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

May 28, 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.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

MICHIGAN STATE-PRESIDENT

EAST LANSING, Mich. _ Dr. Samuel Stanley Jr., a medical researcher who has led Stony Brook University in New York for nearly a decade, was named Tuesday as the next president of Michigan State University in the wake of the most extensive sexual abuse scandal in sports history. Stanley was chosen in an 8-0 vote by the school’s board of trustees, effective Aug. 1. He will take charge of a 50,000-student university that has been led by a string of acting or interim presidents since the January 2018 resignation of Lou Anna Simon, who quit amid fallout over former campus doctor Larry Nassar’s molestation of hundreds of female gymnasts and other athletes under the guise of treatment. By David Eggert. SENT: 650 words, photos. Will be updated.

REPUBLICANS-AMASH

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. _ U.S. Rep. Justin Amash, who last week became the only Republican to call for President Donald Trump’s impeachment, holds a town hall meeting Tuesday in his western Michigan district. By David Eggert. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos pursuing. Developing from 5:30 p.m. meeting.

BUSINESS:

FIAT CHRYSLER-RENAULT-WHAT’S AHEAD

MILAN _ Fiat Chrysler’s proposal to merge with French rival Renault has industry executives, analysts and union leaders rushing to figure out how it would reshape the sector worldwide. A deal would create the third-largest automaker with annual sales of 8.7 million vehicles, behind Volkswagen and Toyota. It would be a bold step in the industry consolidation that many see as necessary in the capital-hungry sector, which Fiat Chrysler Automobiles says would create 5 billion euros ($5.6 billion) in savings. By Colleen Barry and Angela Charlton. SENT: 820 words, photos.

FIAT CHRYSLER-RENAULT

PARIS _ France’s finance minister says the planned merger between Renault and Fiat Chrysler will only happen if French jobs are protected. Speaking on RTL radio Tuesday, Bruno le Maire said he has asked for “four guarantees” for the deal to go ahead, including that not a single job or factory on French soil will disappear. SENT: 230 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ SPRING FLOODING-MICHIGAN: Teams of federal, state and local personnel will work together to assess damage in the Detroit area due to spring flooding.

_ FREEWAY SHOOTINGS-MICHIGAN: Authorities say they have arrested a man in connection with two shooting incidents a day apart on Interstate 94 west of Detroit.

_ BENTON HARBOR SCHOOLS: The Benton Harbor school board is firing back at a state proposal to close the high school or face a complete shutdown of the district.

_ MISSING KAYAKER: Authorities searching along northern Indiana’s Lake Michigan shoreline for a man who vanished during a kayaking trip say what’s believed to be the man’s kayak has been recovered.

_ GAS PRICES-MICHIGAN: AAA Michigan says average gas prices statewide are up about 1 cent from a week ago to about $2.88 per gallon.

_ STRAITS OF MACKINAC-WORKSHOP: The U.S. Coast Guard is looking for volunteers to help assess environmental and navigation hazards in the Straits of Mackinac, the channel that links lakes Huron and Michigan.

SPORTS:

BBA--TIGERS-ORIOLES

BALTIMORE _ The Detroit Tigers look for a win Tuesday when they play the Baltimore Orioles in the second game of a three-game road series. The Tigers dropped the first game 5-3 on Monday. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:05 p.m.

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