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

March 24, 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.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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LUDINGTON, Mich. — The U.S. Navy is naming a guided-missile destroyer after a Michigan man who served as a hospital corpsman and was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions during the Korean War. SENT: 250 words, photo.



TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — Unionized nurses at Munson Medical Center in northern Michigan’s Traverse City have ratified their first contract. SENT: 130 words.


LANSING, Mich. _ DeAnna Ray-Brown was standing under a 10-foot-by-10-foot hot pink tent off South Martin Luther King Boulevard in single-digit temperatures when it struck her. This might be something. Ray-Brown was serving her homemade cheesecake from a cooler on weekends then, more than a year ago, dishing out slices of her creations to customers who shivered while they waited in the bitter cold. She simply couldn’t believe the weather hadn’t kept them away. By Rachel Greco, Lansing State Journal. SENT IN ADVANCE: 953 words, photos.


DETROIT _ During Kiss’s iconic May 1975 concert at Cobo Hall that became the material for the band’s “Alive!” album, bassist Gene Simmons threw a towel into the audience, and 16-year-old Terry Pakulski, who was in the front row, snagged the souvenir. Since then, the Macomb County resident has added thousands of other pieces of Kiss memorabilia, including guitar picks, casino chips, plates, golf balls, mugs, nutcrackers — and a Kiss telephone that plays “Rock and Roll All Nite” when it rings. Pakulski plans to soon see the band at Little Caesars Arena — which will mark the 69th time he’s attended a Kiss concert. The band announced the tour, dubbed the “End of the World Tour,” would be its last. By George Hunter, The Detroit News. SENT IN ADVANCE: 761 words, photos.


_ RECYCLING GRANTS: The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality is taking applications for grants that would support increased access to proper electronics recycling in rural areas.

_ CHILD SUPPORT PROGRAM: A program designed to help Wayne County residents understand child support and Friend of the Court issues will be held at the Detroit Public Library’s main branch on Woodward Avenue in Midtown.



OAKLAND, Calif. _ The Detroit Pistons visit the Golden State Warriors. By Rob Gloster. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 8:30 p.m.


LOUISVILLE, Ky. _ Top-seeded Louisville faces No. 8 Michigan in a second round NCAA Tournament game with a Sweet 16 berth on the line. Both are coming off 30-point blowout wins. By Gary B. Graves. UPCOMING. 600 words, photos. Game starts at noon.


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