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

June 12, 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.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

FOURTEEN BOYS

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, video.

GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS:

XGR--MICHIGAN BUDGET

LANSING, Mich. — A $57 billion spending plan that boosts base K-12 funding and road construction is being approved by the Michigan Legislature. The budget, which will take effect in October, also closes a state prison, earmarks $100 million for Gov. Rick Snyder’s plan to link students with in-demand jobs and sets aside money to better secure some schools from shooters. The Senate overwhelmingly passed one of the two main bills Tuesday. The House also plans to vote on what is expected to be Republican-led Legislature’s last session day before a summer break. By David Eggert. SENT: 110 words. UPCOMING: 500 words.

— With MICHIGAN LEGISLATURE-THE LATEST: The Latest on the Michigan Legislature’s final session day before summer break. Will be updated on merits.

GOVERNOR’S RACE-WHITMER AD

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, photo.

AROUND THE STATE:

TEEN SLAIN-MICHIGAN

ARMADA, Mich. — An eastern Michigan high school left a chair empty at commencement in memory of a 14-year-old girl who was killed four years ago. The Times Herald reports that Armada Area Schools also presented an honorary diploma to April Millsap’s mother. April would have graduated last week with the class of 2018. Jennifer Millsap accepted her daughter’s diploma in a special ceremony at the June 4 commencement. Jennifer Millsap says she’s touched by the school’s effort to remember her daughter. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words.

IN BRIEF:

— 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.

— ENDANGERED TOAD-PUERTO RICO: More than 11,000 tadpoles born in the Detroit Zoo have been released in Puerto Rico in an effort to restore an endangered toad to the Caribbean island.

— SHALLOW GRAVE-MICHIGAN: A young man has been sentenced to 41 to 60 years in prison for his role in the slaying of a 72-year-old northern Michigan man whose body was found in a shallow grave in August.

— MICHIGAN TRIATHLON DEATH: Authorities say a 61-year-old California man who died while competing in a western Michigan triathlon had chest pains shortly before his death.

— 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.

SPORTS:

BBA--TWINS-TIGERS

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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