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

September 11, 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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DETROIT — A federal safety agency is recommending that all new motorcycles built for road use in the U.S. have anti-lock brakes and electronic stability control as standard equipment. The National Transportation Safety Board says that while the technology is required on passenger cars, it has lagged for motorcycles. It says the recommendations will save lives. Nearly 5,300 motorcyclists were killed on U.S. roads in 2016, the last full year that statistics are available. The recommendations go to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which has authority to impose regulations. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated.



LANSING, Mich. — Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has appointed the director of an agency that serves as a watchdog of the state’s child welfare system to lead a review after a scathing audit of Children’s Protective Services. Snyder on Tuesday announced the selection of Orlene Hawks to lead the review and improvement process of CPS after last week’s state Office of the Auditor General report. SENT: 130 words.


TRENTON, Mich. — A former industrial site in southeastern Michigan may be eligible for cleanup funding under the federal Superfund program. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday proposed adding part of the McLouth Steel plant grounds in Trenton to the National Priorities List, which includes the nation’s most serious uncontrolled or abandoned hazardous waste sites. SENT: 130 words.



NEW YORK — Tesla is dropping two of the seven colors it had offered to customers as it tries to streamline production. In a tweet early Tuesday, CEO Elon Musk said obsidian black and metallic silver will still be available, but at a higher cost. Tesla fans can still choose solid black and “midnight silver metallic,” as well as pearl white, deep blue metallic and red. The company has struggled to vault from a niche maker of expensive electric cars into a mass-market automaker. SENT: 400 words, photos.


— BELLE ISLE-FOUNTAIN: A historic fountain on Detroit’s Belle Isle will get $400,000 in upgrades following a charity fundraiser that was held as part of the Detroit Grand Prix. The Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear on Tuesday announced efforts to keep the James Scott Memorial Fountain operating will get nearly half of the roughly $1 million raised during the 2018 Grand Prixmiere.

— STORE SHOOTING-DETROIT: A shootout at a store in Detroit has left a robbery suspect dead and a security guard wounded. Police say two men went into the Family Dollar store on the city’s west side Monday night and demanded money from the cash register.

— HUNTING DEATH: A hunter safety instructor charged in the fatal shooting of a 13-year-old boy while they were squirrel hunting in western Michigan has been sentenced to 90 days in jail.

— DETROIT FIRE RUNS: Detroit Fire Department is allowing its crews to shut off lights and sirens on emergency vehicles during some less-urgent calls. Detroit Fire Commissioner Eric Jones says that disregarding traffic signals and speed limits while activating lights and sirens on every run is unnecessarily dangerous.

— LAKE SUPERIOR-ALDER TREES: Experts say alder trees in Lake Superior wetlands are dying due to high water levels. Rodney Chimner, an ecologist at Michigan Technological University, says it’s all part of a natural process, but he’s never seen such a dramatic change.

— BEAR HUNT-MICHIGAN: Bear hunting season is getting underway in Michigan. The season began Monday in the Upper Peninsula. It starts Thursday in some parts of the Lower Peninsula and Sunday in others.



DETROIT — After the long-awaited return of Justin Verlander to Detroit on Monday, the Tigers host Houston again. Jordan Zimmermann starts against Framber Valdez of the Astros. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game time 6:40 p.m. ET.


EAST LANSING, Mich. — Even with all those returning starters, Michigan State has looked awfully beatable through two games this season. The Spartans now have an open date after their loss at Arizona State last weekend. By Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.


DETROIT — The booing began early. The Detroit Lions scored on a touchdown on the game’s first snap, but it wasn’t long before the fans at Ford Field sensed trouble. An anemic first quarter of offense set the tone. By halftime, Matthew Stafford and the Lions were trailing, and in the third quarter, they unraveled completely. By Noah Trister. SENT: 550 words, photos.


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