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

April 16, 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.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 STORIES:

ODD--LENTEN MUSKRAT

DETROIT _ Roman Catholics are obligated to abstain from eating meat on Fridays as part of their Lenten penance. Except in the Detroit area, that is, where the faithful are free to dine on a certain rodent. The Archdiocese of Detroit says “there is a long-standing permission,” dating to the region’s missionary history in the 1700s, “to permit the consumption of muskrat on days of abstinence, including Fridays of Lent.” By Mike Householder. SENT: 400 words, photo.

TROOPER CHARGED-MICHIGAN

DETROIT _ A former Michigan State Police trooper charged with murder in the death of a Detroit teen says he won’t testify in his own defense. Mark Bessner is on trial for the second time after a jury couldn’t reach a unanimous verdict last fall. He testified at the first trial but told a judge Tuesday that he will remain silent this time. Damon Grimes was 15 years old in 2017 when he crashed an all-terrain vehicle and died after Bessner shot him with a Taser on a Detroit street. By Ed White. SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING: 350 words, photos.

DAIRY FARM DECLINE

LOUISVILLE, Ohio _ A dairy farm operated for four generations by one Ohio family is set to run dry. The (Canton) Repository reports Dwight Raber, of Raber Dairy Farms in northeast Ohio’s Stark County, was scheduled to auction off his dairy cows and much of the dairy equipment Wednesday. Raber says he can no longer make a living by milking cows and has lost money the last two years. State statistics show the number of dairy farms in Ohio dropped to fewer than 2,000. SENT: 430 words, photos pursuing.

IN BRIEF:

—GENERAL MOTORS-RESTRUCTURING: A union official says a small contingent of workers has finished making replacement parts for the Chevy Cruze at a General Motors plant in Ohio where production of the compact sedan ended in March.

—SLEEPING BEAR DUNES-BROKEN GLASS: Officials at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore say large quantities of broken glass have been strewn along a Lake Michigan beach.

—FATAL CRASH-NEWLYWEDS: A man has entered a plea agreement on charges stemming from a July crash that killed a newlywed couple in western Michigan.

—MICHIGAN SHOOTING: Authorities say a suspect has been arrested after two people were shot in Michigan’s northwestern Lower Peninsula.

—ISLAND PARK DAMAGE: A southwestern Michigan city is trying to decide what to do about a popular park that’s been closed for more than a year due to flood damage.

—ANIMALS REMOVED: A 62-year-old woman is facing charges after authorities removed 86 cats and a dog from a suburban Detroit home while she was being evicted.

SPORTS:

BBO--PIRATES-TIGERS

DETROIT _ Josh Harrison, who moved from the Pirates to the Tigers via free agency, gets a chance to face his former team in this interleague series. Detroit takes on Pittsburgh in the first game of a two-game match up on Tuesday. By Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 6:40 p.m. ET.

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