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:

ELECTION 2020-POSTAL SERVICE

BEDMINSTER, N.J. (AP) — The Democratic-run House on Sunday demanded that leaders of the U.S. Postal Service testify at an emergency oversight hearing Aug. 24 on mail delays as concerns grow that the Trump White House is trying to undermine the agency during the coronavirus pandemic while states expand mail-in voting options for the November presidential election. “The postmaster general and top Postal Service leadership must answer to the Congress and the American people as to why they are pushing these dangerous new policies that threaten to silence the voices of millions, just months before the election,” congressional Democrats said in a statement announcing the hearing. The lawmakers included Michigan Sen. Gary Peters, the top Democrat on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, which oversees the Postal Service. By Aamer Madhani and Matthew Daly. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

AROUND THE STATE:

NO-KILL ANIMAL SHELTER

AMBER TOWNSHIP, Mich. — An organization in western Michigan has plans for an animal shelter where euthanasia is not an option. Mason County PAWS has finalized the purchase of a 12.5-acre property near Ludington for a no-kill shelter. Jacklyn Osgood, the nonprofit’s president, said it’s a big step for the organization and for area’s animal advocates. SENT: 250 words.

EXCHANGE-EAGLE MORTALITY

DETROIT — America’s iconic national bird, the bald eagle, has made an impressive comeback from its days as an endangered species. But its leading threats remain rooted in human activity, the most comprehensive study ever of bald eagle mortality in Michigan finds. Researchers with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, in conjunction with Michigan State University, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and others, reviewed a huge trove of bald eagle mortality data collected from DNR necropsies from 1986 to 2017. By Keith Matheny. Detroit Free Press. SENT: 900 words.

IN BRIEF:

— SUMPTER TOWNSHIP SLAYINGS: Police were searching Sunday for man in connection with the deaths of four people at a home in a rural area near Detroit, authorities said.

— STATE FAIRGROUNDS-DETROIT-AMAZON: A real estate developer with eyes on buying part of the former Michigan State Fairgrounds in Detroit is in negotiations that would bring an Amazon distribution center to the site.

LAND AUCTION-MICHIGAN: More than 200 parcels of state-managed land in Michigan are scheduled for online auction in September and October.

SPORTS:

BBA–INDIANS-TIGERS

DETROIT — The Indians try for a three-game sweep and what would be their 20th straight victory over the Tigers. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos. Game started at 1:10 p.m. ET. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos.

FBC–VIRUS OUTBREAK-COLLEGE SPORTS

The NCAA’s chief medical officer says there is a narrow path to playing college sports during the coronavirus pandemic and if testing nationwide does not improve, it cannot be done. Dr. Brian Hainline told CNN late Saturday that “everything would have to line up perfectly” for college sports to be played this fall. Much of the fall college sports season has been canceled, with conferences hoping to make up competitions, including football, in the spring. By Ralph Russo. SENT: 400 words.

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