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

February 14, 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.

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Under pressure from Congress, the Environmental Protection Agency says it will move toward setting a safety threshold for some highly toxic chemicals contaminating drinking water in several states. Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler on Thursday in Philadelphia released a plan for dealing with long-lasting substances called PFAS, which have been linked to health threats including cancer and decreased fertility. Environmentalists say the EPA hasn’t moved fast enough. By John Flesher and Ellen Knickmeyer. SENT: 790 words, photos.



LANSING, Mich. _ The Republican-led Michigan Senate has rejected Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s order to restructure the state environmental department _ the first time lawmakers have outright blocked a governor’s move in more than 40 years. The chamber voted 22-16 Thursday, more than a week after the GOP-controlled House voted. By David Eggert. SENT: 420 words, photos.


WASHINGTON _ Longtime Rep. John Dingell is being remembered as “one of the greats” as lawmakers and former colleagues hail his record-breaking service in the House. The 92-year-old Dingell who died last week, served 59 years in Congress, longer than anyone else in U.S. history. The Michigan Democrat was the longtime chairman of the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee. Speakers at his service in Washington say many of the laws forged over the past 60 years reflect Dingell’s influence. By Matthew Daly. SENT: 530 words, photos, videos.


—MEDICARE BILL: U.S. Sens. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire and Debbie Stabenow of Michigan have introduced a bill to give people between the ages of 50 and 64 the option of buying into Medicare.

—CIVILIAN OFFICERS-MICHIGAN: A newspaper’s investigation found that a leader of the Wayne County sheriff’s reserve unit once served jail time in a sexual assault case and for years had been listed on Michigan’s sex offender registry. Photo.

—MISSING SNOWMOBILER-LAKE: Authorities say a snowmobiler is missing at a lake in western Michigan and another snowmobiler was rescued from unstable ice at the lake.

—SECREATARY OF STATE-COMPUTERS: Michigan Secretary of State offices and online services will go dark during a major weekend computer upgrade.

—MUSLIM DONOR NETWORKS-GRANTS: A Chicago-based foundation funded by a network of U.S. Muslim donors has given a total of $625,000 to roughly two dozen organizations nationwide it recognizes for improving Islamic life.



DETROIT _ The Senators bring their league-worst record to Detroit on Thursday to face the Red Wings, who are only four points ahead of Ottawa. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:30 p.m. ET.


No. 24 Maryland visits No. 6 Michigan on Saturday for the top game of the weekend in the Big Ten. The young Terrapins are full of confidence after beating Purdue. The Wolverines are coming off a loss at Penn State. Forward Jalen Smith has established himself as Maryland’s go-to man when Bruno Fernando is off or in foul trouble. The 6-foot-10 Smith is coming off big games against Nebraska and Purdue. The No. 7 Maryland women visit No. 14 Iowa on Sunday. By Eric Olson. SENT: 600 words, photos.


MILWAUKEE - Detroit Mercy is in Wisconsin on Thursday to take on Milwaukee. UPCOMING: 150 words. Game starts at 8 p.m. ET.


KALAMAZOO, Mich. _ Western Michigan hosts Kent State on Thursday. UPCOMING: 150 words. Game starts at 5 p.m. ET.


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