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

May 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.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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. _ Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer will sign a bill to cut the country’s highest auto premiums following a landmark deal that was reached with legislative leaders and approved by large margins in the House and Senate. The changes will follow a years-long impasse in the state over generous but mandatory health benefits that are included in every car insurance policy under a law that was enacted more than 46 years ago. By David Eggert. SENT: 875 words, photos.




HAMTRAMCK, Mich. — Advocates who are helping a growing number of immigrants in southeastern Michigan apply for U.S. citizenship say many are driven by fear of President Donald Trump’s immigration policies. SENT: 420 words, photos.


SUPERIOR, Wis. _ The University of Wisconsin-Superior is running the only Great Lakes land-based facility that tests the success of technologies designed to prevent the spread of invasive species through ships’ ballast water. The director of the university’s Lake Superior Research Institute tells Wisconsin Public Radio that the treatments that show promise in the lab in Superior are then tested in the harbor. Superior Mayor Jim Paine says the facility is vital for the protection of the Great Lakes. SENT: 300 words.


DALLAS — The police chief in Dallas has announced a youth jobs program meant to give children something to do during high-crime summer months and better connect officers to underserved areas. Chief U. Renee Hall said the DPD to You(th) initiative will focus on students from schools with higher rates of crime and arrests, The Dallas Morning News reported. Hall noted that she was raised in “a very unsupported” area of Detroit, Michigan, but never felt restricted. She attributed it to being able to depend on her mother, police officers and other mentors that kept her focused on her potential. SENT: 325 words, photos.


LANSING, Mich. _ Gladys McKimmy nearly took a shameful family secret to her grave. Most members of her large family did not know about Richard McKimmy, her husband’s younger brother, who died on Christmas Day 1926 at the Boys Training School in Lansing at the age of 12. It took the persistence of Gladys McKimmy’s granddaughter, Michelle Pohl of Portland, to put Richard back in the family’s history. He’s one of 61 boys who died at the institution between 1860 and 1933. They are buried at Mt. Hope Cemetery. Except for McKimmy, the youths lie in unmarked graves on a hill. By Judy Putnam, Lansing State Journal. SENT IN ADVANCE: 765 words.


DETROIT _ Colleena Bryant honed her basketball skills in first grade. But she really upped her game when she made a youth sports team at age 6, a moment of acceptance she says impacted her life. “I learned about being more responsible, and it made me a better player,” said the now 11-year-old, who laces up her Nikes and sports a No. 4 jersey for the Top Ten Bad Girls. And what about the volunteers who make it possible for her to play? “I think they’re just awesome,” she replied. Those “awesome” volunteers are part of the Detroit Police Athletic League, which will soon celebrate its 50th anniversary in its relatively new home — the former legendary Tiger Stadium site in Detroit’s Corktown. By Shawn D. Lewis, The Detroit News. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1125 words.


_ GREAT LAKES-COLD TEMPERATURES: It’s certainly more chills than thrills in the Great Lakes as the summer season unofficially kicks off with the Memorial Day weekend.

_ UPPER PENINSULA-ELECTRIC RATES: Officials say a settlement between Michigan regulators and Upper Peninsula Power Co. will lower electric rates for most residential customers, although some will pay more.

_ SCHOOL BUS REPLACEMENT GRANTS: More than $600,000 in grants is being awarded to eight Michigan school districts to help buy 28 new school buses.

_ INDIANA FACTORY LAYOFFS: The owner of a southern Indiana factory is warning that the plant’s nearly 100 workers could be out of jobs as a new owner takes over.



NEW YORK _ A day after Detroit won a 9-8 slugfest to snap a nine-game skid, the Tigers sent rookie LHP Ryan Carpenter (0-2) out to face Mets LHP Jason Vargas (1-2). Vargas is expected to come off the injured list. By Jake Seiner. First pitch at 4:10 p.m. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.


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