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

September 21, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

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

TOP STORY:

ELECTION 2018-GOVERNOR-MICHIGAN-NASSAR

LANSING, Mich. — Democrat Gretchen Whitmer on Friday denied Republicans’ allegation that as Ingham County’s interim prosecutor two years ago, she refused to prosecute disgraced former sports doctor Larry Nassar for sexual assaults before the charges were brought by Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette, her GOP opponent in this year’s race for governor. Whitmer scheduled an afternoon news conference to address what her campaign called a “shameful” new digital ad launched by the state GOP on Thursday, days after Schuette began airing TV ads in which the parents of a victim praise his prosecution of the former physician at Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics. By David Eggert. SENT: 550 words, photos. Will be updated from 1 p.m. news conference.

AROUND THE STATE:

ISLE ROYALE WOLVES

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — Federal officials are set to announce plans Friday to relocate up to six gray wolves from the mainland to Isle Royale National Park this fall, a first step in rebuilding a depleted predator species that helps keep the Lake Superior island’s ecological systems in balance. Developing from 1 p.m. ET announcement.

PRIESTS-ABUSE-MICHIGAN

DETROIT — The Michigan attorney general is asking the public to share confidential tips about possible sexual abuse by priests in the state. Attorney General Bill Schuette’s website says a “full and complete investigation” is necessary, weeks after a grand jury report in Pennsylvania said an estimated 300 Roman Catholic priests there molested more than 1,000 children since the 1940s. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated.

DOW MICHIGAN OPERATIONS

MIDLAND, Mich. — DowDuPont officials plan to turn the company’s Michigan site into a multi-company industrial park. Company officials on Thursday unveiled the plan for the 2,600-acre Dow Michigan Operations manufacturing complex in Midland. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words.

IN BRIEF:

— HOME EXPLOSION-MICHIGAN: Police say two people were critically injured by a suspected natural gas explosion that leveled a home in suburban Detroit and shook the surrounding neighborhood. The explosion was reported Friday morning in Harper Woods near Interstate 94. With AP Photos.

— MEDICAL MARIJUANA-MICHIGAN: Michigan plans to allow medical marijuana patients and their doctors to complete registrations online. The change is scheduled to start by Oct. 8. With AP Photo.

— CHILD STRUCK-DETROIT: A Detroit-area man has been sentenced to 10-30 years in prison for a hit-and-run crash that killed an 8-year-old boy.

— GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE: An organization that represents states in the Great Lakes region says governments should push harder to protect water quality through use of “green infrastructure.”

— SCHOOL GUN-RAP SONG: A 17-year-old western Michigan high school student charged with bringing a gun to school has been jailed after posting a video of himself performing a rap song that a judge saw as a threat.

— CHILD SLAIN-MICHIGAN: A suburban Detroit man has been convicted of murder and torture charges in the death of his girlfriend’s 4-year-old daughter.

— 1850 HOME-AUCTION: A Monroe County home that dates back to 1850 will be auctioned Saturday. The winning bid carries an additional requirement: The house must be moved.

SPORTS:

BBA--ROYALS-TIGERS

DETROIT — The Kansas City Royals continue a series in Detroit against the also-out-of-it Tigers. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game time 7:10 p.m.

FBC--T25-MICHIGAN ST-INDIANA

Michigan State looks exactly the same to Indiana coach Tom Allen. The offense is big, strong and fast. The defense is tough and stout. And yes, the 24th-ranked Spartans again appear to be a legitimate Big Ten contender. To Allen, that makes Saturday’s Big Ten opener a perfect test as the Hoosiers try to show they are back on track. By Michael Marot. SENT: 750 words, photos.

FBC--T25-NEBRASKA-MICHIGAN

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — It didn’t take long for Shea Patterson to get in a groove at Michigan. “I’ve never been as comfortable,” he said. The 19th-ranked Wolverines (2-1) averaged 47 points in lopsided wins the last two weeks in large part because their quarterback has been very accurate and effective. Michigan is determined to take a small step toward ending its 14-year Big Ten title drought by beating winless Nebraska (0-2) on Saturday at home in the conference opener for both teams. By Larry Lage. SENT: 650 words, photos.

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