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

July 6, 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. Corey Williams is on the desk, followed by Ken Kusmer. 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is closing in on his choice to fill a Supreme Court vacancy created by Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement, telling reporters that he’s focused on two or three people ahead of his Monday announcement. Trump was at his private golf club in New Jersey Friday and planned to spend the weekend there, consulting with advisers as he picks his court nominee amid intense jockeying from various factions seeking to influence the choice. The president planned to have dinner Friday night with Vice President Mike Pence, who has also been meeting with candidates as part of the vetting process. The president’s top contenders include federal appeals court judges Amy Coney Barrett, Brett Kavanaugh and Raymond Kethledge, with federal appeals court judge Thomas Hardiman still considered in the mix. By Catherine Lucey, Lisa Mascaro and Ken Thomas. SENT: 960 words, photos.


COLUMBUS, Ohio — On paper, Richard Strauss was a well-regarded Ohio State University physician who examined young athletes for decades as a team doctor and sports-medicine researcher. Some former athletes recall him differently: Locker-room voyeur. Serial groper. “Dr. Jelly Paws.” In interviews with The Associated Press in recent weeks, seven former athletes and a former nursing student shared detailed allegations of sexual misconduct dating back to the 1970s against the doctor, who killed himself in 2005 at age 67 and is only now under investigation. The case has powerful echoes of the scandal involving former sports doctor Larry Nassar, who sexually abused hundreds of girls and women while he worked for Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics. By Kantele Franko, Andrew Welsh-Huggins and John Seewer. SENT: 1,230 words, photos.



NEW YORK — Mazda is recalling nearly 270,000 vehicles with Takata airbags that have the potential to explode. Chemicals used to inflate the air bags can deteriorate in some conditions, causing them to deploy with too much force, blowing apart a metal canister that can result in flying shrapnel. The potentially deadly defect can be found in passenger-side airbags on certain 2003-2008 Mazda6, 2006-2007 Mazdaspeed6 and 2004 MPV vehicles nationwide. It also involves 2005-2006 MPV models in certain states. SENT: 130 words, photos.



DETROIT — A boat once used to ferry passengers to an island amusement park in the Detroit River has caught fire at a marina where it’s docked. Flames engulfed the boat Friday at Riverside Marina northeast of downtown Detroit and that fire crews were dousing the vessel with water. The cause of the blaze was not immediately known. The boat is one of two that traveled for decades between Detroit and Boblo Island in Canada, about 15 miles (24 kilometers) away. The amusement park closed in 1993. The SS Ste. Claire and SS Columbia made their last runs in 1991 and were designated as National Historic Landmarks in 1992. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words by 5 p.m.


DETROIT — Detroit’s neighborhood revitalization project has lost some federal funding after falling behind schedule and received allegations that city officials aren’t communicating well with residents. Mayor Mike Duggan announced plans last year to rehabilitate portions of the Fitzgerald neighborhood. The Detroit Free Press reports that the developer has yet to finish renovating a single home, though three projects are expected to be completed this summer. The project delays resulted in a loss of $274,000 from a federal grant. City officials made up for the shortfall by dipping into the city’s general fund. UPCOMING: 130 words. UPCOMING: 250 words.


— NUCLEAR PLANT-MICHIGAN: A nuclear power plant in southeastern Michigan is operating at reduced power for repairs.

— LAKE MICHIGAN-BODY FOUND: Authorities have released the name of a man whose body was pulled from Lake Michigan at Grand Haven State Park in western Michigan.

— POND DEATH: Authorities say a 14-year-old North Carolina boy has died while trying to swim across a mid-Michigan pond.

— FLINT REDEVELOPMENT: The city of Flint is getting $30 million to replace some public housing, move some current residents to new homes and improve services.

— BICYCLIST KILLED-REWARD: More reward money is being offered as authorities seek tips in the hit-and-run death of a bicyclist five years ago in Michigan’s northwestern Lower Peninsula.

— COMICS SHOP-WEDDING: The groom wore a Batman shirt while the bride chose the Flash. Clint and Melanie Salmi are giving marriage a second try with help from an Upper Peninsula comic book shop.



DETROIT — Bartolo Colon starts for the Rangers, with a chance to take over sole possession of first place on the career list for victories by a pitcher born in Latin America. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:10 p.m. ET.


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