BC-MI–Michigan News Digest, MI

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LANSING, Mich. _The Michigan House has approved a resolution urging Rep. Larry Inman to resign as he faces federal charges over an alleged scheme to trade votes for campaign money. The Republican from the Traverse City area, who was indicted in May, has refused to step down after being kicked out of the Republican caucus and losing his committee assignments. By David Eggert. SENT: 125 words. UPCOMING: 400 words, photo.


DETROIT _ The number of people killed by drivers running red lights has hit a 10-year high, and AAA is urging drivers and pedestrians to use caution at traffic signals. In 2017, the latest figures available, 939 people were killed by vehicles blowing through red lights, according to a AAA study of government crash data. SENT: 425 words, photo.



LANSING, Mich. _ A former Michigan lawmaker pleaded no contest Wednesday to a misdemeanor stemming from charges filed over a bizarre plot to hide his extramarital affair with another legislator. Todd Courser, a 47-year-old Republican from Silverwood who resigned from the state House in 2015, could face up to a year in jail when he is sentenced on Sept. 16 in a Lapeer courtroom for willful neglect of duty by a public officer. By David Eggert. SENT: 320 words, photo. Moved Wednesday evening and available for use.

_ OPIOIDS LAWSUIT-MICHIGAN: Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel says the state is involved in settlement talks with some drug makers accused of fueling the nation’s opioid addiction crisis, even though it not has yet sued. SENT: 130 words.


_ NATURAL GAS PLANT: A groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled for next week on a $1 billion natural gas power plant in southwestern Michigan nearly two decades after it was first proposed. SENT: 130 words.


_ INFANT DEATH: A Detroit woman whose 18-day-old daughter drowned in a bathtub has been charged with involuntary manslaughter.

_ FOOTBALL PRACTICE-STUDENT DIES: Officials say a 13-year-old western Michigan boy who collapsed during football practice has died at a hospital.

_ RUNNER INJURED-MICHIGAN: There’s more evidence of Michigan’s woeful roads: A champion runner says he fractured a leg bone when he stepped into a pothole during a 10-mile race in Flint.

_ TONGUE-NEW TRIAL: A woman convicted of domestic violence will get a new trial after the Michigan appeals court says an expert could have explained why she bit off a portion of her boyfriend’s tongue.

_ STURGEON-LAMPREY TREATMENTS: State regulators and Native American tribes are temporarily removing juvenile lake sturgeon from two Michigan rivers to protect them from chemical treatments targeting sea lampreys.

_ GRAND RAPIDS AIRPORT: Gerald R. Ford International Airport in western Michigan will add eight passenger gates during a $90 million expansion that is expected to create hundreds of jobs.



ANN ARBOR, Mich. _ The organization that governs Michigan high school athletes has voted to trim the amount of full-contact football practice from a maximum of 90 to 30 minutes per week and to drastically reduce the amount of full contact allowed in preseason workouts. The Michigan High School Athletic Association voted in May on the reductions for full-contact practices, joining New Jersey, as the second state to implement rules favored by Practice Like Pros, a nonprofit devoted to reducing injuries in youth football. The group cites studies that say 58% of concussions in high school football happen on the practice field, compared with 4% in the NFL. An Associated Press survey of high school athletic associations in all 50 states and the District of Columbia found that while most states limit full contact, not all are tackling the topic in the same way. By Larry Lage. UPCOMING: 1,200 words. Video planned.


CLEVELAND _ Greg Joseph gets one last chance to prove to the Browns that he should be their kicker again this season as Cleveland hosts the Detroit Lions in their final exhibition game. By Tom Withers. Game time 7:30 p.m. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.


DETROIT _ Cleveland’s Zach Plesac takes the mound against Detroit’s Daniel Norris. The Indians are 14-1 against Detroit this year. By Baseball Writer Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 1:10 p.m. ET.


EAST LANSING, Mich. _ No. 18 Michigan State will try for its 21st straight victory in a home opener when the Spartans host Tulsa on Friday night. By Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. With capsule.


Football players often refer to their teammates as brothers. In the Big Ten, a lot of them truly are. More than two dozen sets of brothers are spread across 11 of the 14 teams. By College Football Writer Eric Olson. 900 words, photos.


It seems no one’s talking about Northwestern even though it won the Big Ten West last year. The chatter will start if the Wildcats beat the Cardinal on the road Saturday. By College Football Writer Eric Olson. SENT: 600 words, photos.


_ FBC–ALBANY-CENTRAL MICHIGAN: Albany plays Central Michigan at Kelly/Shorts Stadium. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits. 7 p.m. start.


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