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

September 19, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

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TOP STORIES:

EXONERATION-NO MONEY

DETROIT — A man whose murder conviction was thrown out because of weak evidence won’t get money set aside for the wrongly convicted. James Shepherd spent nearly four years in prison until his release in 2016. The Michigan appeals court says Shepherd doesn’t qualify for nearly $200,000 because he wasn’t exonerated with “new” evidence. By Ed White. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words.

GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS:

ELECTION 2018-GOVERNOR-MICHIGAN-NASSAR

LANSING, Mich. — The parents of a victim of Larry Nassar are praising Bill Schuette’s prosecution of the former sports doctor in TV ads airing in the race for Michigan governor. Mark and Lee Weick of Midland appear in 30-second and 60-second ads that Schuette’s campaign began running on broadcast stations Wednesday. The state attorney general’s office successfully prosecuted Nassar for molesting young female athletes under the guise of treatment. SENT: 130 words.

— COLLEGE DEMOCRATS-VOTING: A lawsuit that challenges Michigan’s restrictions on young first-time voters won’t be heard in time for the fall election. Federal Judge Robert Cleland says the case won’t be on a fast track. He says the lawsuit is a “work of extraordinary complexity and scope.” SENT: 130 words.

AROUND THE STATE:

OBIT-DAVID DICHIERA

DETROIT — Musician David DiChiera, who championed opera’s role in reviving downtown Detroit and directed several opera organizations nationwide, has died of pancreatic cancer. He was 83. Michigan Opera Theatre spokeswoman Erica Hobbs says DiChiera died Tuesday at his Detroit home. He founded the organization in 1971 and was its longtime general director. SENT: 130 words, photos.

HOMELESS CAMP-MICHIGAN

KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Police arrested more than a dozen people while clearing out a homeless camp in southwestern Michigan that’s been a focus of protests since last month by those seeking better resources for homeless people. The city of Kalamazoo had set a Tuesday evening deadline for people to leave Bronson Park and police arrived Wednesday morning, about 12 hours after the deadline passed. Police dismantled tents and arrested 14, including protesters who wouldn’t leave. SENT: 130 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

— JACKSON COUNTY DEATHS: A man who was convicted of second-degree murder in the fatal shootings of two young men who were breaking into his truck in southern Michigan has been sentenced to 19 to 40 years in prison. With AP Photos.

— NATURE CENTER REDEDICATION: — A 33-acre nature center north of Detroit has been rededicated to mark a new partnership between Macomb County and Clinton Township.

— MOTHER CHARGED-CELLPHONE: Charges have been dismissed against a western Michigan woman who faced possible jail time after taking away a cellphone from her 15-year-old daughter as punishment. Jodie May of Grandville was arrested on a misdemeanor larceny charge after her ex-husband filed a complaint saying he owned the phone.

— TOXIC CHEMICALS-MICHIGAN: Environmental regulators say they’ll deploy a drone over a northern Michigan lake to search for sources of toxic chemicals that are emerging as a widespread threat to drinking water systems.

— DINGELL-HEART ATTACK: Former U.S. Rep. John Dingell is recovering from a heart attack and telling the public, “You’re not done with me yet.” With AP Photo.

— LANSING BODY-CHARGES: A 28-year-old man faces a lengthy prison sentence after pleading guilty in the stabbing death of a homeless man whose body was found in a mid-Michigan creek in 2017.

— MICHIGAN-ARTPRIZE: The 10th international ArtPrize competition is kicking off its run in western Michigan. The event starts Wednesday and goes through Oct. 7.

— FIGHTING BLIGHT-DETROIT: The Land Bank Authority in Detroit has sold its 10,000th vacant side lot as part of an effort to beautify city neighborhoods and reduce blight.

SPORTS:

BBA--TWINS-TIGERS

DETROIT — The Detroit Tigers and Minnesota Twins finish their three-game series Wednesday afternoon, with Detroit’s Spencer Turnbull making his first major league start after making his big league debut in relief on Friday. Gabriel Moya (3-1) will serve as the Twins’ opener for the second time in three days. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game time 1:10 p.m.

Also:

FBN--LIONS-MOVES: The Detroit Lions signed cornerback DeShawn Shead, a possible indication they’re not certain cornerback Darius Slay will be cleared to play New England. Detroit made the move Wednesday, four days before hosting the Patriots. SENT: 120 words.

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