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

December 15, 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. Rick Callahan 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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EAST LANSING, Mich. _ Hundreds of women who say they were sexually assaulted by now-imprisoned former sports doctor Larry Nassar will be featured in a new exhibit at Michigan State University. The “Finding Our Voice: Sister Survivors Speak” exhibition will feature teal bows that were tied to trees around campus as a reminder of the survivors. Teal represents support for sexual assault survivors. Nassar was sentenced to decades in prison after hundreds of girls and women said he sexually molested them under the guise that it was medical treatment, including while he worked for Michigan State and Indianapolis-based USA Gymnastics, which trains Olympians. SENT: 400 words.



EAST LANSING, Mich. _ Michigan State University students can unwind by spending quality time with the school’s dairy cows at the Dairy Cattle Teaching and Research Center. Ten dollars gets 30 minutes of cow brushing time. Farm manager Andrea Meade said cows make ideal therapy animals. MSU has about 400 cattle, 200 of which are milking cows. By Haley Hansen, Lansing State Journal. SENT IN ADVANCE: 488 words.


TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. _ Santa recently visited the Grant Traverse Yacht Club children’s Christmas party. Kris Kringle, with signature fur-trimmed red suit and warm smile, rode in from the Grand Traverse Bay on the deck of a yacht club vessel. Children passed the time building gingerbread houses around drained chocolate milk cartons, which were then decorated with red and green M&M shingles, peppermint windows, candy cane trees and sugar-frosted gumdrop bushes. By Brooke Kansier, Traverse City Record-Eagle. SENT IN ADVANCE: 632 words.


_ STUDENT STRUCK-SCHOOL: Western Michigan authorities have charged a woman with reckless driving after police say she ran over her 9-year-old son while dropping him off at school.

_ INDIANA-TOLLBOOTH FATALITY: A Michigan woman who was crushed by her own vehicle at a tollbooth along the Indiana Toll Road has died from her injuries.

_ PRIEST-TEEN’S SUICIDE: The Catholic Archdiocese of Detroit says it regrets that a priest officiating at a teen’s funeral questioned whether he would get to heaven after killing himself. Moved late Friday.

_ MICHIGAN-DRUG DEVELOPMENT: The University of Michigan is changing the name of its center that works to help develop new medicines. The Ann Arbor school says the Center for the Discovery of New Medicines, which was established in 2012, will now be known as Michigan Drug Discovery.

_ BLACK HISTORY MONTH-STORYTELLING EVENT: Organizers of a Detroit-area storytelling series during February’s Black History Month are seeking submissions focused on the theme of freedom.



Georgia Southern is seeking its first 10-win FBS season in the Camellia Bowl against Eastern Michigan, which has rebounded from a two-win season. By John Zenor. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts 4:30 p.m. CT.


Mathew Barzal and the New York Islanders host the Detroit Red Wings at the Nassau Coliseum in the finale of a three-game homestand. 600 words, photos. 7 p.m. ET.


DETROIT _ The Boston Celtics visit the Detroit Pistons, developing from 7 p.m. tipoff.


Western Michigan plays No. 5 Michigan at Crisler Center.


Ohio plays Detroit at Calihan Hall.


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