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

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LANSING, Mich. _ Michigan Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says she opposes Republicans’ proposal to let people fully opt out of mandatory medical benefits covered by their auto insurance premiums. She said Thursday that “everyone needs to buy into the system at a certain level.” She made the comments after touring an East Lansing rehabilitation facility for people with brain injuries, and as the Republican-led Legislature considers whether to send a car insurance overhaul to her desk. By David Eggert. SENT: 400 words.


—XGR–ABORTION-MICHIGAN: Anti-abortion group Right to Life of Michigan has filed paperwork to begin a petition drive to ban a common second-trimester abortion procedure. SENT: 130 words.

—XGR–E-CIGARETTES-TEENS: Legislation nearing the desk of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer would ban minors from using electronic cigarettes, but it is uncertain if she will sign it. SENT: 130 words.


LANSING, Mich. _ The Michigan Court of Appeals says a Lansing woman can sue the county health department that she says failed to diagnose her breast cancer. Zanetta Hutchinson was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015. Hutchinson says Ingham County Health Department’s Women’s Health Center allowed a malignant tumor to grow unchecked for years. The Lansing State Journal reports that the appeals court ruled last week that she can sue and sent the case back to Ingham County Circuit Court. SENT: 150 words. Will be updated.


—VETERAN DETAINED-IMMIGRATION: An appeals board has reversed a decision by western Michigan police to exonerate an officer accused by activists of racial profiling by notifying immigration officials about the arrest of a mentally ill Latino war veteran.

—JAIL-STRIP SEARCHES: A federal lawsuit says female inmates at a southeastern Michigan jail were forced to remove their clothes in front of male inmates and guards as well as other jail employees.

—LAWMAKER CHARGED-MICHIGAN: A Michigan lawmaker charged with seeking a bribe from a union said investigators got it wrong and he won’t resign. With: LAWMAKER CHARGED-TEXT MESSAGE.

—NATURAL GAS LEAK: Crews are working to fix a high-pressure natural gas main that was struck during a construction project in western Michigan.



DETROIT _ The Detroit Tigers and Spencer Turnbull open a four-game home stand Thursday against Chris Bassitt and the Oakland Athletics. The Tigers are coming off a three-game series sweep by the Houston Astros. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 1:10 p.m. ET.


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