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

March 18, 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-MICHIGAN

CENTER LINE, Mich. _ Two Democratic presidential candidates are campaigning in Michigan a year before the state’s primary. Beto O’Rourke, a former Texas congressman, made three stops in the Detroit area Monday. U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York scheduled events later in the day. By David Eggert. SENT: 140 words, photos. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos, video.

UNION-FIAT CHRYSLER-CORRUPTION

DETROIT _ A former vice president at the United Auto Workers has been charged with conspiracy in a scheme with Fiat Chrysler to buy meals, golf and other perks with money from the automaker. It’s the latest development in the government’s investigation of how officials at Fiat Chrysler and the UAW enriched themselves by using money set aside for a job-training center. SENT: 140 words. UPCOMING: 250 words.

#GIRLS TOO

NEW YORK _ The arrest of singer R. Kelly has focused the lens of the #MeToo movement on young victims of sexual abuse. Experts say there are many reasons why girls don’t come forward when they are abused. They’re often at a disadvantage because the abusers are powerful people in their lives. They may fear being punished if it’s someone they’ve dated, ostracized if it’s a relative, or stigmatized if it’s someone at school. Lara Kaufmann of Girls Inc. says that victim-blaming is common. By Maryclaire Dale and Jocelyn Noveck. SENT: 2,180 words, photos. An abridged version has moved at 980 words.

AROUND THE STATE:

UNDERWATER CRUCIFIX-ARM

PETOSKEY, Mich. _ Divers hope to locate and repair the arm of an underwater crucified Jesus in northern Michigan, which is part of a yearly event that draws hundreds to a frozen bay. The Petoskey News-Review reports that about 1,300 people gathered earlier this month to view the 11-foot tall, one-ton statue of Jesus Christ in Little Traverse Bay near the Petoskey shore. But many attendees questioned why the statue’s arm is missing. Event organizers hope to locate the missing arm in the spring. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated.

NONPROFIT QUESTIONED-POLICE

INDIANAPOLIS _ At least four police departments in four states have raised concerns about an Indianapolis-based nonprofit, alleging that the group is conducting scams under the guise of raising money for law enforcement. The Indianapolis Star reports that the Trenton Police Department in Michigan is among the agencies that have issued scam alerts about the National Police Association. An attorney for the association’s president says the nonprofit isn’t a scam. SENT: 160 words. Will be updated.

IN BRIEF:

—MUNSON NURSES-CONTRACT: Unionized nurses at Munson Medical Center in northern Michigan have reached a tentative three-year contract agreement.

—MOUNT MANCELONA FUTURE: An effort to revitalize a northern Michigan ski resort is facing financial challenges as the state takes notice of alleged unlicensed operations at the site.

—GAS PRICES-MICHIGAN: AAA Michigan says average gas prices statewide are up about 7 cents from a week ago to about $2.59 per gallon.

—POETRY COMPETITION-DETROIT STUDENTS: More than a dozen high school seniors from the Detroit Public Schools Community District will compete for scholarships in a poetry slam competition.

SPORTS:

BKC-T25--COLLEGE BKB POLL

NEW YORK _ Duke is back on top followed by Virginia and North Carolina to give the Atlantic Coast Conference a 1-2-3 showing in the final AP Top 25 poll this season. The Blue Devils jumped from fifth to first Monday after winning last week’s league tournament with the return of freshman star Zion Williamson from a knee sprain. Gonzaga fell to fourth, while Michigan State climbed to fifth. SENT: 310 words, photos.

BKN--PISTONS-CAVALIERS

CLEVELAND _ The Detroit Pistons are in Cleveland on Monday to take on the Cavaliers. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m. ET.

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