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

July 30, 2018

Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up in Michigan at 1:30 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. Ken Kusmer is on the desk, followed by Herbert McCann. 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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GOSHEN, Ind. — When ICE put out a request for new immigration detention centers, a northern Indiana county that backed Donald Trump for president seemed like a natural fit. But in a community where immigrants, a significant number in the country illegally, play important roles, a proposal to build a 1,200-bed facility put families, businesses and decision-makers on a tightrope. Last fall, ICE put out a request for new detention sites near Chicago, Detroit, Salt Lake City and St. Paul, Minnesota, as well as in South Texas, as it sought to expand capacity from 40,000 migrants to 51,000. By National Writer Adam Geller. SENT: 2,800 words, photos. An abridged version of 950 words has also been sent. Moved in advance and available for immediate use.



DETROIT — Michigan foster care agencies saw a surge in applications and inquiries amid the immigration crisis that’s separated families at the U.S. border. More than 1,260 people last month contacted Bethany Christian Services. It’s the only Michigan agency with a federal contract to care for children separated from their parents as a result of the zero-tolerance immigration policy by President Donald Trump’s administration. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words.


DETROIT — A jury has awarded $3.5 million to a suburban Detroit man for his wrongful arrest and jailing in a case of mistaken identity. Marvin Seales of Harper Woods was given his verdict Friday. It came about six years after he was jailed for 15 days when police believed he was a fugitive wanted for attempted murder. The fugitive had used Seales’ name as an alias. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words.


— ANCHOR-POWER LINES: Consumers Energy has filed a lawsuit, saying a tugboat anchor caused more than $1 million in damage when two underwater power lines were severed in April. Spokeswoman Katie Carey says the lines have been out of service since 1990 but remain in the Straits of Mackinac near the Mackinac Bridge.

— MICHIGAN SENATE: Republican John James is highlighting his endorsement from President Donald Trump in a new TV ad in Michigan’s race for U.S. Senate. James released the 30-second ad on Monday, three days after Trump endorsed him in the GOP primary over businessman Sandy Pensler.

— SMALL PLANES COLLIDE: Authorities say three people had minor injuries after a small plane landing on North Fox Island off of Michigan’s northwestern Lower Peninsula collided with another small plane already on the ground.

— GAS PRICES-MICHIGAN: AAA Michigan says average gas prices statewide have risen about 11 cents in the past week to about $3 per gallon. The Dearborn-based auto club says the average price for self-serve regular unleaded gasoline is about 52 cents more than at the same point last year.

— DETROIT SPORTS VENUES-SENSORY INCLUSIVENESS: Comerica Park and Little Caesars Arena in Detroit are partnering with a nonprofit to provide assistance for fans with sensory issues.

— CALVES KILLED-FIRE: Authorities say four calves have died after fireworks shot from a moving vehicle sparked a grass fire along a road in rural Michigan.



ALLEN PARK, Mich. — Detroit Lions running back LeGarrette Blount returned to training camp a day after walking off the field during practice. The Lions are counting on the 31-year-old Blount to help improve their running game, which has ranked among the NFL’s worst in recent years. He helped Philadelphia and New England win the past two Super Bowls. Blount ran for 1,927 yards and 20 touchdowns over the previous two seasons. By Larry Lage. SENT: 130 words, photos.


— BBO--FREE TICKETS-TATTOOS: Fans of the Battle Creek Bombers lined up overnight to get a free Bombers tattoo — and free tickets for life to watch the baseball team.


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