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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DETROIT — A judge granted preliminary approval Thursday to a $641 million deal that would benefit Flint residents who were harmed by lead-contaminated water. The settlement includes $600 million from the state of Michigan, although Flint, an area hospital and an engineering firm are also part of the agreement. U.S. District Judge Judith Levy signed off in a 72-page opinion. SENT: 230 words. UPCOMING: 450 words.


TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — A county official in northern Michigan displayed a rifle during an online meeting in response to a citizen’s comments about a far-right extremist group, drawing backlash from some local residents. SENT: 590 words, photo.



LANSING — Online sports betting and casino games will start in Michigan at noon Friday, an expansion of options for gamblers who now wager through offshore sites. By David Eggert. SENT: 115 words. Will be updated.


For the first time in more than a decade, Republicans are waking up to a Washington where Democrats control the White House and Congress, adjusting to an era of diminished power, deep uncertainty and internal feuding. The shift to minority status is always difficult, prompting debates over who is to blame for losing the last election. But the process is especially intense as Republicans confront profound questions about what the party stands for without Donald Trump in charge. By Steve Peoples. SENT: 1,160 words, photos. Note Michigan material.


DETROIT — A member of Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan’s team who worked in housing, planning and development and helped spearhead neighborhood revitalization has been appointed to the administration of President Joe Biden. Arthur Jemison took the oath of office Wednesday as principal deputy assistant secretary in the Office of Community Planning & Development at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Duggan’s office said Thursday. SENT: 235 words.



DETROIT — A Michigan man carrying a hockey stick during the U.S. Capitol riot struck police officers who were outdoors trying to protect the building, the FBI said. Michael Foy of Wixom was charged with five crimes, including assault and obstruction of law enforcement, for his alleged role in the Jan. 6 attack. SENT: 200 words.


LIMA, Ohio — An Orthodox priest in Ohio said he was suspended for attending President Donald Trump’s rally near the White House three weeks ago before a mob of supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol. Father Mark Hodges said he was told by a church leader that he was “guilty by association” in a letter outlining his three-month suspension. SENT: 190 words.


DETROIT — The chief federal prosecutor in eastern Michigan said he’s leaving office on Feb. 1 to join the Honigman law firm. U.S. Attorney Matthew Schneider served for three years. Changes are common when a new president from a different party is elected. SENT: 185 words, photo.


DETROIT — President Donald Trump’s mercy toward Kwame Kilpatrick didn’t extend to the former Detroit mayor’s partner in crime. Kilpatrick was released from prison Wednesday after his 28-year sentence for corruption was reduced to time served by Trump. But his pal, Bobby Ferguson, remains behind bars on a 21-year sentence. SENT: 175 words.


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



WALTHAM, Mass. — Robots dancing to the classic “Do You Love Me” in a YouTube video that went viral did more than entertain. Teaching robots to dance also pushed Boston Dynamics engineers to develop better motion programming tools that let robots use their inner gyroscopes to reconcile balancing and bouncing that made it look like the robots were having fun. That “soul” in their step represented months of programming. By Rodrique Ngowi. SENT: 685 words, photo, video.


— TRAINING VESSEL SLAYING: Members of a police task force in Detroit have arrested a 43-year-old man sought in connection with the slaying of a man whose body was found last summer on a former Navy training vessel in Port Huron.



Dan Campbell is scheduled to have his first news conference as coach of the Detroit Lions, giving him a chance to share his vision for a team that needs direction. By Larry Lage. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.


The game of the week in the Big Ten matches No. 15 Ohio State at No. 10 Wisconsin on Saturday. By Eric Olson. SENT: 450 words, photos.


Eastern Michigan plays Buffalo at Alumni Arena. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merit.


Central Michigan plays Akron at James A. Rhodes Arena. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merit.


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