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

October 13, 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. Jeff Karoub 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

ELECTION 2018-HOUSE-MICHIGAN

DETROIT — Just as Michigan helped propel Donald Trump to the White House, the state could play a role in tipping the balance of control in the U.S. House back in favor of the Democratic Party from a Republican majority. By Corey Williams. SENT: 900 words, photos.

FUNERAL HOME-BABY BODIES

DETROIT — An anonymously written letter led Michigan inspectors to find badly decomposed remains of 11 infants hidden in a ceiling compartment of a shuttered Detroit funeral home, police say. SENT: 230 words.

SEXUAL CONDUCT-COLLEGES

BOSTON — Colleges across the country are grappling with how to handle an influx of sexual misconduct cases from years or decades past, which they largely attribute to the #MeToo movement. With limited staffing and little hope of finding conclusive evidence, some schools question whether to investigate at all. Some instead focus on providing support to victims and explaining changes they’ve made to protect students now. Those that do investigate face a tangle of questions about which generation of policies should apply, and whether they can legally share complaints with other schools where accused faculty now work. In the first half of 2018, Michigan State University received 22 complaints from two decades ago or longer, according to public records obtained by The Associated Press. In the previous five years combined, there were just nine cases that old. By Collin Binkley. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.

With:

— SEXUAL CONDUCT-COLLEGES-GLANCE

BUSINESS:

AROUND THE STATE:

STUDENT HACKERS

ROCHESTER HILLS, Mich. — Student hackers have shown vulnerabilities in a Michigan school district’s cybersecurity system. SENT: 270 words, photos.

EXCHANGE-SEWER LAWSUITS

DETROIT — A single law firm based in Royal Oak has won tens of millions of dollars in lawsuits against a growing list of metro Detroit communities — including Detroit, Royal Oak, Ferndale, Birmingham, and the townships of Bloomfield, Waterford and Brighton. More cases are pending against St. Clair Shores, Taylor, and most recently Harper Woods. The firm did lose a notable case against Westland and appealed another loss to Dearborn. By Bill Laitner, the Detroit Free Press. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1,600 words, photos.

EXCHANGE-HOUGHTON SKATEPARK

HOUGHTON, Mich. — The designers of the Houghton Skatepark are hoping to beat the weather to get the new park built, and they say they’re confident they can get it done. The construction is the culmination of a volunteer effort starting in mid-2015. The volunteer group led a fundraising effort of more than $208,000, enabling it to combine a planned two phases of construction into one. “We wouldn’t have shown up if we didn’t think we could make it happen,” said George Zadrozny, heading the construction for Spohn Ranch Skateparks, which designed the park. By Garrett Neese, The Daily Mining Gazette. SENT IN ADVANCE: 450 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

— MICHIGAN MUSEUM-NORMAN ROCKWELL: A traveling exhibit featuring Norman Rockwell’s iconic “Four Freedoms” paintings is going on display in the Detroit area.

— END VIOLENCE VIGIL-DETROIT: An eastside Detroit church will hold a vigil to remember innocent victims of gun violence.

SPORTS:

FBC--T25-WISCONSIN-MICHIGAN

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — No. 12 Michigan hosts No. 15 Wisconsin, seeking its first win over a ranked team in two years and to end the Badgers’ 17-game Big Ten winning streak. By Larry Lage. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 7:30 p.m.

FBC--T25-MICHIGAN STATE-PENN STATE

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Michigan State and Penn State face off Saturday in Beaver Stadium, where both teams will try stay in the chase in an East Division that’s getting crowded at the top. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 3:30 p.m.

FBC--WESTERN MICHIGAN-BOWLING GREEN

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio — Western Michigan plays Bowling Green at Doyt L. Perry Stadium. Game starts 3 p.m.

GYM--USA GYMNASTICS-INTERIM PRESIDENT

INDIANAPOLIS — USA Gymnastics has hired former Congresswoman Mary Bono as interim president and chief executive officer. The organization announced the move Friday. Bono will hold the position while USA Gymnastics searches for a permanent successor to Kerry Perry, who resigned under pressure from the United States Olympic Committee in September after spending nine months on the job. USA Gymnastics is still struggling to emerge from the fallout of the sexual abuse scandal surrounding former team doctor Larry Nassar. By Will Graves. SENT: 475 words, photos.

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