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

April 10, 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 For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at

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DETROIT _ Jurors are ready to hear opening statements in the second trial of a former Michigan state trooper who is blamed for the death of a Detroit teen on an all-terrain vehicle. Mark Bessner’s first trial last fall ended without a verdict. He’s charged with second-degree murder in the death of 15-year-old Damon Grimes in 2017. Opening statements are set for Wednesday. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated. Developing from 9 a.m. ET court action. Photos planned.


DEARBORN, Mich. _ Ford is recalling 327,000 F-Series pickup trucks in North America for a second time to fix problems with engine block heater cables that can cause fires. In December the company recalled 874,000 trucks because water and contaminants can get into the cables and cause corrosion. SENT: 260 words, photos.


—ISLAMIC STATE-AMERICAN: Federal prosecutors have added charges against a Detroit-area man who was captured in Syria and accused of providing support to the Islamic State group.

—FAMILY KILLED-INTERSTATE-BAR: Officials say a Kentucky bar has admitted it overserved a man who later killed a Michigan family of five in a wrong-way crash on Interstate 75.

—MICHIGAN ATTORNEY GENERAL-CONVICTION INTEGRITY: Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel has launched a unit to investigate whether people have been wrongfully convicted of crimes.

—WRONGFUL CONVICTIONS: The Michigan appeals court says a law compensating people who were wrongly convicted doesn’t cover time spent in pre-trial custody.

—HEALTH PROVIDERS-SUPPORT: The Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation is giving more than $15 million to an effort to help support health care providers.


—DOG DEATHS-CHARGES: Authorities say two dogs died and another was treated for severe dehydration after a woman left them in a vehicle for hours outside a casino in southwestern Michigan.

—WHITE BOY RICK: A Florida clemency board has denied an early prison release for a man known as “White Boy Rick,” once one of the FBI’s youngest informants and the subject of a recent Hollywood movie.



NEW YORK _ The Detroit Pistons are in New York on Wednesday to take on the Knicks. They can lock up the last available playoff spot with a victory. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 8 p.m. ET.


DETROIT _ The Detroit Tigers look for a win Wednesday in the second game of a three-game home series against the AL Central-leading Cleveland Indians. The Tigers dropped the first game 8-2. The Indians are hoping to win a sixth-straight game and stay ahead of the Tigers in the division. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 1:10 p.m. ET.


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