BC-MI–Michigan News Digest 6 pm, MI

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DETROIT _ Jurors will resume deliberations Wednesday in the trial of a former Michigan State Police trooper who is charged with second-degree murder in the death of a Detroit teen. By Ed White. UPCOMING: Developing from deliberations resuming at 9 a.m. Story on merits.




LANSING, Mich. _ Democratic Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel declared Thursday that she will not enforce a state abortion ban if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling. Nessel, speaking at a Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan conference, told the crowd of abortion rights supporters that it is “likely” the 1973 decision legalizing abortion will be struck down by the high court’s conservative majority. Michigan is among 10 states that still have pre-Roe abortion bans on the books. By David Eggert. SENT: 430 words.


DETROIT _ A prosecutor urged jurors on Tuesday to convict a former Michigan State Police trooper of second-degree murder in the death of a Detroit teen, saying there wasn’t a “lick of common sense” in firing a Taser at a boy riding an all-terrain vehicle. Damon Grimes, 15, crashed the ATV and died on a Detroit street in 2017. Mark Bessner is on trial for a second time after the first trial last fall ended without a unanimous verdict. By Ed White. SENT: 410 words, photos.



LANSING, Mich. _ Fans of Detroit’s four professional sports teams can now support them — and their charities — while driving the roads. Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, team executives and some of their past legends on Tuesday unveiled four new license plates each featuring a logo of the Lions, Pistons, Red Wings or Tigers. Like the state’s nearly 30 other optional specialty plates for universities and special causes, they will cost $35 up front and $10 to renew each year, with most of the revenue benefiting the team’s charitable foundations. By David Eggert. SENT: 260 words.



DETROIT _ Roman Catholics are obligated to abstain from eating meat on Fridays as part of their Lenten penance. Except in the Detroit area, that is, where the faithful are free to dine on a certain rodent. The Archdiocese of Detroit says “there is a long-standing permission,” dating to the region’s missionary history in the 1700s, “to permit the consumption of muskrat on days of abstinence, including Fridays of Lent.” By Mike Householder. SENT: 400 words, photo.


NEW YORK _ Big Bird, Elmo and stars of “Sesame Street” are leaving their quiet neighborhood and embarking on a road trip. The nonprofit Sesame Workshop said Tuesday a selection of Muppets will take part in a 10-city trip to celebrate the show’s 50th anniversary campaign with free park festivals, live performances and kid-friendly activities. SENT: 300 words, photo.


SAN FRANCISCO _ YouTube might need a few more humans. The machines whose job is to tamp down conspiracy theories are not cutting it just yet. As people around the world Monday turned to YouTube to watch Notre Dame Cathedral burn in Paris, an automated system attached background information about the Sept. 11 terror attacks in New York to livestream videos of the fire. YouTube’s algorithms have a history of misfiring and labeling videos inappropriately. Joshua Benton, director of the Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard University, noted several in a blog post Monday. Last fall, for instance, YouTube labeled a video of a professor’s retirement from Michigan State University with the Encyclopedia Britannica entry for “Jew,” along with a Star of David placed under the image. By Barbara Ortutay. SENT: 560 words, photo.


LOUISVILLE, Ohio _ A dairy farm operated for four generations by one Ohio family is set to run dry. The (Canton) Repository reports Dwight Raber, of Raber Dairy Farms in northeast Ohio’s Stark County, was scheduled to auction off his dairy cows and much of the dairy equipment Wednesday. Raber says he can no longer make a living by milking cows and has lost money the last two years. State statistics show the number of dairy farms in Ohio dropped to fewer than 2,000. SENT: 430 words, photos pursuing.


_ GENERAL MOTORS-RESTRUCTURING: A union official says a small contingent of workers has finished making replacement parts for the Chevy Cruze at a General Motors plant in Ohio where production of the compact sedan ended in March. SENT: 130 words.


_ FATAL SHOOTING-ICE AGENT: Michigan’s attorney general will look into the fatal shooting of a 20-year-old man by a U.S. customs agent during a 2015 police raid in Detroit.

_ KALAMAZOO SHOOTING: A prosecutor says two Kalamazoo city police officers were justified in fatally shooting a man who tried to ambush them.

_ ISLAMIC STATE-AMERICAN: Attorneys for a Detroit-area man accused of providing support to the Islamic State group say their client might be incompetent to stand trial on terrorism charges.

_ SLEEPING BEAR DUNES-BROKEN GLASS: Officials at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore say large quantities of broken glass have been strewn along a Lake Michigan beach.

_ FATAL CRASH-NEWLYWEDS: A man has entered a plea agreement on charges stemming from a July crash that killed a newlywed couple in western Michigan.

_ MICHIGAN SHOOTING: A man has been arrested after two people were shot in a home in Michigan’s northwestern Lower Peninsula.

_ ISLAND PARK DAMAGE: A southwestern Michigan city is trying to decide what to do about a popular park that’s been closed for more than a year due to flood damage.

_ ANIMALS REMOVED: A 62-year-old woman is facing charges after authorities removed 86 cats and a dog from a suburban Detroit home while she was being evicted.

_ DOCTOR-SEXUAL ASSAULT-MUSEUM: Michigan State University is staging an exhibit created in collaboration with the sexual assault victims of now-imprisoned former sports doctor Larry Nassar. AP Photos.



DETROIT _ Josh Harrison, who moved from the Pirates to the Tigers via free agency, gets a chance to face his former team in this interleague series. Detroit takes on Pittsburgh in the first game of a two-game match up on Tuesday. By Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 6:40 p.m.


ALLEN PARK, Mich. _ Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford did not join his teammates at voluntary workouts Tuesday. Stafford’s wife, Kelly, announced earlier this month she plans to have surgery to remove a brain tumor. She posted on Instagram two days later, thanking everyone for an outpouring of support. By Larry Lage. SENT: 200 words, photos.


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