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. Ed White 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates.

TOP STORY:

DRINKING WATER-CHEMICALS

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. — A Superfund landfill suspected of chemically polluting a Michigan water system once accepted toxic sludge from a leather tannery that used the same chemical compounds, according to state records and a former truck driver. SENT: 290 words.

AROUND THE STATE

EXCHANGE-SHIPPING CONTAINER FARM

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Brian Harris is not a traditional farmer. But the tender kale, spicy arugula and crispy pak choi he raises inside of a converted freight container on the edge of downtown Grand Rapids isn’t traditional either. Harris, who sold his steel company a couple of years ago, had little experience in farming or gardening before he created Green Collar Farms, a “hydroponic vertical micro farm” located inside of a green and white re-purposed shipping container parked in a vacant lot. By Jim Harger, The Grand Rapids Press. SENT: 689 words, photos.

EXCHANGE-PUSHING FITNESS

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — Norte Youth Cycling has been awarded a three-year, $50,000-per-year grant from the Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation. The Community Foundation is working on health and wellness initiatives aimed at a healthier region. The grant is funded by a small group of donors through the foundation. Norte started three years ago as a way to get kids to bike to Eastern Elementary School but has since grown to other elementary and middle schools throughout Traverse City. By Erin Sloan, Traverse City Record-Eagle. SENT: 462 words.

IN BRIEF:

— HURRICANE IRMA-MICHIGAN: The Michigan Army National Guard is sending more than 1,000 soldiers to the South to help people affected by Hurricane Irma.

— SAGINAW-HOMICIDES: Police in Saginaw say the city had no homicides between Memorial Day and Labor Day for the first time in decades.

— PEDESTRIANS-GRAND RAPIDS: The largest city in western Michigan is promoting pedestrian safety.

SPORTS:

CARDINALS-LIONS

DETROIT —The Detroit Lions and Arizona Cardinals get a chance to bounce back from a year they would like to forget. By Larry Lage. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.

TIGERS-BLUE JAYS

TORONTO — The Tigers and Blue Jays wrap up a three-game series in Toronto.

Sports Editors:

The first Michigan AP high school football poll will be released on Monday, Sept. 11, and then every Monday thereafter during the season. The poll may not be posted online, broadcast or published before 6:30 a.m. EDT Tuesday.

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