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

July 4, 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. Sara Burnett is on the desk. 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

WWII MEMORIAL

ROYAL OAK — Gov. Rick Snyder has signed legislation allowing Michigan residents to designate part of their state income tax refund to help finance a proposed World War II memorial in a Detroit suburb. The Royal Oak memorial has been added to the list of organizations and efforts that residents can donate their income tax returns toward using check-off boxes, according to state Sen. Marty Knollenberg. He told the Detroit Free Press that the proposed memorial will honor the 620,000 Michigan residents who served in the armed forces overseas and at home during World War II. SENT: 275 Words.

AROUND THE STATE:

DRIVER’S LICENSE SUSPENSIONS-UNPAID FEES

RICHMOND, Va. — It can start with a couple of traffic tickets. Unable to pay the tickets right away, a driver becomes saddled with late fees, fines and court costs. Soon, the driver may be taken off the road indefinitely. More than 40 states allow the suspension of driver’s licenses for people with unpaid criminal or traffic court debt. But now, advocates across the country are pushing to change that, arguing that such laws are unconstitutional because they unfairly punish poor people and violate due process by not giving drivers notice or an opportunity to show they cannot afford to pay the fees. Millions of drivers nationwide have lost licenses because of such laws. In a study released in September, the justice center estimated that 4.2 million people then had suspended or revoked licenses for unpaid court debt in five states alone: Virginia, Tennessee, Michigan, North Carolina and Texas. Lawsuits are pending in North Carolina, Montana and Michigan, in addition to Virginia and Tennessee. By Legal Affairs Writer Denise Lavoie. SENT: 840 words.

IN BRIEF:

—SCHOOL-TIME CAPSULE: A time capsule from 1930 has been discovered during demolition at an elementary school in Tuscola County. The Kingston school district in Michigan’s Thumb region says the box is made of copper or brass. It has no clasp but was taped shut in the cavity of the cornerstone. It will be opened on Aug. 24 during Kingston Days. SENT: 130 words.

SPORTS

BBO-TIGERS-CUBS

CHICAGO — The Cubs and Tigers wrap up their two-game series, with Jose Quintana pitching for Chicago and Francisco Liriano going for Detroit. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 2:20 p.m. EDT.

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