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

May 9, 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.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates.



LANSING, Mich. _ Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer isn’t embracing a Republican-passed plan to cut high auto insurance premiums, saying it falls short and her first priority is passing a budget that fixes the roads. The Democrat’s spokeswoman issued a statement following the passage of a bill during a lengthy House session that stretched into Thursday. The plan would require insurers to reduce a portion of premiums. By David Eggert. SENT: 140 words. Will be updated.


FAWN RIVER TOWNSHIP, Mich. _ The adult sister of a 9-year-old boy who is charged with killing their mother says he has mental health problems and that he probably just “snapped” on the day of the shooting. Reagan Martin told MLive.com that she doesn’t know how her brother got access to a gun, which she says are usually locked up in her mother’s home. She also says she believes her brother wanted to scare their mother, not kill her. Police say the boy killed his 51-year-old mother at their home Monday. SENT: 330 words, photos.


BOYNE FALLS, Mich. _ A northern Michigan sheriff who wants to solve the case of a missing woman says he has a personal connection: They worked together at a restaurant when Victoria Salisz disappeared in 1988. Charlevoix County Sheriff Chuck Vondra says authorities plan to dig in some areas later this month. He says “everyone is still interested in this case.” SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 250 words.


PINE BLUFF, Ark. _ A line of thunderstorms crossing the nation’s midsection spawned a possible tornado that caused extensive damage in Arkansas overnight, injuring several people when a roof was torn off an apartment building. The severe weather was moving eastward Thursday after forcing people from their homes in Kansas, stranding dozens of Texas children at school overnight and straining levees along the surging Mississippi River in Illinois, Missouri and elsewhere Wednesday. SENT: 460 words, photos, video.

With: SEVERE WEATHER-THE LATEST: Wind-driven water caused more flooding in southeastern Michigan along western Lake Erie following recent rainfall that contributed to high water levels in the Great Lakes. Will be updated as developments occur.


—FARM WORKERS-HOMICIDE: Two siblings who authorities say were in the U.S. illegally are awaiting sentencing after entering plea agreements during their murder trial in the slaying of a Michigan farm co-worker.

—SPRING FLOODING-MICHIGAN: Wind-driven water caused more flooding in southeastern Michigan along western Lake Erie following recent rainfall that contributed to high water levels in the Great Lakes. Photos.

—FORMER WARDEN-RETALIATION: A jury has awarded a former Michigan prison warden $438,000 after finding supervisors retaliated against him for defending a female subordinate who complained about sexual discrimination and harassment.



DETROIT _ The Los Angeles Angels and Detroit Tigers wrap up their three-game series on Thursday. By Larry Lage. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 1:10 p.m. ET.


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