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

September 22, 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. Jeff Karoub is on the desk. 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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TOP STORY:

ELECTION 2018-STATE LEGISLATURES

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Democrats and Republicans are stepping up their spending on state legislative races as they draw nearer to the next round of redistricting. Republicans currently hold two-thirds of the state legislative chambers across the U.S, but Democrats are doubling their spending on targeted races. Republicans also have increased their spending compared to 2016. Both want to be in charge for the redrawing of congressional and state legislative districts following the 2020 Census. By David Lieb. SENT: 1,350 words, photos.

With:

— ELECTION 2018-STATE LEGISLATURES-GLANCE

AROUND THE STATE:

UTILITY-BATTERY RESEARCH

KALAMAZOO, Mich. — A Michigan utility has unveiled a new battery to store renewable energy at Western Michigan University. The battery can store enough solar and wind energy to supply about 1,000 homes with an hour of power, said Consumers Energy Project Manager Nathan Washburn. The battery will be used to keep energy output stable even when there’s cloud coverage, he said. SENT: 275 words.

EXCHANGE-ARCHIVE ANGELS

MARQUETTE, Mich. — Two women have been volunteering their time since 2007 to properly sort, store, classify and record each one of the 2,000 pieces in the DeVos Art Museum. Every Tuesday, Diane Kordich and Marilyn Keefe go behind gallery walls and into the museum’s collections room where the pair has been organizing the museum’s permanent collection for the last decade. Staff refer to them as the “archive angels.” By Corey Kelly, Daily Mining Journal. SENT IN ADVANCE: 694 words.

EXCHANGE-FRONT YARD FLOWERS

FLINT, Mich. — Four thousand Flint water customers turned down offers to install free faucet filters in their homes during the last three months, but parties to a civil lawsuit that mandated such outreach say door-to-door efforts are still paying dividends. New records compiled as part of a lawsuit settlement also show that the refusals are small when weighed against the total number of follow-up visits by the city’s Community Outreach and Resident Education workers. By Ron Fonger, Flint Journal. SENT IN ADVANCE: 376 words.

IN BRIEF:

— COLLEGE DEMOCRATS-VOTING: A judge is changing course and says he might make a decision on a major challenge to Michigan election law before the Nov. 6 vote.

— MICHIGAN STATE-HURRICANE MARIA: Michigan State University researchers have received a federal grant to study communication after Hurricane Maria, which devastated Puerto Rico.

— REGIONAL PLANNING-TRANSPORTATION: Regional planning leaders are scheduled to discuss long-range policies for transportation across seven Michigan counties.

— MICHIGAN STATE-JEWISH STUDIES GIFT: Michigan State University has received a multimillion-dollar gift for the East Lansing school’s Jewish Studies program.

SPORTS:

BBA--ROYALS-TIGERS

DETROIT — Kansas City continues a road series against the Detroit Tigers. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 6:10 p.m.

FBC--NEBRASKA-MICHIGAN

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — No. 19 Michigan opens the Big Ten season against winless Nebraska. By Larry Lage. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game started at noon.

FBC--T25-MICHIGAN STATE-INDIANA

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — No. 24 Michigan State plays Indiana at Memorial Stadium. By Michael Marot. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. 7:30 p.m. kickoff.

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