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

March 4, 2019

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. For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org.

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TOP STORIES:

XGR--MICHIGAN BUDGET

LANSING, Mich. _ Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is expected to propose a $507 million increase in K-12 classroom spending in Michigan as part of her first budget. The Associated Press obtained an overview of the plan expected to be released Tuesday. The Democrat’s administration says it’s the largest increase in classroom spending in 18 years. The overview shows the plan includes a $180 per-student boost to the minimum allowance and substantial funding hikes to teach low-income, vocational and special education students. By David Eggert. SENT: 500 words, photo.

MAJORING IN MARIJUANA

Cannabis is being added to the curriculum at a growing number of colleges to prepare graduates for jobs in the blossoming marijuana and hemp industries. Northern Michigan University and Minot State University in North Dakota have launched medical plant chemistry majors that are the closest thing to a four-year degree in marijuana. In New York and New Jersey, two universities are developing interdisciplinary minors in cannabis studies. By Mary Esch. SENT: 990 words, photos.

ISLE ROYALE WOLVES

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. _ Authorities have relocated four Canadian wolves to Isle Royale National Park in Michigan in an ongoing effort to restore the predator species on the Lake Superior island chain. The park announced Monday that a female and a male were captured from the same pack last week near Wawa, Ontario. Two other males were taken from Michipicoten Island Provincial Park in Lake Superior. The new arrivals bring the park’s wolf population to eight. By John Flesher. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated.

SEXUAL ASSAULT-TEACHER

ALPENA, Mich. _ A northern Michigan special education teacher has been accused of sexually assaulting a student, beginning when the boy was 11 years old. Judge Thomas LaCross ruled Friday that there’s enough evidence indicating Heather Winfield had an improper relationship with a student for the case to go to trial. The Alpena News reports that Winfield faces multiple charges of criminal sexual conduct with a child younger than 13. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated.

IN BRIEF:

—JOE LOUIS ARENA-DEMOLITION: Plans are moving forward for the demolition of the former home of the Detroit Red Wings in downtown Detroit.

—CHICAGO-MOST WANTED-TRIAL: A former Chicago police officer is to go to trial for federal drug and conspiracy charges more than 15 years after he fled and went on the run.

—STATE OF CITY-DETROIT: Mayor Mike Duggan is expected to highlight city achievements and future plans during Detroit’s annual State of the City Address.

—GAS PRICES-MICHIGAN: AAA Michigan says average gas prices statewide are up about 5 cents from a week ago to about $2.48 per gallon.

SPORTS:

BBA--TIGERS-FULMER

LAKELAND, Fla. _ Now two seasons removed from his Rookie of the Year honors, Michael Fulmer is at a bit of a crossroads after an ineffective 2018 that ended with an injury. By Baseball Writer Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.

HKN--OBIT-LINDSAY

DETROIT _ Detroit Red Wings great Ted Lindsay has died at 93 at his home in Michigan. Lindsay provided muscle and meanness for the Red Wings’ “Production Line” of the 1950s. Known as “Terrible Ted,” Lindsay was one of the game’s best left wings, a nine-time All-Star who played on four Stanley Cup winners. He also worked with other NHL players to organize the original Players’ Association. Lindsay was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1966. By Larry Lage. SENT: 770 words, photos.

BIG TEN-DELANY

ROSEMONT, Ill. _ The Big Ten Conference says Jim Delany will step down as commissioner when his contract expires June 30, 2020. The 71-year-old Delany has been commissioner since 1989 and has been one of the most influential figures in college athletics over the past three decades. The Big Ten Council of Presidents and Chancellors has started a search for Delany’s successor. SENT: 470 words, photos.

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