BC-MI--Michigan News Digest 1:30 pm, MI
BC-MI--Michigan News Digest 1:30 pm, MI
Aug. 23, 2018
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LANSING, Mich. — Former Michigan State gymnastics coach Kathie Klages was charged Thursday with lying to police amid an investigation into the school's handling of sexual abuse complaints against former sports doctor Larry Nassar. The charges were announced by special independent counsel Bill Forsyth, who was appointed by the state attorney general to investigate the university. If convicted of the felony and misdemeanor counts, Klages could face up to four years in prison. By David Eggert. SENT: 350 words, photo. Will be updated.
GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS:
LANSING, Mich. — The race to become Michigan's next attorney general will be set this weekend, when 2,100 Republican activists choose between two state lawmakers vying for the nomination to face Democrat Dana Nessel this fall. House Speaker Tom Leonard and Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker are battling to succeed term-limited Bill Schuette, the Republican nominee for governor. Both lawyers point to their career backgrounds to argue they are best prepared for the job, while citing different reasons why they are best positioned to win in November. By David Eggert. SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING: 600 words.
UNITED STATES-NORTH KOREA
WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday appointed a senior executive with Ford Motor Co. to be his special envoy for North Korea and said the two would visit Pyongyang next week. Pompeo announced that he had chosen Stephen Biegun to handle day-to-day negotiations with the North over dismantling its nuclear weapons program. Pompeo has been leading the effort for President Donald Trump and has already made three trips to Pyongyang since April, although there have been few visible signs of progress in the talks. By Matthew Lee. SENT: 400 words, photo.
CHICAGO — A would-be hacking attempt into the national Democratic Party's massive voter file wasn't that at all. It turns out to be the work of a technology company hired by Michigan Democrats, all in the name of testing how secure the party can keep information on tens of millions of Americans. That finding, discovered after national party officials already had contacted federal law enforcement fearing a malicious hacking attempt, marks an odd and potentially embarrassing twist to the party's data security efforts two years after Russians penetrated DNC computers and released internal communications the upended the 2016 presidential election. By Bill Barrow. SENT: 600 words.
AROUND THE STATE:
HAMBURG TOWNSHIP, Mich. — A Canadian company plans to grow about 8 million tree seedlings a year in Michigan. PRT Growing Services Ltd. has signed a 20-year lease with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Parks and Recreation Division. The lease is for about 14 acres at the Brighton State Recreation Area. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words.
TOKYO — President Donald Trump's tariff policies reflect a serious misunderstanding of the importance of free trade and Japanese companies' contributions to the U.S. economy, Japan's trade minister said Thursday. Hiroshige Seko, the minister of economy, trade and industry, warned in an exclusive interview with The Associated Press that Tokyo might take action if the U.S. fulfills threats to levy a 25 percent tariff on Japanese auto imports. He gave no details but didn't rule out retaliatory tariffs. By Business Writer Yuri Kageyama. SENT: 800 words, photos. Moving in national services.
— FIAT CHRYSLER-RECALL: Fiat Chrysler is recalling nearly 209,000 minivans and SUVs worldwide to fix a brake problem that can cause longer stopping distances. The recall covers the 2018 Dodge Journey, 2019 Jeep Cherokee and the 2018 and 2019 Dodge Grand Caravan and Jeep Compass.
— GRAFFITI GARDENS: A southwestern Michigan city is planning so-called graffiti gardens where people can legally draw or paint on billboard-like plywood structures.
— MICHIGAN PIPELINE-LAWSUIT: Two advocacy groups say the U.S. Coast Guard doesn't have an adequate strategy for dealing with oil spills in the channel linking Lakes Huron and Michigan. The Coast Guard approved a plan last year for responding to spills in northern Michigan, including the Straits of Mackinac.
— MICHIGAN CONVENTION-ILLNESSES: Officials say at least 100 people from 25 states who attended a national letter carrier's convention in western Michigan have reported flu-like symptoms.
— THERAPY DUCKS DISPUTE: A 12-year-old western Michigan boy with autism likely will be able to keep his ducks, which are used as emotional support animals.
— CHILD ASSAULT-MICHIGAN: A man has been arrested after police say he urinated on a 5-year-old black girl in an alley in western Michigan and called her a racial slur. The girl's parents called Grand Rapids police on Wednesday evening and reported that a roughly 60-year-old white man had urinated on her.
— FATHER-STUN GUN-CHILD: A suburban Detroit police officer has been suspended after using a stun gun on a combative man while he was holding an infant.
DETROIT — The Tigers and White Sox open a four-game series in Detroit on Thursday. Matthew Boyd (7-11) takes the mound for the Tigers against James Shields (5-14), who could be pitching the final game of his White Sox career as his name has been mentioned prominently in regard to the Aug. 31 waivers trade deadline. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game time 1:10 p.m.
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