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 STORY:

XGR–MICHIGAN BUDGET

LANSING, Mich. — Key Republican lawmakers on Thursday backed legislation that would waive a requirement that the Legislature pass the next state budget in less than three weeks, citing uncertainty over a major shortfall caused by the coronavirus pandemic. By David Eggert. SENT: 215 words. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos.

UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN-DOCTOR

The Associated Press interviews a former University of Michigan gymnast who said he was touched inappropriately in 1969 during a physical exam by the late Dr. Robert Anderson and reported it to his coach, who feared retribution if he reported it to the athletic director. By Ed White from Zoom interview w/Mike Householder for video. Photo also planned.

AROUND THE STATE:

SMALL PLANE CRASH-ILLINOIS

CARLINVILLE, Ill. — A small plane that crashed last month while heading from Missouri to Michigan, killing four men aboard, entered into a “right descending spiral” before it went down in a southwestern Illinois farm field, authorities said. SENT: 200 words.

SEVERE WEATHER-MICHIGAN

DETROIT — About 290,000 homes and businesses were without electricity Thursday in Michigan after thunderstorms barreled through the state, downing hundreds of trees and power lines. SENT: 190 words.

AMERICA PROTESTS-MICHIGAN

LANSING, Mich.— The latest developments on protests taking place against police brutality. On merits.

VIRUS OUTBREAK-MICHIGAN

DETROIT — The latest developments in Michigan related to the coronavirus pandemic. On merits.

IN BRIEF:

— BODIES FOUND-HOUSE FIRE: The bodies of three men have been found inside a house that burned on Detroit’s east side.

SPORTS:

BBA–TIGERS-TORKELSON

DETROIT — The only major surprise when Spencer Torkelson was drafted first overall was his position. The Arizona State star is considered a third baseman, at least for now, after being picked No. 1 by the Detroit Tigers. By Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.

BKN–PISTONS WRAPUP

DETROIT — With Andre Drummond traded and Blake Griffin’s health again in question, the Detroit Pistons face an uncertain future. By Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos.

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