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-PUBLIC HEALTH

The U.S. public health workforce is underfunded and under threat, lacking the basic tools to confront the worst health crisis in a century: a virus that has devastated the United States, sickening 2.2 million, killing more than 118,000 and costing $3 trillion in federal rescue money and 40 million jobs. Since 2010, spending in state public health departments has dropped by 16% per capita, and in local health departments by nearly 20%, according to a KHN and Associated Press analysis of TK data. At least 38,000 state and local public health jobs have disappeared since the 2008 recession, leaving a skeletal workforce in what was once viewed as one of the world’s top public health systems. By Lauren Weber, Laura Ungar, Michelle R. Smith, Hannah Recht and Anna Maria Barry-Jester. SENT: 3,200 words, photos, video. With abridged version and sidebars. Note Michigan material.

AROUND THE STATE:

AP POLL-RACIAL INJUSTICE-WHITE POLITICS

DETROIT — As a national reckoning over racism and policing continues to grip the nation, white Democrats are far more likely now to believe police brutality is a serious issue — a dramatic shift in public opinion that some say could shape the November presidential election. A majority of white Democrats today say police officers are more likely to use deadly force against a Black person than a white person. That’s according to a recent poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. By Kat Stafford and Hannah Fingerhut. SENT: 990 words, photos.

DETROIT SHOOTINGS-LGBTQ

DETROIT — A 19-year-old Detroit man has been sentenced to three life terms in prison with no chance of parole for gunning down two gay men and a transgender woman who authorities believe were targeted because of their sexual orientation. A Wayne County jury convicted Devon Kareem Robinson of first degree premeditated murder in March in the May 2019 killings of 21-year-old Alunte Davis, and 20-year-olds Timothy Blancher and Paris Cameron. SENT: 235 words.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL-GAME THREAT

COLUMBUS, Ohio — A man who used Facebook to threaten a shooting at Ohio State University and vowed to hurt players on the football team and then-head coach Urban Meyer pleaded guilty Wednesday, authorities said. An indictment unsealed late last year in federal court in Columbus accused Daniel Rippy of making the “electronic communication” threat from California during the game between Ohio State and the University of Michigan in 2018. The game was played in Columbus that year, and Ohio State won 62-39. By Andrew Welsh-Huggins. SENT: 275 words.

VIRUS OUTBREAK-MICHIGAN

LANSING, Mich. — The latest developments from Michigan on the coronavirus pandemic. On merits.

IN BRIEF:

— FLINT CRASH-THREE DEAD: Three people died and a fourth person was injured after a car struck a median wall and bridge abutment Wednesday morning on Interstate 475 in Flint, police said.

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