AP-MI–Michigan News Digest 6 pm, MI

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. For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org.

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DETROIT — A man who spent nearly four years in prison until his first-degree murder conviction was thrown out won’t get money set aside for the wrongly convicted, the Michigan appeals court said. The court said James Shepherd doesn’t qualify for roughly $200,000 because he wasn’t exonerated with “new” evidence. Indeed, his conviction and life sentence in Wayne County were set aside because of weak or insufficient evidence. By Ed White. SENT: 360 words.


— ELECTION 2018-GOVERNOR-MICHIGAN-NASSAR: The parents of a victim of Larry Nassar are praising Bill Schuette’s prosecution of the former sports doctor in TV ads airing in the race for Michigan governor. SENT: 130 words.

— COLLEGE DEMOCRATS-VOTING: A lawsuit that challenges Michigan’s restrictions on young first-time voters won’t be heard in time for the fall election. SENT: 130 words.



ADRIAN, Mich. — A Detroit-area man convicted of murder is being released from prison, more than four years after winning an unusual case at the Michigan Supreme Court. Matthew Makowski has been granted parole and is scheduled to leave a prison in southern Michigan on Thursday. Gov. Jennifer Granholm reduced his no-parole sentence before leaving office in 2010 but then changed her mind. SENT: 170 words.


DETROIT — Musician David DiChiera, who championed opera’s role in reviving downtown Detroit and directed several opera organizations nationwide, has died of pancreatic cancer. He was 83. Michigan Opera Theatre spokeswoman Erica Hobbs says DiChiera died Tuesday at his Detroit home. He founded the organization in 1971 and was its longtime general director. SENT: 130 words, photos.


KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Police arrested more than a dozen people while clearing out a homeless camp in southwestern Michigan that’s been a focus of protests since last month by those seeking better resources for homeless people. The city of Kalamazoo had set a Tuesday evening deadline for people to leave Bronson Park and police arrived Wednesday morning, about 12 hours after the deadline passed. Police dismantled tents and arrested 14, including protesters who wouldn’t leave. SENT: 130 words, photos.


— JAIL ESCAPE-RECOVERY: Southwestern Michigan authorities say a man accused of killing his girlfriend is back behind bars after escaping from jail.

— UNEMPLOYMENT-MICHIGAN: Michigan’s unemployment rate fell by two-tenths of a percentage point to 4.1 percent in August.

— JACKSON COUNTY DEATHS: A man who was convicted of second-degree murder in the fatal shootings of two young men who were breaking into his truck in southern Michigan has been sentenced to 19 to 40 years in prison. AP Photos.

— NATURE CENTER REDEDICATION: A 33-acre nature center north of Detroit has been rededicated to mark a new partnership between Macomb County and Clinton Township.

— MOTHER CHARGED-CELLPHONE: Charges have been dismissed against a western Michigan woman who faced possible jail time after taking away a cellphone from her 15-year-old daughter as punishment.

— TOXIC CHEMICALS-MICHIGAN: Environmental regulators say they’ll deploy a drone over a northern Michigan lake to search for sources of toxic chemicals that are emerging as a widespread threat to drinking water systems.

— DINGELL-HEART ATTACK: Former U.S. Rep. John Dingell is recovering from a heart attack and telling the public, “You’re not done with me yet.” AP Photo.

— LANSING BODY-CHARGES: A 28-year-old man faces a lengthy prison sentence after pleading guilty in the stabbing death of a homeless man whose body was found in a mid-Michigan creek in 2017.

— MICHIGAN-ARTPRIZE: The 10th international ArtPrize competition is kicking off its run in western Michigan.

— FIGHTING BLIGHT-DETROIT: The Land Bank Authority in Detroit has sold its 10,000th vacant side lot as part of an effort to beautify city neighborhoods and reduce blight.



DETROIT — Stephen Gonsalves threw six scoreless innings, and Minnesota’s offense pounded Detroit’s pitching, helping the Twins beat the Tigers 8-2 on Wednesday. Gabriel Moya started for Minnesota, but was replaced by Gonsalves in the second inning, marking the sixth time this season the Twins used an “opening pitcher.” Gonsalves (1-2) allowed one hit and a walk while striking out four. By Chris Nelsen. SENT: 320 words, photos. UPCOMING: 600 words.


— FBN–LIONS-MOVES: The Detroit Lions signed cornerback DeShawn Shead, a possible indication they’re not certain cornerback Darius Slay will be cleared to play New England. SENT: 120 words.


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