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

October 2, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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TOP STORY:

FAST FOOD WORKERS-PROTESTS

DETROIT — Several people were injured before dawn Tuesday when a pickup truck collided with a group of protesters calling for higher pay and the right to form unions in Michigan, in what police said appeared to be an accident. Police Chief Tim Johnson said he doesn’t believe the crash near a fast-food restaurant in Flint was intentional and that the driver “seemed pretty shaken up” afterward. Johnson initially said four or five people had non-life-threatening injuries, but later said eight were hospitalized. By Corey Williams. SENT: 400 words, photos. Will be updated from scheduled afternoon protest in Detroit.

AROUND THE STATE:

NOBEL-PHYSICS

STOCKHOLM — Three scientists from the United States, Canada and France won the Nobel Prize in physics Tuesday for work with lasers described as revolutionary and bringing science fiction into reality. Frenchman Gerard Mourou of the Ecole Polytechnique and University of Michigan shares the prize with American Arthur Ashkin and Donna Strickland of the University of Waterloo in Canada. By David Keyton and Jim Heintz. SENT: 650 words, photos.

NURSING HOME DEATHS

WALKER, Mich. — A former Michigan nursing home aide who has served nearly 30 years in prison for smothering five patients in a pact with her lover has been granted parole, though a relative of one victim said he plans to appeal the decision. Catherine Wood, 57, is scheduled to be released Oct. 24. She was sentenced to serve 20 to 40 years in prison after she pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the 1987 slayings at the Alpine Manor Nursing Home in Walker, a Grand Rapids suburb. SENT: 300 words.

GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS:

— ELECTION 2018-GOVERNOR-MICHIGAN: In her first TV ad of the general election, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gretchen Whitmer is accusing Republican Bill Schuette of thinking health insurers should be able to deny coverage to people with pre-existing conditions. SENT: 120 words.

— ELECTION 2018-SENATE-MICHIGAN: Republican Senate candidate John James is airing his first TV ad of the general election, accusing both parties of pitting Americans against each other and blaming the other side when nothing gets done. James says he’s “tired of their b.s.” SENT: 130 words.

BUSINESS:

TESLA

Tesla Motors successfully ramped up production of its pivotal Model 3 sedan during the summer, fulfilling CEO Elon Musk’s pledge to work out the manufacturing problems that had raised questions about the electric car maker’s prospects. The company announced Tuesday that it produced 80,142 vehicles in the third quarter, marking a 50 percent increase over the previous quarter. By Michael Liedtke and Cathy Bussewitz. SENT: 900 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

— SUSPICIOUS FIRES-MICHIGAN: Authorities say a 32-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of arson and two other suspects have been identified after a string of suspicious fires at a barn, a trailer and at least two other structures in a rural part of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula.

— TRAFFIC STOP-CRASH: Authorities say a 32-year-old man has died in a motorcycle crash after he apparently sped away from an attempted traffic stop in southwestern Michigan.

— HOSPITAL-NURSING RECOGNITION: Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak has earned its fourth consecutive nursing designation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet recognition program.

— FLINT AIRPORT STABBING: The lawyer for a man accused of stabbing a Flint airport police officer has dropped plans to introduce mental health evidence.

SPORTS:

FBC--T25-MICHIGAN ST-STOPPING THE RUN

EAST LANSING, Mich. — It’s been an uneven start for No. 20 Michigan State with one impressive constant — a run defense that’s ranked No. 1 in the country. By Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.

FBC--T25-MARYLAND-TRUE TEST

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Coming off a Big Ten victory and a bye, Maryland faces its toughest matchup to date — No. 15 Michigan at the Big House. By David Ginsburg. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos.

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