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

April 15, 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. Ken Kusmer is on the desk, followed by Herbert McCann. 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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UPCOMING TOMORROW:

LENTEN MUSKRAT

DETROIT _ Roman Catholics are not allowed to eat meat these days as part of their Lenten penance. By Mike Householder. UPCOMING: 380 words, Photo.

NEW SINCE LAST DIGEST: PULITZERS-ARETHA FRANKLIN, TEEN KILLED-MICHIGAN

TOP STORIES:

OBIT-WOLMAN

DETROIT _ Jonathan Wolman, who over more than 45 years in journalism served as editor and publisher of The Detroit News and previously worked as a reporter, Washington bureau chief and executive editor at The Associated Press, died Monday in Detroit. He was 68. His family told the News that Wolman died of complications from pancreatic cancer. Wolman had been editor and publisher of the News since 2007, running the newspaper during a financially challenging period that included staff layoffs, a cutback to only two days a week of home delivery, and a relocation from the massive headquarters building that it had occupied for nearly a century. By David Crary. SENT: 1,230 words, photos.

GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS:

GAY COUPLES-ADOPTION

LANSING, Mich. _ Faith-based adoption agencies sued the state of Michigan on Monday, challenging a settlement that prevents them from refusing to put children in LGBT homes for religious reasons. The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty filed the lawsuit in federal court on behalf of St. Vincent Catholic Charities, which receives state funding to help place children from troubled homes with new families. Also suing are two adoptive parents and a former foster child who was adopted. By David Eggert. SENT: 290 words. UPCOMING: 600 words.

ELECTION 2020-UNIONS

LAS VEGAS _ Ardently liberal, pro-labor and anti-corporate cash, the field of Democrats running for president may look like a union activist’s dream. But some key labor leaders are starting to worry about the topics dominating the 2020 conversation. The candidates are spending too much time talking about esoteric issues like the Senate filibuster and the composition of the Supreme Court and not enough time speaking the language of workers, several union officials said. Those ideas may excite progressive activists, they said, but they risk alienating working-class voters. By Michelle L. Price and Nicholas Riccardi. SENT: 1,030 words, photos.

AROUND THE STATE:

TUNNEL-SMUGGLING

DETROIT _ A Canadian cab driver who made extra money by steering desperate immigrants to a railroad tunnel under the Detroit River was sentenced Monday to 16 months in a U.S. prison. Juan Garcia-Jimenez, a 53-year-old Canadian citizen who is a native of Guatemala, wept in federal court. Besides a prison sentence, he was fined $8,680— the amount paid by six people who were caught last year when they emerged on foot on the Detroit side of the tunnel. By Ed White. SENT: 290 words.

PULITZERS-ARETHA FRANKLIN

NEW YORK _ Aretha Franklin is still getting R-E-S-P-E-C-T after death: The Queen of Soul received the Pulitzer Prize Special Citation honor Monday, becoming the first individual woman to earn a special citation prize since the honor was first awarded in 1930. The Pulitzer board said the award was given to Franklin for “her indelible contribution to American music and culture for more than five decades.” By Mesfin Fekadu. SENT: 880 words, photos.

FATAL WORKPLACE SHOOTINGS-MICHIGAN

DETROIT _ A man convicted of murder for killing a man at a trucking business before allegedly fatally shooting another man in a different suburban Detroit community has been sentenced to life in prison without parole. Forty-six-year-old Vernest Griffin of Sterling Heights was sentenced Monday. A Wayne County jury earlier found him guilty of first-degree murder and other charges in connection with the February 2018 fatal shooting in Taylor of 60-year-old Keith Kitchen. Griffin declined to address the court. SENT: 130 words, photo.

IN BRIEF:

_ TEEN KILLED-MICHIGAN: A judge has sentenced a western Michigan man to life in prison for killing a 16-year-old girl who accused him of rape.

_ TRIBE-WATER QUALITY: A Michigan-based Native American tribe wants to implement water quality standards under the Clean Water Act for its reservation.

_ BOVINE TUBERCULOSIS: Officials have designated parts of Iosco and Ogemaw counties in Michigan’s northern Lower Peninsula as a potential high-risk area for bovine tuberculosis.

_ INTERSTATE CRASH-MICHIGAN: Authorities say two girls have been injured in a pileup involving a school bus and 13 other vehicles along an icy interstate off-ramp in western Michigan.

_ MICHIGAN FAIRGROUNDS-REDEVELOPMENT: Plans are moving forward by a company with ties to former NBA star Magic Johnson to redevelop property at the old Michigan Fairgrounds in Detroit.

_ GAS PRICES-MICHIGAN: AAA Michigan says average gas prices statewide are up about 9 cents from a week ago to about $2.92 per gallon.

_ DETROIT CHAMPIONS DAY: In 1936, Michigan Gov. Frank Fitzgerald declared April 18 “Detroit Champions’ Day” to mark the championships earned by all of the city’s professional sports teams around that time.

_ GRASS CARP LARVAE FOUND: University biologists in Ohio are scouring streams following tests that confirmed larvae from the invasive Asian grass carp were found for the first time in the Great Lakes watershed.

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