AP-MI–Michigan News Digest 6 pm, MI

Good evening! Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up in Michigan at 6 p.m. 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.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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. — Michigan’s 15 public universities on Monday asked the Legislature to delay voting on bills inspired by the Larry Nassar sexual abuse case, expressing concern about measures that would retroactively extend the time victims would have to file lawsuits and remove an immunity defense for governmental agencies. The Senate is posed to vote this week on the legislation backed by victims of the imprisoned former doctor at Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics. By David Eggert. SENT: 720 words.



FLINT, Mich. — February water tests at elementary schools in Flint have found an increase in samples showing lead levels above the federal action limit. The Flint Journal reports that Michigan environmental officials found 28 samples testing above 15 parts per billion. That compares to 20 such samples in January. Officials say the increase may be due to testing changes, but overall, the results are encouraging. Flint’s water was contaminated when the city used river water that wasn’t properly treated. SENT: 275 words.


BELMONT, Mich. — Emails indicate the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality may not have immediately acted on a warning regarding groundwater contaminated by waste from a footwear manufacturer. Emails obtained by The Grand Rapids Press show that state geologist Mark Worrall told the department in April that homes south of Wolverine World Wide’s sludge dump should be tested for toxic chemicals. The emails indicate the department didn’t begin testing homes in that area until July. SENT: 300 words.


PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The artist who turned a house where Rosa Parks once lived into an art piece says he’s working to ensure the home is displayed in Rhode Island even after Brown University pulled its support. Ryan Mendoza says he has a First Amendment right to show the house. It was on a demolition list before her niece saved it and worked with Mendoza, who brought it in pieces to Berlin. Brown cited an unspecified dispute in canceling the show. By Michelle R. Smith. SENT: 610 words, photos.


MADISON, Wis. — Several communities around the Great Lakes are competing to reduce pollution by controlling the electricity they consume from the power grid. Bayfield, Wisconsin, is one of five cities working to lower mercury and other emissions through the Water Utility Energy Challenge, Wisconsin Public Radio reported . The other cities are Detroit and Ann Arbor in Michigan; North Syracuse, New York; and Highland Park, Illinois. SENT: 300 words.


We’re coming up on cherry blossom festivals, tulip time and lilac season. You can go to the Netherlands to see 7 million flowering bulbs at the Keukenhof gardens, but there are also Tulip Time festivals in Holland, Michigan and Pella, Iowa, plus a tulip festival in Skagit Valley, Washington state. Japan and Washington, D.C., are famous for cherry blossoms, but there are festivals in Brooklyn, New York, and Macon, Georgia, too. Rochester, New York, is famous for its lilac festival. By Beth J. Harpaz. SENT: 500 words, photos.



MIDLAND, Mich. — The longtime chief executive of Dow Chemical, who led the company through the financial crisis, a merger with rival DuPont and then the planned disassembly of the entire enterprise, is stepping down. SENT: 130 words.


— GOVERNOR’S RACE: Gubernatorial candidate Gretchen Whitmer is being endorsed by Michigan’s four Democrats in the U.S. House.

— MUNICIPAL RETIREE BENEFITS: Michigan says more than one-fifth of local governments have an underfunded pension plan, retirement health care plan or both.

— DISASTER DECLARATIONS-MICHIGAN: Disaster declarations have been made for 17 Michigan counties and two cities hit hard by recent flooding from heavy rain and melting snow.

— SPECIAL ELECTION DATES: The special election to replace a Michigan state senator convicted of theft has been set.

— POLICE SHOOTING-MICHIGAN: Authorities say a vehicle break-in suspect shot by an officer in mid-Michigan was 16 and used a recently stolen gun to shoot at the officer. AP Photos.

— FATAL HOUSE FIRE: Authorities are trying to determine the cause and origin of a house fire that killed three children in suburban Detroit. AP Photos.

— DEPUTY KILLED: A man accused of running over a sheriff’s deputy in southeastern Michigan has been bound over for trial.

— GRAND RIVER-SEARCH: Police say a body recovered from the Grand River in Lansing is that of a missing kayaker.

— ALLEY BODY: Authorities have identified a woman whose body was found in a Grand Rapids alley.

— ROBBERY SUSPECT SHOT: Authorities say an armed robbery suspect has died after being shot by police in southern Michigan. Photos.

— WOODSON-MICHIGAN COMMENCEMENT: Heisman Trophy winner and former Wolverine standout Charles Woodson is scheduled to give the keynote address at the University of Michigan’s spring commencement.

— AFFORDABLE HOUSING-DETROIT: A $250 million fund is being established to preserve 10,000 affordable housing units across Detroit neighborhoods and develop 2,000 new units in targeted areas.

— LAKE SUPERIOR STATE-PRESIDENT: An official from Fisk University in Tennessee has been named the next president of Lake Superior State University in northern Michigan.

— ICEBREAKING-LAKE MICHIGAN: The U.S. Coast Guard is preparing to begin icebreaking operations in northwestern Lake Michigan.

— LEAD CONTROL GRANTS-MICHIGAN: Nearly $4 million in grants to expand lead hazard control services to homes where someone is enrolled in Medicaid has been awarded to two Michigan communities and an agency that serves several counties.

— GAS PRICES-MICHIGAN: AAA Michigan says gas prices statewide have risen by about 5 cents per gallon in the past week.



ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Michigan coach John Beilein said he has changed like the wind, delegating defense to assistants, and that’s one reason he’s still in the game. By Larry Lage. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos.


NEW YORK — March Madness can mean finding ways to sneak in games when the boss isn’t looking. All 67 games in the NCAA men’s college basketball tournament will be available online. Many of the games, including the Final Four, will require a password through your cable or satellite TV subscription. CBS won’t require a password for the 21 games it’s televising. Changes this year include a special stream to get the hot moments live when multiple games are played simultaneously during the first round. By Anick Jesdanun. SENT: 710 words, photos.


SAN JOSE, Calif. — The Detroit Red Wings play the San Jose Sharks on Monday. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 10:30 p.m. ET.


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