BC-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. Ken Kusmer is on the desk, followed by Herbert McCann. AP-Michigan News Editor Roger Schneider can be reached at 313-259-0650 or rschneider@ap.org.

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DETROIT — A man in prison for 45 years could be on the cusp of freedom after another man said he had no role in a 1971 murder in Detroit. A judge last week threw out Richard Phillips’ conviction and ordered a new trial. It’s not clear if prosecutors will take that step. Phillips has been cleared based on the words of Richard Palombo, who was a co-defendant at the 1972 trial. Palombo insists that Phillips wasn’t present. By Ed White. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 380 words, photo.


DETROIT — A Palestinian activist from Chicago is returning to Detroit for a final court hearing before she’s eventually deported for concealing her convictions in two Jerusalem bombings. Rasmea Odeh admits that she failed to disclose the convictions when she entered the U.S. and later went through the citizenship process in 2004. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated. Developing from 3 p.m. ET court hearing.



LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan elections board has cleared three more groups to proceed with drives to put statewide proposals on the 2018 ballot. Advocates of empowering an independent commission to draw congressional and legislative districts had the form of their petition approved Thursday by the Board of State Canvassers. The Legislature and governor currently handle redistricting, drawing complaints that the process is too partisan. By David Eggert. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 500 words.



NEW ORLEANS — News that Louisiana’s favorite crustacean has turned up as an invasive species in Michigan prompted a local tourism agency to create a pop-up crawfish festival in Michigan. A crew including a Cajun chef left Lafayette, Louisiana, on Thursday for a 1,000-mile drive north to Vicksburg — the first spot in Michigan where red swamp crawfish were found. By Janet McConnaughey. SENT: 610 words, photo.


COLUMBUS, Ohio — Police and rescue crews say drivers overdosing on heroin and other drugs are driving up the number of car crashes. They say people with addictions don’t like to wait to get high, so they often shoot up in the car as soon as they get their hands on drugs. Often they’re back on the road before the overdose takes hold and they lose consciousness, creating potential disasters. Some rescue crews immediately administer an opioid antidote to any unresponsive driver they find at an accident scene. By Mitch Stacy and Andrew Welsh-Huggins. SENT: 890 words, photos, video. Michigan editors note Kalamazoo interest.



DETROIT — The new CEO of Ford Motor Co. says the company isn’t taking its eyes off the present as it prepares for transportation in the future. Jim Hackett, who replaced Mark Fields in May, says new mobility projects such as buying a shuttle company and the purchase of an artificial intelligence startup have not taken money from car and truck development. By Tom Krisher. SENT: 510 words, photos.


—FORD-HARASSMENT CASE: Ford Motor Co. has agreed to pay up to $10.1 million to settle sexual and racial harassment allegations by workers at two Chicago-area plants.


—FARM DEATH-MICHIGAN: Authorities say a 19-year-old Amish man who died while working on a mid-Michigan farm was accidentally electrocuted.

—THEFT INVESTIGATION-MICHIGAN: Authorities say a two-year investigation has resulted in authorities breaking up a theft ring that operated in at least eight northern Michigan counties.

—SUBMERGED CAR-REMAINS: Police say a 1970s car pulled from a pond this week in Michigan had human remains inside and may have been underwater for years. Photos.

—PEOPLE-ARETHA FRANKLIN: Aretha Franklin is set to retire in her hometown of Detroit and plans to open a nightclub in the city. Photo.

—CYBER CHALLENGE: Michigan high school students are being invited to match wits with their peers in a contest measuring knowledge of information technology and cyber security.

—BODY FOUND-COLLEGE CAMPUS: A 20-year-old man has been sentenced to life in prison without parole for killing a 34-year-old homeless woman on a western Michigan college campus.


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