AP-MI–Michigan News Digest 1:30 pm, MI

Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up today at 1:30 p.m. 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. Jeff Karoub is on the desk. AP-Michigan News Editor Roger Schneider can be reached at 313-259-0650 or rschneider@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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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DETROIT — Rust Belt cities like Detroit are improving their industrial and manufacturing landscapes by collecting, cleaning up and marketing acres of once-vacant land to job-supplying companies. By Corey Williams. SENT: 750 words, photo.



NEW YORK — Bruno Mars said Saturday he is donating $1 million from his Michigan concert to aid those affected by the Flint water crisis. The Grammy-winning star told the audience at his show in Auburn Hills, about 30 miles from Detroit, that he and tour promoter Live Nation are redirecting funds from the show to the charity The Community Foundation of Greater Flint. SENT: 200 words, photo.


LANSING, Mich. — An LGBTQ rights group has asked the Michigan Civil Rights Commission to interpret a current prohibition on sex discrimination to include protections for sexual orientation and gender identity. SENT: 375 words.

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ONTONAGON, Mich. — The Ontonagon County Historical Society is working on its patented appeal to visitors by making more of the area’s rich history. With plans to set up a fishing museum on Rose Island and eyes on a future railroad museum, the society wants to further branch out from its roots at the Ontonagon County Historical Museum. By Vanessa Dietz, The Daily Mining Gazette. SENT IN ADVANCE: 343 words.


ALPENA, Mich. — Getting away with crime in Northeast Michigan just got a little more difficult thanks to two new additions to the Michigan State Police Alpena Post. Trooper Jordan Romel, an Alpena native, and his police dog Zed are now on patrol and it is the first time in years the Alpena post has had an operating canine unit. Romel said he has wanted to be a police officer who worked with canines since he was a child. By Steve Schulwitz, The Alpena News. SENT IN ADVANCE: 497 words.


— BODY PARTS FOUND: Authorities say human remains have been found in the Grand River near Lansing.

— INFANT MORTALITY RESEARCH-ANNIVERSARY: Events are planned in Detroit to mark the 25th anniversary of a national research facility focusing on infant mortality.

— ALZHEIMER’S WALK-MICHIGAN: Organizers are seeking walkers and volunteers for an annual Michigan event that raises awareness and money for Alzheimer’s care, support and research.



DETROIT — The Tigers try for another victory after Justin Upton’s game-winning homer Saturday. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 1 p.m.


BROOKLYN, Mich. — Brad Keselowski starts from pole position in the NASCAR Cup Series race at Michigan. By Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Race starts at 3 p.m.


INDIANAPOLIS — After two days of joint practices, the Indianapolis Colts and Detroit Lions will square off in their preseason opener. Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford isn’t expected to play much. Colts backup Scott Tolzien will probably get a little more action than usual because Andrew Luck still has not been activated after having offseason shoulder surgery. By Michael Marot. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 1:30 p.m.


COLUMBUS, Ohio — With the Mid-American Conference’s marquee quarterback, Toledo might be ready to capture some the magic that earned Western Michigan a piece of the national spotlight last season. By Mitch Stacy. SENT: 820 words, photo.


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