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

March 14, 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:

WOLVES-US PROTECTIONS

BILLINGS, Mont. _ U.S. wildlife officials want to strip gray wolves of their remaining endangered species protections and declare the species recovered following a decades-long restoration effort. The proposal would put wolves under state authority and allow hunting in more areas. Critics say that would halt a population expansion that has seen wolves rebound in parts of the Rockies, Pacific Northwest and Great Lakes. Officials say their goal was to protect against extinction, not restore wolves everywhere. By Matthew Brown and John Flesher. SENT: 620 words, photos.

MICHIGAN LAB-DOGS

MATTAWAN, Mich. _ The Humane Society of the United States is pushing for the release of three dozen dogs from a west Michigan laboratory, alleging that the animals are being fed fungicides. The animal rights organization on Tuesday released the findings of an undercover investigation it conducted last year at Charles River Laboratories in Mattawan. The humane society says the lab was hired to use 36 beagles in a yearlong pesticide test. The lab says it’s committed to treating animals ethically. SENT: 350 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

—GRAND RAPIDS DEATHS: Authorities say the deaths of two people found at a home in western Michigan are being investigated as suspicious. Photos.

—ELECTION 2020-GILLIBRAND-MICHIGAN: Democratic presidential contender Kirsten Gillibrand will campaign in Michigan next week. Photo.

—ODD-MIDDLE FINGER-POLICE: A federal appeals court says a Michigan woman’s constitutional rights were violated when she was handed a speeding ticket after giving the finger to a suburban Detroit officer in 2017.

—STUDENT ARRESTED-VIDEO: Authorities say a Michigan high school student has been charged after allegedly making a rap video that appeared to threaten a school shooting.

—BLOOMBERG-OPIOIDS-MICHIGAN: Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s charity will invest $10 million to help Michigan fight opioid overdose deaths.

—MEASLES-MICHIGAN: Michigan health officials have confirmed a travel-related case of measles involving a person visiting from Israel.

—ANIMAL CONTROL-WARRANTS: An animal control official in western Michigan is objecting to a proposal that could require her staff to obtain a search warrant to investigate animal abuse.

—LAKE ERIE ALGAE: Ohio’s governor is proposing spending nearly $1 billion to combat the toxic algae in Lake Erie and to protect the state’s other lakes and rivers.

SPORTS:

HKN--LIGHTNING-RED WINGS

DETROIT _ The Tampa Bay Lightning visit the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:30 p.m. ET.

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