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BC-MI--Michigan News Digest 6 pm, MI

March 25, 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.

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NEW SINCE LAST DIGEST: ARETHA FRANKLIN, UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN-ALERT, ISLE ROYALE WOLVES, KIDNAP-MURDER CONSPIRACY, CANCER DOCTOR-FRAUD, BKH--DIVISION 4 ALL-STATE BOYS

TOP STORIES:

ARETHA FRANKLIN

DETROIT _ Family members celebrated Aretha Franklin on what would have been the Queen of Soul’s 77th birthday Monday with a memorial service and a screening of a documentary film. The service was held inside a chapel at Woodlawn Cemetery in Detroit. Franklin died last year after battling pancreatic cancer and was laid to rest inside a crypt not far from Woodlawn’s chapel. By Mike Householder. SENT: 350 words, photo, video.

AROUND THE STATE:

WAR OF 1812 BATTLEFIELD PROJECT

MONROE, Mich. _ The River Raisin National Battlefield Park will begin most of the construction for the historic Michigan site’s estimated $100 million redevelopment next year. Toni Cooper, executive of the national park’s foundation, recently unveiled details and a timeline for the roughly 10-year redevelopment project in Monroe. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources and private partners are funding the project. SENT: 290 words, photo.

IN BRIEF:

_ OFFICIAL ARRESTED-DETROIT: An elected official from Pittsburgh and her husband have been arraigned on charges stemming from an altercation with Detroit police at a hotel.

_ KIDNAP-MURDER CONSPIRACY: A judge has sentenced a mid-Michigan man to 50-140 years in prison after he pleaded no contest to two counts of criminal sexual assault against an infant girl.

_ CANCER DOCTOR-FRAUD: A doctor sentenced to 45 years in prison for putting cancer patients through needless treatments has persuaded a judge to hold a hearing on his claim that his guilty plea was the result of bad advice.

_ UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN-ALERT: A University of Michigan sorority whose members popped balloons as part of a team-building event has apologized for triggering “active shooter” alert on campus.

_ ISLE ROYALE WOLVES: The rebuilding of Isle Royale National Park’s gray wolf population is off to a strong start.

_ GAS PRICES-MICHIGAN: AAA Michigan says average gas prices statewide are up about 12 cents from a week ago to about $2.71 per gallon.

_ MICHIGAN MUSEUM-INUIT ART: A new exhibition at the University of Michigan Museum of Art features a recently donated collection of Inuit art.

_ BIRTHDAY PARTY FIGHT: Police say two men were arrested after guns were pulled during a fight at a birthday party in southwestern Michigan with children in attendance.

_ MICHIGAN STATE-COMMENCEMENT: Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins and Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer will address graduates at Michigan State University this spring.

_ ELDER ABUSE-MICHIGAN: A new task force has been formed to help stop physical abuse, financial exploitation, emotional abuse and neglect of elderly people in Michigan.

SPORTS:

BKC--NCAA-REGIONAL RESET

RALEIGH, N.C. _ The path to the Final Four will not be easy for Zion Williamson, Luke Maye, De’Andre Hunter and the other top-seeded stars in the NCAA Tournament. For the first time in a decade, the remaining tournament field entering the Sweet 16 looks a lot like the one set on Selection Sunday. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

RED WINGS-SHARKS

SAN JOSE, Calif. _ The San Jose Sharks try to snap a five-game losing streak when they host the Detroit Red Wings. By Gideon Rubin. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 10:30 p.m.

BKH--DIVISION 4 ALL-STATE BOYS

STURGIS, Mich. _ Marcellus Howardsville Christian senior Dylan Jergens is The Associated Press Division 4 boys basketball Player of the Year. The three-time first team All-State selection was a unanimous pick by a panel of nine Michigan sportswriters. Coach of the Year is Dan Loney of Frankfort. By Corky Emrick. Sturgis Journal. SENT: 100 words, agate list. UPCOMING: 500 words.

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