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

March 31, 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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DETROIT _ Critics are questioning whether Michigan’s voluntary gambling blacklist is an effective way to prevent problematic betting since many Detroit casinos aren’t able to effectively screen banned gamblers. More than 4,600 people have asked to have themselves banned from Detroit’s casinos forever by joining Michigan’s Disassociated Persons List, The Detroit News reported . That number makes up less than 2 percent of the roughly 300,000 adults estimated to be problem gamblers in Michigan. Signing the list means any subsequent appearance at a Detroit casino makes an individual guilty of misdemeanor trespass. It’s punishable by up to a year in jail and a $1,000 fine. SENT: 460 words.


NEW YORK _ Cathy Zoi has been promoting clean energy in the power sector for decades, holding leadership posts in both business and government. Then in 2016, greenhouse gas emissions from transportation exceeded the power sector for the first time, and Zoi pivoted to accelerate the transportation sector’s transition to clean energy. Zoi, 57, serves as CEO of Los Angeles-based EVgo, which has developed the nation’s largest public network of DC fast-charging stations for electric vehicles. By Cathy Bussewitz. SENT: 770 words.



LAKE LEELANAU, Mich. _ Most know Bryon Figueroa for his signature breakfast burritos, grass-fed burgers and fresh-squeezed orange juice, all served out of the namesake Fig’s Breakfast & Lunch kitchen. But more often than not these days, the locals-favorite eggs-and-bacon joint’s sign reads “closed.” The chef and father of four’s days start early with restaurant prep and serving up plates for breakfast and lunch rushes. Then he hits the gym with oldest daughter Payge or rounds up the rest of the crew — Anna, 11, Lucee, 6, and 3-month-old Reed — for family time. Figueroa takes pride in having the energy to do it all. By Brooke Kansier, Traverse City Record-Eagle. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1009 words.


DETROIT _ Julie Fournier is pacing herself. The historic Greenfield Village carousel opens back up for business April 13, and before then the Detroit artist’s got a lot of distressed animals that need some love. The carousel menagerie Fournier’s tending includes, among other beasts, armored horses, hop-toads, roosters, sea monsters, zebras, cats, and reindeer _ all meticulously painted and gleaming, once Fournier has her way with them. Bundled up and wearing fingerless knit gloves, she’s carefully applying enamel paint to a scraped saddle. By Michael Hodges, The Detroit News. SENT IN ADVANCE: 839 words.


_ MARIJUANA-DRIVING LIMIT: A state commission is recommending that Michigan should not set a legal limit for how much marijuana someone can have in their body while driving.

_ STATE PARK UPGRADE-MICHIGAN: Electrical system upgrades and other renovations coming to Baraga State Park in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula are expected to force some temporary camping closures.

_ SCHOOL SAFETY GRANTS-MICHIGAN: Grants totaling $25 million are being awarded to 135 Michigan public school districts, 66 non-public schools, 20 public charter schools and nine intermediate school districts for security enhancements.


BKC--NCAA-Michigan State-Duke Preview

WASHINGTON _ Duke versus Michigan State in the Elite Eight is a battle of NCAA Tournament titans. The latest showdown between the college basketball blue bloods is all about Zion Williamson and RJ Barrett against Cassius Winston in a showcase of star power and Mike Krzyzewski against Tom Izzo in a matchup of two of the best coaches. A spot in the Final Four is at stake. Zion Williamson watched in awe in 2015 when Duke and Michigan State met in the Final Four. When he steps on to the court for another Duke-Michigan State NCAA Tournament showdown on Sunday with a Final Four spot at stake, the fabulous freshman will feel grateful to be a part of it. By Stephen Whyno. SENT: 750 words.


DETROIT _ The Boston Bruins are coasting toward the playoffs going into a matchup with a out-of-contention Detroit Red Wings, who have won four straight. By Hockey Writer Larry Lage. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts 7:30 p.m.


Detroit plays Toronto at Rogers Centre. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.


WASHINGTON _ Zion Williamson, RJ Barrett and the rest of No. 1 overall seed Duke try to get to the Final Four by beating Tom Izzo’s Michigan State in the East Region final Sunday. Starts at 5:05 pm. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.


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