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

February 20, 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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LANSING, Mich. _ The Republican-led Michigan Senate is asking the state Supreme Court to rule on the legality of an unprecedented maneuver by which citizen-initiated minimum wage and paid sick leave laws were watered down. The Senate on Wednesday sought an advisory opinion from the justices, an attempt to bypass what could be lengthy litigation. The move comes after a Democratic senator asked Democratic Attorney General Dana Nessel to advise whether the strategy was constitutional. By David Eggert. SENT: 580 words.


DETROIT _ Officials say Detroit’s Cobo Center will change its name, removing the surname of a former mayor known for his racist policies. The Detroit Regional Convention Facility Authority announced Wednesday that it has sold Cobo Center’s naming rights to Detroit-based Chemical Bank in a 22-year deal that will generate $1.5 million annually. The new name will be announced later this year. Authority Chairman Larry Alexander says the move saves money while removing “negative history and connotation.” By Jeff Karoub. SENT: 480 words, photos.


—JAIL BIRTH: A federal lawsuit by a Michigan woman who says she was forced to give birth in a suburban Detroit jail in 2016 is moving forward with fewer defendants.

—TESLA-EXECUTIVE DEPARTURE: Tesla’s top lawyer is leaving the company after only two months on the job.

—PUBLIC CORRUPTION PROBE-MICHIGAN: A suburban Detroit mayor is defending his commitment to public service after the FBI executed search warrants as part of an ongoing public corruption investigation.

—MARIJUANA GROW ROOM SLAYING: A man who authorities say fatally shot his wife inside a marijuana grow room in their southwestern Michigan home has been convicted of murder.



DETROIT _ The Chicago Blackhawks take a road trip to Michigan on Wednesday to take on the Detroit Red Wings. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:30 p.m. ET.


Detroit Red Wings forward Thomas Vanek has been dealt at the NHL’s trade deadline. He doesn’t entirely rule out another move this year. Though talented players are available, the trade market is moving slowly in the week leading up to Monday’s deadline. By John Wawrow. SENT: 1,220 words, photos.


EAST LANSING, Mich. _ No. 10 Michigan State hosts Rutgers on Wednesday. UPCOMING: 600 words. Game starts at 6:30 p.m. ET.


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