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

July 29, 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. Tom Davies 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.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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LANSING, Mich. — As both parties continue pumping funds into the 2018 race, Michigan Democrats hope to cash in on another kind of green. A proposal to legalize marijuana will be on Michigan’s November ballot, putting the state on the cusp of allowing recreational use of the drug for those 21 and older. If approved, Michigan would become the 10th state and the first in the Midwest allow its recreational use. The ballot measure could also entice more younger voters to show up to the polls, which likely would help the Democrats. And in Michigan’s first general election in two years, the lure of legal weed could be a surprise tool for the minority party to redeem itself in a battleground state that narrowly swung to President Donald Trump in 2016. By Alice Yin. SENT: 750 words, photos.



JACKSON, Mich. — Voters in a southern Michigan county may approve funding for the return of animal control officers. The 10-year, 0.25-millage proposal would add three animal control officers in Jackson County beginning next year. The county cut the last of its animal control officers in 2014, leaving police responsible for responding to animal situations. SENT: 250 words.


SODUS TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Authorities say a fire that killed five children and their mother at a Michigan motel appears to have been an accident. The Berrien County sheriff’s office says experts found no evidence of an accelerant that would have started the deadly blaze early Saturday at the Cosmo Extended Stay Motel in Sodus Township. The precise cause still is under investigation. SENT: 130 words, photos.


BATTLE CREEK, Mich. — An ex-convict and a former high principal are working together to help at-risk youth in Michigan. Damon Brown and Tim Reese have started a program called Reintegration to Support and Empower or RISE. The aim is to help at-risk youth realize their potential by using life-altering strategies that address their social and emotional well-being. By Nick Buckley, Battle Creek Enquirer. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1,700 words.


DETROIT — A Detroit program aims to help female former felons. Bags to Butterflies is a transitional employment program in Detroit where formerly incarcerated women design handbags for sale and are offered mentorship. The program aims to help women re-acclimate to their communities after being in prison. By DeAsia Paige, Detroit Free Press. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1,300 words.



MILAN — Fiat Chrysler’s late founding CEO Sergio Marchionne was a notorious workaholic who regularly slept on a corporate jet while landing in the headlines for his shrewd deal-making. Despite his very public profile, he kept a secret even from his board: he’d been seriously ill for more than a year. Following his sudden death last week at 66, the revelation that Marchionne had kept his illness from his company and closest executives for so long has rekindled a debate over what information top executives should share about their personal life with their companies and shareholders. By Business Writer Colleen Barry. SENT: 1,000 words, photos. Moving in business services.


— CONTAMINATED WATER-MICHIGAN: Michigan officials say state agencies will be providing additional help for two communities near Kalamazoo dealing with chemical contamination of the public water system.

— TRANSGENDER-HEALTH CLUB: The Michigan appeals court says a lawsuit can proceed in a dispute over the presence of a transgender person in the women’s locker room at a Midland health club.

— BELLE ISLE-WATERSLIDE: An old waterslide at Detroit’s Belle Isle will be taken down. Michigan’s Department of Natural Resources manages the island park and says crews are expected Monday to start tearing apart the slide which opened in 1996.



COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. — Sluggers Chipper Jones, Jim Thome and Vladimir Guerrero, reliever Trevor Hoffman and former Detroit teammates Jack Morris and Alan Trammell are being inducted Sunday into the Baseball Hall of Fame. By John Kekis. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Ceremony begins at 1:30 p.m. EDT. With BBO--Hall of Fame Inductions-The Latest.


DETROIT — Corey Kluber takes the mound for Cleveland in the rubber match of this three-game series at Detroit. Jordan Zimmermann starts for the Tigers. By Baseball Writer Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game time 1:10 p.m. ET.


ALLEN PARK, Mich. — Detroit Lions wide receiver Marvin Jones has returned to practice a day after injuring his left leg. Jones was in pads with his teammates and running routes early in Sunday’s practice. By Larry Lage. SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING: 400 words.


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