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

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TOP STORIES:

FLINT WATER

DETROIT _ Lawyers for former Michigan health director Nick Lyon are vigorously opposing an effort to put his Flint water criminal case on hold for six months, saying it’s a sign of the prosecution team’s “dysfunction.” The attorney general’s office says it needs a timeout so it can dig through 23 boxes of records found in the basement of a state building. A judge will hold a hearing Friday. By Ed White. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 350 words.

ISLE ROYALE-MOOSE

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. _ Moose are thriving at Isle Royale National Park. A Michigan Technological University report released Tuesday estimates there are 2,060 moose at the wilderness park in Lake Superior. That’s the highest number since 1995, when the population exceeded 2,400. One reason for the boom is the near-disappearance of the wolves that prey on them, although officials began taking more wolves to the park last fall and there are now 15. The moose surge is damaging many of the trees on which they feed. By John Flesher. SENT: 500 words, photo.

REDISTRICTING-OHIO

A three-judge panel could rule soon on arguments that Ohio’s GOP-drawn congressional map is unconstitutional. A panel in Michigan ruled Thursday in favor of a similar challenge to that state’s congressional and legislative maps. The cases could result in new districts for 2020 elections that would have implications for the presidential contest. By Dan Sewell. SENT: 1,030 words, photos, video.

XGR–TEACHER EVALUATION

LANSING, Mich. _ Legislation to delay a key change in the state’s evaluation system for teachers and school administrators is on the way to the desk of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer for her expected signature. The Senate took a final procedural step Tuesday to move the bill forward. It would halt _ at least for a year _ a requirement that student growth and assessment data be given greater weight in educators’ year-end performance evaluations. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated.

BUSINESS:

EARNS-GENERAL MOTORS

Americans paid more for some GM vehicles in the 1st quarter, but overall sales fell and the automaker missed Wall Street’s expectations. GM said Tuesday that it delivered more than 665,000 vehicles in the US in the quarter and reached the highest average transaction prices for any 1st quarter in its history. By Michelle Chapman. SENT: 400 words, photo.

IN BRIEF:

—SOLDIER DEATH-SYRIA: The military says a 28-year-old U.S. soldier from suburban Detroit has died of wounds sustained from a noncombat incident in Syria.

—CHARTER BUS CRASH: Authorities say injuries from the weekend crash of a charter bus carrying Michigan middle school students returning from a Chicago-area music trip included a broken neck and broken ribs.

—DAMON KEITH-FUNERAL: Funeral arrangements have been set in Detroit for prominent Judge Damon J. Keith, who was a figure in the civil rights movement.

—SHIPWRECK HUNTERS-BOOK: Three western New York-based shipwreck hunters who have discovered some of the most significant historic wrecks in the Great Lakes have written a book about their explorations.

SPORTS:

BBO–TIGERS-PHILLIES

PHILADELPHIA _ Vince Velasquez (1-0) starts for the Philadelphia Phillies and Spencer Turnbull (1-2) goes for the Detroit Tigers in the opener of a two-game interleague series Tuesday. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:05 p.m. ET.

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