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

April 4, 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.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

2002 MICHIGAN SLAYING

CHARLOTTE, Mich. _ Three people have been charged in the 2002 slaying of a mid-Michigan man whose remains were dumped in western Michigan and weren’t identified until 2015. SENT: 155 words. Will be updated.

BUSINESS:

FRESH PET FOOD

DETROIT _ Kibbles for Fido? Nope. These days he’s getting diced chicken with sweet potatoes and spinach. U.S. pet owners are increasingly feeding fresh food to their dogs and cats. Some order pre-proportioned meals of meat and vegetables or frozen raw meat online. Others find them in refrigerators at big retailers like Walmart. By Dee-Ann Durbin. SENT: 984 words, photo, video.

AROUND THE STATE:

T-BALL MUSEUM

ALBION, Mich. _ Some of the first T-ball players are working to create a museum to commemorate the sport’s roots in southern Michigan. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated.

IN BRIEF:

_ OBIT-PAINT-BY-NUMBERS CREATOR: Family members say an artist who created the first paint-by-numbers pictures and helped turn the kits into an American sensation during the 1950s has died.

_ SPARTAN STADIUM TURF: Michigan State University is selling grass from Spartan Stadium.

_ PLANNED FIRES: If people in rural Michigan see smoke in the sky this spring, it won’t necessarily mean there’s a problem. The state Department of Natural Resources is planning a number of fires around the state.

SPORTS:

ROYALS-TIGERS

DETROIT _ Rookie Spencer Turnbull gets the start for the Tigers in their home opener against Jake Junis and the Royals. By Baseball Writer Noah Trister. 1:10 p.m.

NCAA-FINAL FOUR

MINNEAPOLIS _ Auburn, Virginia, Michigan State and Texas Tech have arrived in Minneapolis for the Final Four. Teams will practice on Thursday and hold open-to-the-public workouts on Friday. SENT: 130 words. Updates will be incorporated into FINAL FOUR-THE LATEST.

NCAA-FINAL FOUR GUIDE

The NCAA Tournament needed a little time to warm up. There were a few upsets, some close games and breakout performances, but not the usual wow factor we expect in the early rounds. Once the bracket hit the Elite Eight, the madness returned to March. All four games were close, two went to overtime and high-level basketball was played in each region. And then there were four. By John Marshall. SENT: 560 words, photos.

NBA PLAYOFF PICTURE

A look at where things stand in the NBA playoff picture, with seven days remaining in the regular season. No. 6 Detroit has 39 losses. No. 7 Brooklyn has 40. No. 8 Orlando has 40. No. 9 Miami has 40. By Tim Reynolds. SENT: 788 words.

RED WINGS-PENGUINS

PITTSBURGH _ The Red Wing play the Penguins. 7 p.m.

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