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

October 10, 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.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

TOP STORY:

UNEMPLOYMENT FRAUD

LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Supreme Court is hearing arguments in a case that will determine if people who were wrongly accused of defrauding the unemployment program can sue the state. An automated computer system run by Gov. Rick Snyder’s administration was a disaster. Thousands of people were accused of cheating to get unemployment aid. They were forced to repay money, along with substantial penalties, before the state acknowledged errors. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated after 1 p.m. EDT arguments.

AROUND THE STATE:

RECYCLING SHAKE-UP

ALBANY, N.Y. — America’s recycling industry is in the dumps. A crash in the global market for recyclables is forcing communities to make hard choices about whether they can afford to keep recycling or should simply send all those bottles, cans and plastic containers to the landfill. Lack of markets led officials to suspend recycling programs in many places, including Adrian Township, Michigan. By Mary Esch. SENT: 800 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

— POLICE SHOOTING-MICHIGAN: A man who was injured while exchanging gunfire with officers on a freeway in western Michigan has been charged with murder in the slaying of his girlfriend. The Kent County prosecutor’s office on Wednesday announced an open murder charge against 33-year-old Adam Nolin. With AP Photos.

— ISRAEL-MICHIGAN: University of Michigan officials say they are working to ensure that faculty members’ political views won’t affect their responsibilities to students after two instructors decided not to recommend students for a study programs in Israel.

— GIRL SHOT-MICHIGAN: Police say a 7-year-old girl was fatally shot inside a Michigan home in a burst of gunfire that may have been intended for a family member. Flint police Chief Timothy Johnson says he believes the shots Tuesday night were fired at the home from nearby before the suspected shooter escaped. With AP Photos.

— CENTRAL MICHIGAN-FRATERNITY: Central Michigan University says it has kicked a fraternity out of school after many allegations of sexual misconduct and hazing and the death of a member. Vice President Steven Johnson says the allegations against Phi Sigma Phi show a “significant threat to the safety” of students.

— ABSENTEE BALLOTS-WRONG INSTRUCTIONS: Thousands of absentee voters were mistakenly sent instructions on how to vote a straight-party ticket even though that’s not an option in next month’s Michigan election.

— TEEN PREGNANCY-DETROIT: City officials have announced an initiative aimed at reducing Detroit’s unintended teen pregnancy rate by educating young people on how to make informed decisions about their own reproductive health.

— BOVINE TUBERCULOSIS: Michigan officials say bovine tuberculosis recently was confirmed in a large beef herd in Alcona County. It’s the 73rd cattle herd to be identified with bovine TB in the state since 1998.

SPORTS:

BKN--PISTONS-PREVIEW

DETROIT — With new coach Dwane Casey, the Pistons could be much improved — if they can stay healthy this season. By Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.

BKN--BIG MEN-NOT EXTINCT

OKLAHOMA CITY — Steven Adams is invaluable to the Oklahoma City Thunder. He’s also a reminder: Big men in the NBA are still vital. Detroit’s Andre Drummond, Miami’s Hassan Whiteside, Boston’s Al Horford, New Orleans’ Anthony Davis, Minnesota’s Karl-Anthony Towns, Denver’s Jokic, Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid, Houston’s Capela and Utah’s Rudy Gobert are all key to their respective teams’ hopes this season. By Cliff Brunt. SENT: 800 words, photos.

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