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Associated Press

Posted on April 30, 2013 at 5:00 PM

Michigan at 6:40 p.m.

Updates line for CARGO PLANE CRASH-AFGHANISTAN, deletes CARGO PLANES-VICTIMS, which now will be incorporated in CARGO PLANE CRASH-AFGHANISTAN. All times EDT.

Roger Schneider is the Michigan news editor. David Runk is the early editor in Detroit. David N. Goodman is the late editor.

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David Eggert is a state government reporter in Lansing and can be reached at deggert(at)ap.org or 517-482-8011. John Flesher is the Traverse City correspondent, at jflesher(at)ap.org or 231-929-4180. Larry Lage is the sports editor, at llage(at)ap.org.

PAGE 1/SECTION FRONT RECOMMENDATION:

— CARGO PLANE CRASH-AFGHANISTAN

— MICHIGAN BUDGET

— PRISON PRIVATIZATION-FOOD

— GOLF TEAM-FATAL CRASH

PHOTO RECOMMENDATION:

— MIBEN101, stand-alone of magnolia tree in bloom on campus of Andrews University in Berrien Springs.

— MILAN101-102 with INSURANCE JOBS

— DT101 with GM-TRADE SECRETS

— NY111, MIMUS107-108, DT102-103, 202 with GAS STATION-ABDUCTION

— MIMUS101-104, 106 with CHURCH THEFT-EMBEZZLEMENT

MULTIMEDIA:

— AP Video with GAS STATION-ABDUCTION

— AP Audio with GAS STATION-ABDUCTION

TOP STORIES:

CARGO PLANE CRASH-AFGHANISTAN

DETROIT — The National Transportation Safety Board said Tuesday it is sending a team of investigators to Afghanistan to assist local authorities with their investigation of a U.S. cargo airline crash that killed all seven crew members on board. Six of the seven were from Michigan and all seven were employees of national Air Cargo, formerly headquartered at Willow Run Airport and now based in Florida. They included command pilots Brad Hasler of Trenton and Jeremy Lipka of Brooklyn. By Jeff Karoub and Joan Lowy.

MICHIGAN BUDGET

LANSING —The Michigan Senate voted Tuesday to spend $50 million on tax incentives to lure moviemakers to Michigan next year, the same level in the current budget. The bill no longer includes savings if lawmakers agree to make more people eligible for Medicaid. The Republican-led Legislature has been reluctant to accept the Medicaid expansion. By David Eggert.

PRISON PRIVATIZATION-FOOD

LANSING — State officials reversed themselves Tuesday in deciding to hire a private company to prepare food for Michigan's 44,000 prisoners, saying they originally misjudged a plan that would actually save the state about $16 million. The Michigan Department of Corrections sent a notification to state employees of the decision, which puts the jobs of 373 workers at risk. The agency initially said the plan would not save enough money. By David Eggert.

LICENSING-ABORTION

LANSING — The Senate Judiciary Committee questioned officials from the state's licensing department Tuesday about the state's handling of complaints against a Muskegon doctor who ran an abortion clinic. The committee asked the officials to testify after television reports revealed that complaints against the doctor were dismissed the head of the Board of Medicine, who was the doctor's mentor. By Alanna Durkin.

Also:

— PAID SICK LEAVE-PETITIONS — Opponents of legislation that would ban local governments in Michigan from requiring employers to provide paid sick leave days have delivered petitions to the state Capitol.

— MEDICAID EXPANSION-CRIME — Law enforcement officials plan to call on state lawmakers to expand Medicaid coverage to more than 300,000 Michigan residents.

— CHILD SAFETY SEATS-FINES — Michigan drivers may no longer be let off the hook if children aren't in a safety seat. A House-passed bill says judges no longer would have to waive penalties for violators who buy seats after being ticketed.

— WOLF HUNT — Michigan House panel has approved legislation that could block a group's effort to ban wolf hunting in Michigan. The bill would empower the Natural Resources Commission to decide which types of wildlife can be hunted.

— TAX DISPUTES-MICHIGAN — The Republican-led Michigan House passes legislation to prevent communities from holding back millage money voters approved for the Detroit Zoo and Detroit Institute of Arts.

— VETERANS AGENCY — A 3-month-old state agency established to help military veterans get the federal benefits they've earned is moving to downtown Lansing.

— COMMITTEE MEMBERS-REMOVED — The top Republican in the Michigan House has removed eight Democrats from committees because they missed meetings last week. The move comes amid heightened tension between Republican and Democratic leaders in the chamber.

INSURANCE JOBS

LANSING — Buoyed by a year of record profits, a Michigan insurance company said Tuesday it is planning a $100 million expansion that could lead to the addition of more than 1,000 jobs at its headquarters. Lansing-based Jackson National Life Insurance Co. said it is running out of space after adding more than 150 employees to its 2,100-member Lansing workforce in 2012. The announcement brought Republican Gov. Rick Snyder and his 2010 Democratic opponent, Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero, to the same stage. By David Eggert.

AP Photos MILAN101-102.

GOLF TEAM-FATAL CRASH

EXCELSIOR TOWNSHIP — A high school golfer remained in critical condition Tuesday while authorities investigated a crash that killed three people, including a teammate and their coach. Members of the Grayling High School golf team were traveling to a tournament Monday when their van struck another van on a rural road east of Traverse City. Killed were Louis Menard, 18, golf coach Jason Potter, 28, and a passenger in the other van, Cassandra Stapleton, 27.

AP Photo MITRA101, others planned.

GM-TRADE SECRETS

DETROIT — A former GM engineer and her husband face up to 10 years in prison for stealing hybrid trade secrets from the big automaker. Sentencing is scheduled Tuesday afternoon in federal court. By Ed White.

AP Photo DT101.

Eds: Developing from 2 p.m. hearing.

MYANMAR-FORD

YANGON, Myanmar — Ford Motor Co. announced its entry into Myanmar on Tuesday, saying it plans to open the nation's first sales and service showroom for new vehicles by August. Myanmar's vehicle market has been stunted by decades of international sanctions and strict import controls put in place by the military junta that ruled for nearly 50 years, handing out import licenses to a few favored tycoons. By Erika Kinetz.

AP Photos MYN101-103.

Eds: Moved on national financial lines.

DODGE-VIPER INVESTIGATION

DETROIT — U.S. auto safety regulators are investigating complaints that a rear suspension part can fail on the iconic Dodge Viper muscle car. The investigation disclosed Tuesday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration covers about 2,500 Vipers from the 2005 and 2006 model years.

Also:

— PORSCHE-SAFETY INVESTIGATION — U.S. safety regulators are investigating coolant leaks in Porsche 911 sports cars that could cause drivers to lose control of the cars. The probe affects about 10,000 vehicles.

EMERGENCY MANAGER-ECORSE

ECORSE — The city of Ecorse no longer is on the list of Michigan cities operating under an emergency manager. Gov. Rick Snyder on Tuesday declared a 4-year financial emergency has been resolved and an advisory board has been appointed. Ecorse, southwest of Detroit, was deemed to be in a financial emergency in 2009 and placed under state oversight by then-Gov. Jennifer Granholm.

EXCHANGE-VETERAN'S HOME

ADDISON — The sound of their child's laughter filled their new house, echoing through the empty rooms as Eric Daggs and his family walked through it for the first time. Daggs, 27, along with his wife, Chelsea, 28, of three years and their 2-year old son, Carter, received a new house in Addison donated by Bank of America and the Military Warriors Support Foundation. By Jon Szerlag, the Jackson Citizen Patriot.

AP Photos MIJAC501-503.

Eds: An AP Member Exchange.

SPORTS:

BBA--TWINS-TIGERS

DETROIT — The Detroit Tigers have won four straight and will send Justin Verlander to the mound against Joe Mauer and the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday night. By Noah Trister. Game starts at 7:05 p.m.

AP Photos.

Also:

— BBA--TIGERS-OFFICER HONORED — A West Bloomfield Township police officer slain in the line of duty will be honored prior to the Detroit Tigers game against Minnesota at Comerica Park.

HKN--RED WINGS-DUCKS

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Ryan Getzlaf and the second-seeded Anaheim Ducks open their return to the playoffs against Pavel Datsyuk and the Detroit Red Wings, who begin their 22nd consecutive postseason Tuesday night. By Greg Beacham. Game starts at 10:30 p.m.

AP Photos.

Also:

— HKN--ROLSTON RETIRES — Brian Rolston, 40, of Flint retired Tuesday after a 17-year NHL career in which he played for five teams and helped the New Jersey Devils win their first Stanley Cup.

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