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AP-MI--Michigan News Digest 2 pm, MI

September 23, 2018

Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up in Michigan at 2 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. Corey Williams 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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LANSING, Mich. — President Donald Trump’s endorsement helped several Republican candidates for governor in their party primaries, but the general election will test how that support translates to all voters. The governor’s office is on the ballot this fall in 36 states. Most of the races expected to be competitive are now held by Republicans, who had a run of success in state-level elections during the Obama presidency. Governors often play a role in redistricting, increasing the importance of this year’s races. By David Eggert and Geoff Mulvihill. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.




DETROIT — The Detroit museum that hosted Aretha Franklin’s public visitations after her death last month isn’t finished honoring the singular singer. Billed as a “tribute to the Queen of Soul,” ″THINK” opens to the public Tuesday at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. It features archival photographs, videos and the red shoes she wore at her first visitation. The museum plans a long-term exhibit late next year, and Franklin’s family says her wishes were to have a museum. By Jeff Karoub. SENT: 730 words, photos.



HOWELL, Mich. — A former Michigan corrections officer has sued the state Department of Corrections, alleging the agency discriminated against her based on sexual orientation and race. The Livingston Daily Press & Argus reports that Ashley Menchaca, who is Hispanic and gay, worked at the Woodland Center Facility in Whitmore Lake from January 2016 until she resigned May 2017. MDOC’s written response to the complaint denies any discriminatory conduct. The agency is seeking the complaint’s dismissal. SENT: 260 words.


ANN ARBOR, Mich. — A group of conservationists is urging Ann Arbor to save an old chimney as a freestanding structure to protect migratory birds that enjoy roosting there. The Ann Arbor News reports that city officials are considering demolishing the blighted city-owned buildings across from the YMCA to make way for a potential redevelopment of the 2.5-acre site. One conservationist said the chimney is a favorite migration roosting spot for the chimney swift, a bird species listed as “near threatened.” By Ryan Stanton, Ann Arbor News. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1203 words.


DETROIT — Even if he doesn’t play football here anymore, former Detroit Lions linebacker DeAndre Levy has made a home in Detroit and is starting a family here. Levy is turning his focus toward helping to give voice to survivors of sexual assault and violence, especially in communities of color. Together, the Levys commissioned artists to paint a mural in Eastern Market last year to encourage survivors of sexual assault and harassment to speak out, and to urge others to take their stories seriously. By Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1599 words.


— POLICE STANDOFF-SUSPECT DEAD: A man suspected in the deaths of two people inside their western Michigan home is believed to have fatally shot himself after holding his wife and two young children hostage during a standoff with police at another location.

— HEMINGWAY CONFERENCE: A conference in northern Michigan will focus on Ernest Hemingway’s time in the area following World War I.

— FIGHTING BLIGHT-DETROIT: About 10,000 volunteers are expected to help clear alleyways, mow weeds and remove debris from 300 city blocks in Detroit over six days as part of an annual beautification effort.



DETROIT — New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick matches wits on the field for the first time with one of his former assistants, Detroit Lions coach Matt Patricia. By Larry Lage. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 8:20 p.m. ET.


DETROIT — The Detroit Tigers face the Kansas City in the finale of the last series at Comerica Park this season. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 7:10 p.m.

FBH--MICHIGAN HOW THEY FARED: Sent: 1,000 words.


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