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:

VIRUS OUTBREAK-MICHIGAN

LANSING, Mich. — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Wednesday she is optimistic about a return to in-person instruction at K-12 schools in the fall, announcing she will release further guidance on June 30.The governor said she will issue an executive order that will provide details on what will be required to reopen schools and what will be recommended. Schools were closed in March due to the coronavirus pandemic, and schools later finished the academic year with online or other forms of remote learning. By David Eggert. SENT: 390 words, photos.

GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS:

XGR–VIRUS OUTBREAK-BUDGET

LANSING, Mich. — Michigan’s Legislature was poised Wednesday to pass a $1 billion-plus coronavirus relief spending bill — as the state works to start spending $3 billion in federal aid. By David Eggert. UPCOMING: 500 words.

XGR–SMALL BREWERS

LANSING, Mich. — Small breweries could sell and deliver more craft beer to stores without having to go through Michigan’s three-tier system for alcohol distribution under legislation that advanced closer to the governor’s desk on Wednesday. By David Eggert. SENT: 190 words.

AROUND THE STATE:

AMERICA PROTESTS-MICHIGAN POLICE CHIEF

SHELBY TOWNSHIP, Mich. — A white suburban Detroit police chief has been suspended for 30 days without pay and will undergo diversity training after calling in social media posts for “body bags” for “vicious subhumans” protesting the death of George Floyd. Trustees in Macomb County’s Shelby Township voted 5-2 on Tuesday night on the punishment for chief Robert J. Shelide. The unpaid leave for Shelide, who has been chief since 2015, began Wednesday. SENT: 390 words.

CHESAPEAKE BAY-DEAD ZONE

Researchers are predicting a slightly smaller-than-average oxygen dead zone in the Chesapeake Bay this year. The forecast was released Wednesday by researchers from the University of Michigan, the University of Maryland and the Chesapeake Bay Program. SENT: 175 words, photos.

BUSINESS:

GENERAL MOTORS-LORDSTOWN

LORDSTOWN, Ohio — Ohio officials are considering forcing General Motors to repay $60 million in public incentives because of its decision to close a massive assembly plant near Youngstown. At issue is an economic development deal from more than a decade ago that gave GM millions in tax breaks in exchange for a promise to keep the Lordstown plant operating at least through 2027. SENT: 220 words.

IN BRIEF:

— TODDLER KILLED-DRIVEWAY: A toddler has died after she was struck by a vehicle on a private driveway in western Michigan.

— TEEN SLAIN-RELATIVE ARRESTED: A 14-year-old boy has been fatally shot in northwest Detroit.

— REMAINS IDENTIFIED-FLINT PARK: Remains found more than two years ago in a Flint park belong to two women missing since 2017, according to authorities.

SPORTS

— FBC–KENTUCKY OPENER: Kentucky has moved its season opener against Eastern Michigan ahead two days to Sept. 3, avoiding a conflict with the rescheduled 146th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs.

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