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

July 14, 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. 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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LANSING, Mich. — For Democrats hoping to seize back the U.S. House amid a purported “blue wave” of liberal enthusiasm against President Donald Trump, Michigan could deliver a key victory or two — but it won’t come easily. Two years ago, the battleground state went for Trump, leaving shell-shocked Democrats scrambling to rework their strategy in the Midwest. This November will be the first test for them to prove their messaging still resonates in Rust Belt territory. By Alice Yin. SENT: 960 words, photo.



DETROIT — A Detroit man is trying to bike all of the estimated street routes through the city, and he’s halfway there. Thomas Leeper’s goal of biking 4,000 miles through Detroit isn’t for exercise, but for street art, the Detroit Free Press reported. Leeper takes photos of all the street art he comes upon on his rides and posts them on his blog, Every Linear Mile . He has captured faces and hearts spray-painted onto the inner pillars of large buildings, a hat painted onto a curbside fire hydrant and even a robot flashing a peace sign along a cinder block wall.


COLUMBUS TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Married for 51 years, Ron and Donna Stahl often took young people fishing at the ponds on their 150-acre property in Columbus Township. But about two years ago, they began upgrading their facilities to host larger groups and improve the quality of the experience. Happy Day Fishing Camp offers free fishing excursions to children with special circumstances. This could mean foster kids, children with special needs or children who are missing a parent. By Jeremy Ervin, The Times Herald. SENT IN ADVANCE: 440 words.


GRAND HAVEN, Mich. — A new Coast Guard Chief has started in Grand Haven. Justin Olson, after four years as station chief in Grand Haven, has been transferred to the same post in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. Taking his place is Master Chief Kirk McKay, who served as station chief in Grand Haven the four years prior to Olson’s arrival. By Matt DeYoung, Grand Haven Tribune. SENT IN ADVANCE: 710 words, photo.


— BEATTY TOWNSHIP-HOMICIDE: Authorities say a northern Indiana man sought in the slaying of a woman in Minnesota has been captured at a Michigan campground.

— DETROIT ZOO-SNAKE DAY: Visitors to the Detroit Zoo can learn about snake conservation as part of World Snake Day.

— HOME FORECLOSURES-DETROIT: Quicken Loans Community Fund and the United Community Housing Coalition are working with city officials to expand a program that prevents home foreclosures in Detroit.



DETROIT — Chauncey Billups is still eyeing the chance to run an NBA team. The former Pistons standout was back in the Detroit area Friday night as part of the BIG3 — entertainer Ice Cube’s 3-on-3 league of former NBA players, which made a stop at Little Caesars Arena. By Sports Writer Noah Trister. SENT: 600 words, photo.


HOUSTON — Houston’s Gerrit Cole is expected to come off the bereavement list to start against Detroit’s Michael Fulmer when the Astros and Tigers continue a three-game series. Houston won the opener 3-0. By Jeremy Rakes. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Starts at 4:10 p.m.


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