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

October 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. Tom Davies 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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DETROIT — Michigan voters get to have their say on whether to expand voting methods and options, and enshrine them into the constitution — a measure that doesn’t have the support of the Republican secretary of state candidate but checks the box for the state’s former longtime elections director. The ballot measure under consideration next month — unusual for all that it encompasses — would allow same-day registration, no-reason absentee ballots and straight-party voting. It also would automatically register people when they conduct business with the secretary of state unless they opt out and lock into the state constitution laws already in place such as sending absentee ballots to military or overseas voters at least 45 days before an election, ensuring secret ballots and auditing election results. By Jeff Karoub. SENT: 700 words, photo.




MIDLAND, Mich. — A new walkway built through the treetops in Michigan is opening this weekend. The Dow Gardens on Sunday is opening its 1,400-foot-long canopy walk in Midland, about 30 miles northwest of Saginaw. The elevated walkway offers visitors a different viewpoint of the area. It overlooks 54 acres of forest, ponds, meadows and an apple orchard. The walk’s highest point is 40 feet off the ground. SENT: 250 words, photos.


DEXTER, Mich. — A controversial wedding barn in Michigan that was shut down by court order in 2015 is getting new life as a single-family home. Cottonwood Barn in Webster Township northeast of Dexter stopped operating as a wedding venue at the end of 2015 after Washtenaw County Judge Carol Kuhnke ruled that the wedding barn violated Webster Township’s zoning ordinance. By Lauren Slagter. MLive. SENT IN ADVANCE: 500 words.


BATTLE CREEK, Mich. — Kellogg Community College’s student newspaper has gone digital after more than 60 years in print. The Bruin published its last monthly print edition in June, changed its name to The Bruin News over the summer and became a digital-only publication this fall. By Noe Hernandez. Battle Creek Enquirer. SENT IN ADVANCE: 750 words.


— ARETHA FRANKLIN-MEMORIAL HIGHWAY: Part of a Detroit freeway would be named for legendary Motown singer Aretha Franklin under a legislative proposal. Detroit Democratic Rep. Fred Durhal III wants to dub a portion of M-10 for the Queen of Soul. The stretch would be from 8 Mile to Interstate 94.

— ALGAE BIOFUEL GRANT: University of Michigan researchers will use a $2 million Energy department grant toward finding ways to use algae as a biofuel source for diesel engines.

— CONCERT-ARAB AMERICAN COMPOSERS: The Arab American National Museum and a Detroit ensemble are teaming up for evening of music by composers with Middle Eastern roots. The Dearborn museum will host the Oct. 19 concert by the Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings.



EAST LANSING, Mich. — No. 20 Michigan State tries to avenge last year’s triple-overtime loss to Northwestern. By Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game time noon ET.


ANN ARBOR, Mich. — No. 15 Michigan hosts Maryland, hoping it gets to tune up before three straight test. By Larry Lage. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game time noon ET.


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