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

May 4, 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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TOP STORIES:

XGR--MICHIGAN BUDGET

LANSING, Mich. _ What is expected to be a protracted tussle over Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s first budget proposal is about much more than her call to hike fuel taxes. A resolution, which appears months away, also hinges on the Democratic governor and Republican lawmakers settling big differences that are emerging over education funding. By David Eggert. SENT: 925 words, photo.

POLITICS AND GOVERNMENT:

CHICAGO — Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker says he’s reached an agreement with key lawmakers on a plan to legalize recreational marijuana in the state starting next year. Pritzker joined fellow Democrats Saturday to announce the legislation. It would allow adults 21 and older to legally buy cannabis for recreational use from licensed dispensaries. Pritzker campaigned on the issue and is counting on more than $1 billion from legalizing recreational marijuana in his proposed state budget. Ten states, including neighboring Michigan, have legalized recreational marijuana. Illinois already has approved medical cannabis. SENT: 130 words, photo. UPCOMING: 500 words.

AROUND THE STATE:

PURE MICHIGAN-MUSIC

DETROIT _ Outdoor enthusiasts will soon be able to appreciate 10 of Michigan’s state parks from their headphones. Tourism brand Pure Michigan is set to release a new album that blends ambient sounds recorded at state parks with music from Michigan artists. Listeners can stream the full album, “Pure Sounds of Michigan,” starting May 22. The collaboration with Detroit recording studio, Assemble Sound, features 10 tracks that capture moments in Michigan’s nature, from beach waves to indigenous birds. SENT: 250 words.

EXCHANGE-VETERANS CONNECT

GWINN, Mich. _ Camaraderie, is defined by Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary as a mutual trust and friendship among people who spend a lot of time together. Dozens of Upper Peninsula veterans and their families recently participated in the daylong U.P. Vets Served event at the K.I. Sawyer Heritage Air Museum. Many of those who attended used words like “connection,” ″friendship” and, of course, “camaraderie.” By Lisa Bowers, The Mining Journal. SENT IN ADVANCE: 745 words.

EXCHANGE-BUOY TENDER

PORT HURON, Mich. _ Shortly after 8 a.m. recently, the U.S. Coast Guard Hollyhock and her crew, surrounded by fishing boats under an overcast sky, pulled away from the Algonac pier, embarking on a buoy-tending mission that would set a record for the ship. The schedule included working 17 buoys, which would break the ship’s previous record of 14. Work included pulling winter buoys, or marks, and replacing them with summer buoys and placing summer buoys where other winter marks had previously been removed. By Brian Wells, Times Herald. SENT IN ADVANCE: 502 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ DETROIT MAYOR-DIVORCE FILING: Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan and his wife are divorcing. Duggan and his wife, Mary Loretto Maher, issued a joint statement Friday announcing the action, which they described as “painful” but the “best decision.”

_ NAACP DINNER: About 10,000 people are expected to attend an annual fundraising dinner for the Detroit NAACP branch.

_ TRANSPORTATION PLAN-SURVEY: Residents across southeastern Michigan are being asked their perspectives on bicycling or walking.

SPORTS:

BBA--ROYALS-TIGERS

DETROIT _ The Tigers send Tyson Ross to the mound to face Kansas City’s Homer Bailey. By Baseball Writer Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 4:10 p.m.

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