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.

TOP STORY

SPORTS BETTING

LANSING, Mich — The Legislature and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer are closing in on an agreement to legalize sports betting and internet gambling in Michigan, with final votes possible this week. The development would be a landmark in a state with many gambling options already. Those include three commercial casinos in Detroit, 24 tribal casinos across western and northern Michigan, and the Lottery, which also has an online component. By David Eggert. SENT: 800 words, photo.

AROUND THE STATE:

CHERRY TARIFFS

DETROIT — Michigan farmers and lawmakers want the federal government to impose a hefty tariff on dried tart cherries imported from Turkey, arguing that a subsidy on the fruit is impeding American farmers’ ability to compete. Cherry companies from Michigan and Utah on Tuesday asked the U.S. Commerce Department and International Trade Commission for a nearly 650% in tariff hikes on tart cherries imported from Turkey. The petition request would increase the price of $1 worth of cherries to $6.48. SENT: 340 words.

OBIT-BUMP ELLIOT

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Former University of Iowa athletic director Bump Elliott has died, the university announced. He was 94. Elliott died Saturday, according to a statement from his family that the university released on Sunday. The statement did not include a cause of death. Elliott was a star halfback for Michigan, winning the Big Ten’s MVP award in 1947. Elliott became Michigan’s coach in 1959 and led the Wolverines for 10 seasons. By AP Sports Writer Luke Meredith. SENT: 350 words.

EXCHANGE-ADAPTING TO PROSTHETICS

DETROIT — Kevin Blackburn was an industrial painter. He had skills. Goals. Purpose. He had hands. “I’ve probably told the story a couple hundred times,” said Blackburn, 42, from his darkening living room in Trenton. He’d just as soon not, but some people are politely curious and others are rude, and it’s hard to hide two bulky prosthetics with pairs of hooks where his fingers used to be. Bottom line, he got hurt and he got low — and now, almost 4 1/2 years later, he’s back up. That, he’s willing to talk about. Trained in an innovative program at JVS Human Services, he’s been working since early July at the Amazon sorting center in Brownstown Township. By Neal Rubin, The Detroit News. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1762 words.

IN BRIEF:

—SEXUAL ASSAULT HOTLINE: Michigan has added a texting option to a hotline that allows victims of sexual assault to seek help and support from trained professionals.

—MICHIGAN-LAND AUCTION: Nearly 150 parcels of public land will be offered for sale at an upcoming auction, Michigan officials said.

SPORTS:

FBN—LIONS VIKINGS

MINNEAPOLIS — The Detroit Lions send rookie quarterback David Blough out for his first start on the road, in Minnesota’s daunting U.S. Bank Stadium against a Vikings team seeking to stay in control of a playoff spot and coming off a stinging loss. By Pro Football Writer Dave Campbell. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts at 12 p.m. CST.

BKC–RUTGERS-MICHIGAN STATE

EAST LANSING, Mich. — No. 11 Michigan State will be without starting shooting guard Rocket Watts when it hosts Rutgers, days after being dominated by No. 10 Duke. By Larry Lage. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.

Also:

—BKC—CENTRAL MICHIGAN-VALPARAISO: Central Michigan plays Valparaiso at Athletics-Recreation Center.

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