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

April 11, 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.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

BKC--MICHIGAN ST-RAPE LAWSUIT

EAST LANSING, Mich. _ A Michigan State University student is speaking publicly a year after filing a lawsuit against the school that alleges three former men’s basketball players raped her in 2015 and that she was discouraged by counseling center staff from reporting what happened. Bailey Kowalski came forward in a story published by The New York Times on Wednesday, saying she hopes other victims tell their stories. She will hold a news conference Thursday. The woman and players aren’t named in the suit. By David Eggert. SENT: 150 words. Will be updated. Developing from 1 p.m. ET news conference. Video and photo planned.

FLINT AIRPORT STABBING

FLINT, Mich. _ Lawyers for a Montreal man convicted of stabbing a police officer at an airport in Flint, Michigan, have asked the judge to sentence him to 25 years in prison. Amor Ftouhi was convicted in November on several charges in the June 2017 attack. He could face life in prison, but in a Thursday court filing, his attorneys asked that he be sentenced to 25 years and that he should spend that time in solitary confinement. By Corey Williams. SENT: 510 words, photos.

FLINT WATER

DETROIT _ Plaintiffs in a federal lawsuit settled in 2017 in which Michigan and the city of Flint agreed to replace thousands of lead-contaminated home water lines will update progress on the work. The Thursday news conference comes as the five-year anniversary nears when the city, under the control of state-appointed financial managers, tapped the Flint River as a temporary water source without treating it to reduce corrosion. As a result, lead leached from old pipes and fixtures. The AP is monitoring and plans a story on merits. Developing from 1 p.m. ET news conference.

AROUND THE STATE:

TREE FARM SCUTTLED

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. _ A project to revitalize the site of a former school in southern Michigan by growing a tree farm has been abandoned. The Battle Creek Enquirer reports that Greenprint Partners recently returned the vacant two acres in Battle Creek to the city and school district. The Chicago-based environmental company planted roughly 1,000 trees on the former Wilson Academy land before ending the project. Greenprint’s tree farms in other cities have been transitioned into forests to absorb excess stormwater. SENT: 290 words, photos.

INTERNET GAMBLING

CONCORD, N.H. _ A federal judge will hear a legal challenge from New Hampshire over a U.S. Department of Justice legal opinion that the state fears will threaten online gambling and state-run lotteries. A hearing is scheduled to start Thursday morning. The department in November interpreted the federal Wire Act as applying to any former of gambling that crosses state lines. The New Hampshire Lottery Commission sued in February, saying the opinion subjects its employees to prosecution. By Michael Casey. SENT: 140 words. Will be updated. Developing from 10 a.m. ET hearing. Michigan editors note state interest.

IN BRIEF:

—SECRETARY OF STATE-BRANCHES: Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson says she will unveil changes designed to shorten wait times and fix broken self-service kiosks at branch offices where people renew driver’s licenses and conduct other business.

—EDUCATION COUNCIL: Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is creating a state council of educators to advise her and make recommendations related to Michigan’s public education system.

—GORDIE HOWE BRIDGE: Officials say toxic industrial chemicals known as PFAS have been found in soil and groundwater in Detroit at the site of construction for a new bridge between the U.S. and Canada.

—HUMAN RIGHTS ORDINANCE: A proposed human rights ordinance in a west Michigan city includes penalties for violators, including those who dial 911 to try to use police to enforce their own bigotry.

—SPRING WEATHER-MICHIGAN: Parts of Michigan are getting hit with wintry weather as a storm system that unleashed a blizzard in the Upper Midwest moves through the region.

—CAMPUS MULTICULTURAL CENTER: The University of Michigan is opening a $10 million building dedicated to many cultures on campus.

SPORTS:

BKN--PLAYOFFS SET

MIAMI _ The last spot in the NBA playoffs went to the Detroit Pistons. Their reward: A series against Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks. The drama of the regular season went all the way to the very end of the regular season, with seven of the eight first-round playoff matchups not being clinched until the final night was in the books _ the last three of them, out West, going down to literally the final moments. By Tim Reynolds. SENT: 860 words, photos.

BBA--INDIANS-TIGERS

DETROIT _ The Detroit Tigers and Cleveland Indians face off Thursday afternoon in the last game of their three-game series. The Indians won the first matchup Tuesday and the Tigers won Wednesday. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 1:10 p.m. ET.

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