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

May 23, 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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TOP STORIES:

ELECTION 2020-DEVOS

Sen. Elizabeth Warren calls Betsy DeVos the “worst secretary of education we’ve seen.” Sen. Amy Klobuchar says DeVos “shouldn’t be in her job.” Beto O’Rourke’s take on DeVos: “We can do better.” In the hunt for a presidential nomination, those Democrats and others are increasingly taking swings at DeVos as a way to energize supporters, jostle for attention and curry favor with the nation’s major teachers unions, which claim millions of voters among their members. Over the last two months, candidates have gone after DeVos at campaign rallies, during TV appearances and in policy proposals. They have used her name to get a rise out of crowds at events from Las Vegas to Virginia. DeVos herself has become as much of an issue as any education policy, attracting more attention than most other members of President Donald Trump’s administration. By Collin Binkley. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.

ENDANGERED WOLVES-ILLEGAL KILLINGS

RALEIGH, N.C. _ Illegal killings and longstanding political resistance have undercut the return of two species of endangered wolves to the wild, frustrating government efforts that already cost more than $80 million but have failed to meet recovery targets. The number of red wolves roaming the forests of North Carolina has plunged to fewer than three dozen in recent years — the most precarious position of any U.S. wolf species. In the Southwest, a record number of Mexican gray wolves turned up dead in 2018, tempering an increase in the overall population to 131 animals. By Jonathan Drew, Susan Montoya Bryan and Matthew Brown. SENT: 1,100 words; photo and video.

BUSINESS:

TESLA WOES

Shares of Tesla, suffering one of the worst stretches in company history, rebounded Thursday after CEO Elon Musk told employees that orders are up. The gyrations Thursday were indicators of a volatile day for the shares, which have shed about 60% of their value in three weeks and are trading at the lowest levels since late 2016. Musk told employees in a memo late Wednesday that the company had over 50,000 net new orders so far this quarter, and that based on current trends, Tesla Inc. has a chance of exceeding the record 90,700 deliveries set in the fourth quarter of last year. The memo was circulating on the internet and confirmed as authentic by a person with knowledge of its origin. The person didn’t want to be identified because the memo was confidential. By Tom Krisher. SENT: 410 words, photos.

AROUND THE STATE:

CHEMOURS-DUPONT LAWSUIT

WILMINGTON, Del. _ A Delaware judge is chastising attorneys over secrecy related to a dispute between chemical manufacturer Chemours and DuPont Co., which spun off the company in 2015. Chemours attorneys filed a sealed complaint May 13 with a cover sheet stating only that it sought relief involving “a spin-off transaction.” Chemours failed to file a redacted complaint within three days, as court rules require. The redacted version that was filed late is almost entirely blacked out. By Randall Chase. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated.

IN BRIEF:

_ XGR--MEDICAL PAROLE: Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has signed laws letting Michigan release seriously ill and incapacitated prisoners early by having them treated at nursing homes or hospitals instead.

_ SMALL PLANE-SEARCH: Authorities have found the wreckage of a small plane that went missing over Lake Michigan with two men aboard.

_ LAND PURCHASE FLAP: A city commissioner in southwestern Michigan has resigned after city leaders accused him of using inside information from his post to buy land that the city wanted to acquire.

_ CENSUS-MICHIGAN: U.S. Census Bureau estimates say Grand Rapids and its surrounding suburbs led much of Michigan’s population growth last year.

_ FORMER COACH-EMBEZZLEMENT: A former northern Michigan teacher and football coach has pleaded guilty to reduced charges in an embezzlement case involving more than $5,000 in missing cash.

_ REDEVELOPMENT GRANT: Michigan officials have awarded $52,300 to Otsego County to investigate a polluted site for future redevelopment.

SPORTS:

BBO--Marlins-Tigers

DETROIT _ Miami plays Detroit at Comerica Park.

BBC--BIG TEN-ILLINOIS MICHIGAN

OMAHA, Neb. _ Jordan Nwogu drilled a two-run double with two outs in the bottom of the ninth to push Michigan past Illinois 5-4 on Thursday in the Big Ten Tournament. Ako Thomas also had a pair of RBIs for Michigan (39-17), which rallied from a 3-0 hole to solidify its at-large NCAA Tournament hopes. SENT: 130 words.

BIG TEN TOURNAMENT

OMAHA, Neb. _ All four bottom seeds won on the opening day of the Big Ten Tournament and will be trying to take control of their brackets Thursday.

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