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BC-MI--Michigan News Digest, MI

August 5, 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. Rick Callahan 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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TOP STORIES:

MICHIGAN SYMPHONY-DISCRIMINATION

ST. JOSEPH, Mich. — Two musicians with the Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra have resigned after receiving disciplinary action that they allege was based on their ages. Cellist Susan Dietrich-Reed and husband and trumpet player Steven Reed are alleging age discrimination by the orchestra after receiving musical deficiency letters, the Herald-Palladium of St. Joseph reported. The Reeds had been members of the orchestra for four decades, but they quit in June. SENT: 390 words. With AP Photo.

MICHIGAN PRIMARY-GOVERNOR

Michigan’s open primary for governor features the leading GOP candidate endorsed by Trump and his strongest opponent backed Gov. Rick Snyder. The three Democrats are trying to stake out their claims as the most progressive candidate. By David Eggert. SENT: 950 words, photos. Moved Saturday and available for use.

AROUND THE STATE:

EXCHANGE-REPURPOSED CHURCHES

BERKLEY, Mich. — Residents and developers in Michigan are fighting over the use of old churches and schools for housing. On one side developers are looking to create new types of housing that will serve residents of all ages. On the other are residents living in houses on small lots that don’t want to see increased traffic, reduced parking and changing views in their neighborhoods. By Bryce Airgood, Detroit Free Press. SENT IN ADVANCE: words.

EXCHANGE-PIPE ORGAN RENEWAL

DETROIT — In this age of digital, portable instruments, pipe organs would seem to be obsolete but a Detroit firm is busy working on the instruments. Rick Helderop owns Covenant Organs and has worked on the huge instruments for more than 30 years. He says he’s as busy as ever. Helderop’s company has a workshop in downtown Detroit where he and his employees do much of their repair, maintenance and restoration projects. By Nolan Ryan, The Detroit News. SENT IN ADVANCE: words.

IN BRIEF:

— RACIST COMMENT: A central Michigan city employee says he faced retaliation after reporting a supervisor for making a racist comment. The Lansing State Journal reports that 59-year-old Jeff Mitchner says city officials slashed his hours and tried to “bully” him into dropping the claim.

— DOG FLU-MICHIGAN: Michigan officials are raising concerns about an outbreak of dog flu in the southern part of the state.

— MICHIGAN ROADS-WEBSITE: The Michigan Department of Transportation has launched a new version of its construction and traffic information website for motorists.

SPORTS:

BBA--TIGERS-ATHLETICS

OAKLAND, Calif. — Khris Davis hadn’t hit a home run in three days, an eternity for the Athletics slugger considering the roll he’s been on since the All-Star break. Matt Chapman’s drought was a little longer but not by much. By Michael Wagaman. SENT: 650 words. Moved late Saturday. With AP Photos.

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