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

March 5, 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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LANSING, Mich. _ Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has called for nearly tripling Michigan’s per-gallon gas tax, which would make the state home to the country’s highest fuel taxes. The Democrat said Tuesday that the tax hike was needed in order to improve aging roads, which she warned would only get worse without a major influx of new spending. To alleviate the burden for some, she proposed a tax overhaul under which retirees and low-income earners would get breaks and more businesses would pay corporate income taxes. By David Eggert. SENT: 440 words, photo.



TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. _ Authorities have relocated four Canadian wolves to Isle Royale National Park in Michigan in an ongoing effort to restore the predator species on the Lake Superior island chain. The park announced Monday that a female and a male were captured from the same pack last week near Wawa, Ontario. Two other males were taken from Michipicoten Island Provincial Park in Lake Superior. The new arrivals bring the park’s wolf population to eight. By John Flesher. SENT: 590 words, photos.


LOS ANGELES _ Smokey Robinson recalls some of his favorite memories with the late Aretha Franklin when they were younger at a taped tribute concert honoring the Queen of Soul. Robinson said he looked at Franklin as his “little sister” whom he still misses at the “Aretha! A Grammy Celebration for The Queen of Soul” during a tribute taped in January in Los Angeles. He took the stage along with Alicia Keys, Celine Dion and Patti LaBelle. The tribute will air March 10 on CBS. By Jonathan Landrum Jr. SENT: 790 words, photos.


—FATAL STABBING: A 60-year-old man has been charged with murder after police in southwestern Michigan say they found his roommate’s body in a basement four to five days after he was fatally stabbed.

—JUDGE DISPUTE: A Detroit judge has been benched after her boss says she refuses to use courtroom technology.

—COOK NUCLEAR PLANT: A reactor at a nuclear power plant in southwestern Michigan is shutting down this week for refueling, maintenance and testing.

—RECYCLING GRANTS: Michigan officials say they’re stepping up financial support for recycling infrastructure projects.



LAKELAND, Fla. _ The Detroit Tigers have assigned top draft pick Casey Mize to minor league camp. The No. 1 selection in last year’s draft pitched two innings for the Tigers against St. Louis. Manager Ron Gardenhire says that as starters begin throwing more innings in spring training, it’s harder to find room for other pitchers. Mize will go to minor league camp so he can pitch more. By Noah Trister. SENT: 290 words, photos.


DENVER _ The Detroit Red Wings try to break out of a seven-game slump when they play Colorado on Tuesday night. The Avalanche remain in contention for a playoff spot. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 9 p.m. ET.


EAST LANSING, Mich. _ No. 9 Michigan State hosts Nebraska on Tuesday, holding out hope it can win the Big Ten title. By Larry Lage. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m. ET.


Numerous major conference races still to be decided during final week of the regular season. ACC, Big Ten and Big East among the conference races still to be determined. No. 13 Kansas will need some help to capture its 15th straight Big 12 title. By John Marshall. SENT: 820 words, photos. Moving on national sports lines.






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