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

August 21, 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.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

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NEW YORK — The backlash was swift for Madonna’s rambling, egocentric tribute to Aretha Franklin at the MTV Video Music Awards, with media and Queen-of-Soul fans wondering why she got the gig in the first place. Dressed in flowing black with grandiose flourishes of African jewelry, Madonna’s send-off came before she presented the video of the year award to Camila Cabello on Monday night. She spoke at length about her own start in the business and her own career before thanking Franklin for “empowering all of us. R.E.S.P.E.C.T.” After describing her teen exit from Detroit to make her name in show business, Madonna said at one point, “So, you are probably all wondering why I am telling you this story.” By Leanne Italie. SENT: 400 words, photos.



DETROIT — A Detroit incinerator is working to fix its foul odor issues amid complaints from neighbors. The state Attorney General’s Office informed Detroit Renewable Energy this summer that its facility needs to be upgraded to manage odors before it can be released from a 2014 consent judgment. The plant converts garbage into energy for city customers. State officials say a two-year assessment of hundreds of odor complaints received by the Department of Environmental Quality supports their findings. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words.


ROANOKE, Va. — A Flint, Michigan, resident is among those embroiled in a legal battle over a letter criticizing a Virginia Tech professor who helped expose the city’s water crisis. Flint resident Melissa Mays and the Campaign for Lead Free Water’s Yanna Lambrinidou and Paul Schwartz filed an Aug. 10 motion to dismiss Marc Edwards’ $3 million defamation lawsuit against them. Edwards has accused the three defendants of orchestrating a “smear campaign” against him. At the heart of the matter is a May letter signed by more than 60 Flint residents and the defendants, accusing Edwards of defaming Flint residents, interfering with their efforts to self-organize and abusing scientific authority, among other allegations. SENT: 450 words, photos.


TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — Federal officials said Monday they were prepared to act quickly if oil pipelines in a sensitive Michigan waterway leak, drawing a skeptical response from a U.S. senator who said the handling of a suspected anchor strike last spring exposed flaws in the system. Sen. Gary Peters, a Michigan Democrat, questioned the readiness of government agencies and the forthrightness of Enbridge Inc., owner of Line 5, which carries 23 million gallons of oil daily between Superior, Wisconsin, and Sarnia, Ontario. A nearly 5-mile, dual segment of the pipeline runs beneath the Straits of Mackinac, where Lakes Huron and Michigan converge. By John Flesher. SENT: 400 words. Moved late Monday and available for use.



For years, Tesla’s board remained almost invisible, staying behind the curtain as superstar Chairman and CEO Elon Musk guided the electric car maker to huge stock price increases. Now, given Musk’s recent questionable behavior, experts say it’s time for the board to step onstage and take action on the company’s leadership. The list of Musk’s offenses include berating Wall Street analysts on a conference call and labeling as a pedophile via Twitter a British diver involved in the cave rescue of trapped Thai soccer players. By Business Writers Ken Sweet and Tom Krisher. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.


— BARBECUE INJURY: A Michigan man who says he swallowed a stray bristle from a grill brush after barbecuing chicken has failed to persuade an appeals court to revive his lawsuit.

— FIREFIGHTER KILLED: Police say an off-duty Detroit firefighter has been killed in his home, just a few months after joining the department. Police Chief James Craig says the man was fatally shot at his Detroit home.

— DETROIT-POLICE SHOOTING: Detroit police say a 24-year-old man was critically wounded in an overnight shootout with police officers on the city’s northwest side. Police say that officers were patrolling an area about 10 p.m. Monday when one officer noticed a group of people and saw that one of them had a weapon.

— FATAL CRASH-SCHOOL: An 11-year-old girl is the third person to die after a weekend car crash at a Lansing school. Police say the girl died Monday, a day after a car crashed late at night at Pattengill School. With AP Photo.

— DETROIT OFFICER DIES-FUNERAL: More than 1,600 people attended the funeral for a newlywed police officer who was struck and killed by a speeding SUV outside a Detroit nightclub. With AP Photos.

— MICHIGAN NATIONAL GUARD-EXERCISES: The Michigan Army National Guard is planning a series of emergency response exercises this week in Detroit. The guard’s 46th Military Police Command is working with local, regional, federal and Canadian authorities.



DETROIT — The contending Chicago Cubs open a series with the rebuilding Detroit Tigers. By Larry Lage. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game time 7:10 p.m. ET.


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