Michigan News Digest

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TOP STORY:

MICHIGAN POPULATION CONGRESS

DETROIT — Michigan’s population grew by less than 3,000 residents last year, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau that signals the state remains on track to lose one congressional seat following the 2020 count. The figures from the once-a-decade census released Wednesday showed an increase of 2,785 state residents, which brings its population total to 9,986,857, The Detroit News reported. Michigan appears on pace to lose a congressional seat due to its growth being surmounted by other states, according to an online apportionment tool from the University of Michigan Population Studies Center. SENT: 400 words.

AROUND THE STATE:

CHEMICAL CLEANUP-FREEWAY

MADISON HEIGHTS, Mich — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency collected roughly 11,000 gallons of water from a contaminated industrial site in suburban Detroit, officials said. Groundwater and soil samples were taken Friday from Electro-Plating Services in Madison Heights, The Royal Oak Tribune reported. High levels of multiple contaminants were found in soil and groundwater at the site when an inspection was launched after brightly-colored ooze was seen last month seeping through a concrete barrier along Interstate 696. SENT: 200 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:

—MARRIED COUPLE DIES: A Michigan man and woman married over 60 years died within hours of each other on New Years Day, family members said.

—HOUSE EXPLOSION-DETROIT: Six people were hospitalized after an apparent gas explosion at a house on Detroit’s west side, authorities said.

—TODDLER DEATH-MOTHER-MICHIGAN: The death of a toddler found in a suburban Detroit home with his severely injured mother has been ruled a homicide, according to the Oakland County medical examiner.

—UP SCHOOL NICKNAME: A school board in the Upper Peninsula is holding its first meeting since a committee recommended that Marquette Senior High School stop using the nicknames “Redmen” and ‘’Redettes.”

SPORTS:

BKN—PISTONS LAKERS

LOS ANGELES — LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers go for their fifth straight win since Christmas when they host former Lakers guard Svi Mykhailiuk and the Detroit Pistons. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Starts 7 p.m. PST.

BKC—PARITY PARTY

LAWRENCE, Kan — LAWRENCE, Kan. — The season was barely a week old when Michigan State lost to Kentucky in the Champions Classic, a defeat of the nation’s No. 1 team that could be written off easily as a high-profile battle of heavyweights on a neutral court early in the season that didn’t go the Spartans’ way. Then the Wildcats rose to No. 1 and lost to Evansville. Duke took over and lost to Stephen F. Austin. Louisville climbed to No. 1 and fell to Texas Tech. Kansas ascended to the top spot and lost at Villanova. Good luck finding excuses for all those losses, other than perhaps this one: There is a parity party in college basketball this season unlike any in recent memory, and not even the bluest of the blue bloods is safe. By AP Basketball Writer David Skretta. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

BKC–T25-MICHIGAN-MICHIGAN STATE

LANSING, Mich. — Michigan plays Michigan State at Jack Breslin Students Events Center.

Also:

BKC—WRIGHT STATE-DETROIT MERCY: Wright State plays Detroit Mercy at Calihan Hall.

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