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

May 18, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 STORY:

ABORTION-RAPE TESTIMONIALS

COLUMBUS, Ohio _ For more than two decades, Nancy Mace did not speak publicly about her rape. In April, when she finally broke her silence, she chose the most public of forums — before her colleagues in South Carolina’s legislature. A bill was being debated that would ban all abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected; Mace, a Republican lawmaker, wanted to add an exception for rape and incest. When some of her colleagues in the House dismissed her amendment — some women invent rapes to justify seeking an abortion, they claimed — she could not restrain herself. “For some of us who have been raped, it can take 25 years to get up the courage and talk about being a victim of rape,” Mace said, gripping the lectern so hard she thought she might pull it up from the floor. “My mother and my best friend in high school were the only two people who knew.” As one Republican legislature after another has pressed ahead with restrictive abortion bills in recent months, they have been confronted with raw and emotional testimony about the consequences of such laws. Female lawmakers and other women have stepped forward to tell searing, personal stories — in some cases speaking about attacks for the first time to anyone but a loved one or their closest friend. By Julie Carr Smyth and Christina A. Cassidy. SENT: 1,000 words, photos. Note Gov. Gretchen Whitmer material.

GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS:

PRISON WORKERS-MENTAL HEALTH

LANSING, Mich. _ The Michigan Department of Corrections is trying to address concerns about stress and suicide among corrections officers. The Detroit Free Press reports that the agency’s director, Heidi Washington, recently announced to a Senate committee that the department hired a licensed mental health professional to serve as its employee wellness program manager. UPCOMING: 300 words.

AROUND THE STATE:

EXCHANGE-REIMAGINED LIBRARY

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. _ The gamut runs from Jane Austen to Leo Tolstoy and Lewis Carroll to George Orwell. But guitars, theremins, projectors and banjos also line the parchment-scented shelves of the Traverse Area District Library. The 30-some piece collection includes a wide array of musical instruments and sound and projection equipment. It became available to patrons after a late 2018 open house, and now anyone with a library card is welcome to borrow. By Brooke Kansier, Traverse City Record-Eagle. SENT IN ADVANCE: 603 words.

EXCHANGE-OLD BUILDING GETS NEW LIFE

BENTON HARBOR, Mich. _ Bryan Seckelmann still remembers getting dozens of phone calls telling him his building had fallen into the street. In June 2016, the roof collapsed along with a portion of the building, leaving bricks scattered over a portion of the downtown Benton Harbor road. According to Seckelmann, previous owners had built a roof on top of the original roof. The excess weight led to the collapse that pushed Seckelmann’s plans back a few years. Now Seckelmann is on the cusp of finishing a three-year project to raise the building’s roof and turn one of the oldest brick buildings in the city into a venue for wedding celebrations. By Tony Wittkowski, The Herald-Palladium. SENT IN ADVANCE: 517 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ DETROIT ZOO-SNARES TO WARES: Sculptures made from illegal snare traps that threaten wildlife in Africa are on display at the Detroit Zoo.

_ MOTOWN MUSEUM-FOUNDER’S DAY: The Motown Museum has created a park that it’s unveiling in conjunction with a celebration of its founder .

SPORTS:

BBA--ATHLETICS-TIGERS

DETROIT _ After taking the first two games of this series, the A’s try for their 15th straight victory over the Tigers. By Baseball Writer Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 4:10 p.m.

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