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

October 9, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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TOP STORIES:

ELECTION 2018-MARIJUANA

LANSING, Mich. — Backers of broad marijuana legalization are looking to break through a geographic barrier in November and get their first foothold in the Midwest after a string of election victories in Northeastern and Western states. Michigan and North Dakota, where voters previously authorized medical marijuana, will decide now if the drug should be legal for any adult 21 and older. They would become the 10th and 11th states to legalize so-called recreational marijuana since 2012, lightning speed in political terms. By David Eggert. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

— With: ELECTION 2018-MARIJUANA INITIATIVE-QUESTION, ELECTION 2018-MARIJUANA-GLANCE

IMMIGRATION-THE BATTLE FOR ALEXA

A Michigan foster family sought custody of a Salvadoran toddler after her mother was deported. Her story exposes what could happen to some of the infants, children and teens taken from their families at the border under a Trump administration policy earlier this year. An Associated Press investigation in the U.S. and Central America identified holes in the system that allow state judges to grant custody of migrant kids to American foster families — without notifying their deported parents. By Garance Burke and Martha Mendoza. SENT: 3,800 words, photos, video. An abridged version of 1,000 words has also been sent.

AROUND THE STATE:

BOOKS-MITCH ALBOM

DETROIT — Mitch Albom’s books are about faith and salvation, forgiveness and second chances. What they most certainly are not about, according to the author, is a certain five-letter word. “I really don’t think my books are about death,” Albom told The Associated Press. “And I don’t think they’re depressing. I think they’re the opposite.” Many of Albom’s works do touch on the afterlife, however, including his latest, “The Next Person You Meet in Heaven,” which comes out on Tuesday and marks the novelist’s first sequel. By Mike Householder. SENT: 550 words, photos, video.

ELECTION 2018-BERNIE SANDERS

WASHINGTON — Sen. Bernie Sanders is embarking on a nine-state battleground tour on behalf of Democratic candidates competing in the November elections, returning to the campaign trail ahead of a decision on another White House bid. The tour kicks off on Oct. 19 in Bloomington, Indiana, and Ann Arbor, Michigan, with rallies and events on behalf of Liz Watson, who is challenging Rep. Trey Hollingsworth, R-Ind., and Gretchen Whitmer, who is running for Michigan governor. By Ken Thomas. SENT: 700 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

— DETROIT OFFICERS-HOME INVASION: A random review of body camera footage has led to home invasion and other criminal charges against two Detroit police officers accused of entering a house without a search warrant and arresting a man.

— FLIGHT RETURNS-MEDICAL EMERGENCY: Officials say a passenger on a flight to Shanghai has been pronounced dead after the plane returned to Detroit Metropolitan Airport due to a medical emergency.

— DETROIT RIVERFRONT: A real estate development company says it will build apartments and a 120-room boutique hotel along Detroit’s east riverfront as part of a $136 million project.

— CHILD SLAIN-MICHIGAN: A suburban Detroit man has been sentenced to life in prison for the death of his girlfriend’s 4-year-old daughter. Brad Fields’ no-parole sentence was mandatory Tuesday, less than a month after the 29-year-old was convicted of murder and torture.

— COMERICA PARK-SPITTING VIDEO: Tests show that a food vendor at the Detroit Tigers’ home stadium who was fired after video surfaced showing him spitting on a pizza that was apparently intended for a customer doesn’t have any communicable diseases. With AP Photo.

— DETROIT SCHOOLS-WATER: A review of water testing results at Detroit public schools found that one school had more than 54 times the allowable amount of lead under federal guidelines while another exceeded the regulated copper level by nearly 30 times.

— ALBION COLLEGE-GIFT: Officials say a $5.1 million gift to Albion College will help transform pre-medical education at the school. The school says Lisa and James Wilson, who graduated from the college in the 1970s, are making the gift that will establish the Lisa and James Wilson Institute for Medicine at Albion College.

— FATAL POLICE CHASE-MICHIGAN: The driver of an auto fleeing police that crashed into an SUV, killing another woman, has been sentenced to 20-30 years in prison. With AP Photos.

— ASSAULT-VIDEOS: County commissioners in the Flint area have set aside $20,000 to help investigators process hundreds of videos discovered at the home of an alleged rapist.

SPORTS:

FBC--MICHIGAN ST-LEAKY LINE

EAST LANSING, Mich. — With two of its toughest games of the season coming up, Michigan State will try to fix its offensive line — and fast. By Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.

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