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

January 24, 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. Ken Kusmer is on the desk. For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org.

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Environmental research projects on endangered animals and air and water quality are being disrupted by the partial federal government shutdown. And the monthlong shutdown isn’t just affecting research conducted by government agencies. Scientists with universities, nonprofits and private companies say their inability to collaborate with federal partners, gain access to federal lands and laboratories, and secure federal funding is jeopardizing their work. By John Flesher and Tammy Webber. SENT: 1,090 words, photos.


WASHINGTON _ As the federal shutdown stretches into a 34th day, former Vice President Joe Biden is urging greater collaboration among political leaders. The potential 2020 Democratic presidential contender says “it’s like we’ve divided the country into pieces.” He poses this question, during a speech to U.S. mayors meeting in the nation’s capital: “How can we be one America if we continue down this road? He says it’s time “to start believing in our people again. We’re tougher than we think we are.” By Thomas Beaumont. SENT: 290 words, photos.



NEW YORK _ When the members of the rock band Greta Van Fleet put their last touches on their first full-length album, they didn’t celebrate with a round of beers. They immediately started working on new songs. Says guitarist Jake Kiszka: “If we’re stagnant, it becomes boring.” The young Michigan rockers whose sound and classic rock look is reminiscent of Led Zeppelin have done the opposite of stagnate in the last two years. It’s been more like an explosion, capped by four Grammy Award nominations. By Mark Kennedy. SENT: 950 words, photos.


—NATIVE AMERICAN VIDEOS-SCHOOL: Native American activist Nathan Phillips says he’s prayed about what happened at the Lincoln Memorial last week and now he has good feelings in his heart for all the people who have been mean to him. Photo.

—GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN-BRIDGE RESCUE: A sheriff’s deputy and a Border Patrol agent who’s working without pay during the partial government shutdown are being hailed as heroes for saving a suicidal man from a Michigan bridge.

—LAWMAKER-UNREGISTERED GUN: The leader of the Michigan House says he paid a fine of about $2,000 for possessing a loaded handgun at a northern Michigan airport last summer.

—NOISY POWER: The Marquette Board of Light and Power has approved spending up $2.9 million to address noise and vibrations from a power station that went online in 2017 in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

—FLORIDA COMMISSIONER-MUSLIM CONGRESSWOMAN: Commissioners in a South Florida city are reprimanding a fellow councilmember over remarks on a Facebook post about the first Palestinian-American woman elected to the U.S. Congress.

—GLOWING ICE SCULPTURE: A man’s glowing ice sculpture is lighting up his yard in western Michigan. Photo.

—TOXIC CHEMICALS-CONGRESS: Eleven Michigan lawmakers have joined a U.S. House taskforce focusing on health threats from toxic chemicals in ground and surface waters.



Purdue has won four straight, and next up is a showdown with No. 6 Michigan State. The Boilermakers lost by 18 at Michigan State earlier this season, but they get the Spartans at home this weekend. The winning streak for Purdue includes double-digit victories over Indiana and Ohio State. By Noah Trister. SENT: 490 words, photos.


IOWA CITY, Iowa _ No. 6 Michigan State puts its perfect Big Ten record on the line at Iowa on Thursday. The 19th-ranked Hawkeyes have won five straight after a 0-3 start in the league. By Luke Meredith. UPCOMING: 600 words, more on merits. Game starts at 6 p.m. CT.


CHICAGO _ Detroit takes on Illinois-Chicago in a road game Thursday. UPCOMING: 150 words. Game starts at 8 p.m. ET.


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