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

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FLINT, Mich. _ A Canadian man who was convicted of terrorism for nearly killing a Michigan airport police officer has been sentenced to life in prison. Amor Ftouhi was sentenced Thursday in federal court. Investigators say Ftouhi drove from Montreal in 2017 and arrived at the airport in Flint, Michigan. While there, he yelled “God is great” in Arabic and repeatedly stabbed Lt. Jeff Neville. Before sentencing, Ftouhi told the judge he had no regrets and only wished he could have acquired a machine gun. By Ed White. SENT: 240 words, photos.


—FLINT AIRPORT STABBING-THE LATEST: The Latest on the sentencing of a Canadian man convicted of terrorism for nearly killing a Michigan airport police officer. Will be updated as developments occur.


LANSING, Mich. _ The historic Lansing campus where the Michigan School for the Blind operated for more than a century is on track to reopen as housing by early next year. The Lansing State Journal reports that Indianapolis-based TWG Development is nearing the final phases of its $24 million plan to restore and transform the school’s buildings into 132 housing units. The project’s $12 million Walnut Park apartment building opened last fall where the school’s auditorium once stood. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 250 words.


OLYMPIA, Wash. _ Washington is poised to become the first state to establish a program creating an insurance benefit to help offset the costs of long-term care. The measure, which awaits a final vote in the House, creates a benefit, starting in 2025, with a lifetime maximum of $36,500 per person, indexed to inflation. It is paid for by an employee payroll premium that would start being collected in 2022. By Rachel La Corte. SENT: 850 words, photos. Editors note Michigan interest.



DETROIT _ BMW is adding nearly 185,000 vehicles in the U.S. to a 2017 recall for possible engine fires. Two years ago the company recommended that the vehicles be parked outdoors until problems are fixed. The recall expansion covers a dozen 3 Series, 5 Series and Z4 models from the 2006 model year. By Tom Krisher. SENT: 310 words. Will be updated.


—OPIOID SCHEME-DOCTOR SENTENCED: A suburban Detroit doctor who admitted running an $18 million prescription drug scheme has been sentenced to more than 11 years in prison.

—SCHOOL LOCKDOWN-SHOT FIRED: Police in Flint have arrested four people after a gunshot was fired outside a public charter high school. Photos.

—ENVIRONMENTAL DEPARTMENT-NEW NAME: Michigan’s environmental agency is days away from having a new name.



ALLEN PARK, Mich. _ The Detroit Lions look like they need a tight end and a receiver early in the three-day NFL draft after largely ignoring both positions in recent years. The NFL draft starts next week. By Larry Lage. UPCOMING: 750 words.




DETROIT _ Tyson Ross takes the mound for the Detroit Tigers against Chicago’s Ivan Nova in the Thursday opener of a four-game home series against the White Sox. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 1:10 p.m. ET.


—GLF–ROCKET MORTGAGE-JOHNSON: Dustin Johnson, Rickie Fowler and Bubba Watson have committed to play in the inaugural Rocket Mortgage Classic. SENT: 140 words, photo.


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