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

April 2, 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 STORIES:

MARIJUANA PIONEERS-RELAXING RULES

SEATTLE _ When Washington and Colorado launched their pioneering recreational marijuana industries in the face of federal prohibition, they imposed strict rules in hopes of keeping the U.S. Justice Department at bay. Five years later, lawmakers are on the verge of easing the rules at the behest of businesses who say Washington and Colorado’s industries risk falling behind. There are now 10 states that have legalized the adult use of marijuana, and many have taken a more permissive approach. By Gene Johnson. SENT: 960 words, photos.

MICHIGAN STATE-PROFESSOR LAWSUIT

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. _ Two doctoral students are suing a Michigan State University professor who they say exploited and forced them to work long hours for little to no pay at his engineering lab. The Lansing State Journal says the lawsuit also claims that university officials have known about the allegations against Parviz Soroushian since 2011. Talal Salem began working for Soroushian at his Lansing lab, Metna Co., after joining the doctoral program in 2017. Salem says Soroushian made him work all hours of the night. SENT: 150 words. Will be updated.

BUSINESS:

COMPACT SUV-COMPETITION

DETROIT _ Ford hopes to regain a dominant position in the compact SUV segment when it rolls out a revamped version of the Escape in the fall. Just six years ago the Escape was the second-biggest player in the fastest-growing part of the U.S. market with more than 16% of the segment’s sales. Last year it had only 6%. The new Ford looks sleeker and weighs 200 pounds less than the current version. It will have four engine-transmission combinations including plug-in and gas-electric hybrids. By Tom Krisher. SENT: 400 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

—WIND TURBINE FIRE: A wind turbine fire in Michigan sent black smoke billowing into the air and drew spectators who watched as flaming debris fell to the ground. Photo.

—RIVER BODY-CHARGES: A grand jury in South Dakota has indicted a man accused of killing his girlfriend and dumping her dismembered body in a river in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

—OBIT-WILLIAMSON: Don Williamson, a millionaire businessman who was mayor of Flint for more than five years, has died. He was 85.

—TEEN-RIVER SEARCH: Authorities again have searched for a 15-year-old boy who fell through ice in the Muskegon River about two months ago.

—SPENDING INVESTIGATION: Authorities say they’re investigating the handling of asset forfeiture funds by the Macomb County prosecutor’s office.

—NATURE PRESERVE-ISLAND: A conservation group in northern Michigan has created a nature preserve on Drummond Island off the eastern Upper Peninsula.

SPORTS:

BKC--ALL-AMERICA TEAM

Duke’s Zion Williamson and R.J. Barrett are the second freshman teammates to earn first-team All-America honors. Williamson and Barrett head The Associated Press All-America team, joined by Tennessee’s Grant Williams, Murray State’s Ja Morant and Cassius Winston of Michigan State. By John Marshall. SENT: 1,150 words, photos.

BBA--TIGERS-YANKEES

NEW YORK _ With the injury-depleted Yankees missing sluggers Giancarlo Stanton, Miguel Andujar and nearly half their everyday lineup, New York sends Masahiro Tanaka (1-0) to the mound against a slumping Detroit offense on Tuesday. Jordan Zimmermann pitches for the Tigers after taking a perfect game into the seventh inning on opening day last week in Toronto. By Baseball Writer Mike Fitzpatrick. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 6:35 p.m. ET.

HKN--PENGUINS-RED WINGS

DETROIT _ The Pittsburgh Penguins are a win away from clinching a 13th consecutive postseason bid against the suddenly successful Detroit Red Wings. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:30 p.m. ET.

HKN--RED WINGS-BLASHILL

DETROIT _ The Detroit Red Wings and coach Jeff Blashill have agreed on a two-year contract extension. The 45-year-old Blashill is in his fourth season as coach of the storied franchise, which will miss the playoffs for the third straight year. General manager Ken Holland says Blashill has done well to develop the young talent on the roster as the Red Wings rebuild. Before their skid, Detroit had reached the postseason for 25 consecutive seasons. SENT: 230 words, photos.

HKW--WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

The American women have beaten Canada in seven of the last eight world hockey championship finals, including a 3-2 overtime win two years ago in Michigan. Most expect another showdown between the top two national teams at this year’s tournament in Espoo, Finland. Canada opens play against Switzerland on Thursday while the U.S. faces host Finland. SENT: 560 words.

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