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

September 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. 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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LANSING, Mich. — The Republican-controlled Michigan Senate has adopted ballot initiatives that would increase the state’s minimum wage and require paid sick leave. If the GOP-led House follows suit later Wednesday, the measures will become law and not be placed on the Michigan ballot in November. The strategy would make it easier for lawmakers to change the proposals in the postelection “lame-duck” session with simple majority votes. A group backing the minimum wage drive says the maneuver would be unconstitutional. By David Eggert. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated.



BEIJING — China is trying to defuse a spiraling tariff war with Washington over technology policy by highlighting gains in other trade-related areas. The head of its patent and copyright office says enforcement — once a target of complaints by Beijing’s trading partners — has improved and is “very productive.” Beijing points to plans to end limits on foreign ownership in the auto industry and other changes, but none of those affects policies that triggered the conflict with Washington. By Business Writer Joe McDonald. SENT: 750 words, photos. Moving in business services.


— FIAT CHRYSLER-PROVING GROUNDS: Fiat Chrysler says it’s invested more than $30 million at its Chelsea Proving Grounds in southeastern Michigan to boost development and testing of autonomous vehicles and advanced safety technologies.

— WORKER SAFETY GRANTS: Matching grants of up to $5,000 to improve workplace safety and health are being made available for Michigan companies that have up to 250 employees.


— PRIEST-ASSAULT: Prosecutors say a Catholic priest in the Saginaw area will be considered a “sex offender for the remainder” of his life, even if he doesn’t go to prison. Authorities held a news conference Wednesday, a day after the Rev. Robert DeLand pleaded no contest to criminal sexual conduct and six other charges.

— CHILD SLAIN-POTTY TRAINING: Two Michigan parents accused of beating their 3-year-old daughter to death while trying to potty train her have been sentenced to up to 40 years in prison.

— DIPLOMACY CENTER-UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN: The University of Michigan will create a foreign policy engagement hub in Ann Arbor with a $10 million gift from alumni Ron and Eileen Weiser.

— MOTEL-BODY: A judge has closed a Flint-area motel to new customers, weeks after a woman’s body was stuffed under a bed for days. The Genesee County prosecutor’s office says the Great Western Inn in Mount Morris Township is notorious for prostitution and drug use.

— CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER-DETROIT: John Hill is stepping down as Detroit’s chief financial officer. Hill was hired in 2013 by then-emergency manager Kevyn Orr and is credited with helping Detroit’s financial restructuring through and after the city’s historic bankruptcy. Detroit exited bankruptcy in late 2014.

— MICHIGAN STORMS: Officials confirm four tornadoes touched down in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula over the weekend, knocking down trees and damaging buildings.

— MIGHTY MAC SWIM: Ultra-marathoner Jim Dreyer is organizing a yearly race for up to 400 swimmers across the swirling waters where Lakes Huron and Michigan converge. Dreyer has put together several four-mile swims across the Straits of Mackinac, beginning in 2007.

— POLAR BEARS SYMPOSIUM: An event in Detroit will honor U.S. soldiers known as “Polar Bears” who fought the Bolshevik Red Army in Russia in 1918 and 1919.



CHICAGO — Michael Kopech hopes to go more than just a few innings after having two of his first three major league starts shortened by rain when the Chicago White Sox wrap up a three-game series against the Detroit Tigers. Jordan Zimmerman pitches for Detroit. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game time 8:10 p.m. ET


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