Detroit library has decried an unidentified censor who concealed DVDs of movies from the racy “Fifty Shade” series. The Berkley library is now openly displaying the R-rated movies, accompanied by a sign that says hiding movies “is not how libraries work.” Librarian Lauren Arnsman tells the Detroit Free Press that the three movies had mysteriously disappeared since last year, forcing the library to spend more than $100 to replace them. Most were found hidden in the building. SENT: 115 words.

AROUND THE STATE:

BOY KILLED-FAIR

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — The state appeals court threw out a $1 million verdict in the death of a 6-year-old boy who was riding a bike to see his pony when he was struck by a pickup truck at the Northwestern Michigan Fair. The court ordered a new trial, saying jurors should have been allowed to consider possible negligence by Ezekiel Goodwin’s father, who allowed him to ride alone on a service road. A judge in Grand Traverse County had specifically instructed jurors to not consider it. A pickup backed into Ezekiel while he was on a road between his family’s campsite and a barn. The Goodwin family was participating in 4-H events at the 2012 fair near Traverse City. The lawsuit alleged that the road was dangerous and should have been closed to vehicles. SENT: 230 words.

GORDIE HOWE BRIDGE

DETROIT — A team has been selected to build a new bridge connecting the U.S. and Canada. The Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority on Thursday announced that a group called Bridging North America would construct the Gordie Howe International Bridge. The team includes U.S., Canadian and international firms with infrastructure projects experience. A final contract is expected to be signed later this year for the cable-stayed bridge connecting Windsor, Ontario, and Detroit. In addition to carrying motorized vehicle traffic it’s expected to have bike lanes. The Canadian-financed bridge over the Detroit River is scheduled to open in 2020. The final cost of the project will be announced later. SENT: 130 words.

IN BRIEF:

— SAUGATUCK POLICE: The southwestern Michigan city of Saugatuck has a new law enforcement arrangement in place after cutting ties with the combined Saugatuck-Douglas Police Department.

— PEDESTRIAN STRUCK-MICHIGAN: Authorities say two teenage siblings have died after being struck by a pickup truck while walking near a roadway in southeastern Michigan.

— FORMER OFFICIAL-PROBATION: A former township supervisor in western Michigan will serve five years’ probation and pay restitution for misusing money in a real estate deal.

— BOY KILLED-FAIR: The state appeals court has thrown out a $1 million verdict in the death of a 6-year-old boy at the Northwestern Michigan Fair.

SPORTS:

BBA--RANGERS-TIGERS

DETROIT — Matthew Boyd takes the mound for Detroit against Yovani Gallardo of the Rangers. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:10 p.m. ET.

HKN--ISLANDERS-ASSISTANT COACH

EAST MEADOW, N.Y. — Barry Trotz has added former Washington Capitals assistant Lane Lambert to his New York Islanders coaching staff. The Islanders announced the hiring Thursday, saying Lambert would be the associate coach. The 53-year-old had served the past four seasons as the assistant coach with the recently crowned Stanley Cup champions. Before joining the Capitals, Lambert spent three seasons as an assistant coach with the Nashville Predators. He also served as head coach of the AHL’s Milwaukee Admirals from 2007-11. Lambert played in the NHL with Detroit, the Rangers and Quebec from 1983-88. He started coaching in 2003. SENT: 110 words.

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