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

May 24, 2019

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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

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



LANSING, Mich. _ Michigan’s Democratic governor and Republican leaders say they’ve reached a bipartisan agreement on legislation to cut the country’s highest car insurance premiums. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says a statement that the “agreement in concept” will “will lower costs and protect coverage for Michigan drivers.” Details weren’t immediately released, but she says the deal will cut rates for drivers and offer choices among coverage levels. The Legislature is convening for a rare Friday session. By David Eggert. SENT: 490 words, photo.


—XGR--AUTO INSURANCE-MICHIGAN-THE LATEST: The Latest on Michigan’s auto insurance legislation. Will be updated as developments occur.


LANSING, Mich. _ Michigan prosecutors on Friday announced the filing of sexual abuse charges against five former Catholic priests as part of a state attorney general office’s investigation into clergy abuse going back decades. The list includes a priest who admitted when he resigned from a Flint-area parish that he had sexually abused a child. He is charged with several counts of sexual assault dating back decades. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 500 words.


—CLERGY ABUSE-MICHIGAN-THE LATEST: The Latest on the Michigan attorney general’s investigation of clergy abuse within the Catholic Church. Will be updated as developments occur.


TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. _ The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ commanding officer has endorsed a $778 million plan for upgrading a lock-and-dam complex near Chicago to prevent Asian carp from invading the Great Lakes. Lt. Gen. Todd Semonite signed the final report Thursday. It now goes to Congress, which would need to give authorization and funding for the project to proceed. The plan calls for installing fish-repelling devices at the Brandon Road Lock and Dam near Joliet, Illinois. By John Flesher. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated.


BATTLE CREEK, Mich. _ The state of Michigan has ordered a Battle Creek funeral home to close after more than 80 years in business following allegations of irregularities in prepaid contracts. The Battle Creek Enquirer reports that the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs is suspending the licenses of the Royal Funeral Home and its owner Richard Royal, starting Tuesday. A state audit found several violations of the Prepaid Funeral and Cemetery Sales Act and the Occupational Code. SENT: 140 words, photo. Will be updated.


—DISMEMBERED BODY: Police in southwestern Michigan found a woman’s dismembered body in an apartment.

—BANK ROBBERY-MICHIGAN: A Michigan man has been sentenced to up to 20 years in prison for a bank robbery that netted $106.

—SEX OFFENDERS-MICHIGAN: A federal judge has set a 90-day deadline for Michigan lawmakers to revise the state’s sex offender registry law.

—DIOCESE OF SAGINAW-BISHOP: A Catholic diocese in Michigan says Pope Francis has selected the bishop of the Diocese of Rapid City in South Dakota as the Michigan diocese’s next bishop.

—FATAL CRASH-TEENS: Communities in the western Upper Peninsula are grieving over the deaths of two teenagers who died in a crash just before the end of the school year.



NEW YORK _ Noah Syndergaard pitches for the New York Mets in the Friday opener of a three-game interleague series against the skidding Detroit Tigers, who are coming off an 0-9 homestand. New York just finished a four-game sweep of Washington. By Baseball Writer Mike Fitzpatrick. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 7:10 p.m. ET.


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