BC-MI–Michigan News Digest 6 pm, MI

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DETROIT _ The Michigan Supreme Court says people who were wrongly accused of defrauding the unemployment program can sue the state, a decision that could cover thousands of victims. The court says victims qualify if they filed a lawsuit within six months of losing wages or tax refunds. An automated computer system used by Gov. Rick Snyder’s administration was a disaster. People were accused of cheating to get jobless aid. They were forced to repay money, along with substantial penalties. By Ed White. SENT: 360 words.



DETROIT _ Members of the public got the chance Friday to take a free ride in a self-driving vehicle as part of an effort to clear up confusion about the technology. Hundreds signed up for the 6-minute journey that led riders through a course set up inside a Detroit convention center. By Mike Householder. SENT: 420 words, photos. Video planned.


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. _ A Michigan man who was 14 when he fatally shot his sister’s boyfriend is set to be released from jail in a year in an amended plea deal. Twenty-year-old Jared Seagraves was resentenced Thursday to one year in Kent County Jail followed by probation. Seagraves pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the 2012 shooting death of Michael Haminger. He was initially sentenced to spend six years in adult prison after age 21. SENT: 260 words. Photos pursuing.



DETROIT _ A federal judge in New York has ordered Tesla CEO Elon Musk and U.S. securities regulators to meet for at least an hour to try and settle a dispute over Musk’s tweets. Judge Alison Nathan also told both sides Friday to send her a letter by April 18 saying whether they have reached a deal. If they don’t, Nathan will decide on the Securities and Exchange Commission’s motion to find Musk in contempt. SENT: 440 words, photos, video.


_ NATURAL GAS PLANT-FIRE: Consumers Energy says a release of natural gas led to a compressor station fire that sparked concerns about keeping fuel flowing to millions of people during a bitter cold snap in January.

_ JUVENILE LIFER-SENTENCE: A man convicted of killing three people when he was a teenager says he was “rotten from the beginning” and is skipping a chance to possibly get a new sentence from a judge in suburban Detroit.

_ TRUMP RALLY-WATER BALLOONS: A man who threw water balloons at supporters of President Donald Trump outside a Michigan rally has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor but says he might do it again.

_ APARTMENT CORPSE-MICHIGAN: A woman has been taken into custody after authorities say they found her living in a southeastern Michigan apartment with the corpse of her boyfriend, who had apparently died several weeks earlier.

_ CAMPUS PARKING-SHOTS: Police at Eastern Michigan University are investigating shots that were fired overnight in a parking lot.

_ CASINO SALE-OHIO: Hard Rock International has reached a deal with Jack Entertainment to buy a Cincinnati casino and a horse track in Kentucky.

_ GERALD FORD-GRAVE: Police say two people suspected of defacing the gravesite of former President Gerald Ford and first lady Betty Ford have come forward and are cooperating.

_ CHILD TAKEN-MICHIGAN: A caregiver who triggered an Amber Alert after authorities say she took a 1-year-old child to another city without permission has been sentenced to at least a year behind bars.



MINNEAPOLIS _ Hunker down, hoops fans. This one might be ugly. The Final Four’s second semifinal features Texas Tech, the team with the best defense in a generation, against Michigan State, the nose-in-the-dirt team whose coach used to put helmets and shoulder pads on his players for practice. By Eddie Pells. SENT: 735 words, photos.


EAST LANSING, Mich. _ Michigan State’s Tom Izzo may have done the best coaching job of his Hall of Fame career this season. He reached his eighth Final Four with a short-handed team that lost two underclassmen to the NBA draft last year. Izzo was in tears when the Spartans beat Duke and was moved again hours later when fans packed the Breslin Center to welcome the team back to campus. Last season, some people wondered if the Larry Nassar sexual abuse scandal would drive him away. By Larry Lage. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.


MINNEAPOLIS _ Success in sports for Michigan State’s Jack Hoiberg has actually come more quickly on the golf course than the basketball court, despite the depth of his family roots in the hoops and hardwoods of the Midwest. Hoiberg had a scholarship waiting for him at South Dakota, after all, a scratch golfer whose high school team in Illinois won two state championships. That dream of playing for a premier college basketball program, though, was difficult to shake. By Dave Campbell. SENT: 850 words, photos.


MINNEAPOLIS _ It’s been nearly two decades since the Big Ten won a national championship. But even if Michigan State is unable to end that drought this weekend, the team that emerges will have a coach who has followed the Big Ten blueprint. By Dave Skretta. SENT: 880 words, photos.


MINNEAPOLIS _ Michigan State’s Joshua Langford and Auburn’s Chuma Okeke won’t be playing in the Final Four, while still playing pivotal roles for their teams. Langford has found a niche has leader, mentor and part-time assistant coach for the Spartans, who face Texas Tech. Auburn will face Virginia without star forward Chuma Okeke, who injured his knee in a Sweet 16 victory against North Carolina, but has helped inspire the Tigers to the first Final Four in school history. By Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 930 words, photo.


MINNEAPOLIS _ A short year ago, it not only felt inevitable _ it was already happening. America’s favorite sports had turned into video games, where 3-pointers and Steph Curry wannabes ruled basketball, quick touchdowns and high-flying offenses ruled football and the days of slow, boring games like your grandfather watched were a thing of the past. Then, the Super Bowl happened. And March Madness. And now, America’s sports fans are faced with what seems again like a novel concept: Defense wins championships. By Eddie Pells. SENT: 960 words, photos.


MINNEAPOLIS _ As a young Texas Tech assistant, Chris Beard liked to unwind from a hectic day by heading to the late-night movies. No cellphone, no interruptions, just Beard and a mostly-empty movie theater. On more than one occasion, he looked over and saw Mark Adams, the coach at nearby Howard Junior College, in the theater watching the same movie. The two already knew each other in basketball circles and pretty soon were going to the movies together two or three times a week. The two long-time friends are now writing their own script in Minneapolis. By Basketball Writer John Marshall. SENT: 750 words, photos.


MINNEAPOLIS _ Virginia’s Final Four run is built around a sound defensive scheme that frustrates even the best offenses. And Texas Tech earned its trip with a tough-minded edge that led to defensive efficiency not seen in years. Their presence in Minneapolis is the biggest reason that this is such a defensive-minded Final Four, even if their approaches vary in getting those low scores and shooting percentages. By Aaron Beard. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos.


MINNEAPOLIS _ Proper nutrition helps Final Four players fuel and recover for peak performance. Some schools have detailed meal plans, others recommendations of what to eat when. Sodas, energy drinks, fried and fast foods are all no-nos. By John Marshall. SENT: 890 words, photos.




OKLAHOMA CITY _ The Oklahoma City Thunder will try to build momentum from Russell Westbrook’s historic 20-20-20 game when they host the Detroit Pistons on Friday evening. By Cliff Brunt. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 8 p.m.


_ FBN–LIONS-ANDERSON: The Detroit Lions have signed free agent running back C.J. Anderson, who made big plays for the Rams after being acquired late last season. SENT: 140 words.


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