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

May 13, 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. Corey Williams is on the desk. AP-Michigan News Editor Roger Schneider can be reached at 313-259-0650 or rschneider@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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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TOLEDO, Ohio — A Lansing, Michigan, man thought it might be a prank when he received a call from a microchip company telling him his family’s dog had been found in Toledo — more than 100 miles away — four years after she ran away. “I was stunned,” Bradley Wieferich said. Toledo police earlier this month found Bambi, who is around 12, wandering in a city neighborhood. The officer took her to Lucas County Canine Care & Control, where an employee scanned her microchip and discovered she had a family to return to. “She was very thin, but very sweet,” said Laura Simmons-Wark, community outreach coordinator for the shelter. “Who knows where she’s been all this time. We have no idea how she made it all the way down here.” Bambi was reunited with the Wieferich family about a week ago. Bradley Wieferich said he initially didn’t recognize her as he walked past cages in the shelter, but then noticed markings on her muzzle and was greeted by a familiar howl. “She was ready to come home,” he said. SENT: 300 words, photos.



DEARBORN HEIGHTS, Mich. — A suburban Detroit man carrying a rifle has been fatally shot to death during a confrontation with police. State police say the man was shot about 3:30 a.m. Sunday west of Detroit after exchanging words with a Dearborn Heights officer. State police Lt. Michael Shaw says the initial report to police was about a distraught woman walking along Telegraph Road. The officer encountered the man with the rifle while searching for the woman who was not located. SENT: 130 words.


MUSKEGON, Mich. — A western Michigan museum is showcasing a new exhibit on the history of a former power plant that shuttered two years ago. A scale model of the B.C. Cobb power plant is among four other new exhibits at the Muskegon Heritage Museum this summer. The downtown Muskegon museum shares “unique and extraordinary” histories of local businesses. “The B.C. Cobb plant played an integral role in both Muskegon’s and Michigan’s economies during its 67 years of service along the shore of Muskegon Lake,” said Brandon Hofmeister, president of the Consumers Energy Foundation. SENT: 220 words.


PORT HURON, Mich. — Three bald eagle babies have found a home at a Michigan power plant. Brian Corbett is the communications manager for DTE Energy. He says a pair of bald eagles nested at the Belle River Power Plant last year. Corbett said the three eaglets were the second clutch hatched at the power plant property. By Bob Gross, Times Herald. SENT IN ADVANCE: 595 words, photos. An AP Member Exchange.


TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — Traverse City is taking part in a Michigan program that could change vacant upper-story rooms in buildings citywide back into apartments. Revitalize LLC owner Bruce Johnston says the apartments would be available at rents below the market rate. He’ll help property owners downtown and along the city’s main corridors see if their projects are fit for the Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s program that helps finance such projects. By Jordan Travis, Traverse City Record-Eagle. SENT IN ADVANCE: 857 words, photos. An AP Member Exchange.


— HISTORIC PARK-PRESCRIBED BURN: Firefighters have conducted a prescribed burn at Fayette Historic State Park in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula with the aim of helping return the area to how it looked in the 1800s.

— MICHIGAN STATE-ENROLLMENT: Michigan State University expects its incoming freshman class to be the largest overall in school history.



DETROIT — Seattle’s James Paxton takes the mound for the first time since throwing a no-hitter at Toronto. Blaine Hardy starts for the Tigers. By Baseball Writer Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game started at 1:10 p.m. ET.


DETROIT — Nicholas Castellanos is out of the starting lineup for the Detroit Tigers for Sunday’s game against Seattle after he injured a finger on his left hand Saturday. Niko Goodrum is set to start in Castellanos’ spot in right field, and third baseman Jeimer Candelario isn’t starting either because of a sore wrist. Pete Kozma is in the lineup at third. The Tigers are also without slugger Miguel Cabrera and outfielder Leonys Martin, who are on the disabled list with hamstring strains. SENT: 130 words.


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