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AP-MI--Michigan News Coverage Advisory 8:30 am, MI

May 17, 2018

Good morning! 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. David Runk is on the desk, followed by Ken Kusmer. 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates.

UPCOMING TODAY:

GYM-DOCTOR-SEXUAL ASSAULT

LANSING, Mich. — Michigan State University agreed to pay $500 million to settle claims from 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, officials said. The deal announced Wednesday surpasses the $100 million-plus paid by Penn State University to settle claims by at least 35 people who accused assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky of sexual abuse, though the Nassar agreement involves far more victims. By David Eggert and Ed White. SENT: 800 words, photos. Will be updated on merits.

DOCTOR-SEXUAL ASSAULT-NEWS GUIDE

DETROIT — Michigan State University’s announcement Wednesday that it agreed to pay $500 million to settle claims from more than 300 women and girls who said they were assaulted by former sports doctor Larry Nassar is seen as a step toward providing closure for those victims. But it hardly ends the fallout and investigations into the worst sex-abuse case in sports history. SENT: 550 words, photo.

AROUND THE STATE:

GAS STATION-ABDUCTION

MUSKEGON, Mich. — Jurors convicted a man Wednesday of kidnapping and killing a western Michigan gas station clerk whose body has never been found. The Muskegon County jury deliberated about 1½ hours before finding Jeffrey Willis, 48, guilty of first-degree murder in the death of 25-year-old Jessica Heeringa, a mother of a 3-year-old son who disappeared in 2013 while working late at a gas station in Norton Shores. SENT: 225 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

— NORTHERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY-WATER: Northern Michigan University has closed three campus buildings as a precautionary measure after initial water tests found inconsistent lead level readings.

— MICHIGAN SLAYING-MUTILATION: A Michigan man who authorities say fatally stabbed a friend more than 50 times and cut off his fingers before dumping his body in a field has been convicted of second-degree murder.

— STORE SLAYINGS: The Michigan Supreme Court has reinstated the murder convictions of a man who was accused of killing two workers at a suburban Detroit store.

SPORTS:

BBA--TIGERS-MARINERS

SEATTLE — After losing to the Tigers just days ago, Seattle’s Marco Gonzales gets another shot at Detroit on Thursday night in the opener of a four-game series. Matthew Boyd gets the nod for Detroit to open the weekend set. By Tim Booth. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos .Game time 10:10 p.m. ET.

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