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

August 7, 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. 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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LANSING, Mich. — A former legislative leader with the Democratic establishment’s backing and the state’s Republican attorney general are hoping to emerge from crowded fields in the primary for Michigan governor. The winners in Tuesday’s election will compete this fall for a seat that is opening due to the coming departure of GOP Gov. Rick Snyder, who has reached his term limit. By David Eggert. SENT: 500 words, photos. Will be updated throughout the day and into the evening as races are called.

— With MICHIGAN PRIMARY-THE LATEST. With AP Photos. With updates throughout the day and after the polls close at 8 p.m. local time.


DETROIT — John Conyers’ congressional seat will remain in a Democrat’s hands after Michigan’s primary on Tuesday. For the first time in more than five decades, though, it won’t be his. Conyers’ 13th District seat, which represents much of Detroit and a few of its suburbs, is among three open House seats in Michigan heading into the primary, including another that the Democrats expect to keep and a Republican-held seat they hope to flip in their push to take control of the chamber. By Corey Williams. SENT: 500 words, photos.


DETROIT — An Iraq War veteran endorsed by the president and an Ivy League-educated buyout specialist are vying Tuesday for the chance to take on Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow this fall. Whether John James or Sandy Pensler emerges victorious from the Republican primary, it won’t be easy to defeat Stabenow, who is seeking a fourth term and has easily fended off past challenges. The GOP is hoping, though, that President Donald Trump’s narrow 2016 win in Michigan is a sign that she could be vulnerable. By Jeff Karoub. SENT: 350 words, photos.



SOLON TOWNSHIP, Mich. — The parents of a 10-month-old girl who died of malnutrition and dehydration in western Michigan have been charged with felony murder and first-degree child abuse. Seth Welch and Tatiana Fusari were charged Monday in the death of their daughter, Mary. The Kent County sheriff’s office says Welch called 911 last week and deputies found the child not breathing in a Solon Township home. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words, photos requested.


DETROIT — Detroit police allege that a murder suspect who was released after his case was botched 15 years ago is also being investigated as a suspect in homicides in two other states. Police say 65-year-old James Matthews is a suspect in two homicides in Michigan, three in Texas and one in New York. Authorities are investigating how a 2003 case against Matthews was flubbed after Detroit police arrested him for allegedly strangling a woman. Matthews was released from jail when a warrant against him wasn’t filed within the required time frame. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words, photos requested.


ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Searchers on Monday found four people dead in a sightseeing airplane carrying Polish tourists in Alaska’s Denali National Park — a day and a half after thick clouds hampered the response to distress calls. Another person is missing and presumed dead after the crash Saturday evening on a mountain ridge about 14 miles southwest of Denali, North America’s tallest mountain. After going down, the pilot, identified Monday as Craig Layson of Saline, Michigan, reported by satellite phone that passengers suffered injuries, but the connection failed before he could give details. By Dan Joling. SENT: 600 words, photos. Moved late Monday and available for use.


INDIANAPOLIS — A years-long dispute over the ownership of Lake Michigan’s shoreline may be headed to the U.S. Supreme Court. Justice Elena Kagan last week approved a request from Bobbie and Don Gunderson’s attorneys to extend the deadline for seeking a U.S. Supreme Court review to Oct. 5. A petition requesting action by the U.S. Supreme Court must typically be done within 90 days of a final decision by a federal appellate court or a state court of last resort. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 250 words.



NEW YORK — Tesla CEO Elon Musk says he is considering taking the electric car maker private. Tesla’s stock spiked Tuesday after Musk made the abrupt announcement in a terse tweet. He said is considering taking the company private at $420 a share and already has secured funding. Tesla shares are up more than 5 percent at $360.64. SENT: 60 words, photo. Will be updated.


DETROIT — Cars and trucks with electronic driver assist systems may not see stopped vehicles and could even steer you into a crash if you’re not paying attention, an insurance industry group warns. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, in a paper titled “Reality Check,” issued the warning Tuesday after testing five of the systems from Tesla, Mercedes, BMW and Volvo on a track and public roads. The upshot is while they could save your life, the systems can fail under many circumstances. By Auto Writer Tom Krisher. SENT: 550 words, photos.


DETROIT — U.S. safety investigators are looking into complaints of fires that may have been caused by the seat belts in Ford F-150 pickup trucks. The investigation covers trucks from the 2015 through 2018. Ford sold about 2 million F-150s during those years. SENT: 230 words, photos.


— HIGHWAY CRASH: A 75-year-old man who was driving the wrong way on a busy Michigan highway has been charged with second-degree murder in the deaths of two Ohio women. State police say Edwin Brown of Chelsea appeared in court Tuesday in Washtenaw County.

— HIT-AND-RUN-OFFICER: A man accused of striking a Detroit police officer and driving away has been charged with reckless driving and failure to stop at the scene of a crash.

— CONTAMINATED WATER-PRESCHOOL: Tests discovered elevated levels of chemical contamination in drinking water for a Michigan preschool that’s closed to children for the summer.

— CONTAMINATED WATER-MICHIGAN: An agreement has been finalized so southwestern Michigan residents dealing with chemical contamination in their water will get clean water. The Kalamazoo City Commission and the Parchment City Commission approved an agreement Monday for Kalamazoo to provide a year’s worth of water to Parchment’s water system. With AP Photos.

— CHURCH SPANKING: A Michigan pastor accused of spanking a 6-year-old boy at church with a spatula has reached a plea agreement. The Rev. Reginald Flynn pleaded no contest Monday to misdemeanor assault and battery.

— FORESTRY GRANTS: State grants are available for Michigan groups interested in undertaking projects that create more urban green spaces.



ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Michigan basketball coach John Beilein underwent a double-bypass heart procedure and is expected to make a full recover, the school said Tuesday. The procedure was performed Monday by Dr. Francis Pagani at the University of Michigan’s Samuel and Jean Frankel Cardiovascular Center. Athletic director Warde Manuel described the operation as “proactive” and said Beilein was resting comfortably with his family by his side. He is expected to leave the hospital in a few days. SENT: 300 words, photos.


ANAHEIM, Calif. — Jacob Turner makes his first start for the Tigers since 2012 when Detroit attempts to end its four-game skid against Andrew Heaney and the Los Angeles Angels, who are likely to be without Mike Trout on the injured superstar’s 27th birthday. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game time 10 p.m. ET.


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