AP-MI--Michigan News Digest 1:30 pm, MI
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DETROIT CASINO SALE
DETROIT — Businessman and Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert has reached a $1 billion agreement to sell the Greektown Casino-Hotel in downtown Detroit, one of the city’s three casinos, companies involved in the deal announced Wednesday. Gilbert’s Detroit-based JACK Entertainment said it planned to sell the casino to Pennsylvania-based Penn National Gaming and New York-based VICI Properties. The deal requires state and federal regulatory approval. JACK Entertainment said it’s also “continuing a strategic assessment for its remaining gaming properties” in other states. Gilbert bought Greektown Casino-Hotel more than five years ago. Under the sale agreement, Penn National will acquire the operating assets of Greektown for about $300 million and VICI Properties will acquire the land and real estate assets for about $700 million. By Jeff Karoub and David Runk. SENT: 500 words, photos.
LANSING, Mich. — Michigan is the second state to receive federal approval for a drug-pricing experiment that supporters say may enable the state to save money and ensure medicines are working as advertised. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced the waiver approval Wednesday, months after OK’ing a similar proposal from Oklahoma. Administrator Seema Verna says Michigan will be empowered to “demand results from drug manufacturers in exchange for paying for medicines” for Medicaid recipients. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated.
Ford and Walmart are teaming up to test a self-driving grocery delivery service. The pilot program in Florida’s Miami-Dade County will incorporate Postmates, a logistics company that operates a network of couriers, to deliver groceries and more. The vehicles will collect data on consumer preferences to help the companies understand what people want. Ford said Wednesday that it’ll also look at different vehicle configurations or modifications that may be needed to accommodate orders such as perishable goods, or when a vehicle is making multiple deliveries on a single trip. Ford will work with Walmart over the next couple months to determine what goods it can feasibly transport and figure out any issues that may need to be addressed to successfully deliver orders via self-driving vehicles. SENT: 130 words, photos.
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DETROIT — Detroit police are hunting for a 69-year-old registered sex offender who fatally shot an unarmed security guard and a woman, after attempting to rape another woman at the senior housing complex where he lives. Chief James Craig says the suspect tried to sexually assault a 30-year-old woman at the Phillip Sims Senior Housing complex Tuesday night. The woman pulled a fire alarm and fled. Craig says the suspect then shot a 50-year-old security guard and a 66-year-old female resident and drove away. By Corey Williams. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 250 words. Pursuing photos.
MINNEAPOLIS — An environmental group has sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to preserve federal protections for gray wolves and force the agency to develop a national recovery plan for the species. The Center for Biological Diversity filed the lawsuit in federal court in Washington, D.C., Wednesday, a day after the service denied the group’s petition for a nationwide recovery plan. The service said its regional approach meets the legal requirements. But the group says the agency is required under the Endangered Species act to foster the recovery of gray wolf populations across their former range, not just in the northern Rockies, the Great Lakes region and the southwest. Congress lifted federal protections for northern Rockies wolves, but courts have blocked efforts to lift them in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan. SENT: 130 words.
— FORMER INMATE-HIV: A proposed settlement says a former Michigan inmate with HIV will get $150,000 after he alleged he was given a harsher penalty for alleged sexual activity in 2012 than a non-infected prisoner.
— WOMAN MAULED: Authorities say a 77-year-old woman died after apparently being mauled by a family dog at a home in western Michigan.
— UPPER PENINSULA MINE-MICHIGAN: A group is suing two federal agencies as part of an effort to block a proposed mine in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula near the Wisconsin line.
— WOMEN-OUTDOOORS PROGRAM: Registration has opened for the winter “Becoming an Outdoors Woman” program in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.
— WIND ENERGY-UP: Critics of a wind-energy project in the Upper Peninsula have submitted petition signatures to put the issue to voters. Dozens of turbines are being proposed for Baraga County.
— MOTT FOUNDATION-CHIEF EXECUTIVE: The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation has selected the great-grandson of its founder to be chief executive.
TORONTO — The Eastern Conference-leading Toronto Raptors will face the Detroit Pistons and coach Dwane Casey on Wednesday for the first time since Casey was fired, just days after Toronto was ousted from the playoffs by Cleveland for the third consecutive season. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game time 7:30 p.m. ET.
PHILADELPHIA — No. 8 Villanova hosts No. 18 Michigan in a rematch of the national champion game seven months ago. The Wildcats beat the Wolverines for their second title in three years. By Rob Maaddi. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game time 6:30 p.m. ET.
EAST LANSING, Mich. — No. 11 Michigan State (1-1), which bounced back from a season-opening loss to top-ranked Kansas to defeat Florida Gulf Coast on Sunday night, hosts Louisiana-Monroe. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game time 7 p.m. ET.
DURHAM, N.C. — No. 1 Duke debuts its top ranking when the Blue Devils play host to Eastern Michigan in their final home game before their trip to the Maui Invitational. By Joedy McCreary. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game time 7 p.m. ET.
The College Football Playoff rankings held steady at the top, with Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame and Michigan an unchanged first four from last week. The third rankings of the season were drama-free Tuesday night after every top-10 team won last weekend. In fact, the selection committee’s entire top 10 stayed the same, the first time that has happened in the five seasons since the CFP was born. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 800 words, photos.
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