BC-MI–Michigan News Digest 6 pm, MI

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UPCOMING TOMORROW:

KALAMAZOO SHOOTINGS

KALAMAZOO, Mich. _ Jury selection is scheduled to begin Thursday in the case of an Uber driver charged with killing six people nearly three years ago in Michigan. UPCOMING: 130 words moving overnight. Will be updated from jury selection scheduled to start at 9 a.m.

NEW SINCE LAST DIGEST: UNITED STATES-RUSSIA-SPYING PROFILE, MICHIGAN PIPELINE, WHITMER-DIRECTIVE, SMALL PLANE CRASH, FBC–MICHIGAN-LONG

TOP STORIES:

CLERGY ABUSE-PRAYER RETREAT-NEWS GUIDE

DETROIT _ U.S.-based Roman Catholic bishops will gather Wednesday for a weeklong retreat near Chicago on the church sexual abuse scandal that organizers say will focus on prayer and spiritual reflection and not formulating policy. The retreat begins a day after The Associated Press reported that the Vatican blocked U.S. bishops from taking measures last year to address the scandal because U.S. church leaders didn’t discuss the legally problematic proposals with the Holy See enough beforehand. By Jeff Karoub. SENT: 970 words, photo.

UNITED STATES-RUSSIA-SPYING PROFILE

DETROIT _ As a staff sergeant with the Marines in Iraq, Paul Whelan enjoyed fine cigars and showed an affinity for Russia _ even spending two weeks of military leave in Moscow and St. Petersburg instead of at home in the U.S. with family and friends. The 48-year-old Detroit-area man had an account on a Russian social media site, where he posted festive notes on the country’s national holidays. By Corey Williams. SENT: 830 words, photo.

UNITED STATES-RUSSIA-SPYING

WASHINGTON _ Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday that the U.S. hopes to gain access soon to a former Marine who was arrested in Russia on espionage charges and that “if the detention is not appropriate we will demand his immediate return.” Paul Whelan, who is head of global security for a Michigan-based auto parts supplier, was arrested on Friday. In announcing the arrest three days later, the Russian Federal Security Service said he was caught “during an espionage operation,” but it gave no details. By Lynn Berry. SENT: 600 words, photo.

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_ UNITED STATES-RUSSIA-SPYING-THE LATEST

GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS:

MICHIGAN PIPELINE

LANSING, Mich. _ Michigan’s new governor and attorney general moved quickly Wednesday to review the legality of a contentious state deal to run an oil pipeline beneath a crucial section of the Great Lakes. Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced her request for a legal opinion from Attorney General Dana Nessel, a Democrat who welcomed the opportunity and expressed concern with a law that facilitated the agreement between the state and Canadian pipeline company Enbridge. Such opinions, while not the same as legal rulings, are considered to bind state agencies unless reversed by a court. Both Whitmer and Nessel had questioned the deal before taking office Tuesday. By David Eggert. SENT: 635 words.

WHITMER-DIRECTIVE

LANSING, Mich. _ Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday directed state employees to immediately report any imminent threat to public health, moving quickly to tackle issues that led the previous administration to be accused of causing Flint’s water crisis and delaying action to clear it up. The Democrat issued her first executive directive a day after taking office. By David Eggert. SENT: 450 words, photos.

AROUND THE STATE:

SPORTS BETTING-STATES

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. _ The race to legalize sports betting is on now that the U.S. Supreme Court has allowed it in all 50 states. Lawmakers in Kentucky, Missouri, Ohio, Tennessee and Virginia already have filed bills to allow sports betting, and those who track the industry expect a total of 30 states to consider similar ones this year. The expected stampede of states seeking to legalize it has parallels to the growing trend toward legalizing recreational marijuana, which 10 states have done and others are considering. By Wayne Parry And Geoff Mulvihill. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

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SPORTS BETTING FOR DUMMIES

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. _ Wanna bet on sports? First, make sure you know what you’re doing _ and the odds against you. By Wayne Parry. SENT: 1,300 words, photo.

BUSINESS:

TESLA SALES

DETROIT _ Shares of electric car and solar panel maker Tesla Inc. tumbled Wednesday after the company cut vehicle prices by $2,000 and announced fourth-quarter sales figures that fell short of Wall Street estimates. The company said in a statement before the markets opened that it delivered over 245,000 electric cars and SUVs last year, nearly as many as all previous years combined. But Tesla also said it would cut prices of its three models by $2,000 to help customers handle the gradual phase-out of federal electric vehicle tax credits. By Auto Writer Tom Krisher. SENT: 780 words, photos.

_ CALLEY-NEW JOB: Former Lt. Gov. Brian Calley is joining the Small Business Association of Michigan, where he will serve as president and lead the group’s lobbying and communications efforts. SENT: 130 words.

_ AUTO SHOW-DETROIT MAYOR: Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan is scheduled to receive a behind-the-scenes tour of the show floor construction for the 2019 North American International Auto Show at Cobo Center in downtown Detroit. SENT: 90 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ MISSING MAN-SEARCH: A Michigan sheriff says a man found dead in waist-deep water had fallen through ice on a Thumb region river.

_ SMALL PLANE CRASH: Authorities have removed the wreckage of a small plane after a weekend crash killed an 83-year-old pilot in Saginaw County.

_ INTRUDER SHOT: Authorities say a Michigan homeowner fatally shot a man who broke into his home and attacked him.

_ HOUSE FIRE-MICHIGAN: A service is planned for a woman and her two children who died following a fire last month at a home in suburban Detroit.

_ DETROIT VIOLENCE: Detroit’s police chief says the number of homicides in the city declined in 2018 for the second consecutive year.

SPORTS:

BKN–PISTONS-GRIZZLIES

MEMPHIS, Tenn. _ The Grizzlies are back home for a two-game stop, hosting the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night. By Clay Bailey. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 8 p.m.

BKC–NORTHWESTERN-MICHIGAN STATE

EAST LANSING, Mich. _ Northwestern plays No. 8 Michigan State at Jack Breslin Students Events Center. By Larry Lage. UPCOMING: 600 words, more on merits. Developing from 8:30 p.m. tipoff.

HKN–FLAMES-RED WINGS

DETROIT _ The Calgary Flames visit the Detroit Red Wings. UPCOMING: 600 words, photo. Game starts at 7 p.m.

Also:

_ FBC–MICHIGAN-LONG: Michigan cornerback David Long is entering the NFL draft and skipping his senior season. SENT: 130 words.

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