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

August 18, 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. Rick Callahan 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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NEW YORK — When I got the chance to interview Aretha Franklin for the first time in 2001, I was already a bundle of nerves: Even though it was just over the phone, I’d be talking to THE Queen of Soul! You could get no closer to rock ‘n’ roll royalty than the Queen herself. So my trepidation was magnified when a colleague told me not to expect much: Franklin was famously guarded and known for giving short, to-the-point answers and little in the way of introspection. By Entertainment Writer Nekesa Mumbi Moody. SENT: 1,230 words. With AP Photos.


NEW YORK — The MTV Video Music Awards plans on honoring the legacy of Aretha Franklin — they’re just not sure how they will do it. The VMAs will air live Monday. Show executive producer Jesse Ignjatovic tells The Associated Press on Friday that his team is “working on a lot of different options.” SENT: 130 words.



DEARBORN, Mich. — A nurse is suing a Michigan hospital for allegedly honoring a patient’s request to not be cared for by a black woman. Teoka Williams filed a federal lawsuit Monday against Beaumont Hospital in Dearborn, alleging that the health system violated federal and state civil rights laws by barring her from caring for a patient because of her race. Williams, who has worked as a registered nurse at Beaumont for 10 years, said she overheard a patient in October 2017 request to not have a black woman as a caregiver. SENT: 300 words.


FORT GRATIOT TOWNSHIP, Mich. — A Michigan woman is decorating the halls of her assisted living facility one jigsaw puzzle at a time. Sally Eagen started doing jigsaw puzzles after she moved into the Lakeshore Woods assisted living facility in Fort Gratiot in 2014. She wasn’t an enthusiast before, but picked up the pieces as a way to pass the time. Sometimes she has problems sleeping at night, and heads to her puzzle to relax. By Jeremy Ervin, Port Huron Times Herald. SENT IN ADVANCE: 423 words.


MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. — Michigan groups are working to increase disability employment, which is on the rise but still lagging. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services’ office of Michigan Rehabilitation Services provides assistance to people with disabilities, and to businesses looking to hire them. More than 4,600 businesses have participated, and MRS has provided services to 36,586 people. By Gina Joseph, Norb Franz, Macomb Daily. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1104 words.


— OFFICER-HIT-RUN CRASH: A Detroit man has been charged in the hit-and-run death of an off-duty Wayne County sheriff’s sergeant who was struck and dragged while jogging.

— FORMER PROSECUTOR-RECKLESS DRIVING: A judge will rule on whether a police body-cam video showing a former Kent County prosecutor’s demeanor after a crash will be shown at the man’s reckless driving trial.

— DETROIT SUSTAINABILITY: The Detroit mayor’s office wants to hear residents’ ideas on how to improve the city’s quality of life, better protect the public health and provide greater economic opportunities.

— LEADERSHIP TRAINING-BLACK VOTERS: A racial justice group’s political action committee plans to hold leadership training in Detroit focused on black voters.



MINNEAPOLIS — The Detroit Tigers and Minnesota Twins continue their four-game series at Target Field, with two teams well behind Cleveland in the AL Central continuing to evaluate players with an eye toward next year and beyond. By Patrick Donnelly. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7:10 p.m. EDT.


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