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

October 5, 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, 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.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates.

TOP STORY:

MICHIGAN-ARTPRIZE

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The winners of the 10th international ArtPrize competition are being announced during an awards ceremony in western Michigan. This year’s ArtPrize started last month and features the work of artists from around the world at more than 160 venues vying for $500,000 in cash prizes. More than 1,260 artworks are on display. Awards include $200,000 for the public favorite and $200,000 for a winner picked by an expert jury. SENT: 120 words. Will be updated after 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. event where winners will be announced. AP Photos planned.

AROUND THE STATE:

METEORITE DOORSTOP

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A Michigan man recently learned that a rock he’s been using as a doorstop is a meteorite worth $100,000. The Smithsonian Museum and Central Michigan University say the nearly 23-pound hunk of iron and nickel is the sixth largest meteorite found in Michigan. SENT: 130 words, photos. Will be updated.

IN BRIEF:

— GORDIE HOWE BRIDGE: Construction work has started on a bridge between Windsor, Ontario, and Detroit.

— SUSPICIOUS FIRES-MICHIGAN: Two more people have been charged following a string of suspicious fires in a rural part of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula.

— FLINT WATER-ELON MUSK: Elon Musk and the Musk Foundation are donating water stations and filtration systems to schools in Flint, Michigan, which is still recovering from a lead-tainted water crisis.

— UPPER PENINSULA-SNOW: Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is getting a taste of wintry weather a little earlier than usual this fall.

— DETROIT FIRE RUNS: The Detroit Fire Department is changing parts of a new policy that allows its crews to shut off lights and sirens on emergency vehicles during some less-urgent calls. The updates follow criticism about the policy that took effect in August from the union for firefighters and residents who worried it was unsafe.

— CHILD ABUSE-MICHIGAN: A southwestern Michigan woman who authorities say abused her infant twin sons, including one who died from his injuries, has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder.

SPORTS:

FBC--T25-MARYLAND-MICHIGAN PREVIEW

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Michigan’s offensive line has been much maligned in recent years, getting the brunt of criticism for an offense without a consistent running or passing game. The 15th-ranked Wolverines are far from perfect on offense, but their line has been opening holes for Karan Higdon and giving quarterback Shea Patterson time to pass. Michigan (4-1, 2-0 Big Ten) hopes playing Maryland (3-1, 1-0) proves to be a confidence-boosting tuneup before playing Wisconsin, at Michigan State and Penn State. By Sports Writer Larry Lage. SENT: 550 words, photos.

FBC--T25-NORTHWESTERN-MICHIGAN ST PREVIEW

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Two years ago, Michigan State and Northwestern combined for 94 points. Last season, they threw for over 800 yards. Their next meeting is this weekend, but both teams have issues that could prevent another shootout. It’s not clear who will be available Saturday when No. 20 Michigan State hosts Northwestern. By Sports Writer Noah Trister. SENT: 600 words, photos.

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