BC-MI--Michigan News Coverage Advisory 8:30 am, MI
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 email@example.com. David Runk is on the desk. AP-Michigan News Editor Roger Schneider can be reached at 313-259-0650 or firstname.lastname@example.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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.
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STRAIGHT PARTY VOTING-MICHIGAN
DETROIT — A federal appeals court on Wednesday revived Michigan’s ban on straight-party voting. The decision means voters in the November election must go line by line if they want to vote for candidates in partisan races. In the past, a single mark could automatically count for candidates of a single party, from governor to county commissioner. By Ed White. SENT: 300 words. Moved late Wednesday and available for use.
MICHIGAN LAWMAKER CHARGED
DETROIT — A former Michigan lawmaker accused of putting a no-show employee on the public payroll is asking for probation and home detention. Bert Johnson, a Democrat from Highland Park, is returning to federal court Thursday for his sentence. SENT: 120 words. Will be updated on merits from 10 a.m. EDT court hearing.
— SMALL PLANE CRASH: Authorities say a pilot of a small plane has died following a crash in Michigan. The St. Clair County sheriff’s office started looking for the plane early Thursday following a report that it was overdue in arriving at the St. Clair County International Airport.
— TOWNSHIP ELECTION-TIEBREAKER: A write-in candidate for township supervisor in southwestern Michigan who lost a tiebreaker for the Republican nomination has prevailed by a single vote following a recount.
— FOSTER CARE-GUNS: A gun-owning couple in the Upper Peninsula has cleared a key hurdle in challenging Michigan’s restrictions on firearms in foster homes.
— SHOOTING RANGE: A new public shooting range has opened in northern Michigan. The state Department of Natural Resources the range in Grand Traverse County offers 12 lanes for target shooting.
FBC--BIG TEN-FIRED-UP FOES
Penn State-Pittsburgh and Iowa State-Iowa are among the in-state non-conference battles in the Big Ten this week. The ones involving directional schools — Western Michigan at Michigan and Western Illinois at Illinois — aren’t to be forgotten. Those games create lifetime memories for the underdogs, win or lose, and the favorites must be on guard. By College Football Writer Eric Olson. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos.
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