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.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories, digests and digest advisories will keep you up to date. All times are Eastern.

TOP STORY:

ELECTION 2020-SENATE MICHIGAN

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. __ Call him low-key, understated, maybe even “boring.” First-term Sen. Gary Peters of Michigan is betting voters care more about his effectiveness, as he desperately fights to keep a seat his party is counting on to take the Senate majority. By David Eggert. SENT: 1,088 words, photos.

AROUND THE STATE:

POACHER-LIFETIME BAN

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. __ A Michigan man will serve a jail sentence and lose his hunting license permanently after pleading guilty to wildlife crimes for killing wolves and bald eagles in the Upper Peninsula. SENT: 260 words.

EXCHANGE-SAFER PARKS

LANSING, Mich. __ Lansing playgrounds and parks are safer because of Scott and Debby Bates. The self-described semi-retired Lansing couple have been using metal detectors to find and remove nasty objects such as sharp bottle caps, chewed up beer cans, rusty nails, bullets and metal wires from Lansing’s public play areas. What began as a coronavirus hobby has morphed into a community service project. By Nick King, Lansing State Journal. SENT: 410 words, photos MILAN201-204 of Oct. 15.

IN BRIEF:

— MOM CHARGED-DROWNING: A woman is sentenced to 180 days in jail for neglecting to keep an eye on her son who drowned in Lake Michigan.

— JC PENNEY-PETOSKEY: A J.C. Penney store will close Sunday after nearly a century in downtown Petoskey.

— SEWER CLOG: Small town, big mess. Baby wipes clogged the wastewater system in Beulah in northern Michigan, causing a backup of 10,000 gallons of human waste from a manhole.

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