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

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TOP STORY:

ELECTION 2018-STATE GOVERNMENTS

From New York to New Mexico, residents in a number of states can expect a leftward push for expanded health care coverage, gun control, education funding and legalized recreational marijuana as Democrats who gained new or stronger powers in the midterm elections seek to put their stamp on public policy. While Republicans remain in charge in more states, Democrats nearly doubled the number of places where they will wield a trifecta of power over the governor’s office and both chambers of the state legislature. Democrats also broke up several Republican strongholds, forcing GOP lawmakers who have been cutting taxes and curbing union powers to deal with a new reality of a Democratic governor. All told, Democrats gained seats in 62 of the 99 state legislative chambers, according to data provided by the National Conference of State Legislatures (Nebraska is the lone state with a single legislature). Democrats also added seven new governorships. By David A. Lieb and Geoff Mulvihill. SENT: 1,300 words, photos.

AROUND THE STATE:

WAVY SIDEWALKS

DEARBORN, Mich. — Wavy sidewalks in a Detroit suburb aren’t a mistake — they’re purposely engineered to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The sidewalks in Dearborn peak between houses and slope back down at the driveway level, the Detroit Free Press reported . “It’s very slight slopes, but when you’re looking down the streets, they appear to be wavy,” said Public Works Director Jim Murray. “But they’re slight waves as opposed to being severe waves in different places where they were before.” The ADA requires sidewalks have a mild slope so people with limited mobility can move safely. The sidewalk must also remain above street level to allow for drainage, but driveways must be low enough to the ground for cars. SENT: 220 words.

EXCHANGE-INTO THE WOODS

MIDLAND, Mich. — Just a few yards from the Chippewa Nature Center visitor center, adjacent to the parking lot is The Woods Nature Play Area. After a soft open this summer, The Woods is now available for kids of all ages to interact with nature and each other. While there is a play area for children who attend the Nature Preschool and visitors are encouraged to explore along the Center’s 19 miles of trails, the staff wanted a play area that was more open to the public and is relatively clear of natural dangers. By Victoria Ritter, Midland Daily News. SENT IN ADVANCE: 741 words.

EXCHANGE-HAMTRAMCK DIG

HAMTRAMCK, Mich. — An archaeology team from Wayne State University has been uncovering Hamtramck’s history. A professor and her 15 students have spent the semester digging beneath the gravel in Hamtramck. On site every Monday in the city’s first comprehensive archaeology project, Krysta Ryzewski’s class is using hand tools, imagination and analysis to uncover history, mystery and modern connections. By Neal Rubin, The Detroit News. SENT IN ADVANCE: 955 words.

IN BRIEF:

— HISTORIC SCHOOL DEMOLITION-LAWSUIT: A suburban Detroit community has filed a lawsuit to halt the planned demolition of a school building.

— WOMEN DEAD-PORT HURON: A 53-year-old woman and her mother are dead in what Port Huron police are investigating as a possible homicide and suicide.

— MICHIGAN CONCUSSION CENTER: Plans call for the University of Michigan School of Kinesiology to create a comprehensive concussion center.

— USS FORD-PROGRAM: A panel discussion on U.S. supercarriers will be held at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids.

SPORTS:

FBN–LIONS-BEARS

CHICAGO — The NFC North-leading Chicago Bears hope to come away with a rare win over Detroit as well as a division opponent when they host the Lions. The Bears could also have star pass rusher Khalil Mack and top receiver Allen Robinson back after they missed the past two games because of injuries. By Andrew Seligman. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game started at 1 p.m. ET.

BKN–HORNETS-PISTONS

DETROIT — After a pair of road wins over Orlando and Atlanta, the Pistons return home to face Charlotte. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 3:30 p.m. ET.

BKC–T25-FLORIDA GULF COAST-MICHIGAN ST

EAST LANSING, Mich. — After losing to Kansas to start the season, No. 10 Michigan State plays its home opener against Florida Gulf Coast. By Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 6 p.m. ET.

FBC–T25-COLLEGE FOOTBALL POLL

The top 11 teams in the AP College football poll won on Saturday, and the back half of the rankings were relatively stable compared to the last couple weeks providing little opportunity for change in the rankings. By Ralph D. Russo. UPCOMING: 600 words, with photos. Poll release at 2 p.m. ET.

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