Michigan News Digest

Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up today in Michigan. Questions about today’s coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the AP-Detroit bureau at 800-642-4125 or 313-259-0650 or apmichigan@ap.org. For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org.

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TOP STORIES:

MICHIGAN FLOODING-LAWSUITS

EDENVILLE, Mich. — The owners and operators of two mid-Michigan dams that failed are facing a second lawsuit. The Midland Daily News reports that the class-action suit was filed Friday against Boyce Hydro and manager Lee Mueller. The Tittabawassee River became engorged late Tuesday when the aging Edenville and Sanford dams failed after heavy rain. The river crested Wednesday in Midland. A number of homes and businesses were damaged or destroyed. the failure of the dams’ forced the evacuation of 11,000 people. Morgan & Morgan, Grant & Eisenhofer, and the Jenner Law offices, attorneys in the lawsuit, say the flooding was preventable. SENT: 207 words.

NURSING HOME ASSAULT-VIDEO

DETROIT — A 20-year-old Detroit nursing home patient was arrested for assault and battery after a video shared on social media showed a 75-year-old patient in the same facility being repeatedly punched in the face. The incident occurred May 15 at the nursing home on the city’s northwest side, Detroit police said. The 75-year-old patient was injured and taken to a hospital. The names of the suspect and the victim have not been released. The 20-year-old was arrested Thursday. The Wayne County prosecutor’s office said Saturday that it expects him to be formally charged and arraigned on Sunday. SENT: 137 words.

AROUND THE STATE:

BURT LAKE BAND-TRIBAL RECOGNITION

BURT LAKE, Mich. — A federal judge has ruled that the Burt Lake Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians can reapply for federal recognition, and tribal authorities have until next week to respond. U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson ruled in March in favor of the American Indian band in Michigan, calling the Department of the Interior’s ban on re-petitioning “arbitrary and capricious.” The Traverse City Record-Eagle reports that the Bureau of Indian Affairs has 60 days to respond. It has previously refused to recognize the Burt Lake Band. Tribal Chairman Bruce Hamlin says he’s optimistic the band can succeed in its quest for recognition of its tribal sovereignty. SENT: 313 words.

EXCHANGE-WIFFLE FIELD OF DREAMS

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — There is nothing quite like the experience of live baseball. The grass, the dirt, the sunshine and the chalk lines underneath abundant sunshine, sunsets or bright lights. Overpriced beers and the right mix of action and leisure — it is hard to imagine all of that without your senses tingling. It is like a slice of heaven. As hunger grows for the uncertain return of America’s pastime during the coronavirus pandemic, one man in Plymouth, Mich. has managed to capture some of baseball’s magic in his backyard. He has done it by creating a private Wiffle ball field that looks like a miniature professional ballpark. By Jared Purcell, of the Grand Rapids Press. An AP Member Exchange. SENT: 1,799 words, photos.

BRIEFS:

— ISLE ROYALE: Wolves and moose won’t notice much company at Isle Royale National Park. The remote island in Lake Superior said it’s delaying the summer opening because of the coronavirus.

— INDIANA DUNES-PARKING: Indiana Dunes National Park has started an information line to help visitors find an open beach with available parking amid severe shoreline erosion along Lake Michigan and the need for social distancing.

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