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

September 20, 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.

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DETROIT — A civil rights advocacy group has filed a religious discrimination complaint against a Detroit energy company on behalf of a former worker who’s Muslim. The Michigan chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations filed a grievance Wednesday against DTE Energy with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The complaint alleges that a DTE supervisor forbade Ibrahim Canales from attending Friday prayers last year. Canales also faced discipline for leaving despite having permission from other supervisors. The filing also alleges that Canales received biased evaluations that affected his pay and promotion opportunities. SENT: 250 words.



LANSING, Mich. — Some top Republicans, including a former cabinet member in the gubernatorial administrations of Rick Snyder and John Engler, will work to elect Democrat Gretchen Whitmer as Michigan governor. Whitmer announced the “Republicans and Independents for Whitmer” coalition Thursday. Leaders include Jim Haveman, ex-director of Michigan’s health department; lawyer Richard McLellan; former Republican U.S. Rep. Joe Schwarz, now an independent; and Vivian Carpenter, ex-deputy treasurer under Gov. William Milliken. SENT: 130 words.



PITTSBURGH — A receptionist who used a child’s booster seat to fight off a pit bull that was attacking a 12-year-old boy is one of 16 people being honored with Carnegie medals for heroism. Other winners announced Thursday include Blake Huff and Benjamin Hawkins, both of Kalkaska, Michigan, saved a paraplegic woman after a fire broke out in her home on Feb. 22, 2017. SENT: 600 words.



DETROIT — Nissan recalled nearly 240,000 cars and SUVs worldwide due to a fire risk and is advising people to park the vehicles outdoors in rare cases. An anti-lock brake pump can leak brake fluid onto a circuit board, causing an electrical short and increasing the fire risk, according to the company. If drivers see the anti-lock brake warning lamp for more than 10 seconds after starting the engine, Nissan urges them not to drive the vehicles and park them outdoors and away from structures or other vehicles. SENT: 250 words, photo.


— FLINT WATER-WHISTLEBLOWER: A former city administrator in Flint who says she was fired for exposing suspicious activity by the mayor is getting another day in court. A federal appeals court on Thursday reversed a decision by a judge and said a jury can sort out whether Natasha Henderson was illegally fired by Mayor Karen Weaver.

— PICTURED ROCKS-FATAL: A California woman has died after falling 200 feet at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The National Park Service says the 32-year-old woman fell at Chapel Beach.

— BATHTUB DEATH: A western Michigan man has been convicted of manslaughter in the death of his 14-month-old daughter, who drowned while unattended in a bathtub.

— BEHAVIORAL HEALTH CLINICS: Four Michigan community mental health centers have been selected as Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics and are getting a boost in funding.

— CHILD ABUSE INVESTIGATOR CHARGED: A former state child abuse and neglect investigator accused of sexually assaulting a teenager faces up to a year in jail after reaching a plea agreement in the case.

— INDUSTRIAL CLEANUP: A former gas station site in Ionia County will be evaluated for redevelopment with financial assistance from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.

— WAYNE STATE-PERFORMING ARTS: Wayne State University is breaking ground on a major project for theater, music and dance.



DETROIT — The Detroit Tigers begin their last home series of the season against the Kansas City Royals. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game time 7:10 p.m.


Less than a month into the college football season, the results haven’t been particularly good for the Big Ten. Traditional powers Wisconsin, Michigan and Michigan State have lost nonconference games. There are five unbeaten teams left in the league and No. 4 Ohio State plays at No. 10 Penn State on Sept. 29. By Tom Canavan. SENT: 700 words, photos.





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