BC-MI–Michigan News Digest, MI

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TOP STORY:

CANDIDATE-RACIST COMMENT

MARYSVILLE, Mich. — A city council candidate in Michigan shocked a public forum when she said she wants to keep her community white “as much as possible.” Jean Cramer made the comment Thursday in response to a question about diversity in Marysville, a city in St. Clair County, 55 miles (88 kilometers) northeast of Detroit. The Times Herald in Port Huron said she’s one of five candidates running for three council seats in November. More than 90% of Marysville’s 9,700-person population is white. SENT: 330 words, photos.

GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS:

REDISTRICTING-MICHIGAN

LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Republican Party sued Thursday to block the formation of a commission to draw congressional and legislative lines in 2021, saying the voter-approved change is unconstitutional because there will be no reliable way to verify the panel’s political makeup. The federal lawsuit, the second filed by Republicans in less than a month, seeks an injunction against Democratic Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, whose office is implementing the law. Others joining the newest challenge include GOP chairwoman Laura Cox, former Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land and state Rep. Hank Vaupel. By David Eggert. SENT: 530 words. Moved Thursday and available for use.

BUSINESS:

_ VOLKSWAGEN RECALL: Volkswagen is recalling about 679,000 cars in the U. S. to fix a problem that could let the cars roll away unexpectedly. SENT: 130 words.

_ ETHANOL PLAN CLOSURE: The owner of a western Indiana ethanol plant is blaming its shut down on the Trump administration allowing some refineries to not blend ethanol with gasoline as required under federal law. SENT: 130 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ NONPROFIT-EMBEZZLEMENT: An ex-convict accused of embezzling more than $1 million from a nonprofit group in Port Huron has been sentenced to at least 10 years in prison.

_ BUS-UNRULY PASSENGER: Police say a man aboard a charter bus grabbed the wheel and caused the vehicle to strike a semi-truck in northwestern Indiana.

_ JAIL TASK FORCE: A state panel will hear from experts and the public in Traverse City about ways to reduce the number of people in Michigan jails while still protecting citizens.

_ DEFRAUDING IMMIGANTS-INDICTMENT: A former Catholic Diocese of Kalamazoo employee has been indicted on a federal wire fraud charge after allegedly defrauding immigrants she was supposed to be assisting.

_ DETROIT RIVERFRONT PARK: The newest park along Detroit’s eastern riverfront will be named in honor of a native of the city who led Carhartt Inc.

SPORTS:

FBN–BILLS-LIONS

DETROIT _ Buffalo Bills plays at Detroit in a preseason game as the Lions search for a backup quarterback. By Larry Lage. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts 8 p.m.

BBA–TIGERS-TWINS

MINNEAPOLIS _ The first-place Minnesota Twins start a three-game series at Target Field. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7:10 p.m. CDT.

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