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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YARMOUTH, Maine — Large numbers of people seeking to escape the coronavirus are finding solace on the open water. And that’s good news for the boat industry. Matt Gruhn of the Marine Retailers Association of America says a recent survey showed more than 70% of boat dealers were either completely out of boats or had low inventory. The trend stands to reason: People are looking for something to do, and a safe place to go, at a time when the coronavirus pandemic raised safety concerns and limited recreational opportunities. By David Sharp. SENT: 875 words, photos. Note Michigan interest in lede.



RICHMOND, Va, — Two inmates who escaped from a Virginia juvenile prison two weeks ago have been captured in Michigan, federal authorities said. A fugitive task force in Grand Rapids, Michigan, led by U.S. marshals arrested Rashad E. Williams and Jabar Ali Taylor late Saturday afternoon at a Battle Creek hotel without incident, according to a news release from the U.S. Marshals Service. SENT: 225 words.


INDIANAPOLIS — An Indianapolis nonprofit group founded by a Latina welder is offering training workshops to help others long underrepresented in the filed venture into welding. Consuelo Poland, 31, was the only woman and the only woman of color in her class when she got a welding certificate seven years ago in Michigan. In 2017, she founded the Latinas Welding Guild, a nonprofit organization in Indianapolis with the goal of using welding to empower Latinas and all women. SENT: 350 words.


PORT HURON, Mich. — Instead of wearing his fedora on historical Port Huron tours, one museum employee might be wearing an old-fashioned trolley driver uniform instead. This would match the 1992 Chance Coach VS-24 trolley that Port Huron Museums acquired July 8, said Andrew Kercher, community engagement director. “I think we’re going to get a lot of use out of it,” he told the Times Herald. The trolley can seat 20 people and have 16 standing at full capacity. It has one wheelchair spot available, a back porch and a bell people can ring, Kercher said. By Bryce Airgood. Times Herald. SENT: 582 words.


—RESTAURANT SHOOTING-FLINT TOWNSHIP: Four people were injured in a shooting at a Flint Township restaurant early Sunday, police said.

—HOMELESS HEALTH CARE: Six organizations in the Grand Rapids area are teaming up to provide free medical services for homeless people.

—INDOOR DOG PARK: An indoor dog park is in the works near Grand Rapids. While pets get exercise, their owners might be able to get a drink.



CINCINNATI — The Tigers and Reds conclude their opening series, tied one game apiece. Game time 1:10 p.m. With AP photos.


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