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

August 27, 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. Don Babwin 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 — Aretha Franklin had admirers the world over, but there’s no doubt the flame burned brightest in Detroit — the place she was raised and remained for most of her life. It’s difficult to separate the singer from the city, so you better think that her town is saying farewell in royal fashion to its Queen of Soul, with a concert, public viewings and a funeral that’s expected to be attended by at least one former president, civil rights leaders and many other musical luminaries. By Jeff Karoub. SENT: 700 words, photos. Will be updated.


CLEVELAND — A scandal at Ohio State University over decades-old sexual misconduct by a team doctor has raised comparisons with the Larry Nassar abuse case at Michigan State University, which inspired many Ohio State victims to come forward. A side-by-side look at the cases. By Mark Gillispie. SENT: 800 words, photos.



LANSING, Mich. — A federal judge says Michigan’s law governing how independent candidates can qualify for the ballot “severely burdens” the constitutional rights of attorney general candidate Christopher Graveline. District Judge Victoria Roberts issued a preliminary injunction Monday ordering the state to certify Graveline for the November ballot as long as he submitted at least 5,000 valid voter signatures. She says the requirement to obtain 30,000 valid signatures within 180 days is arbitrary. By David Eggert. SENT: 300 words. Will be updated.


MONROE, Mich. — The River Raisin National Battlefield in southeastern Michigan is being redeveloped into a historical, cultural, recreational and ecological tourist destination. The Detroit Free Press reports that the redevelopment project in Monroe is estimated to cost $100 million. The state’s Department of Natural Resources and private partners will fund the effort at the location of an important battle in the War of 1812. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words.



DETROIT — A former Fiat Chrysler executive was sentenced to 5 ½ years in federal prison Monday in a scheme to curry favor with union officials by buying them expensive gifts. Former head of labor relations Alphons Iacobelli admitted that he turned the budget of a company-sponsored training center into a slush fund. He’s the highest-ranking company official sentenced thus far in a federal probe that includes training centers at General Motors and Ford. SENT: 300 words.


— FERRIS STATE-FACULTY STRIKE: Dozens of Ferris State University faculty members took to a picket line as they went on strike for the first day of fall semester classes.

— CONTAMINATED WATER-MICHIGAN: Health officials are telling residents of two southwestern Michigan communities that they can drink tap water again, a month after the discovery of high amounts of toxic industrial chemicals.

— MICHIGAN STORMS: Thunderstorms with strong winds and heavy rain pounded western Michigan, causing thousands of power outages and some road flooding.

— JUDGE CHARGED: A Detroit-area judge is appearing in court on the other side of the bench.



ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh says receiver Tarik Black will be out for weeks with a broken right foot. Harbaugh told reporters Monday it has not been determined whether Black needs surgery. The 14th-ranked Wolverines open the season at No. 12 Notre Dame on Saturday. Michigan has not won a true road game against a ranked team since winning at Notre Dame in 2006. The 14th-ranked Wolverines have a shot to stop the 0-16 streak. By Larry Lage. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos


PLYMOUTH, Mich. — Dozens of U.S.-born NHL players paid tribute to longtime USA Hockey executive Jim Johannson and raised funds for two of his favorite causes, his 2-year-old daughter and grassroots hockey. Auston Matthews and Patrick Kane were among the American stars and standouts who gathered for a charity game won by the Blue over the White 14-9 Sunday. By Larry Lage. SENT: 400 words, photos.


— FBN--LIONS-AYERS: The Detroit Lions have signed free agent defensive end Robert Ayers. The Lions also announced Monday that they have waived cornerback Josh Okonye.


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