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

February 23, 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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LANSING, Mich. _ Lawmakers who want Michigan to no longer automatically try 17-year-olds as adults are pointing to its outlier status as among the reasons to pass bipartisan bills to “raise the age.” Michigan is among just four states whose default is to treat 17-year-olds as adults in criminal proceedings. In the past decade, nine states have enacted laws to increase the age for adult offenders to 18 _ signifying a growing consensus that 17-year-olds are better off in the juvenile justice system. By David Eggert. SENT: 550 words, photo.



WASHINGTON _ President Donald Trump announced Friday that he has selected Kelly Craft, the U.S. ambassador to Canada, as his nominee to serve as the next U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. Trump had also considered U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell and former U.S. Senate candidate John James of Michigan for the post. By Zeke Miller and Matthew Lee. SENT: 915 words, photo.

_ REPUBLICAN LEADER: Michigan Republicans are meeting to elect a new leader. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated.



ANN ARBOR, Mich. _ The University of Michigan is insisting its policies protect free speech after years of debate over what can be said on campus, despite an ongoing lawsuit alleging the school’s harassment and bullying regulations trample students’ First Amendment rights. The university has long been committed to free speech, Amir Baghdadchi, the senior associate director of University Housing, told MLive. SENT: 490 words, photo.


LANSING, Mich. _ Women who have ever asked, “Do you have a tampon?” in a hushed tone will understand. There’s a sisterhood that sends even strangers to the rescue, digging into the bottom of their purses. By Judy Putnam, Lansing State Journal. Four years ago, a pair of Lansing-area friends tapped that universal bond to launch the nonprofit Helping Women Period. It aims to give low-income or homeless women, girls and some transgender men the products they need. By Judy Putnam, Lansing State Journal. SENT IN ADVANCE: 773 words.


INTERLOCHEN, Mich. _ Michael Coonrod’s just glad it wasn’t his thumb. The seasoned pianist and Interlochen Center for the Arts instructor’s career hit a bump in May 2015 when he lost a finger — the fourth digit of his right hand — in a hiking accident. It hasn’t kept his remaining nine off the black and white keys, though. By Brooke Kansier, Traverse City Record-Eagle. SENT IN ADVANCE: 789 words.


_ ADDICTION SPECIALISTS-MICHIGAN: Three Michigan universities are teaming up with Spectrum Health to tackle the state’s opioid crisis through physician training.

_ CONSUMERS ENERGY-SOLAR PLANTS: Consumers Energy is planning to develop a solar power plant in the northwestern Michigan community of Cadillac.



ANN ARBOR, Mich. _ First place will be on the line when No. 7 Michigan hosts No. 10 Michigan State on Sunday in the first of two late-season meetings between these in-state rivals. By Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos.


MIAMI _ Detroit leads Miami by one game for the last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, and the teams meet on the Heat home floor Saturday night. It’s Wayne Ellington’s first game back in Miami since getting traded away earlier this month. Game begins 7:40 p.m. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.


_ BBN--REDS-IGLESIAS: The Cincinnati Reds have signed shortstop Jose Iglesias to a minor league contract with an invitation to big league spring training. SENT: 200 words.

_ BKC--W. MICHIGAN-E. MICHIGAN: UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits. 2 p.m. tipoff.

_ BKC--CENT. MICHIGAN-BALL ST. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits. 2 p.m. tipoff.

_ BKC--DETROIT-OAKLAND. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits. 3 p.m. tipoff.


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