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

April 22, 2019 GMT

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:

GAY COUPLES-ADOPTION

LANSING, Mich. _ A major faith-based foster care and adoption contractor for the state of Michigan is reversing its policy and will place children with same-same couples to comply with a legal settlement. Bethany Christian Services and the state confirmed the change Monday. Bethany Christian Services says while it is “disappointed” with how the settlement has been implemented, it will nonetheless reverse its policy so it continues foster care and adoption work for the state. By David Eggert. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words.

PAYROLL FRAUD

LANSING, Mich. _ Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel is establishing a special unit in her office to investigate payroll fraud and the misclassification of workers by “shady” businesses. The Democrat, who announced the initiative Monday, says payroll and tax fraud have gone under the radar for far too long. She says her office will be “as aggressive as possible” cracking down on businesses that cheat workers of wages and dodge taxes. By David Eggert. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words.

BUSINESS:

TESLA-FULL SELF-DRIVING

SAN FRANCISCO _ Tesla CEO Elon Musk appears poised to transform the company’s electric cars into driverless vehicles in a risky bid to realize a bold vision that he has been floating for years. But experts have serious doubts about whether Tesla is anywhere close to packaging the complex technology required for a car to be driven solely a computer, without a human in position to take control if something goes awry. Musk is expected to provide a deeper look into its self-driving technology on Monday. By Michael Liedtke and Tom Krisher. SENT: 1,280 words, photos.

With: TESLA-FULL SELF-DRIVING-THE LATEST: The Latest on Tesla’s plans for fully-autonomous vehicles. Will be updated as developments occur.

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IN BRIEF:

—PARKING TICKETS-CHALK: A Michigan city’s policy of chalking tires to enforce parking restrictions has been declared unconstitutional.

—GRAND RAPIDS SHOOTING: Authorities have identified a man killed in a Grand Rapids shooting and are asking for the public’s help in solving the slaying.

—RESORT COMMUNITY-RELIGION: A resort community in northern Michigan is being sued again over membership policies that are related to religion.

—WIND FARM CANCELED: A company says it’s not moving forward on plans for a wind farm in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula due to factors including delays in the planning process.

—GAS PRICES-MICHIGAN: AAA Michigan says average gas prices statewide are down about 10 cents from a week ago to about $2.82 per gallon.

—CIVIL RIGHTS WEBSITE-DETROIT: An activist and a researcher are launching a website aimed at preserving the stories of Detroit’s civil rights movement.

SPORTS:

BKN--BUCKS-PISTONS

DETROIT _ The Milwaukee Bucks take on the Detroit Pistons on Monday in Game 4 of their playoff series. The Bucks have dominated so far and are trying to close out a sweep of the Pistons. By Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts at 8 p.m. ET.

BBA--TIGERS-RED SOX

BOSTON _ The Detroit Tigers head east on Monday as they start a four-game road series against the Boston Red Sox. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:10 p.m. ET.

BBO--THIS WEEK IN BASEBALL

The Red Sox trail the Rays by five games in the AL East, but it could have been a lot worse. The Red Sox have a 9-13 record and baseball’s third-worst run differential, but after sweeping a three-game series with first-place Tampa Bay, the defending champions avoided the worst-case scenario early on. By Baseball Writer Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos.

BKN--ON BASKETBALL-LOPSIDED PLAYOFFS

ORLANDO, Fla. _ The divide between the haves and have-nots of the NBA has been on full display in the first round of the playoffs. There might not be a single series upset, and if that happens it’ll mark the first time one of those hasn’t happened in the opening round of the postseason since 2008. Television ratings are down. Close games are virtually nonexistent. The best hope right now is that the drama ramps up in the second round. By Tim Reynolds. SENT: 710 words, photos.

Also:

—FBN--LIONS-STAFFORD’S WIFE: Kelly Stafford, the wife of Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, says she is home after surgery to remove a brain tumor. SENT: 120 words, photo.

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