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

September 27, 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. Ken Kusmer is on the desk, followed by Herbert McCann. 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.

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TOP STORY:

ROAD PROJECTS-LABOR DISPUTE

LANSING, Mich. — More than 150 stalled road projects across Michigan will resume because road builders have agreed to end a lockout of a union of heavy equipment operators. Gov. Rick Snyder announced the end of the labor impasse Thursday. He says the Michigan Infrastructure & Transportation Association will stop its lockout of the Operating Engineers 324 union that has lasted more than three weeks. Union members will report to work immediately, and the priority will be for projects that can finished before the arrival of winter weather. By David Eggert. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated.

AROUND THE STATE:

ISLE ROYALE WOLVES;

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — Officials have relocated two gray wolves from the mainland to Isle Royale National Park, kicking off a multi-year effort to restore the predator species on the Lake Superior island chain. The National Park Service says a 4-year-old female and a 5-year-old male were flown to the park Wednesday from the Grand Portage Indian Reservation in Minnesota. They were released separately in locations away from the territory of the other two wolves already there. By John Flesher. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 450 words.

GRAYLING FISH HATCHERY

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — A settlement has been reached between a fish farming company and an anglers group in a legal dispute over operation of a trout hatchery on the prized Au Sable River in northern Michigan. By John Flesher. UPCOMING: 450 words, photos.

MICHIGAN STATE-SEXUAL MISCONDUCT

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Records show that Michigan State University has seen an increase in reports of sexual misconduct and officials are taking longer to investigate those reports. The Lansing State Journal reports that the university’s Office of Institutional Equity received almost 1,200 sexual misconduct reports during the 2017-18 academic year, up from more than 700 reports the previous year. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words.

BUSINESS:

FORD-ROUGE FACTORY

DEARBORN, Mich. — Ford Motor Co.’s historic Rouge factory complex will continue well into its second century of production with the announcement Thursday that it will make at least one version of the next-generation F-150 pickup truck. Executive Chairman Bill Ford announced at a celebration of 100 years of manufacturing at the Rouge that it will make a gas-electric hybrid version of the pickup. The 600-acre factory complex is the longest continuously operating auto plant in the nation. It once was the world’s largest industrial complex, designed to take in raw materials and convert them into fully assembled vehicles. SENT: 300 words, photo.

FORD-TARIFFS

DETROIT — From Ford to Walmart to Procter & Gamble, a growing number of iconic American companies are warning that President Donald Trump’s tariffs on U.S. imports are raising their costs and prices. Jim Hackett, CEO of Ford, the second-largest U.S.-based automaker, said Wednesday that Trump’s taxes on imported steel and aluminum are costing Ford $1 billion and threatening to ignite price increases across the auto industry. By Tom Krisher and Josh Boak. SENT: 650 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

— POLICE SHOOTING-MICHIGAN: A 33-year-old man has been arrested after leading police on a chase that ended on a western Michigan freeway. Grand Rapids police say shots were fired Thursday morning, but no officers were struck. With AP Photos.

— THERAPY DUCKS DISPUTE: New guidelines will allow a 12-year-old western Michigan boy with autism to keep his ducks, which are his emotional support animals. With AP Photos.

— CALVES KILLED-FIRE: A young man and a 16-year-old boy are facing charges after authorities say they shot fireworks that sparked a grass fire and killed four calves along a road in rural Michigan.

— DETROIT MEDICAL CENTER-WAYNE STATE: A roughly century-old partnership between a Detroit hospital and university medical school that was at risk of being severed will continue under a newly approved deal.

— HOME EXPLOSION-MICHIGAN: Authorities say an attempted furnace theft caused a natural gas leak that led to an explosion that leveled a home in suburban Detroit and injured three people. With AP Photos.

— DRUNKEN DRIVING CRACKDOWN: Authorities say an end-of-summer crackdown on drunken driving across Michigan led to hundreds of arrests and citations.

— HUNTER EDUCATION: The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is offering safety classes before the fall hunting and trapping seasons begin. First-time hunters born on or after Jan. 1, 1960, are required to successfully complete a hunter safety and education course before getting a license.

— MACOMB COUNTY-TIME CAPSULE: A time capsule buried 30 years ago north of Detroit is expected to be opened as part of Macomb County’s bicentennial celebrations.

SPORTS:

BBA--TIGERS-TWINS

MINNEAPOLIS — Francisco Liriano pitches for the Detroit Tigers against his original team in the final game of the series at Minnesota, with reliever Gabriel Moya starting for the Twins in their latest use of the opener strategy. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 8:10 p.m. ET.

FBC--T25-MICHIGAN-NORTHWESTERN

EVANSTON, Ill. — No. 14 Michigan comes into Saturday’s game at Northwestern rolling with three straight blowout victories since a season-opening loss to Notre Dame. The Wolverines blew out Nebraska last week and have outscored their past three opponents a combined 150-33. Northwestern, meanwhile, has two straight losses since opening with a win. And top running back Jeremy Larkin informed the team Monday that he has to stop playing football because of a spinal condition. By Andrew Seligman. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. With FBC--T25--Michigan-Northwestern Preview Capsule.

Also:

— FBC--T25-BIG TEN THIS WEEK. Sent: 500 words.

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