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

February 21, 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. _ New Attorney General Dana Nessel said Thursday that an investigation of clergy sexual abuse within the Roman Catholic church could show there were more than 1,000 victims in Michigan. She also said she is actively involved in trying to settle Flint residents’ lawsuits against the state over the water crisis, and her office took over an investigation of unspecified complaints against former U.S. gymnastics team coach John Geddert, who owned a gym where Larry Nassar molested athletes. By David Eggert. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.


—GYM-DOCTOR-SEXUAL ASSAULT: Michigan’s new attorney general says her office is taking over an investigation of complaints against former U.S. Olympic women’s gymnastics team coach John Geddert, who operated a gym where ex-sports doctor Larry Nassar molested athletes. SENT: 140 words.

—CLERGY ABUSE-MICHIGAN: Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel says an investigation into possible sexual abuse by Roman Catholic priests in Michigan may last two years, and she wants the state’s seven dioceses to suspend their own internal review processes until the probe is complete. SENT: 140 words.

—FLINT WATER CRISIS: New Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel says she is hoping to settle 79 lawsuits that were filed against the state and its employees by Flint residents following the city’s crisis with lead-contaminated drinking water.


WASHINGTON _ The Trump administration says it has broken off talks with California in a dispute over mileage standards, moving the two closer to a possible court battle that threatens to roil the auto industry. The White House announced the move Thursday. The administration wants to block tougher Obama-era mileage standards for vehicles. It has threatened to revoke California’s unique authority to set its own mileage standards as part of that. By Ellen Knickmeyer and Tom Krisher. SENT: 580 words, photos.


—MEDICAL MARIJUANA: Former Detroit Lions star receiver Calvin Johnson has received preliminary approval of his license application for a medical marijuana dispensary in suburban Detroit.

—GIRL’S DEATH-METHAMPHETAMINE: Two southwestern Michigan residents face charges in northern Indiana in the death of a 10-year-old girl who died after ingesting methamphetamine.

—SOLDIER SLAIN-ARRESTS: A trial date has been set for a woman and a man who Michigan authorities allege were having an affair and conspired to kill the woman’s husband.

—MEDICAL MARIJUANA-JOB OFFER: A Michigan Court of Appeals ruling could reinforce zero-tolerance workplace rules for marijuana even in cases in which a person has a medical marijuana card.

—NO-REASON ABSENTEE VOTING: Michigan voters can start casting an absentee ballot without giving a reason.

—POSTAL WORKER-THEFT: Authorities say they found nearly 15,000 pieces of undelivered mail at the suburban Detroit home of a U.S. Postal Service worker.

—EARNS-DOMINO’S PIZZA: Domino’s Pizza Inc. on Thursday reported fourth-quarter net income of $111.6 million.

—GENERAL MOTORS-RESTRUCTURING: More job losses are coming as part of the shutdown of a General Motors plant in Ohio that makes the Chevrolet Cruze.

—ODD-COSTUMED OFFICIAL: A county official in Michigan dressed as Mickey Mouse to help draw attention to what he describes as wasteful spending on a Florida trip for employee training.



MINNEAPOLIS _ No. 7 Michigan, trying to stay in first place in the rugged Big Ten, travels to play a Minnesota team that could use another signature win to stay in the NCAA Tournament picture. By Dave Campbell. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m. ET.


It’s finally here _ the first of two meetings between Michigan State and Michigan, the in-state rivals that have looked like the class of the Big Ten for much of this season. While Purdue has joined the Spartans and Wolverines in the title race, the two Michigan State-Michigan games could obviously have a big impact on who finishes first. The Wolverines host the Spartans on Sunday. By Noah Trister. SENT: 510 words, photo.


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