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

May 6, 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.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

TRIBE-LOAN LAWSUIT

RICHMOND, Va. _ A federal appeals court is set to hear arguments in a lawsuit accusing a small Native American tribe in Michigan of running a predatory loan scheme. At least five people from Virginia say they borrowed from BigPictureLoans.com after receiving an enticing loan pitch. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that the lawsuit alleges that Big Picture violated Virginia’s usury laws by charging annual percentage rates of more than 600 percent. SENT: 410 words.

IN BRIEF:

—BOY FOUND: A group of people making a movie discovered the body of a Pontiac man under tree branches, five months after he was reported missing.

—UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE AGENCY-DIRECTOR: A legal aid professor will lead Michigan’s Unemployment Insurance Agency after he helped create legislation aimed at improving it in the wake of a scandal in which people were falsely accused of fraud.

—RUNNING RACE-DEATH: Officials say a 76-year-old woman has died after having a medical emergency while running a race in southwestern Michigan.

—LIBRARIAN SETTLEMENT: A mid-Michigan librarian is getting $90,000 as part of a settlement after allegations of fraud against her were dismissed.

—MAZDA INVESTIGATION: U.S. safety regulators are investigating reports that side curtain air bags can inflate for no reason on some Mazda CX-9 large SUVs. Photo.

—NEW HOSPITAL-ART: A health system is seeking to display works by artists in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula at its new hospital.

—GAS PRICES-MICHIGAN: AAA Michigan says average gas prices statewide are up about 3 cents from a week ago to about $2.91 per gallon.

—CIGARETTE BUTTS-BEACHES: A northern Michigan village is weighing a possible tobacco ban at its parks and beaches following complaints about discarded cigarette butts.

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