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

July 13, 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. Ken Kusmer is on the desk, followed by Corey Williams. 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates.

TOP STORIES:

SUPREME COURT-MICHIGAN

LANSING, Mich. — Democratic U.S. Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters of Michigan announced Friday their opposition to President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, saying Brett Kavanaugh’s judicial record clearly shows that he would limit access to health care and curtail environmental protections. Stabenow, who is up for re-election to a fourth term, issued a statement expressing “deep concern” that Kavanaugh — a federal appellate judge — “believes the president is above the law.” It was a reference to his 2011 dissent in a challenge to the U.S. health care law in which Kavanaugh suggested that a future president could decline to enforce a law regulating private individuals if the president deems it unconstitutional, even if a court determines that it is constitutional. By David Eggert. SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING: 500 words by 6 p.m.

AROUND THE STATE:

PENCE-GAS STATION EMPIRE

GARDEN CITY, Ind. — Vice President Mike Pence turns nostalgic when he talks about growing up in small-town Columbus, Indiana, where his father helped build a Midwestern empire of more than 200 gas stations that provided an upbringing on the “front row of the American dream.” The collapse of Kiel Bros. Oil Co. in 2004 was widely publicized. Less known is that the state of Indiana — and, to a smaller extent, Kentucky and Illinois — are still on the hook for millions of dollars to clean up more than 85 contaminated sites across the three states, including underground tanks that leaked toxic chemicals into soil, streams and wells. By Brian Slodysko. SENT: 1,930 words, photos. An abridged version also is moving. Note comment from Michigan university experts.

LAKE SUPERIOR-PADDLEBOARDS

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — Three Michigan men have completed a daunting journey across Lake Superior by paddleboard. Joe Lorenz, Kwin Morris and Jeff Guy set off Tuesday from Sinclair Cove in Canada and arrived at Whitefish Point in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula on Wednesday morning. The 60-mile paddleboard trip is part of a goal to fundraise $20,000 for the Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society. SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING: 250 words.

USA GYMNASTICS-TASK FORCE

INDIANAPOLIS — USA Gymnastics has appointed five retired athletes to a task force to help the organization chart its course after the Larry Nassar sex-abuse scandal. Ivana Hong, Steven Legendre, Jazzy Kerber, Leigh Hennessy Robson and Shenea Booth were named to the task force on Friday. Up to four more athletes will be named later. SENT: 200 words, photo.

BUSINESS:

PURDUE-AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue University is leading a new innovation hub that’ll focus on autonomous vehicles and issues surrounding the growing technology. The Indianapolis Business Journal reports that the Innovation Hub for Connected and Autonomous Transportation Technologies will be part of the university’s Discovery Park. The 40-acre (16.2-hectare) complex is used by the school’s STEM undergraduate students, graduate-level researchers and faculty. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 250 words.

— AUTOMOTIVE RESEARCH-MICHIGAN: A Chinese-based automotive company is investing more than $4.4 million in a new research and development facility in suburban Detroit. SENT: 100 words.

— NISSAN-AIR BAG RECALL: Nissan is recalling nearly 105,000 small cars to replace Takata passenger air bag inflators that can explode and hurl shrapnel at drivers and passengers. SENT: 130 words, photo.

IN BRIEF:

— TEEN SHOT-MICHIGAN: A 20-year-old suburban Detroit man has been charged with involuntary manslaughter after authorities say his 14-year-old cousin died after being shot in the chest by a handgun that was reportedly being kept under a mattress. AP Photo.

— NORTHERN MICHIGAN-PRESIDENT: Northern Michigan University has approved a new contract for the school’s president.

— UPPER PENINSULA FLOODING: Heavy rains have caused more flooding in parts of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula that were still working to recover from last month’s severe flooding.

— GREAT LAKES-FIRE RETARDANTS: A U.S.-Canadian agency is suggesting ways the two nations can help prevent flame-retardant chemicals from polluting the Great Lakes.

— FIRE RISK-MICHIGAN: The West Virginia Division of Forestry has sent a crew of 20 to Michigan to help reduce the risk of wildfires.

SPORTS:

BC-BBA--TIGERS-ASTROS

HOUSTON — Houston’s Dallas Keuchel opposes Detroit’s Mike Fiers when the Astros and Tigers open a three-game series on Friday night. Keuchel has won three straight decisions and Fiers, a former Astro, returns to the park where he threw a no-hitter in 2015. By Kristie Rieken. Starts at 8:10 p.m.

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