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

August 3, 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. Ken Kusmer is on the desk, followed by Herbert McCann. 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.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

DOCTOR-SEXUAL ASSAULT

DETROIT — A Michigan judge who held an extraordinary hearing before sentencing sports doctor Larry Nassar to prison for sexually assaulting female athletes refused to disqualify herself from the case Friday if higher courts send it back to fix any errors. Ingham County Judge Rosemarie Aquilina said some of her courtroom comments about Nassar last January were “perhaps inartful.” But she denied any bias while handling the biggest sexual-assault scandal in sports history. By Ed White. SENT: 260 words, photos.

AROUND THE STATE:

BOOMING ECONOMY-IMMIGRATION

WASHINGTON — One of President Donald Trump’s priorities, low unemployment, is complicating another: curbing immigration. With the number of jobs available exceeding the number of Americans seeking jobs, employers are looking beyond the border to fill openings, and migrants are coming to the country in search of work. Hotel and restaurant owner Todd Callewaert is short more than two dozen workers this season for his Mackinac Island, Michigan, businesses. “You can’t hire a line cook right now, it’s impossible, even for 20 bucks an hour,” he said. “We usually fill the gap with visa workers, but we can’t even get those this year.” By Colleen Long. SENT: 900 words, photo. Moving in national services.

BACKYARD TURKEY

GARDEN CITY, Mich. — A suburban Detroit man who found himself facing fines after a wild turkey moved into his overgrown backyard has made friends with the massive bird. Garden City bans residents from keeping wild animals as pets. The city fined Mark Johnston $100 for harboring the turkey and another $100 for dumping brush at his curb after he cleaned up his backyard in an effort to get the 30-pound turkey to leave. SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING: 250 words.

BUSINESS:

MILEAGE STANDARDS-FACT CHECK

DETROIT — The Trump administration is overstating claims of auto safety and reduced costs in justifying its proposal to weaken Obama-era fuel economy requirements that were aimed at making cars more fuel efficient. On Thursday, the Environmental Protection Agency and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration urged a freeze of fuel efficiency standards at 2020 levels, rather than toughening them through 2026. Currently, vehicles would have to get around 30 miles per gallon in real-world driving by 2020. The agencies contend that freezing standards would make roads significantly safer, but auto experts say the administration’s claims stretch credulity. By Auto Writer Tom Krisher. SENT: 600 words, photos. Moved late Thursday and available for use.

JAPAN-EARNS-TOYOTA

TOKYO — Toyota Motor Corp. logged a better than expected performance in the last quarter, reporting Friday that its quarterly profit jumped 7.2 percent to a record 657.3 billion yen ($5.9 billion), thanks to strong sales in the U.S. and other overseas markets. SENT: 400 words, photos.

Also:

— GENERAL MOTORS-TARIFF EXEMPTION: General Motors wants the U.S. government to exempt an SUV made in China from a 25 percent tariff imposed by the Trump administration. The automaker filed a request last month with the U.S. Trade Representative to exempt the Buick Envision, a midsize SUV with a starting price around $32,000. SENT: 130 words.

IN BRIEF:

— CENTRAL MICHIGAN-PRESIDENT: The Central Michigan University Board of Trustees has appointed the leader of Murray State University in Kentucky as the school’s next president. The school in Mount Pleasant, Michigan, says Friday’s vote to select Robert O. Davies as Central Michigan’s 15th president was unanimous.

— JONATHAN DEMME-ARCHIVE: The archive of the late filmmaker Jonathan Demme is being donated to the University of Michigan Library. The donation by Demme’s family was announced Friday at the Traverse City Film Festival ahead of a screening of “Swimming to Cambodia,” a 1987 film he directed. With AP Photos.

— OFFICERS SHOT-DETROIT: A recent psychological examination has determined a Detroit man accused of killing a university police officer in 2016 and shooting two Detroit officers in 2017 remains incompetent to stand trial.

— CHILD DEATH-PARENTS CHARGED: A Flint-area couple has been charged with murder, child abuse and torture in connection with the death of their 2-year-old daughter.

— FATAL CRASH-DETROIT: Two motorists have been killed in northwest Detroit after one driver slammed his car into a minivan shortly after fleeing police.

— UP LODGE: A lodge in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula that was built during the Great Depression is going to a different buyer after being auctioned off for nearly $1.3 million.

— HAZARDOUS WASTE CLEANUP: An $8.1 million cleanup is planned at a western Michigan site used for military aircraft and tank engine manufacturing.

— AIRPORT REDEVELOPMENT: A state grant will help Chippewa County find new uses for vacant buildings at a former Air Force base in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

— BEAUMONT HEALTH-SETTLEMENT: A Detroit-area hospital will pay $84.5 million to settle U.S. Justice Department allegations over improper pay to eight doctors. The department says the settlement resolves allegations against Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak.

SPORTS:

FBN--NFL-INSTANT REPLAY

ALLEN PARK, Mich. — Matthew Stafford dropped back and connected with Golden Tate. Before the Detroit Lions lined up to take another snap in practice, Stafford’s short pass to Tate was shown on a huge TV monitor. The Lions are among the teams in the league making instant replay available to make quick corrections and observations. By Larry Lage. UPCOMING: 550 words, photos.

Also:

— FBN--LIONS-MOVES: Detroit Lions defensive end Cornelius Washington has returned to practice. The Lions removed Washington from the injured reserve/non-football injury list on Friday. With AP Photos.

BBA--TIGERS-ATHLETICS

OAKLAND, Calif. — Brett Anderson takes the mound as the Oakland Athletics look for their fourth straight win in the opener of a weekend series against the Detroit Tigers. By Janie McCauley. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game time 10:05 p.m. ET.

CAR--IMSA-PARAPLEGIC RACER

Michael Johnson’s big grin never seems to disappear because he is doing what he loves. The smile sticks out as he drives the No. 54 Audi for JDC-Miller Motorsports in the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge. So does his other set of wheels — the wheelchair he uses when he’s not behind the wheel. The native of Flint, Michigan, is one of a handful of disabled race car drivers competing worldwide at the top levels By John Kekis. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

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