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

June 6, 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.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates.



LANSING, Mich. — More than 500,000 able-bodied, nonelderly adults in Michigan’s Medicaid expansion program would have to work or meet related requirements to keep qualifying for government health insurance under a revised bill that cleared a major legislative hurdle on Wednesday and is expected to become law. The House Appropriations Committee voted 17-10, along party lines, to advance the measure to the full House, which was expected to vote on it later Wednesday. If the House approves it and Gov. Rick Snyder signs it into law, as expected, then starting in 2020, adults age 18 to 62 would have to show workforce engagement averaging 80 hours a month — work, school, job or vocational training, an internship, substance abuse treatment or community service. By David Eggert. SENT: 450 words. Will be updated.



LANSING, Mich. — The Republican-led Michigan House is expected to vote on a veto-proof measure that would repeal a state law requiring higher “prevailing” wages for construction workers on state-financed projects. If the Senate also votes Wednesday, the law will be off the books. Democrats are pushing to let voters decide on the November ballot. By David Eggert. UPCOMING: 500 words, more on merits. Developing from Wednesday Senate and House sessions.


LANSING, Mich. — A Senate committee has added coaches to the list of people who must report child abuse, the latest turn in a batch of bills spurred by the Larry Nassar scandal. The committee on Wednesday unanimously approved 24 bills to change how Michigan prosecutes and reports sexual assault. The next stop is the Senate floor. The legislation sailed through the House in May but was criticized by some senators. The House version had removed coaches from the list of mandatory reporters. SENT: 110 words. Will be updated.



BERRIEN SPRINGS, Mich. — A university in southwestern Michigan is shutting down its dairy farm business after operating for more than a century. Andrews University’s board of trustees voted Monday to focus on the farm’s food crops grown on 750 acres. The farm began its dairy production in 1907 and is now slated to shutter the operations next year. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 250 words.


— CADILLAC-SUPER CRUISE: General Motors is going to expand a hands-free driver-assist system to all Cadillac vehicles starting in 2020, with plans to roll it out to more brands in the future. The Super Cruise driver-assistance feature includes LiDAR map data, high precision GPS, a driver attention system and a network of camera and radar sensors. With AP Photos.

— MICHIGAN STATE-MATH: Michigan State University is dropping a remedial math course that doesn’t count toward an undergraduate degree and covers material that students were supposed to have mastered in high school.

— VANILLA HEIST: A Michigan spice importer says he solved the case of missing vanilla beans by installing a camera at his Rockford warehouse. Authorities have charged an employee with stealing 50-pound boxes of beans worth more than $100,000.

— CEMETERY ASSAULT: A man who pleaded guilty in a 2017 attack on a man who was digging for money reportedly hidden in a mid-Michigan cemetery has been sentenced to eight to 20 years in prison. With AP Photos.

— DETROIT EX-MAYOR: Disgraced ex-Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick has ended up at a low-security federal prison in New Jersey. With AP Photo.

— GRAND RAPIDS HOUSING: Officials in a western Michigan city are considering new rules aimed at protecting renters from predatory landlords.

— TRANSFORMING STOREFRONTS-DETROIT: The city of Detroit is seeking local and regional designers to help transform vacant commercial storefronts into high-quality spaces where residents can discuss ongoing plans for their neighborhoods.

— GYPSY MOTHS-GRANGER: Residents in a northern Indiana neighborhood are battling an infestation of gypsy moth caterpillars that are stripping trees bare of foliage.



ANN ARBOR, Mich. — John Beilein is staying at Michigan after talking with the Detroit Pistons about their coaching vacancy. Beilein announced on Twitter on Wednesday that he’s excited about coaching the Wolverines next season and in the years to come. A person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press earlier this month Beilein interviewed with the Pistons. The 65-year-old Beilein has coached at Michigan for 11 seasons. By Larry Lage. SENT: 130 words, photo. Will be updated.


BOSTON — The Boston Red Sox play the second game of a three-game series against the Detroit Tigers. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game time 7:10 p.m. ET


— FBC--MICHIGAN ST-ASSAULT: Three former Michigan State University football players accused in the sexual assault of a woman have avoided jail time after pleading guilty. SENT: 130 words, photos.


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