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

August 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.

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Corporate donations have become a central issue in the Michigan Democratic contest for governor as the three candidates try to woo progressive voters ahead of the Aug. 7 primary. The state bans corporations from giving money directly to candidates but Democratic hopefuls Shri Thanedar and Abdul El-Sayed have gone a step further with promises to refuse money from political action committees backed by corporations. Candidate Gretchen Whitmer criticized El-Sayed for accepting money from corporate executives during a debate last month. The focus on corporate donations in this election follows a surprising presidential primary win in the state from Democrat Bernie Sanders, who rails against outside money influence on elections, just two years ago. By Amanda Seitz and David Eggert. SENT: 800 words, photos.



DETROIT — A Detroit police officer has been suspended after cellphone video emerged showing him beating a naked, unarmed woman inside an emergency room triage unit as three other officers restrained her. The video posted on WJBK-TV’s website shows the male officer punching the woman about a dozen times on Wednesday at Detroit Receiving Hospital. Police Chief James Craig told reporters Thursday that the woman appeared to be suffering from some mental issue and had already spat on hospital workers and bitten a security worker before she tried to bite the officer who hit her. By Mike Householder and Corey Williams. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words.


TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — Jane Fonda has been honored with a lifetime achievement award at a northern Michigan film festival founded by Oscar-winning filmmaker Michael Moore. The actress, author and political activist accepted the award Wednesday at the 14th annual Traverse City Film Festival, where she screened her HBO documentary “Jane Fonda in Five Acts.” Fonda also held a panel discussion with Moore, where she discussed gender equality, concerns with President Donald Trump’s administration and her activism. UPCOMING: 300 words, photos.


DETROIT — Officials of the nearly 150-year-old official newspaper for the Archdiocese of Detroit have announced that the paper will become an online-only publication. Officials said Wednesday that the Michigan Catholic will end after its Aug. 24 issue. Archbishop Allen Vigneron says the archdiocese will launch “a comprehensive digital news website and service” in November. Sent: 130 words. UPCOMING: 250 words.



WASHINGTON — The Trump administration on Thursday proposed weakening Obama-era mileage standards designed to make cars more fuel efficient and less polluting, a major rollback already being challenged in the courts by California and other states. The administration also served notice that it wants to revoke states’ long-standing authority to set their own, stricter mileage standards. By Ellen Knickmeyer and Tom Krisher. SENT: 650 words, photos.


— RAM TRUCKS-RECALL: Fiat Chrysler is recalling more than 1.4 million Ram pickups in the U.S. and Canada because tailgates with power locks can open while the trucks are moving. The recall covers Ram 1500, 2500 and 3500 pickups from the 2015 through 2017 model years. SENT: 130 words.

— EARNS-DOWDUPONT: DowDuPont Inc. on Thursday reported second-quarter profit of $1.77 billion. The Midland, Michigan-based company said it had profit of 76 cents per share. Earnings, adjusted for asset impairment costs and non-recurring costs, were $1.37 per share. SENT: 130 words.

— EARNS-KELLOGG: Kellogg Co. on Thursday reported second-quarter net income of $596 million. The Battle Creek, Michigan-based company said it had profit of $1.71 per share. Earnings, adjusted for non-recurring gains, came to $1.14 per share. SENT: 130 words.


— MICHIGAN COURTROOM-ATTACK: A man who was sentenced to at least 20 years in prison for trying to attack a Michigan prosecutor in court has been given a longer punishment after an appeal. An Ingham County judge sentenced 37-year-old Joshua Harding to between 30 years and 60 years in prison.

— CHILD SLAIN-POTTY TRAINING: A Michigan woman faces up to life in prison after reaching a plea agreement in the death of her 3-year-old daughter whose body hasn’t been found. Twenty-nine-year-old Erika Finley of Flint pleaded no contest to second-degree murder, first-degree child abuse and welfare fraud.

— DETROIT EX-MAYOR: The amount of money owed by imprisoned former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick is growing.

— NEWS VEHICLES ATTACKED: A man has been taken into custody after two news vehicles were attacked while reporters were covering a fatal hit-and-run pedestrian crash in Detroit.

— DRUG TASK FORCE-ALCOHOL: Five Michigan State Police officers are facing discipline for allegedly drinking alcohol while off-duty at an office used by a Flint-area drug task force.

— FALSE EMERGENCY SIRENS: Officials say hacking apparently is to blame for the recent sounding of emergency warning sirens in a Michigan county.

— PRIEST-EMBEZZLEMENT: An embezzlement trial for a Roman Catholic priest is being delayed because he’s getting new lawyers after police say they discovered $63,000 hidden above ceiling tiles in his Michigan home.

— MICHIGAN ENGINEERING-FUNDING: The University of Michigan College of Engineering is kicking off a $10 million funding program that’s designed to encourage the pursuit of big, daring ideas.

— FIREFIGHTERS-MICHIGAN: More than a dozen personnel with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources are helping battle wildfires in the West.


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