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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WASHINGTON — The Department of Justice is using aggressive tactics against those it has charged in the civil unrest over racism. Those people have been portrayed by President Donald Trump as violent left-wing radicals. The Republican president has used the protests to try to scare white, suburban voters into reelecting him. But an Associated Press review of thousands of pages of court documents from the more than 300 federal arrests made nationwide shows many are people caught up in the moment. By Alanna Durkin Richer, Colleen Long and Michael Balsamo. SENT: 1,697 words, photos.


LANSING, Mich. — A 51-year-old man charged in a plot to kidnap Democratic Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has been released from a Wisconsin jail after posting $10,000 cash bail. WISC-TV reports that Brian Higgins was released Monday night. Authorities allege Higgins, of Wisconsin Dells, was part of a crew conducting surveillance for the kidnapping plot. He was arrested Thursday and charged on suspicion of material support in an act of terrorism. Authorities say the plotters planned to storm Michigan’s state Capitol building and kidnap officials, including Whitmer. Higgins was the eighth person charged in the plot. SENT: 281 words, photo.



LANSING, Mich. — Former President Barack Obama touts Gary Peters of Michigan in a new ad released by the Democratic senator’s reelection campaign. The 30-second spot shows Obama talking about his “friend” Peters, who is facing a challenge from Republican John James. Peters served in Congress all eight years of Obama’s presidency — six in the House and two in the Senate before Donald Trump was elected. By David Eggert. SENT: 303 words, photos.


LANSING, Mich. — Michigan’s top election official says 1.5 million people with absentee ballots still in hand should put them in a drop box or take them to their local clerk’s office rather than use the mail with two weeks to go until the presidential election. Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson said Tuesday hand delivering a ballot ensures it arrives by 8 p.m. on Election Night and is counted. She also urged people who still want an absentee ballot to request it in person instead of by mail. More than 3 million absentee ballots have been requested. More than half have been returned. By David Eggert. SENT: 400 words.


DETROIT — General Motors plans to spend $2 billion to convert its Spring Hill, Tennessee, assembly plant into a third U.S. site to build electric vehicles. The Detroit automaker also says it will spend another $153 million to upgrade five Michigan factories for future vehicles. The company will build the Cadillac Lyriq, a small electric SUV at the Spring Hill factory. GM said Tuesday that gasoline-powered Cadillac SUVs will continue to be built at the plant, and it will also will get additional unspecified electric vehicles. The Lyriq is due in showrooms late in 2022. It’s among 20 electric models the company plans to sell globally by 2023. The investments aren’t expected to create any new jobs, but will help keep existing ones. SENT: 387 words, photos.


BATTLE CREEK, Mich. — A person has been shot and wounded by a police officer while reaching for a gun inside a vehicle during an early morning traffic stop in southern Michigan. Battle Creek police say the shooting occurred about 12:13 a.m. Tuesday after a vehicle was pulled over due to erratic driving. SENT: 192 words.


— MAN WITH RIFLE-GROCERY STORE: A 40-year-old Detroit man has been arrested after customers in a suburban grocery told police he had walked around inside the store with a rifle.


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