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

December 22, 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. Jeff Karoub 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.

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TOP STORIES:

SCHOOL MASCOT’S FUTURE

WYOMING, Mich. — A Michigan school district is considering whether to change its longtime mascot because of its association with the Confederacy. The Godfrey-Lee Public School District this month held the first of two planned forums to discuss the use of its Rebel mascot. SENT: 275 words.

AROUND THE STATE:

MOTOWN MUSEUM-EXPANSION

DETROIT — The Motown Museum’s expansion plans are getting a year-end boost of more than $2 million from various organizations. The Detroit museum announced this week that it received a $1.3 million grant from the Kresge Foundation, $500,000 from The Elaine & Leo Stern Foundation, $225,000 from AARP and $55,000 from the State of Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs. SENT: 130 words.

EXCHANGE-MEDICINAL PLANTS

MARQUETTE, Mich. _ The Medicinal Plant Chemistry Program at Northern Michigan University is expected to continue growing. The four-year undergraduate degree program is designed to prepare students for emerging industries relating to medicinal plant production, analysis and distribution. A university official says they hope to hire three or four chemists and increase laboratory space for some courses. There are also plans for an indoor greenhouse, as well as more partnerships with businesses and nonprofits. By Christie Bleck, The Mining Journal. SENT IN ADVANCE: 831 words.

EXCHANGE-TEACHER’S PET

DETROIT _ A Detroit program is working to connect homeless people with shelter dogs. Teacher’s Pet, a partnership between Covenant House and the Detroit Animal Care and Control, has been in place for nearly 10 years. It teaches young adults 18-24 how to train dogs _ from simple commands, like sit and stay, to more intangible social skills. This, in turn, helps the dogs become more adoptable. And for the trainers, it is something they can put on their resume. By Meira Gebel, Detroit Free Press. SENT IN ADVANCE: 571 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ BASKETBALL BRAWL: Authorities are investigating after a massive brawl broke out during a high school basketball game in Western Michigan.

_ RHODES SCHOLAR-SAUDI-MICHIGAN: A University of Michigan scientist is the first Saudi Arabian Rhodes Scholar. Majd Abdulghani is among 100 scholars from across the globe expected to join University of Oxford in the fall. The Rhodes Trust said this week it’s the most geographically diverse class in its 116-year history.

_ SNYDER-HOME BUYERS: Gov. Rick Snyder has vetoed bills that would have granted tax breaks to people who save money for the first-time purchase of a home.

SPORTS:

HKN--PANTHERS-WINGS

DETROIT _ The Detroit Red Wings host Florida, their only home game in a six-game stretch. By Paul Harris. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts 2 p.m.

BKC--AIR FORCE-MICHIGAN

ANN ARBOR, Mich. _ No. 4 Michigan tries to stay undefeated when it hosts a nonconference matchup with Air Force. By Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 4 p.m.

With:

_ BKC--JACKSON STATE-CENTRAL MICHIGAN: Jackson State plays Central Michigan at McGuirk Arena. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits.

_ BKC--SIENA HEIGHTS-EASTERN MICHIGAN: Siena Heights plays Eastern Michigan at Convocation Center (MI). UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits.

_ BKC--MILWAUKEE-WESTERN MICHIGAN: Milwaukee plays Western Michigan at University Arena. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits.

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