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

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NEW YORK _ The East Coast on Sunday sweated through another day of heat and humidity in a stretch of weather so oppressive that a New Jersey drawbridge got stuck and suburban Boston police jokingly asked criminals to take it easy. The central part of the country, meanwhile, enjoyed some relief. A cold front was steadily moving southward and eastward across the country, bringing down the temperatures in the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes, according to the National Weather Service. Storms knocked out power to hundreds of thousands of residents in Michigan and Wisconsin Saturday. SENT: 800 words.


_SEVERE WEATHER-MICHIGAN: Crews are working to restore power after heavy storms over two days knocked out power for roughly 500,000 Michigan homes and businesses.


DETROIT _ There’s a new target in the clash over immigration: hotels. Advocacy groups and unions are pressuring Marriott, MGM and others not to house migrants who have been arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers. The U.S. government has occasionally detained migrants in hotels for decades and says it might have to split up families if hotels don’t help. It’s the latest example of a private industry caught in the political fray of an overtaxed immigration system. SENT: 1,000 words. By Dee-Ann Durbin. AP Business Writer.



GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. _A western Michigan zoo is proposing a makeover that would feature new animals, exhibits and experience for visitors. The John Ball Zoo in Grand Rapids is closing a month early to work on improvements. Zoo officials are hoping to widen the entryway to enhance accessibility. The changes expected to be implemented over the next five years include moving the parking lot from the front to the rear of the zoo to make room for the an 18-acre (7.285-hectare) playground for the neighborhood. SENT: 300 words.


GREILICKVILLE, Mich. _ Transformation of the former coal dock into the publicly accessible Discovery Pier is smoothing the way for more passenger-carrying cruise ships to visit Traverse City. The facility in December was certified as a cruise port by the U.S. Coast Guard. Local officials who want to grab a piece of growing Great Lakes cruise ship activity have organized as the Traverse City Cruise Ship Consortium. Discover Pier’s certification will allow smaller cruise ships to tie up to shore, making it easier for passengers to disembark for day activities. Cruise ship passengers traditionally have shuttled ashore to Traverse City from vessels anchored in deep water. By Dan Nielsen, Traverse City Record-Eagle. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1045 words.


FLINT, Mich. _ A new kayaking business is trying to change the narrative surrounding the Flint River. Kayak Flint, a program raising funds for the Flint River Watershed Coalition, is getting residents back on the river. A pilot of the program kicked off September 2018. The business officially opened in May and people are loving it, said Sarah Scheitler a manager of the program. Residents can rent one of 15 single kayaks or two people can rent one of three tandem kayaks for three hours between noon and 6:30 p.m. on Friday or between 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. By Zahra Ahmad, MLive.com. SENT IN ADVANCE: 532 words.


_1999 MISSING WOMAN-IDENTIFIED: Authorities have identified a Michigan woman found dead 20 years ago in a northeastern Indiana field.

_DTE ENERGY WIND PARKS: DTE Energy is planning to buy three new wind parks in Michigan that are expected to help lower carbon emissions from the utility’s operations.



DETROIT _Toronto plays Detroit at Comerica Park. Game starts at 1:10 p.m.


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