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

September 8, 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. Jeff Karoub is on the desk. 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

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MINNEAPOLIS — Catholics around the U.S. and globe raising their voices in prayer and protest to demand change amid new revelations of sex abuse by priests and allegations of widespread cover-ups. Miriel Thomas Reneau of Ann Arbor, Michigan, founded a website to make letter-writing easy. Her site lists the names and addresses of local dioceses and includes templates for people to write letters to church leaders. By Amy Forliti. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.



GRAND BLANC, Mich. — A Michigan teen was a part of Nike’s latest commercial featuring Colin Kaepernick. The Flint Journal reports that the “Dream Crazy” commercial includes Alicia Woollcott of Grand Blanc. The 18-year-old was included in the ad because she was a linebacker on the school’s football team last year, and was also crowned homecoming queen. Woollcott says she doesn’t know where she stands on the kneeling issue, but she supports the commercial’s message of standing up for what you believe in. SENT: 250 words, photos.


PELKIE, Mich. — About 30 people gathered on a recent Saturday at the Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College (KBOCC) Arts and Agricultural Center in Pelkie to learn about the culture, ecology and processing of manoomin, or wild rice. Roger LaBine has traveled to the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community (KBIC) from Lac Vieux Desert for several years to teach at Wild Rice Camp. He learned about wild rice from his family, and has been working to share the knowledge since the 1980s. Wild rice holds immense cultural importance to the tribes of the Three Fires Council: Chippewa (Ojibwe), Ottawa (Odawa), and Potawatomi (Bodawotomi). By Joshua Vissers, The Daily Mining Gazette. SENT IN ADVANCE: 668 words.


BATTLE CREEK, Mich. — An Aldabra giant tortoise named Al came to Binder Park Zoo in 1984, making him both the oldest and longest-tenured animal at the park. The estimated 80-year-old tortoise was recently diagnosed with a bone infection in his front left foot that has slowed him down, but zookeepers are rallying to get him back to full health. By Nick Buckley, Battle Creek Enquirer. SENT IN ADVANCE: 725 words.


— BEACH HAZARDS: The National Weather Service is warning people about dangerously high waves and flooding along the Lake Michigan shoreline.

— HEALTH CARE-UNDERSERVED AREAS: A federal grant is boosting the work of a Michigan program aimed at putting more health care professionals in underserved communities.

— PARADE-CENTENARIAN: A woman will mark her 100th birthday on Sunday by participating in a parade at a popular small-town festival in northern Michigan.

— GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE: An organization that represents states in the Great Lakes region says governments should push harder to protect water quality through use of “green infrastructure.”



DETROIT - The playoff-contending St. Louis Cardinals face the out-of-contention Detroit Tigers. By Larry Lage. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts 6:10 p.m.


TEMPE, Ariz. — No. 15 Michigan State looks to bounce back from a shaky opener on the road against Arizona State. By John Marshall. UPCOMING: 700 words. Starts at 10:45 p.m.


ANN ARBOR, Mich. — No. 21 Michigan aims to bounce back from an opening-season loss at Notre Dame with a confidence-building win at home against Western Michigan. By Larry Lage. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.


WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue tries to rebound from an opening-night loss when it hosts Eastern Michigan on Saturday. Boilermakers coach Jeff Brohm pulled his starting quarterback late in the first half and criticized his defense’s effort in the loss. Eagles coach Chris Creighton, who coached at nearby Wabash College, will try to pull off his second straight upset over a Big Ten foe. UPCOMING: 700 words, with photos.


MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. — Kansas will try to rebound from a humiliating overtime loss to Nicholls State when it travels to Central Michigan. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts 3 p.m.


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