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

August 8, 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. For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org.

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LANSING, Mich — Gretchen Whitmer’s victory in the Michigan gubernatorial primary ensures an all-female Democratic statewide ticket this fall, a first for either party in the battleground state. Women also advanced in three key congressional races in Michigan, which — like the country as a whole — has seen a surge of female candidates that had been expected since the Women’s March demonstrations after President Donald Trump’s inauguration.  By David Eggert. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos.




DETROIT — An attorney and former Michigan lawmaker is looking ahead to becoming the first Muslim woman elected to Congress. Former state Rep. Rashida Tlaib won the Democratic nomination late Tuesday to run unopposed for the Detroit-area congressional seat long held by former U.S. Rep. John Conyers. No Republicans or third-party candidates were in the race, meaning the daughter of Palestinian immigrants is set to win the seat in November and begin serving a full two-year term in January. By Corey Williams and Jeff Karoub. SENT: 850 words, photo.


— TWIN CANDIDATES-DIFFERENT PARTIES: Twin sisters from different political parties are a step closer to public office in western Michigan. Monica Sparks, a Democrat, and her Republican sister, Jessica Ann Tyson, won their party’s nomination for seats on the Kent County Board of Commissioners.

— ARTS TAX-FLINT: Voters in the Flint area have voted in favor of a new tax to support museums and the arts. Supporters said the Flint area should be known for more than water and infrastructure problems.

— MICHIGAN HOUSE-FLINT: An ex-mayor who was ousted by voters in 2015 amid a lead-tainted water crisis in Flint has lost his bid for a seat in the Michigan House.

— CASTLE MUSEUM-TAX: Voters in a Michigan county have rejected a proposed tax to help support the Castle Museum of Saginaw County History.

— ANIMAL CONTROL FUNDING: Voters in a southern Michigan county have supported funding for the return of animal control officers. About 62 percent of Tuesday’s votes in Jackson County were in favor of a 10-year proposal that would add three animal control officers beginning next year.



DETROIT — Ford Motor Co. marked the production of the 10 millionth Mustang with celebrations at the automaker’s headquarters and at the Flat Rock Assembly Plant where the iconic sports car is made. A parade of Mustangs from 1964 to the present day rolled into the HQ’s parking lot in Dearborn, Michigan, Wednesday morning before making the 30-minute drive — complete with police escort — to the Flat Rock complex. By Mike Householder. SENT: 120 words. UPCOMING: 300 words, photos, video.


ANN ARBOR, Mich. — A federal judge has denied a request to immediately stop the University of Michigan from using its Bias Response Team despite a group’s claims it hinders free speech on campus. U.S. District Court Judge Linda V. Parker rejected the preliminary injunction requested by Speech First. Parker sided with the university’s argument that its team investigating allegations of bias isn’t a disciplinary body and only works with students “who agree to participate.” UPCOMING: 300 words.



SAN FRANCISCO — Board members at Tesla are evaluating CEO and Chairman Elon Musk’s $72 billion proposal to take the electric car and solar panel maker private. Six of nine members said in a prepared statement Wednesday that Musk began talking with the board about the move last week. This included discussing how being a private company could better serve Tesla’s long-term interests. Board members met several times and also addressed funding for the move, according to the statement. SENT: 450 words, photos.


— YOUNG MURDERER-INDECENT EXPOSURE: Police say they used a Taser to arrest a Detroit-area man who has new legal problems nearly 20 years after becoming the youngest person in U.S. history to be convicted of murder. With AP Photo.

— MARSHAL RETIRES: The U.S. marshal for eastern Michigan has retired after 16 years in the law enforcement post. Robert Grubbs informed federal court officials that he was stepping down from the Detroit-based post.

— GREAT LAKES ECOLOGY: The ecology of the Great Lakes — and how economic considerations have affected them — is the topic of a talk presented by the Grand Rapids Public Library.



ANAHEIM, Calif. — Rookie Jaime Barria takes the mound when the Los Angeles Angels attempt to get back to .500 with a three-game sweep of the Tigers. Detroit counters with Blaine Hardy in its attempt to avoid a winless six-game road trip. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game time 4 p.m. ET


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