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

August 10, 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. Jeff Karoub 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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DETROIT — A U.S. House district representing Detroit and some surrounding cities has made some major news: First came last year, when longtime Democratic Rep. John Conyers resigned after being accused of groping and sexually harassing women. Then this week, when Rashida Tlaib won the primary election that set her up to become the first female Muslim member of Congress. Amid the hoopla, however, is a quieter, quirky twist that’s leading to some unexpected questions and late-summer research in Detroit and Washington: Detroit City Council President Brenda Jones won a special primary election — on the same ballot that led to Tlaib’s win — to serve the final two months of Conyers’ term. Will Jones take what’s essentially a high-profile temp job in the nation’s capital? Will she vacate her council job? Can she even do both? By Jeff Karoub. SENT: 700 words, photos, video.




ANN ARBOR, Mich. — A pair of mastodon skeletons, one of which stood in a University of Michigan museum for seven decades, are being reassembled and erected at the school’s new Biological Sciences Building. The 11,000-year-old female Owosso mastodon was taken apart in April after standing inside the Museum of Natural History. Her bones should be back together again by the end of Thursday and standing beside the Buesching mastodon, a cast of a male found near Fort Wayne, Indiana. Both skeletons will be positioned inside the five-story atrium of the Biological Sciences Building. The Ann Arbor university says the mastodons are the only known display comparing male and female mastodons in the world. By Mike Householder. UPCOMING: 300 words, photos, video.


PITTSFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. — The Michigan Corrections Department is spending millions of dollars on mandatory overtime due to a shortage of guards at the state’s only prison for women and a policy that keeps men out of certain posts. Amber Dotson says her base salary is $52,000 a year, but she was paid $44,000 by the end of July. “It really wears you out,” she says. SENT: 360 words, pursing photo.


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A Michigan man charged in the neglect death of his 10-month-old baby says he shouldn’t have been charged and that seeking medical help is “just as dangerous as not going.” SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words, photos pursuing.


— LANDFILL CONTAMINATION: Officials say a contaminated groundwater plume from a landfill in southwestern Michigan that caused area residents to get new water sources has crossed into a neighboring county.

— eBAY-MICHIGAN: Entrepreneurs and local businesses in the city of Lansing, Michigan, will be getting support from eBay as part of a yearlong partnership.

— MICHIGAN GOVERNOR’S RACE-DEBATES: Republican Bill Schuette and Democrat Gretchen Whitmer want to square off in at least three televised debates in their race for Michigan governor. Whitmer and Schuette won their primaries this week. Debate negotiations could begin in coming weeks. With AP Photos.

— BUICK CITY-FUTURE: Automotive supplier Lear Corp. has started production at a new $29 million plant on part of a massive former manufacturing site in Flint, Michigan.

— BABY DEATH-MICHIGAN: A man has been sentenced to 16 years in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree murder in the death of a 9-month-old baby in southeastern Michigan.

— KLAN REMARK-APOLOGY: A prominent suburban Detroit leader has apologized for saying he’d rather join the Ku Klux Klan than a group of CEOs who are striving to improve Detroit.

— CHRONIC WASTING DISEASE: The Michigan Natural Resources Commission has approved new deer hunting regulations aimed at stopping the spread of a deadly disease among deer.



DETROIT — The Detroit Tigers come into Friday night’s matchup with the Minnesota Twins as losers of their last six games. In their last meeting on June 14th, Michael Fulmer earned the win in a 3-1 victory for the Tigers. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7:10 p.m.


OAKLAND, Calif. — Coach Jon Gruden makes his return to the sideline when the Oakland Raiders host the Detroit Lions in the exhibition opener. By Pro Football Writer Josh Dubow. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 10:30 p.m.


BROOKLYN, Mich. — NASCAR gears up for its first race, the Consumers Energy 400, since chairman Brian France took a leave after being arrested on charges of driving while intoxicated and criminal possession of oxycodone. By Larry Lage. UPCOMING: 550 words, photos by 5 p.m.


— CAR--INDYCAR-DETROIT: The Detroit Grand Prix will run on Belle Isle for at least three more years. Michigan’s Department of Natural and race organizers announced an agreement on Friday that includes an option to extend the deal through 2023. The previous deal expired after this year’s race.


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