BC-MI--Michigan News Digest 1:30 pm, MI
Aug. 09, 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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com. For up-to-the minute information on AP's coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org.
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LANSING, Mich. — Record-high turnout in Michigan's primary is attributed to — who else? — President Donald Trump, with Democrats eager to send him a message this fall and Republicans energized by his involvement in two key statewide races, according to political analysts. The increased voter engagement could continue into the fall. By David Eggert. UPCOMING: 700 words.
AROUND THE STATE:
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — A $510 million milk-processing complex will be constructed in Michigan, creating nearly 300 jobs and bolstering a dairy industry among the largest in the U.S. that has been suffering because of low prices and high costs, state officials said Thursday. The facility in St. Johns, about 20 miles north of Lansing, will include one plant that will process 8 million pounds of milk daily into cheese and whey protein powder and another that will use byproducts from the milk operation to make whey products for human consumption and animal feed. By John Flesher. SENT: 450 words, photo.
GREAT LAKES-EXOTIC PLANKTON
BRIDGEPORT, N.Y. — Researchers have confirmed that two new exotic zooplankton species have crept into the Great Lakes. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says Cornell University researchers announced Wednesday that Diaphanosoma fluviatile and Mesocyclops pehpeiensis were detected in Lake Erie. Scientists don't know how they entered the lake, but say it's the farthest north either species has been tracked in the Western Hemisphere. Mesocyclops pehpeiensis is native to tropical and temperate areas of Asia. Diaphanosoma fluviatile are from Central and South America and the Caribbean. UPCOMING: 300 words.
GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS:
WASHINGTON — There's a border crisis in Pennsylvania. The radical left is surging in New Jersey. And Nancy Pelosi is a threat to New York. Republican candidates in the nation's premier midterm battlegrounds have embraced a central message in their fight to maintain the House majority this fall — and it has little to do with the surging economy or the sweeping tax cuts that the GOP celebrated as a once-in-a-generation achievement just eight months ago. While Republicans are reluctant to engage on tax cuts, it's a fight Democrats — and their voters — want. "The tax cuts were for the top ... income earners," said George Stringer, a 58-year-old Democrat who lives in Detroit. "The rich keep getting richer, the poor keep getting poorer." By Steve Peoples and Bill Barrow. SENT: 1,200 words, photos.
— PASTOR-ARREST: A video shows a black Detroit-area pastor calling a white police officer a "cracker" after he was handcuffed outside a church. Police in Highland Park arrested the Rev. David Bullock on June 24. He had interrupted them while they tried to investigate the possible assault of a child by a mentally ill woman.
— HISTORIC WALL-DEMOLITION: Some residents of a community in Michigan's Upper Peninsula are upset that parts of a historic wall were demolished to make room for construction equipment.
— SEVERE WEATHER-MICHIGAN: A cleanup effort is taking place on Detroit's Belle Isle after severe thunderstorms this week damaged or knocked down scores of trees.
— PRISON GUARDS-RETALIATION: An appeals court has affirmed a $12,500 verdict in favor of a Michigan prisoner who said guards retaliated against him for cooperating with abuse investigators. Randle Griffin says his rights were violated at Gus Harrison prison in Adrian.
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