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AP-MI--Michigan News Digest 2 pm, MI

August 12, 2018

Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up in Michigan at 2 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. Corey Williams is on the desk. AP-Michigan News Editor Roger Schneider can be reached at 313-259-0650 or rschneider@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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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TOP STORY:

MICHIGAN ST-SOUL SEARCHING

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Every now and then, when the Michigan State football team won’t be together for a little while, it’s a good time for another reminder. Safety Khari Willis explained the message: “It’s me, Joe (Bachie), Brian (Lewerke), Grayson (Miller), Matt Morrissey reiterating: Make good choices,” Willis said. “Be smart, nothing out of character, nothing stupid, and conduct ourselves in the right way.” No matter how many games Michigan State wins this season, it won’t change the ugliness of the recent past. The Larry Nassar sex-abuse scandal — plus lingering off-field questions about the basketball and football programs — put the university under the kind of spotlight every school wants to avoid. Amid that cloud, the leaders of this year’s football team can only hope the right lessons have been learned. By Noah Trister. SENT: 870 words, photos.

AROUND THE STATE:

HOUSE-MINNESOTA-DISRUPTION

MINNEAPOLIS — A conservative activist disrupted a campaign event for Minnesota state Rep. Ilhan Omar and Michigan congressional candidate Rashida Tlaib. Laura Loomer was part of a group that confronted Omar and Tlaib at the Holy Land deli in Minneapolis on Saturday night. Loomer told the Star Tribune she’s been traveling the country investigating Muslim candidates for office. Tlaib won a Democratic primary last week that set her up to become the first female Muslim member of Congress. Omar, a Minneapolis Democrat, became the nation’s first Somali-American state lawmaker. She’s running for the U.S. House seat held by Democrat Keith Ellison. SENT: 130 words.

MUNICIPAL LICENSE PLATES

DETROIT — A newspaper investigation has found that up to 560 license plates belonging to Detroit’s school district have vanished, and no one knows why. The missing state-issued municipal plates don’t have annual renewal fees and aren’t tied to a vehicle identification number. It means that law enforcement would have a difficult time tracking a getaway car or identifying a reckless driver with an unauthorized municipal plate. The Detroit district struggled to explain what happened to the missing plates, the Detroit Free Press reported. State officials don’t monitor the plates once issued and there are few rules regulating them. Michigan’s Secretary of State issues the plates to local governments, police departments, school districts, volunteer fire departments and other public agencies. The plates cost $13 and are distinguishable by an “X″ between two sets of numbers. SENT: 310 words.

EXCHANGE-SECOND CHANCE AT MOTHERHOOD

DETROIT — A Michigan woman who spent much of her life in prison after being convicted as a juvenile is getting a second chance at motherhood. Kimberly Simmons never had a chance to raise her first daughter. Sentenced to life in prison for first-degree murder and arson in Detroit more than 30 years ago at age 17, Simmons gave birth in a prison medical unit and immediately handed her baby girl off to her mother. By Nicquel Terry, The Detroit News. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1367 words.

EXCHANGE-CLUBS OR DISCS

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. — Course officials hope a new disc golf course in Michigan will attract millennials. Springbrook Golf Course has opened an 18-hole disc golf course, intertwined with its long-running 9-hole golf course. Owner Matt Hibbert says it’s a combination that fits his customers. By Bill Broderick, Battle Creek Enquirer. SENT IN ADVANCE: 478 words.

IN BRIEF:

— FATAL BOAT CRASH-ROADWAY: One person has been killed and another critically injured when the pontoon boat they were riding in fell from a trailer while being towed along a western Michigan road.

— LAND PRESERVATION: An organization that shields high-value farm and natural lands from development in five northern Michigan counties is kicking off the public phase of a $71 million campaign to protect additional parcels.

— UP-SKILLED TRADES: A training site is under construction in the Upper Peninsula for carpenters and millwrights to sharpen their skills.

SPORTS:

BBA--TWINS-TIGERS

DETROIT — The Tigers and Twins play the third game of their weekend series on Sunday. Minnesota defeated Detroit 4-3 Saturday. Sunday’s game started about 1:10 p.m. 600 words, photos.

CAR--NASCAR-MICHIGAN

BROOKLYN, Mich. — Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick and Martin Truex Jr., also known as NASCAR’s Big 3, aim to continue their dominance today in a Cup race at Michigan International Speedway. By Larry Lage. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 7:30 p.m. ET.

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