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

Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up today 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. 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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TOP STORY:

CHEMICAL CONTAMINATION-MICHIGAN

LANSING, Mich. _ Scientists want to use an unconventional method to remove pollution at former General Motors properties near Lansing where an underground plume of chemicals is creeping toward drinking water wells. SENT: 340 words.

AROUND THE STATE:

EXCHANGE-VETERANS HELPING VETERANS

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. _ The note was written. Matt Marciniak was done. He was tired. He didn’t want what his life had become anymore. The U.S. Marine Corps veteran sent a quick text to his friend from his house in Tampa, Florida, asking him to make sure that some of his possessions got to his parents. Marciniak told his friend he was “just going to go to sleep for a while.” Marciniak’s friend knew what that meant. This wasn’t going to be a quick nap or a refreshing eight hours. Marciniak was ready for his life to end. By Brendan Quealy, Traverse City Record-Eagle. SENT: 1,021 words.

EXCHANGE-AUTO REPAIR

DETROIT _ Patrick Denny shimmies out from under his jacked-up 2006 black Ford Focus sedan. His hands are covered in grease. Rented tools are splayed out on the concrete floor around him. Denny, 24, has replaced brakes before, but he now faces a new challenge: Replace the shocks and the trailing arm bushing in the suspension. He grins when acknowledging he’s paying to fix his own car, knowing he’ll end up saving a lot. By Jamie L. Lareau, The Detroit News. SENT: 2,189 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ ODD-CASH ON ROAD: Police in Michigan are appealing to people to surrender their instant riches after a box with $30,000 fell off the back of a truck.

_ GUN-SUICIDE: The Michigan appeals court says Flint can’t be sued for the death of a man who killed himself after police returned a gun to him.

_ COLLEGE GRADUATION-FIRE: A woman who is becoming the first in her family to graduate from college has lost her cap and gown in a fire that destroyed her home.

_ MICHIGAN STATE-HOLOCAUST MUSIC: Two Michigan State University ensembles are performing music in memory of the Holocaust.

_ ARIZONA KILLINGS-SENTENCINGS: A former Michigan man and his wife have been sentenced to life in prison for the 2016 slayings of two women during a burglary in a Phoenix suburb.

SPORTS:

_ DRAFT-LIONS: The Detroit Lions drafted Clemson defensive end Austin Bryant in the fourth round.

_ TIGERS-WHITE SOX: Saturday night’s game between the Detroit Tigers and White Sox has been postponed because of snow.

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