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:

AMERICA DISRUPTED

SAGINAW, Mich. — It was difficult to celebrate America in Saginaw this year. The deadly pandemic kept families apart. A brutal recession meant money was tight. Weeks of protest over racial inequality left many debating what exactly should be celebrated and what must be changed. Even the fireworks were canceled. The dark skies over a Michigan city were a plaintive marker of a nation dramatically disrupted and divided over how to pick up the pieces. By Josh Boak and Kat Stafford. SENT: 2,500 words, photos, video, graphics. With abridged version.

GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS:

VIRUS OUTBREAK-BUSINESS GRANTS

LANSING, Mich. — Michigan’s economic development board on Tuesday authorized a $115 million grant program for small businesses, nonprofits, farms and agricultural processors hurt by the coronavirus pandemic. Entities can start applying July 15. The state will disburse the funding — a portion of $880 million in federal rescue aid signed last week by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer — to 15 local economic development organizations, which will in turn give it to eligible businesses and nonprofits. By David Eggert. SENT: 220 words. UPCOMING: 400 words.

AROUND THE STATE:

TEEN RESTRAINT-DEATH

Surveillance video released Tuesday shows at least seven men holding down a Black teenager who later died after being restrained for throwing a sandwich in the cafeteria of a youth facility in Michigan. The footage released to reporters by Detroit-area attorney Geoffrey Fieger shows 16-year-old Cornelius Fredericks pushed to the floor in April before staff members at Lakeside Academy in Kalamazoo begin to hold him down. By Corey Williams. SENT: 330 words.

VIRUS OUTBREAK-MICHIGAN

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

BUSINESS:

— CHEVROLET COBALT INVESTIGATION: The U.S. government’s road safety agency is investigating complaints of fuel leaks in older Chevrolet Cobalt small cars and HHR wagons. SENT: 175 words, photo.

SPORTS:

GLF–GOLF NOTES

The question was perplexing to Brooks Koepka, perhaps because it was missing specific context or because it takes a lot to make him worry. He was asked going into the RBC Heritage at Hilton Head if he felt any sense of urgency. “Urgency for what?” he replied. Koepka missed three months after a knee injury in October when he slipped on wet concrete at the CJ Cup in South Korea and had to withdraw. When he returned, he played five times — his only top-20 finish was a tie for 17th in Saudi Arabia — and then the COVID-19 pandemic shut down golf for three months. By Doug Ferguson. SENT: 1,200 words, photos.

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