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

February 25, 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. For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org.

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TOP STORIES:

ELECTION 2020-DEMOCRATS-BLUE WALL

WASHINGTON _ President Donald Trump smashed the blue wall in his first White House bid, chiseling a path to the presidency through Midwestern states that hadn’t backed a Republican presidential contender in three decades. But as he gears up for his re-election bid, there are early signs that Democrats are regaining their strength in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin, clinching governorships and making inroads in state legislatures. There is no surer way for Democrats to block Trump’s re-election than to reclaim that trio of states, which may have supplanted Florida and Ohio as the nation’s premier presidential battlegrounds. But Democrats who know the region best are warning against overconfidence and suggesting the leftward lurch from some candidates could alienate the region’s working-class voters. Michigan’s freshman Gov. Gretchen Whitmer encouraged Democrats to rally behind a “pragmatic” candidate focused on achievable policies, a subtle dig at the aggressive liberal agenda that has been embraced by some candidates. Above all, she suggested that the Democrats’ blue wall would not be resurrected in 2020 without significant time and attention from the Democrats who want to take down Trump. By Steve Peoples and Zeke Miller. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

IMMIGRATION-SKILLED WORKERS

NEW YORK _ Immigrants with specialized skills are being denied work visas or seeing applications get caught up in lengthy bureaucratic tangles under federal changes that some consider a contradiction to President Donald Trump’s promise of a continued pathway to the U.S. for the most talented foreigners. Getting what’s known as an H-1B visa has never been a sure thing — the number issued annually is capped at 85,000 and applicants need to enter a lottery to even be considered. But some immigration attorneys, as well as those who hire such workers, say they’ve seen unprecedented disruptions in the approval process since Trump took office in 2017. “You see all these arguments that we want the best and the brightest coming here,” said John Goslow, an immigration attorney in Ann Arbor, Michigan. “Yet we’re seeing a full-frontal assault on just all aspects of immigration.” By Matt Sedensky. SENT: 1,500 words, photos.

AROUND THE STATE:

WINDY WEATHER

BUFFALO, N.Y. _ High winds howled through much of the nation’s eastern half for a second day Monday, cutting power to hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses, closing schools, and pushing dramatic mountains of ice onto the shores of Lake Erie. Wind gusts of hurricane force — 74 mph — or higher were reported around the region, including West Virginia and New York. A motorist in Sandusky, Ohio, captured video of a tractor-trailer flipping over on a bridge. Toppled trees and power poles, easy targets for strong winds that uprooted them from ground saturated by rain and snowmelt, plunged homes and businesses into darkness, though in most places power was expected back quickly as winds died down by the end of Monday. Hundreds of schools were delayed or canceled in New York alone. SENT: 400 words, photos.

WINDY WEATHER-THE LATEST: The Latest on a windstorm affecting the Northeast. SENT: 220 words, photos.

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WINDY WEATHER-MICHIGAN: High winds that toppled trees and tree branches onto power lines have cut power to about 100,000 homes and businesses in southeastern Michigan.

BKH--TEAM MANAGER-ON COURT

GRAND LEDGE, Mich. _ Two Michigan high school basketball teams set rivalry aside during their last regular season game so a student team manager with cerebral palsy could fulfill his dream of playing after spending two seasons on the sidelines. Grand Ledge coach Scott Lewis challenged his players to get ahead of Holt on Friday so Grand Ledge senior Michael Bryant could comfortably have the chance to play, The Lansing State Journal reported. Everyone in the gym, even the rival team, cheered as Bryant landed two 3-pointers late in the game, Lewis said. Bryant was diagnosed with cerebral palsy as a child. The disease can affect body movement and coordination by causing abnormal reflexes, floppy or rigid limbs and involuntary movements. SENT: 310 words.

BRIEFS:

_ AMTRAK TRAIN-CAR COLLIDE: Michigan State Police say three people were killed when their car collided overnight with an Amtrak train near Kalamazoo.

_ INITIATIVE FOR ENTREPRENEURSHIP: A new effort at a history attraction in suburban Detroit is designed to help offer hands-on learning opportunities to the next generation of entrepreneurs.

SPORTS:

BKN--PACERS-PISTONS

DETROIT _ Winners of six of seven, the Pistons return home to host the Indiana Pacers. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.

HKN--RED WINGS-SHARKS-TRADE

SAN JOSE, Calif. _ The San Jose Sharks acquired forward Gustav Nyquist from the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday night for two draft picks in a deal they hope adds scoring depth for a Stanley Cup push. Nyquist scored a goal earlier in the day for Detroit in a 5-3 loss to San Jose. The teams then finalized the deal hours later after Nyquist waived his no-trade clause, with the Sharks sending a 2019 second-round pick and conditional 2020 third-rounder to the Red Wings. The Sharks wanted to add more forward depth as they try to make a run for a title this season. They are third in the NHL with 82 points and are just three points behind first-place Calgary in a tight Pacific Division race. By Josh Dubow. SENT: 450 words.

BBA--TIGERS-HARRISON

DETROIT _ Josh Harrison can earn $1 million in performance bonuses this year in addition to his $2 million salary with the Detroit Tigers. Harrison would get $200,000 each for 150, 250, 350, 450 and 500 plate appearances as part of the contract announced Saturday. He hit .250 with eight home runs and 37 RBIs last year. He missed time early in the season with a hand injury and played just 97 games. Harrison spent his first eight major league seasons with Pittsburgh. He’s played second base, third base, shortstop and in the outfield. Harrison hit a career-high 16 home runs in 2017. SENT: 110 words.

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