BC-MI–Michigan Weekend Advisory, MI

Here’s a look at AP’s news coverage plans for the weekend. If you have any questions about the plans, please call News Editor Roger Schneider in the Detroit AP bureau at (313) 259-0650 or email him at rschneider@ap.org. For access to AP Exchange and other technical issues, contact AP Customer Support at apcustomersupport@ap.org or 877-836-9477.

FOR USE SUNDAY, Sept. 15, AND THEREAFTER:

XGR–ADOPTION AGENCIES-DISCRIMINATION

LANSING, Mich. — Faith-based adoption and foster care agencies are pushing legislation that would shield them from having to recommend, refer or participate in an adoption violating their religious or moral convictions. Proponents say the bills are needed because some agencies in other states have had to close their doors so as to not get in line with state dictates. Opponents contend the legislation is nothing more than a license to discriminate, especially against gays and lesbians, and ultimately could keep some high-risk children from being adopted. A House committee is expected to vote in the next week. This week’s Capital Focus by David Eggert. UPCOMING: 800 words moving in advance by 6 p.m. EDT on Friday, Sept. 13, for release Sunday, Sept. 15, photo.

LEARNING DISABILITIES-COLLEGES

ALLEN PARK, Mich. — One autistic student was permitted to continue his constant drawing in class after explaining to the professor that it was the only way he could hope to process lectures — and even to stay awake. And this kind of accommodation for students with learning disabilities is becoming more common. Students who would once have languished at home or in menial jobs are finding a new range of options for support in colleges and universities. Campus disability service offices are improving. Care centers, often for-profit and unaffiliated with colleges, are popping up near campuses. More degrees are available. “This is the best time ever for students who learn differently to go to college,” says one academic. By Education Writer Justin Pope. SENT: 1,900 words on Wednesday, Sept. 11, for print release Sunday, Sept. 15, photos.

With:

BC-LEARNING DISABILITIES-COLLEGE ADVICE Q&A, SENT: 700 words on Wednesday, Sept. 11, for print release Sunday, Sept. 15.

TROOPER KILLED-MICHIGAN

MANISTEE, Mich. — A funeral is Saturday for a Michigan State Police trooper who was fatally shot this week during a traffic stop. The service for Paul Butterfield takes place at Manistee High School. UPCOMING: 300 words by 5 p.m. EDT Saturday, Sept. 14, photos.

EXCHANGE-KNIFE MAKER

BRIGHTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Greg Flake can turn a set of deer antlers into some of the sharpest trophies a hunter could want — custom-made knives. At a small shop on his farm in Brighton Township, Flake makes knives with Damascus steel blades and handles honed from the antlers and bones of animals ranging from deer and elk to camel and giraffe. An AP Member Exchange by Mike Lammi. Livingston County Daily Press & Argus. SENT: 980 words on Thursday, Sept. 12, for release Sunday, Sept. 15, photos.

EXCHANGE-CHAINSAW ARTIST

WHEATLAND, Mich. — What started as an August windstorm last year will next year be completed as a work of art. During that storm, the top of a white pine toward the north end of the Performers Campground of the Wheatland Music Festival grounds was torn off, leaving about 10 feet of it standing. Mike Bunting, who lives in Alma and manages the performers check in area, asked chainsaw artist James Madsen, of Potterville, if he could do anything with it. Madsen had an idea, and this year an answer. An AP Member Exchange by Eric Baerren. Morning Sun (Mount Pleasant). SENT: 790 words on Thursday, Sept. 12, for release Sunday, Sept. 15, photo requested.

FOR USE MONDAY, Sept. 16, AND THEREAFTER:

BRIDGE SAFETY-MICHIGAN

DETROIT — The Davison ramp to Interstate 75 in Detroit averages about 1,000 vehicles an hour. The deck under the concrete is in poor condition, and while the bridge’s steel-capped piers underneath are in good shape there’s nothing else to support it in case of problems. Michigan has approximately 30 bridges, from Detroit to the Upper Peninsula, that fall into the “structurally deficient/fracture critical” category, according to a review of data by The Associated Press. State officials insist those bridges are safe but they need to keep an eye on them. “If there’s any question at all,” an engineer says, “it’s closed to traffic.” By Ed White. AP Photos. UPCOMING: 725 words moving Sunday by 2 p.m. EDT, photos.

With:

— BC-MI–BRIDGE SAFETY-MICHIGAN-LIST. UPCOMING: The 28 Michigan bridges on the list. Moving by 2 p.m. EDT Sunday, Sept. 15.

— BC-US–BRIDGE SAFETY. UPCOMING: 2,100 words moving Friday in advance for print use Monday, Sept. 16, photos.

EXCHANGE-HAUNTED HOUSE

SAGINAW, Mich. — Patrick Hozeska and his family want to scare you. To accomplish that goal, Hozeska has leased out the vacant Ensminger store in Old Town Saginaw and is transforming it into a haunted house. An AP Member Exchange by Jessica Fleischman. The Saginaw News. SENT: 480 words moved on Thursday, Sept. 12, for release Monday, Sept. 16, photo.

EXCHANGE-ABBEY MODEL

LAKEVIEW, Mich. — Through time and illness and disappointment and destruction, Heather Lane-Fowler found a way to finish what her dad had started. And this week, with the opening of Grand Rapids’ annual eclectic art festival, ArtPrize, Richard Lane’s pride and joy and obsession will be on display for all to see. An AP Member Exchange by Chuck Carlson. Battle Creek Enquirer. SENT: 730 words on Thursday, Sept. 12, for release Monday, Sept. 16, photos.

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