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

April 13, 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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The issue of workers’ rights is a focus this weekend for some of the Democrats running for president. Bernie Sanders holds a community meeting in Indiana and an event with union members in Michigan, as well as a rally in Warren, Michigan, where General Motors is closing a plant. Beto O’Rourke, the former Texas congressman, visits the Medical University of South Carolina for the 50th anniversary of a strike led by black workers protesting poor treatment. By Alexandra Jaffe. SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING: Will be updated.


WARREN, Mich. _ Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont campaigns Saturday in the Detroit suburb of Warren, as part of a swing through pivotal Midwestern states that are part of the Democrats’ “blue wall” strategy for 2020. UPCOMING: 130 words, photos. More on merits.



HOLLY TOWNSHIP, Mich. _ Off-roading enthusiasts will have a new vehicle park in southeastern Michigan to take dirt bikes, all-terrain vehicles and SUVs beginning next summer. The Oakland County Board of Commissioners recently approved a 20-year agreement to jointly manage a 235 acre off-road vehicle park with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. The agreement says the state will own the land while the county will maintain and operate the park in Groveland and Holly townships. It’s set to open July 2020. SENT: 300 words.


LANSING, Mich. _ A renewed effort is underway to place markers on the unmarked graves of 60 boys who were institutionalized and buried at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Michigan. They were wards of the state: juvenile delinquents, orphans, children from families who couldn’t afford to feed or provide medical care for them during harsh times. All of them died between 1856 and 1933 at the former Boys Training School in Lansing, which operated for more than a century on the city’s east side. By Judy Putnam, Lansing State Journal. SENT IN ADVANCE: 773 words.


ANN ARBOR, Mich. _ An Ann Arbor lab is conducting quality control testing for Michigan’s cannabis industry. PSI Labs offers full-service testing for retail dispensaries, processors, growers, patients and caregivers. One of the first two medical cannabis safety-compliance facilities licensed by the state last July, it tests marijuana flower, concentrate and edibles for both potency and contaminants such as mold, mildew, fungus, pesticides and heavy metals. By Ryan Stanton, The Ann Arbor News. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1437 words.



DETROIT _ Mazda is recalling nearly 190,000 Mazda 3 compact cars in the U.S. because the windshield wipers can fail. SENT: 100 words.


_ FRUIT RECALL-SALMONELLA OUTBREAK: An Indianapolis-based company has issued a recall for melon products sold in 16 states after being linked to a salmonella outbreak.

_ NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM: The University of Michigan Museum of Natural History is reopening to the public in its new building. Photos.

_ GLOBAL SERVICE DAY: Students, alumni and employees of Michigan State University plan to participate in community service projects in the U.S., Asia and Middle East.

_ MICHIGAN BENEFIT CONCERT: A$AP Ferg will be headlining an annual University of Michigan concert to raise money for boosting educational accessibility.



MINNEAPOLIS _ Detroit plays Minnesota at Target Field, starting the series a day late after the opener was postponed by wintry weather. Michael Pineda pitches for the Twins, and Tyson Ross takes the mound for the Tigers. By Mike Cook. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 2:10 p.m.


MILWAUKEE, Wis. _ The top-seeded Bucks try for their first series victory since 2001 when they take on Detroit. Blake Griffin’s health remains uncertain for the Pistons. By Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 5 p.m.


AUBURN HILLS, Mich. _ Teams will open the playoffs without some pivotal players and others whose status is unclear, Blake Griffin’s troublesome knee is a concern for the Pistons in their first-round series against Milwaukee. The Bucks of course will be without point guard Malcolm Brogdon. There are several others, including Victor Oladipo, Marcus Smart and Jusuf Nurkic. By Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 450 words, photos by 5 p.m.


ANN ARBOR, Mich. _ Jim Harbaugh has handed the keys to Michigan’s new-look offense to Josh Gattis, who plans to implement a no-huddle spread next season. By Larry Lage. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 9 p.m.


ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. --Two-time Olympic gold medalist and Flint native Claressa Shields fights Christina Hammer in a middleweight title fight. By Dan Gelston. UPCOMING. 650 words, photos. Card starts at 9 p.m.


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