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

February 10, 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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TOP STORY:

DETROIT FIRES

DETROIT _ Detroit has seen a dramatic decline in the number of fires over the last five years, which fire department officials credit to the city’s aggressive blight elimination, bolstered arson investigations and community education efforts. According to the Detroit Fire Department’s data, the average number of structure fires annually in the city has dropped by 42 percent since 2014, the Detroit News reported. Detroit Fire Commissioner Eric Jones said the city has ramped up efforts to prevent fires, and identify and arrest arsonists. But the fire union’s president questions the department’s data and says the city is inadequately staffed to fight the fires. SENT: 435 words, photos.

AROUND THE STATE:

GAY BISHOP

BANGOR, Maine _ The first openly gay Episcopal bishop in Maine is expected to be consecrated this June after receiving his blessing from clergy and congregants. The Rev. Thomas James Brown was elected Saturday night by a majority of the 261 clergy members and laypeople after three rounds of balloting at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor, the Portland Press Herald reports. The Michigan native has served as rector at the Parish of the Epiphany in Winchester, Massachusetts, since 2009. Before that, he served at a church in Brattleboro, Vermont, and as director of alumni and church relations at the Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkley, California. SENT; 240 words.

EXCHANGE-ICE RESCUE TRAINED

SHEPHERD, Mich. _ James Uthe, a Shepherd Tri-Township firefighter-paramedic was treading the freezing water in a hole cut through 11-inch ice to a pond about 15-feet deep. Aaron Lloyd, another firefighter, clipped Uthe to a two-keeled boat. Firefighters on shore pulled ropes and dragged the boat and Uthe out of the water and onto the relative dry of ice. Mission accomplished. By Eric Baerren, Morning Sun. SENT IN ADVANCE: 522 words.

EXCHANGE-FARMHOUSE MUSEUM

MASON, Mich. _ Five generations of Scott Shattuck’s family have lived in his 131-year-old farmhouse. The white house, with its wrap-around porch sits on more than 12 acres. Shattuck’s grandfather and father were born there. He grew up there, and raised his kids there. By Rachel Greco, Lansing State Journal. SENT IN ADVANCE: 799 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ WINTER WEATHER-MICHIGAN: Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has declared a state of emergency in Grand Rapids, qualifying the city for additional assistance as it copes with power outages and cleans up from storms.

_ PORSCHE-LEMON LAW: Was a $100,000 Porsche a lemon? The Michigan appeals court says a Kent County woman will get a second chance to make her case with a jury.

_ MICHIGAN REEF-SANDS: A panel of federal, state and tribal agencies is seeking public comments on proposed strategies for protecting an important Lake Superior fish habitat area.

_ RIVERSIDE PARK-ACCESS: Plans are in the works for a universal-access canoe and kayak launch at Riverside Park in western Michigan.

SPORTS:

HKN--RED WINGS-BLACKHAWKS

CHICAGO _ The Chicago Blackhawks try for their seventh consecutive victory when they host the Detroit Red Wings. Chicago star Patrick Kane also is looking to extend his 13-game point streak. By Jay Cohen. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 3 p.m.

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