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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

FLINT WATER

FLINT, Mich. — Two former Michigan health officials were charged Thursday with involuntary manslaughter in the deaths of nine people who got Legionnaires’ disease during the Flint water crisis, as prosecutors revisiting how the city’s water system was contaminated with lead and bacteria also hammered a key adviser to ex-Gov. Rick Snyder with extortion and perjury crimes. Snyder joined a parade of former state and local officials pleading not guilty in Genesee County courts. He’s facing misdemeanor charges of willful neglect of duty in Flint in a case that was filed Wednesday night, the first governor or former governor in Michigan’s 184-year history to face charges related to time in that office. By David Eggert, Corey Williams and Ed White. SENT: 815 words, photos.

BUSINESS:

TOYOTA-EMISSIONS-SETTLEMENT

DETROIT — Toyota will pay $180 million to settle U.S. government allegations that it failed to report pollution control system defects in its vehicles for a decade. The company also agreed in court to investigate emissions-related defects quickly and report them to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in a timely manner. By Tom Krisher. SENT: 365 words, photo.

AROUND THE STATE:

CAPITOL BREACH-RACIST SYMBOLS

CHICAGO — Amid the American flags and Trump 2020 posters at the U.S. Capitol during last week’s insurrection were far more sinister symbols: A man walking the halls of Congress carrying a Confederate flag. Banners proclaiming white supremacy and anti-government extremism. A makeshift noose and gallows ominously erected outside. In many ways this hate-filled display was the culmination of many others over the past few years, including the deadly 2017 “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, that gathered extremist factions from across the country under a single banner. By Christine Fernando and Noreen Nasir. SENT: 1,050 words, photos, video.

GRAY WOLVES-ENDANGERED

BILLINGS, Mont. — Wildlife advocates on Thursday asked a federal court to overturn a U.S. government decision that stripped Endangered Species Act protections for wolves across most of the nation. Two coalitions of advocacy groups filed lawsuits in U.S. District Court in Northern California seeking to restore safeguards for a predator that is revered by wildlife watchers but feared by many livestock producers. By Matthew Brown. SENT: 255 words, photo.

VIRUS OUTBREAK-MICHIGAN

The latest on the coronavirus pandemic in Michigan. On merits.

IN BRIEF:

— TRUCK-HOUSE CRASH: A pickup truck crashed into a Saginaw home early Thursday, killing a woman sleeping inside on a couch, police said.

— NEW SAWMILL: A new sawmill is coming to a north Mississippi city and will create 150 jobs. Michigan-based Biewer Lumber is expanding its business in Winona.

SPORTS:

FBN–LIONS-HOLMES

The Detroit Lions have agreed to terms with Brad Holmes to be their general manager, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press. Holmes led the Rams’ college scouting department for eight years and started his 18-year career with them as a public relations intern in 2003. By Larry Lage. SENT: 465 words.

HKN–HURRICANES-RED WINGS

DETROIT — The Carolina Hurricanes visit the Detroit Red Wings in the season-opening game for both teams. By Larry Lage. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts 7:30 p.m.

BKC–CALVIN-EASTERN MICHIGAN

Calvin plays Eastern Michigan at Convocation Center (MI). UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merit.

___

If you have stories of regional or statewide interest, please email them to apmichigan@ap.org. If you have photos of regional or statewide interest, please send them to the AP state photo center in New York, 888-273-6867. For access to AP Newsroom and other technical issues, contact AP Customer Support at apcustomersupport@ap.org or 877-836-9477.