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AP-MI--Michigan News Coverage Advisory 8:30 am, MI

June 12, 2018

Good morning! 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. David Runk is on the desk, followed by Ken Kusmer. AP-Michigan News Editor Roger Schneider can be reached at 313-259-0650 or rschneider@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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



LAKEVIEW, Mich. — A Michigan couple have 14 boys. And no regrets — regardless of what online opinion-givers have to say about it. “There are some really mean people in the world. And it doesn’t matter,” said Jay Schwandt, the father of the boy brood. “We happen to be this great big family with 14 boys that has so much fun every second that we’re together. And we still get horrible comments.” By Mike Householder. SENT: 500 words, photos.


LANSING, Mich. — A political group backing Democrat Gretchen Whitmer for governor launched a $1.8 million, five-week TV ad campaign Tuesday, marking the first time she will appeal to viewers before the August primary election. In the 30-second ad , the former legislative leader says she “fought for working families” in the state Senate, where she helped to raise the minimum wage and expand Medicaid health insurance to more than 600,000 residents. She says there is more to be done, though, such as spending to boost workers’ skills and repealing the “retirement tax” — a reference to a 2011 Republican-led tax overhaul that eliminated or reduced exemptions from the taxation of pension and retirement income. By David Eggert. SENT: 450 words.


LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Legislature will put the finishing touches on a new state budget, including a $100 million plan designed to better prepare students for in-demand jobs. By David Eggert. UPCOMING: 500 words.


— FATAL CAMPER FIRE: Authorities say two children, ages 2 and 5, have died after the camper they were in caught fire in southern Michigan. The Branch County Sheriff’s Office says the fire started around 10:30 a.m. Monday at a residence in Bronson.

— SEWER OVERFLOW: Officials say an estimated 300,000 gallons of sewage spilled at the University of Michigan Arboretum due to a blocked sewer line.

— TEEN STRUCK-BIKE: Authorities say a 14-year-old boy has died after being struck by a hit-and-run driver while riding his bike in suburban Detroit. Police said Tuesday morning they were seeking the driver of a blue Honda Odyssey minivan involved in the crash.

— MICHIGAN REEF-SANDS: A dredging project in Grand Traverse Bay Harbor in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula has been delayed due to permit and contracting issues. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says dredging expected to start this spring will be postponed until at least fall.

— CORMORANT CONTROL: Congress is considering legislation that would allow government agencies to resume killing double-crested cormorants, which feast on fish in the Great Lakes and elsewhere.



DETROIT — After Monday’s day off, Detroit starts a three-game home series with the Twins. Blaine Hardy is scheduled to start against Minnesota’s Jake Odorizzi on Tuesday. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game time 7:10 p.m. ET


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