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

August 30, 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.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates.

TOP STORIES:

ARETHA FRANKLIN-BLACK CULTURE

DETROIT — This week’s national mourning for the Queen of Soul is also a celebration of the black culture and institutions Aretha Franklin represented and so loved. The many aspects of black culture Franklin embodied have been on full display this week in her hometown, from the black museum that hosted her public viewing for thousands of her fellow Detroiters, to the gospel tradition that launched her singular musical gifts and the black community she gave respect and joy to for more than half a century. By Errin Whack. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.

WITH:

— ARETHA FRANKLIN-THE LATEST

— ARETHA FRANKLIN-CASKET MOVES

DOCTOR-SEXUAL ASSAULT-MICHIGAN ST

EAST LANSING, Mich. — The NCAA has cleared Michigan State University of any rules violations in the Larry Nassar sexual-assault scandal, the school announced. SENT: 300 words. Will be updated.

GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS:

ENVIRONMENTAL CLEANUP-FEES

LANSING, Mich. — Key business groups are backing Gov. Rick Snyder’s proposed fee hikes to pay for environmental cleanup and water infrastructure needs across Michigan. The Michigan Chamber of Commerce and the Michigan Farm Bureau joined the Republican governor to support the $179 million plan, which he first unveiled earlier this year. By David Eggert. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words.

AROUND THE STATE:

DOCTOR-SEXUAL ASSAULT-COACH

LANSING, Mich. — A former Michigan State University women’s gymnastics coach who’s charged with lying to investigators in the Larry Nassar sexual-assault scandal appears in court. SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING: 250 words.

ORANGE FISH

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — What’s that? A Michigan man has caught a rare orange fish on the Muskegon River. An expert says the fish has a rare genetic condition called Xanthism, which causes yellow pigments to be more pronounced. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 250 words, seeking photo.

IN BRIEF:

— CHILDREN ABDUCTED: An Amber Alert is called off in Michigan after police found a man and his three children.

— COUPLE KILLED: A suburban Detroit man wanted by police in the slayings of his sister and her boyfriend has been arrested at an Ohio library.

— MICHIGAN STORMS: Crews from out of state are helping utility workers in repairing widespread electricity outages across much of western and northern Michigan caused by strong storms this week.

— GREAT LAKES-CRUISE SHIPS: A coalition of government and business groups is kicking off a campaign to attract cruise ships to the Great Lakes.

— AIRPORT-LOOSE COINS: Air travelers in the Grand Rapids area can give their pocket coins to charity before going through a security line.

— MICHIGAN STORMS: Crews from out of state are helping utility workers in repairing widespread electricity outages across much of western and northern Michigan caused by storms.

SPORTS:

BROWNS-LIONS

DETROIT — Baker Mayfield gets the start for Cleveland in its preseason finale against the Lions. By Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.

BIG TEN-CALLOW QUARTERBACKS

In an earlier time, a true freshman starting quarterback wasn’t necessarily unthinkable, but it certainly was an outlier. Not so much anymore. Three of the Big Ten’s six new starters were in high school a year ago. By College Football Writer Eric Olson. SENT: 800 words, photos.

SYRACUSE-W MICHIGAN

KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Syracuse opens its season on the road for the first time in eight years, and the Orange can’t afford any early slip-ups if they hope to escape that three-year rut they’ve been in. SENT: 600 words.

UTAH ST-MICHIGAN ST

EAST LANSING, Mich. — No. 11 Michigan State tries for its 20th straight win in a home opener when it hosts Utah State on Friday night. By Noah Trister. SENT: 600 words.

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