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:

VIRUS OUTBREAK-BLACK BUSINESSES

DETROIT — Stephanie Byrd agonized over temporarily laying off nearly the entire staff at her family’s trio of Detroit businesses when the coronavirus pandemic hit. But she’s not just concerned about the impact on their bottom line. She’s worried other black-owned businesses will struggle to withstand another wave of economic uncertainty, following decades of inequity that made it hard for many to flourish in the first place. By Kat Stafford. SENT: 1,200 words, photos, video.

AMERICA PROTESTS

WASHINGTON — A country convulsed by violent protests picked up the pieces Monday and braced for more trouble amid a coast-to-coast outpouring of rage over police killings of black people. President Donald Trump demanded the nation’s governors crack down harder on the lawlessness, telling them: “Most of you are weak.” After six straight days of unrest set off by the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, a new routine was developing: residents waking up to neighborhoods in shambles, shopkeepers sweeping up broken glass and taking stock of ransacked stores, and police and political leaders weighing how to address the boiling anger. By Ashraf Khalil, Aaron Morrison and Matt Sedensky. SENT: 965 words, photos, videos.

AMERICA PROTESTS-POLICE-TACTICS

As protests grip the nation, officers have doused crowds with pepper spray, struck protesters with batons, steered police cars into throngs, shoved demonstrators and screamed curses. Some police action has been directed against people smashing windows, breaking into stores and burning cars, but many find other instances more difficult to understand — like the elderly man knocked over by police as he walked with a cane on a Salt Lake City sidewalk. The protests began after the May 25 death of George Floyd, a black man who died in Minneapolis after a white police officer who is now charged with murder, Derek Chauvin, pressed his knee into Floyd’s neck for several minutes even after he stopped moving and pleading for air. Now, some are questioning whether tough police tactics against demonstrators are actually making the violence worse rather than quelling it. By Jay Reeves and Kat Stafford. SENT: 975 words, photos.

AMERICA PROTESTS-MICHIGAN

LANSING, Mich. — Windows were broken at the Lansing building that houses the office of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer as a peaceful protest over the death of George Floyd turned violent. Whitmer said many protesters were “focused on solving problems” but that others wanted to cause harm. SENT: 175 words, photos.

AROUND THE STATE:

MICHIGAN FLOODING

MIDLAND, Mich. — A U.S. House committee is investigating the failure of a Michigan dam, giving the state two weeks to respond to a series of detailed questions about inspections and oversight. The House Energy and Commerce Committee sent a similar letter to a federal agency that had oversight of the Edenville Dam in Midland County until fall 2018. SENT: 280 words.

VIRUS OUTBREAK-MICHIGAN

DETROIT — The latest developments in Michigan on the coronavirus crisis. Developing.

SMALL PLANE CRASH-ILLINOIS

CARLINVILLE, Ill. — Four men died when a small plane crashed into a southern Illinois farm field, authorities said Monday. SENT: 175 words.

IN BRIEF:

— PUBLIC SPACES-DETROIT: Efforts to improve public spaces in Detroit are being bolstered by just over $1 million in new investment and an additional three-year commitment through a national initiative.

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