BC-MI–Michigan News Digest, MI

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TOP STORY:

PSYCHIATRIC UNITS-SUICIDE PREVENTION

HARTFORD, Conn. — New safety standards aimed at limiting suicide risks have led to overhauls inside hospitals around the country, with psychiatric facilities and wards removing bathroom doors, stripping artwork from walls and requiring patients to wear paper gowns instead of their own clothes. The changes have forced costly renovations and caused a backlash, with some critics contending they’ve made hospital rooms feel more like jail cells. Several organizations with the Michigan Health and Hospital Association have struggled to comply with the new requirements in the timeframe expected, said Laura Appel, the association’s senior vice president and chief innovation officer. By Chris Ehrman. SENT: 950 words, photos.

AROUND THE STATE:

TRANSGENDER RIGHTS

NEW YORK — Amid their annual vigils for transgender homicide victims, trans rights activists in the U.S. are trying to maintain long-term optimism even as many hard-won protections are under threat. Just a few weeks ago, President Donald Trump’s administration argued before the Supreme Court that employers should be allowed to fire workers because they are transgender. The administration also has moved to revoke health care discrimination protections for trans people, rescind trans-friendly guidelines for students’ access to school bathrooms, and sharply restrict trans people’s ability to serve in the military. By David Crary. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

OFFICERS SHOT-MICHIGAN

MONROE, Mich. — Two police officers were shot and wounded Tuesday as they investigated a reported assault at an apartment complex in southeastern Michigan, authorities said. Both officers were shot in the legs as they arrived at the complex about 9 a.m., Monroe Police Chief Charles McCormick said. The officers returned fire, striking a male resident. SENT: 260 words. AP Photos pursuing.

HEALTH INSURANCE PERK-WARREN

WARREN, Mich. — Administrators in a Detroit suburb say a decision by lame-duck council members granting lifetime health insurance to some elected officials in the city will be blocked from going into effect. Warren Mayor Jim Fouts calls the quiet approval of the health insurance perk “probably one of the most despicable, underhanded actions that has ever taken place” in city government. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words.

WHAT CAN BE SAVED-ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT

FORT BRAGG, N.C. — In the unlikely setting of the world’s most populated military installation, amid all the regimented chaos, you’ll find the Endangered Species Act at work. There, as a 400-pound explosive resounds in the distance, a tiny St. Francis Satyr butterfly flits among the splotchy leaves, ready to lay as many as 100 eggs. At one point, this brown and frankly dull-looking butterfly could be found in only one place on Earth: Fort Bragg’s artillery range. Now, thanks in great measure to the 46-year-old federal act, they are found in eight more places — though all of them are on other parts of the Army base. And if all goes well, biologists will have just seeded habitat No. 10. By Seth Borenstein. SENT: 1,900 words, photos, video. With 1,000-word abridged version. Note Michigan material.

IN BRIEF:

— DETROIT BLIGHT-BOND: The Detroit City Council has rejected a proposal to ask voters to approve the sale of up to $250 million in bonds to eradicate residential blight.

— ANN ARBOR DEER: Ann Arbor is aiming at 150 more deer. The city council approved a plan to kill deer that are living in parks and natural areas and on some private land. Nearly 400 have been killed since hunters were hired in 2016.

SPORTS:

HKN–SENATORS-RED WINGS

DETROIT — The Ottawa Senators visit the Detroit Red Wings in a matchup of struggling teams. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:30 p.m.

FBC–MICHIGAN ST-DANTONIO’S FUTURE

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Michigan State’s Mark Dantonio says he intends to be the Spartans’ football coach next season. Dantonio had been vague recently when asked about his future, but on Tuesday he said “yes” when asked if he planned to be the coach for next season’s opener against Northwestern. Dantonio said he feels Michigan State can still have success on his watch, and that he doesn’t believe in quitting in the middle of a task. By Noah Trister. SENT: 130 words, photo. Will be updated.

With:

— FBC–BURLSWORTH AWARD-FINALISTS: California defensive back Ashtyn Davis, Georgia kicker Rodrigo Blankenship and Michigan State defensive end Kenny Willekes are finalists for the Burlsworth Trophy, which honors the top college football player who began his career as a walk-on. SENT: 130 words, photo.

Also:

— FBC–EASTERN MICHIGAN-NORTHERN ILLINOIS. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merit. Game starts at 7:30 p.m.

— BKC–DETROIT MERCY-WYOMING. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merit. Game starts at 9 p.m.

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