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

May 16, 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 Herbert McCann. AP-Michigan News Editor Roger Schneider can be reached at 313-259-0650 or rschneider@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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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LANSING, Mich. — Michigan State University has agreed to pay $500 million to more than 300 women and girls who said they were assaulted by sports doctor Larry Nassar in the worst sex-abuse case in sports history, the university announced Wednesday. The deal surpasses the more than $109 million that Penn State University paid to settle claims by at least 35 people that assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky had sexually abused boys, though the Nassar settlement involves far more victims. By David Eggert and Ed White. SENT: 400 words, photos.



LANSING, Mich. — Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and lawmakers will have hundreds of millions of dollars more to budget than they expected at the turn of the year. Legislative economists are projecting that tax collections for the current fiscal year are up by between $250 million and $340 million from estimates from January. Revenues are between $144 million and $190 million above the past estimate for the next budget year. The Snyder administration and legislative fiscal agencies are meeting Wednesday to settle on consensus figures that will be used to finalize the next state spending plan in coming weeks. By David Eggert. SENT: 120 words. UPCOMING: 500 words by 5 p.m. ET.



GRASS LAKE TOWNSHIP, Mich. — A large white cross that’s been in Jackson County for nearly 70 years has been taken down after a complaint over the religious symbol standing on state-owned land. The Michigan Association of Civil Rights Activists asked the state Department of Natural Resources to remove the Grass Lake Ministerial Association’s cross in March after a resident complained. The cross has stood on Sackrider Hill since 1950. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words, photos requested.


NEW YORK — Usually by now, the prolific filmmaker and legendary screenwriter Paul Schrader is already on to the next one. But after finishing the religious thriller “First Reformed,” which has been hailed as Schrader’s late-life masterpiece, the 71-year-old filmmaker is taking a breather. “I’ve just decided to let this one play out,” he said in a recent interview. “First Reformed,” which A24 will release Friday, is a kind of capstone to Schrader’s relentless and volatile career. Raised in Michigan by a Calvinist family, Schrader famously didn’t see a movie until he was 17. By Jake Coyle. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.


— GAS PRICES-MICHIGAN: AAA Michigan says average gas prices statewide have topped $3 per gallon for the first time in nearly three years.

— HUSBAND-BOYFRIEND DEATHS: A woman already serving life in prison for killing a Michigan man has been sentenced to 65 years in prison in the strangulation death of her husband at their northwestern Indiana home. Kelly M. Cochran was given her punishment Wednesday in the February 2016 death of Jason Cochran at their Hobart home.

— AMBULANCE MEDIC IMPERSONATOR: A man who authorities say posed as an ambulance medic for an evening in western Michigan and helped with patients has been sentenced to nine months in jail.

— EXCESSIVE FORCE: A man who was pepper-sprayed, hit with a stun gun and restrained face-down at a Michigan jail in 2010 has settled a federal lawsuit for $12.9 million.

— MONARCH BUTTERFLY-CONSERVATION PLAN: Public comment is being sought on a draft of a conservation plan expected to help reverse eastern monarch butterfly population declines.

— THEFT WARNINGS-VEHICLES-COMERICA PARK: Baseball fans leaving valuables in view in vehicles near Comerica Park in Detroit will receive fake tickets as reminders to keep their property safe.

— DETROIT-EMBEZZLEMENT: A woman who worked for the city of Detroit has pleaded guilty to stealing $265,000. Masharn Franklin worked in Detroit’s audit and payroll department where she was in charge of garnishing money from the paychecks of city employees.



DETROIT — The Tigers try for a three-game sweep that would pull them even with the division-leading Indians. By Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game time 1:10 p.m. ET.


ALLEN PARK, Mich. — Luke Willson grew up in Canada, right across the river from Detroit. Now he’s back, hoping to help the Lions at tight end. By Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.


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