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.

TOP STORY:

MANURE REGULATIONS

LANSING, Mich. — Michigan regulators are proposing restrictions on spreading livestock manure as fertilizer, including a ban on applying animal waste to fields during winter. SENT: 420 words.

AROUND THE STATE:

ARSON-PROBATION

DETROIT — The Michigan Supreme Court has reinstated a sentence of probation for a Detroit-area landlord who pleaded no contest to setting a fire at his apartment building in 2007. SENT: 230 words.

EXCHANGE-ADAPTING TO PROSTHETICS

DETROIT — Kevin Blackburn was an industrial painter. He had skills. Goals. Purpose. He had hands. “I’ve probably told the story a couple hundred times,” said Blackburn, 42, from his darkening living room in Trenton. He’d just as soon not, but some people are politely curious and others are rude, and it’s hard to hide two bulky prosthetics with pairs of hooks where his fingers used to be. Bottom line, he got hurt and he got low — and now, almost 4 1/2 years later, he’s back up. That, he’s willing to talk about. Trained in an innovative program at JVS Human Services, he’s been working since early July at the Amazon sorting center in Brownstown Township. By Neal Rubin, The Detroit News. SENT: 1,762 words, photos MIDTN301-303.

IN BRIEF:

— SOLAR PANELS: The number of people installing solar panels or other renewable energy to generate their own electricity continues to rise in Michigan.

— SEMCO-RATE INCREASE: Michigan regulators have approved a 9.2% natural gas rate increase for 300,000 customers of SEMCO Energy Gas.

SPORTS:

MAC CHAMPIONSHIP

DETROIT — Central Michigan faces Miami of Ohio for the Mid-American Conference title. By Noah Trister.

PENGUINS-RED WINGS

DETROIT — The Pittsburgh Penguins shoot for their third straight win against the slumping Detroit Red Wings, who have lost 10 in a row. By Hockey Writer Larry Lage.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL:

— EASTERN MICH-DETROIT MERCY

— YOUNGSTOWN ST-WESTERN MICH