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

December 23, 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. Corey Williams is on the desk. 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.

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TOP STORY:

SOMEWHAT TRUMP

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. _ Jill Mott doesn’t like the tweets. The hard line on the border is too hard. And when asked whether she will vote for President Donald Trump a second time, she lets out a long, deep sigh. “That is the question,” said Mott, a Republican from suburban Detroit. In her moment of hesitancy, Mott is the portrait of a small, but significant slice of voters poised to wield considerable influence in the 2020 presidential campaign. They are the 18 percent of voters who described themselves as only “somewhat” approving of the president. It’s a group whose backing for Trump is most tenuous and whose reservations about his personality and his policies reveal warning signs for Republicans, perhaps even more so as he dug in on his demand for a U.S.-Mexico border wall, leading to a budget impasse with Congress that has shut down the government around Christmas. By Steve Peoples, Hannah Fingerhut and Corey Williams. SENT: 1,240 words, photos.

YE--METOO-SPORTS

One by one they came forward, more than 150 in all. Fearful yet defiant. Vulnerable but resolute, buoyed by the hope of catharsis and the promise of justice. Standing in a Michigan courtroom last January, women and girls sexually abused by Larry Nassar confronted the former Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics doctor, and over seven draining days detailed the devastating effect the molestation had on their lives. The #MeToo movement reached the sports world in 2018 with a scandal that reverberated not just in locker rooms and gyms but in courthouses, in boardrooms and at kitchen tables. The sight of women being not just heard but believed — combined with other breakthroughs for female athletes in the fight for fair treatment — created a sense of real momentum in sports over the past year. By Will Graves. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

AROUND THE STATE:

SCHOOL BUS-DRIVER SHORTAGE

LINCOLN, Neb. _ School districts throughout the U.S. are struggling to find school bus drivers, a challenge that has worsened with low unemployment and a strong economy. The problem has become so severe that some districts are offering sign-up bonuses for new drivers, while others rely on mechanics, custodians and other school employees to fill the gap. For parents and students, the shortage can mean longer waits for a ride to school and more crowded buses. The shortage stems from a variety of factors, including limited work hours and high barriers to entry. Drivers generally need a commercial driver’s license, which requires training, sometimes without pay, said Mike Martin, executive director of the National Association of Pupil Transportation. By Grant Schulte. SENT: 730 words, photos.

BOWLING ALLEY FIRE

MONROE, Mich. _ A Michigan high school that received more than 200 bowling ball donations after losing some equipment in a bowling alley fire plans to share the generosity. Members of the Monroe High School’s boys and girls bowling teams lost equipment when Nortel Lanes burned to the ground Dec. 5, The Monroe News reported. Some members had left their equipment at the facility in preparation for a match that had been scheduled to take place the day of the fire. “High performance balls are over 200 dollars apiece,” said Mike Meagher, the Monroe girls bowling coach. “The average pair of shoes is 50 to 60 bucks, and bags are anywhere between $50 to $150. I’m guesstimating at least $4,000 to $5,000 of equipment was lost, just with (our) kids.” The Monroe Trojans reached out to the bowling community on social media for equipment donations. SENT: 300 words, photo.

WINE SALES

CHICAGO _ An Indiana wine retailer hopes to overturn a Prohibition-era Illinois law and gain the right to sell and ship wines across state lines. Lebamoff Enterprises will be allowed to reopen a 2016 lawsuit against Illinois after prevailing in the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals last month, the Chicago Tribune reported . The appellate move reversed a Chicago federal court’s decision to dismiss the case last year. Lebamoff owns 15 Cap n’ Cork liquor stores in Indiana and is seeking to sell to neighboring states through the internet. Lebamoff is also pursuing a similar case in Michigan. SENT: 320 words.

EXCHANGE-LAMPREY CHECK

PORT HURON, Mich. _ The contraptions stretching from behind navigational buoys in the St. Clair River are trap nets placed there to monitor sea lamprey populations. Sea lamprey are an invasive species. A researcher says the study, which is an attempt to index the population of juvenile lampreys in the St. Clair River and how that population contributes to lamprey numbers in Lake Erie, is in its fourth year. By Bob Gross, Port Huron Times Herald. SENT IN ADVANCE: 383 words.

EXCHANGE-KALEIDOSCOPE EYES

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. _ A Michigan artist has featured images from Traverse City in his latest piece of work. Robert Schewe calls the piece TC Kaleidoscope. The minutely detailed piece, arranged in a circular kaleidoscope pattern, includes several local landmarks, including the City Opera House, State Theatre, Park Place Hotel, Perry Hannah House, the clock tower of Northwestern Michigan College and the old state hospital building at the Grand Traverse Commons. By Brooke Kansier, Traverse City Record-Eagle. SENT IN ADVANCE: 774 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ GROUND TURKEY RECALL: A Minnesota-based poultry producer is recalling more than 164,000 pounds of raw ground turkey products that may be contaminated with salmonella. The products were shipped to Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Mexico, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas and Wisconsin.

_ RESCUED OTTER-DETROIT ZOO: An orphaned North American female river otter found by hikers in southeastern Alaska has been moved to the Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak.

_ DETROIT MUSEUM-LABOR OF LOVE: An exhibition of new works created by the artistic couple Ruben and Isabel Toledo is on display at the Detroit Institute of Arts.

_ SNYDER-AUDIT VETO: Michigan’s auditor general is criticizing Gov. Rick Snyder’s veto of a bill that would have guaranteed access to certain information held by state agencies, especially information held in electronic form.

SPORTS:

FBN--VIKINGS-LIONS

DETROIT _ Minnesota Vikings play Detroit Lions at Ford Field.

BKN--HAWKS-PISTONS

DETROIT _ The Pistons have slipped back to seventh in the Eastern Conference. They host an Atlanta team with only eight wins, but which has won two in a row. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 4 p.m. ET.

HKN--WINGS-LEAFS

TORONTO _ The Detroit Red Wings visit the Toronto Maple Leafs.

BKC--TOP 25 REWIND

There will be a new No. 1 in the AP Top 25 next week. No. 18 Arizona took down top-ranked Kansas in the desert on Saturday, possibly paving the way for Duke to move back into the No. 1 spot. By Basketball Writer John Marshall. UPCOMING: 700 words by 2 p.m.

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