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

May 15, 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.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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LANSING, Mich. _ A Michigan lawmaker has been charged with seeking a bribe from a labor union in exchange for favorable votes on a wage issue. A grand jury indicted state Rep. Larry Inman on charges of attempted extortion, soliciting a bribe and lying to the FBI. Inman is a Republican from the Traverse City area who is serving his third term in the House. There was no immediate comment from his office. By Ed White and David Eggert. SENT: 400 words.


—LAWMAKER CHARGED-THE LATEST: The Latest on a Michigan lawmaker charged with seeking to sell votes in exchange for campaign contributions. Will be updated as developments occur.


LANSING, Mich. _ The Republican-led Michigan Senate on Wednesday approved much of a $58 billion state spending plan that is at odds with Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on big issues like roads and education. By David Eggert. UPCOMING: 500 words.



DETROIT _ Ford is adding 270,000 vehicles to a recall in North America to fix a gearshift problem that could cause them roll away unexpectedly. The addition covers certain 2013 through 2016 Fusion midsize cars with 2.5-liter engines. The company is urging drivers to always use the parking brake until repairs are made. Ford says a bushing that attaches the shifter cable to the transmission can degrade, causing the cable to detach. SENT: 180 words, photo.


—GYM--DOCTOR-SEXUAL ASSAULT-MICHIGAN STATE: Michigan State University wants to know how alumni think it’s doing after a scandal involving the imprisoned former sports doctor Larry Nassar.

—MENTAL HEALTH FUNDS-AUDIT: A Michigan community mental health provider has agreed to a settlement over more than $19 million in misspending under its former CEO.


—TEEN BEATEN-POLICE VIDEO: The family of a Michigan teenager who was struck by a police officer while handcuffed in a patrol car has filed a lawsuit seeking $10 million.

—GUN SHOP THEFT: A $5,000 reward is being offered for information after authorities say burglars took about 10 firearms from a gun shop in western Michigan.

—DETROIT ARCHDIOCESE-SUNDAY SPORTS: The Roman Catholic Church in southeastern Michigan plans to stop its youth sports activities on Sundays in an effort to focus on rest and worship.

—HIGH WATER-SHOREBIRDS: High water in the Great Lakes may spell trouble for the piping plover, an endangered bird that builds its nests on shorelines.

—SHOPPING CENTER-VANDALISM: Authorities say vandals shattered more than 200 windows at largely vacant shopping center in southeastern Michigan.



CHICAGO _ John Beilein has no doubt leaving Michigan for the Cleveland Cavaliers is the right move to make. He decided it was time to jump to the NBA and see if he can win on basketball’s biggest stage after molding winners at the college level for 41 years. The offensive whiz who re-established the Wolverines as national championship contenders will try to orchestrate a similar turnaround in Cleveland, where the Cavaliers won just 19 games following LeBron James’ departure for the Los Angeles Lakers. By Andrew Seligman. SENT: 820 words, photos.


DETROIT _ The Detroit Tigers look for a win Wednesday to prevent the Houston Astros from sweeping their three-game series at Comerica Park. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:10 p.m. ET.


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