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. Sophia Tareen is on the desk.

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LANSING, Mich. _ With Republicans firmly opposed to a 45-cents-a-gallon fuel tax hike, Democratic lawmakers want businesses to do more to help fix the roads. A new $1.2 billion proposal from House Democrats would raise the state’s corporate tax, create a new 6-cents-a-mile tax for heavy trucks and charge bridge tolls to tractor-trailers. It also includes portions of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s budget plan, such as raising taxes on certain businesses so they are taxed the same as traditional corporations and restoring tax breaks for pensioners. By Dave Eggert. SENT: 750 words, photo.


TOLEDO, Ohio _ Operators of refineries in Ohio are worried that a potential shutdown of a Great Lakes oil pipeline in Michigan could push up their costs or even force them to close. Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine sent Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer a letter this past week asking her to not let the pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac shut down permanently. Michigan’s governor wants the company that owns the oil pipeline to finish its replacement within two years, but the company says it can’t be done until 2024. SENT: 400 words.



ANN ARBOR, Mich. _ Police have reopened the investigation into the 2015 death of a World War II veteran at a Michigan nursing home. Walter Jarnot, 89, died in September 2015 after he choked while eating at the Glacier Hills nursing home in Ann Arbor. Charles Jarnot said the nursing home told him his father died of natural causes. But the death certificate indicates that he died of asphyxiation. Charles Jarnot is accusing the nursing home of negligence and failure to report his father’s death to the Washtenaw County Medical Examiner’s Office, as required by state law. SENT: 300 words.


WILLIAMSTON, Mich. _ Blogger Christopher Lewis has profiled nearly 900 dads since 2007, asking how they interact with their daughters. It’s a subject that’s dear to his heart as the father of two girls. Lewis, a Williamston school board member, calls his blog “Dads of Divas.” By Judy Putnam. Lansing State Journal: SENT IN ADVANCE: 830 words, photos.


BAY CITY, Mich. _ Victoria Williams tirelessly sews colorful garments for those in need. She’s 98 years old, but isn’t letting that slow her down. Williams, a resident at Sheffield Bay Assisted Living in Bangor Township, just outside Bay City, sews garments day in and day out for charity. By Anna Liz Nichols. The Bay City Times. SENT IN ADVANCE: 720 words, photos.


_GRAFITI ARITST ARRESTED: A graffiti artist commissioned to paint a mural on a Detroit viaduct was arrested by police who believed he was committing vandalism.

_HOSPITAL NOOSE: Police at the University of Michigan are investigating after a noose was found at University Hospital in Ann Arbor.

_INDIAN BURIAL GROUND-FLINT: Michigan officials are questioning if crews digging water service lines in Flint near an American Indian burial ground found human remains after an inspector found work was being conducted without an archaeologist.

_HOMELESS DEVELOPMENT-DETROIT: The Pope Francis Center in Detroit is planning a 40-unit development to provide bridge housing for the homeless.



CLEVELAND _ Rookie Zach Plesac, who took a no-hitter into the fifth inning of his last outing, starts as the Indians try to complete a three -game sweep of the Detroit Tigers. Game time 1:10 p.m. Freelancer Brian Dulik. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos.


_HOCKEY STICK RETURNED: A hockey stick used by a 1980 Team USA hockey player from Michigan has resurfaced nearly four decades after it disappeared.


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