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

July 9, 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. 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates.

TOP STORIES:

VOTING INITIATIVE

LANSING, Mich. — A group has submitted more than 420,000 signatures to make it easier to cast an absentee ballot, protect straight-party voting and make other changes. The plan would go to voters in the fall if it survives legal challenges. By David Eggert. Developing.

AROUND THE STATE:

HARNESS RACEWAY FAREWELL

JACKSON, Mich. — Thousands of harness racing fans flocked to a southern Michigan track to bid farewell before the 70-year-old raceway is demolished. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 250 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

— PROPANE EXPLOSION-CAMP: Authorities say a propane tank explosion and fire at a camp in southwestern Michigan has injured a worker.

— TEEN SHOT-MICHIGAN: Authorities say a 14-year-old boy has died after being shot in the chest by a handgun that was reportedly being kept under a mattress in suburban Detroit.

— BLOCK PARTY-FATAL SHOOTING: Authorities say a man facing murder and other charges in a shooting at a block-style party in suburban Detroit has been captured suburban Chicago.

— CHILD STRUCK-DELIVERY DRIVER: Authorities say a 5-year-old boy has died after being struck by a delivery driver in western Michigan.

— GAS PRICES-MICHIGAN: AAA Michigan says average gas prices statewide have fallen about six cents in the past week to about $2.92 per gallon.

SPORTS:

TIGERS-RAYS

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Tampa Bay’s Chris Archer returns from a stint on the 10-day disabld list when the Rays open a three-game series against left-hander Francisco Liriano and the Detroit Tigers. By Mark Didtler. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:10 p.m.

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