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

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TOP STORIES:

XGR–MICHIGAN BUDGET

LANSING, Mich. _ Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is criticizing the Republican-led Legislature for taking a “vacation” without a deal to fund state services or spend more to fix the roads. The Democratic governor held a budget briefing with reporters Tuesday, as lawmakers began a two-month stretch in which session days are “tentative” only. Whitmer and Republicans are at odds over her plan that includes a 45-cents-a-gallon fuel tax increase to improve roads and end “shell games” that limit education spending increases. By David Eggert. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 500 words, photo.

MICHIGAN STATE-PROFESSOR-SEXUAL HARASSMENT

EAST LANSING, Mich. _ A Michigan State University physiology professor who was suspended after more than half a dozen women accused him of sexual harassment has returned to work. School spokeswoman Emily Guerrant tells the Lansing State Journal that Robert Wiseman was suspended without pay from Feb. 22 through April 4. He teaches at the College of Osteopathic Medicine. MSU’s Office of Institutional Equity says Wiseman engaged in “unwanted, persistent and pervasive” sexual behavior. Wiseman denied the allegations. SENT: 290 words.

IN BRIEF:

—STATE AID-PRIVATE SCHOOLS: The Michigan Supreme Court has agreed to take up a major lower court decision that allows Michigan tax dollars to flow to private schools.

—UTILITY INFRASTRUCTURE-MICHIGAN: A utility is planning $478 million in infrastructure improvements at Cook Nuclear Plant in southwestern Michigan and is asking for higher rates to help pay for it.

—FATAL SHOOTINGS-WESTERN MICHIGAN: A 63-year-old man has been charged with murder in the fatal shootings of two men in western Michigan.

—DETROIT ZOO-WOLF DEATH: The Detroit Zoo says an 11-year-old gray wolf has died during surgery to remove a mass in her chest.

—FLOODED BASEMENTS-LAWSUIT: Most of a $1.25 million settlement will go to residents of a mid-Michigan city who sued after sewage flooded their basements six years ago.

—FIRST GAY BISHOP: The Episcopal Diocese of Maine has consecrated an openly gay bishop for the first time. The Rev. Thomas James Brown is originally from Michigan.

SPORTS:

BBC–CWS FINALS

OMAHA, Neb. _ Michigan needs one win to claim its first national championship in baseball since 1962. Standing in its way is 6-foot-4, 255-pound Kumar Rocker. Vanderbilt’s star freshman has won nine of his last 10 starts, including a no-hitter in super regionals. The Wolverines and Commodores take the field Tuesday evening. By Eric Olson. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m. ET.

BBA–RANGERS-TIGERS

DETROIT _ Jordan Zimmermann takes the mound for the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday against Jesse Chavez of the Texas Rangers. The teams are playing a three-game series before the Tigers host the Nationals this weekend. By Baseball Writer Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:10 p.m. ET.

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