BC-MI–Michigan News Digest 6 pm, MI

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UPCOMING TOMORROW:

MICHIGAN ST-RAPE LAWSUIT

LANSING, Mich. _ A woman who filed a federal lawsuit a year ago against Michigan State University alleging three former men’s basketball players sexually assaulted her at an off-campus apartment in 2015 and she was discouraged from reporting will hold a news conference Thursday with her lawyer. Story on merits.

FLINT WATER

DETROIT _ Plaintiffs in a federal lawsuit settled in 2017 in which Michigan and the city of Flint agreed to replace thousands of lead-contaminated home water lines will update progress on the work. The news conference comes as the five-year anniversary nears when the city, under the control of state-appointed financial managers, tapped the Flint River as a temporary water source without treating it to reduce corrosion. As a result, lead leached from old pipes and fixtures. Story on merits.

NEW SINCE LAST DIGEST: XGR–TEACHER EVALUATION, DEMOLITION-BRIBES, BODY PARTS PROBE, CHILD DEATH-MICHIGAN

TOP STORY:

XGR–TEACHER EVALUATION

LANSING, Mich. _ The Michigan Senate on Wednesday voted to delay a key change in the state’s evaluation system for teachers and school administrators, the latest sign of unease with what critics say is an overemphasis on standardized testing in K-12 education. Senators unanimously approved bills that would halt _ at least for a year _ a requirement that student growth and assessment data be given greater weight in educators’ year-end performance evaluations. Such information now accounts for 25 percent of an evaluation but is scheduled to rise to 40 percent this academic year under a 2015 law. Under the legislation, the change would wait until the 2019-20 school year. By David Eggert. SENT: 400 words.

GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS:

_ ELECTION 2020-SENATE-MICHIGAN: Democratic Sen. Gary Peters of Michigan says his re-election campaign raised nearly $1.9 million in the first three months of the year. SENT: 100 words.

_ MICHIGAN ATTORNEY GENERAL-CONVICTION INTEGRITY: Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel has launched a unit to investigate whether people have been wrongfully convicted of crimes. SENT: 130 words.

BUSINESS:

FORD-F-SERIES RECALL

DEARBORN, Mich. _ Ford is recalling 327,000 F-Series pickup trucks in North America for a second time to fix problems with engine block heater cables that can cause fires. In December the company recalled 874,000 trucks because water and contaminants can get into the cables and cause corrosion. SENT: 260 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ DEMOLITION-BRIBES: Mayor Mike Duggan is applauding the federal investigation into corruption in Detroit’s demolition program.

_ BODY PARTS PROBE: An Illinois man and his son have been charged in Michigan in an investigation of diseased body parts used for research and education.

_ CHILD DEATH-MICHIGAN: A 25-year-old southern Michigan woman has been sentenced to 10-15 years in prison for the death of a 14-month-old boy she was caring for.

_ TROOPER CHARGED-MICHIGAN: A lawyer for a former Michigan state trooper is defending his decision to fire a Taser at a Detroit teenager who crashed aboard an all-terrain vehicle and died. Photos planned.

_ ISLAMIC STATE-AMERICAN: Federal prosecutors have added charges against a Detroit-area man who was captured in Syria and accused of providing support to the Islamic State group.

_ FAMILY KILLED-INTERSTATE-BAR: Officials say a Kentucky bar has admitted it overserved a man who later killed a Michigan family of five in a wrong-way crash on Interstate 75.

_ WRONGFUL CONVICTIONS: The Michigan appeals court says a law compensating people who were wrongly convicted doesn’t cover time spent in pre-trial custody.

_ HEALTH PROVIDERS-SUPPORT: The Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation is giving more than $15 million to an effort to help support health care providers.

_ DOG DEATHS-CHARGES: Authorities say two dogs died and another was treated for severe dehydration after a woman left them in a vehicle for hours outside a casino in southwestern Michigan.

_ WHITE BOY RICK: A Florida clemency board has denied an early prison release for a man known as “White Boy Rick,” once one of the FBI’s youngest informants and the subject of a recent Hollywood movie.

SPORTS:

BKN–PISTONS-KNICKS

NEW YORK _ The Detroit Pistons are in New York on Wednesday to take on the Knicks. They can lock up the last available playoff spot with a victory. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 8 p.m.

BBA–INDIANS-TIGERS

DETROIT _ Niko Goodrum and John Hicks were in no mood to wait for a deep count against Trevor Bauer. “This isn’t the time to be patient against a guy who throwing like that,” Goodrum said. “He threw me a fastball down and in, and I put a good swing on it.” Bauer allowed home runs to Goodrum and Hicks, who powered Detroit over the Cleveland Indians 4-1 Wednesday for the Tigers’ sixth win in seven games. SENT: 600 words, photos.

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