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AP-MI--Michigan News Digest 1:30 pm, MI

January 6, 2018

Good evening! Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up in Michigan at 1:30 p.m. 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. Corey Williams is on the desk. AP-Michigan News Editor Roger Schneider can be reached at 313-259-0650 or rschneider@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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

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CHERRY HILL, N.J. — State governments are considering lawsuits and tax structure changes in response to the federal overhaul. In high-tax states, the aim is protecting residents from bigger bills from the IRS. Elsewhere, states are trying to determine whether the changes will bring them more revenue — and decide whether they should send that back to taxpayers. By Geoff Mulvihill. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.


Lawmakers and others in Democratic-learning states have been howling over the past year about actions by the Trump administration and congressional Republicans that they say have undermined states’ rights. That includes promoting concealed carry legislation and attacking sanctuary status for immigrants to this week’s decisions on legalized marijuana and offshore oil drilling. But it wasn’t too long ago that the shoe was on the other foot, with Republican states pushing back against the Obama administration’s intrusions on issues such as transgender rights and environmental regulation. Promoting the constitutional protections for states’ rights — outlined in the 10th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution — has always been popular among politicians. But it also is situational. Recent history shows that how strongly a party feels about states’ rights can depend on whether it’s in power and how a specific policy affects other constitutional rights. By Ryan J. Foley and Geoff Mulvihill. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.



DETROIT — Japanese air bag maker Takata is recalling an additional 3.3 million faulty air bag inflators as it continues to expand the largest automotive recall in U.S. history. The latest recalls cover frontal air bags in certain 2009, 2010 and 2013 vehicles. They’re made by Honda, Toyota, Audi, BMW, Daimler Vans, Fiat Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Jaguar-Land Rover, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru and Tesla. SENT: 330 words.



DETROIT — A Michigan university has contracted with the state Department of Corrections for three medical director positions. Crain’s Detroit Business reports that Wayne State University will provide the prison system with a chief medical officer, a chief psychiatrist and an assistant chief medical officer. The physicians will work with Corizon Correctional Healthcare, the state’s in-prison health care provider. SENT: 240 words.


MIDLAND, Mich. — The Alden B. Dow Museum of Science and Art will bid farewell to a beloved attraction this month. The mastodon skeleton, nicknamed “Manny,” located at the front of the Hall of Ideas, will be restored and will move to a new home. Once Manny is restored, he will be placed on display at the Herbert D. Doan Midland County History Center. By Victoria Ritter, Midland Daily News. SENT IN ADVANCE: 337 words.


TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — Five-month-old Lillian Bloss of Blair Township has something in common with Jimmy Kimmel’s 8-month-old son, Billy, and Olympic snowboarder Shawn White. All three were born with a congenital condition known as Tetralogy of Fallot (TOF), a set of heart defects that hinders the flow of oxygenated blood to the rest of the body. Lillian, the daughter of Russell and Theresa Bloss, had open heart surgery Oct. 31 to correct the defect. By Patti Brandt Burgess, Traverse City Record-Eagle. SENT IN ADVANCE: 635 words.


— WINTER WEATHER-INDIANA: The National Weather Service says more than 25 inches (63.5 centimeters) of snow have fallen near the northwestern Indiana city of LaPorte over three days. The weather service says more than 17 inches (43 centimeters) of snow were measured in Stevensville and Buchanan, Michigan.

— SEX TRAFFICKING TRIAL-MICHIGAN: A 41-year-old woman has been convicted in connection with a sex-trafficking ring that authorities said involved underage girls.

— BODIES FOUND-NILES: Police are investigating the deaths of an 81-year-old man and his 55-year-old daughter after their bodies were found inside a cold southwestern Michigan home.

— FATHER-SON-FREEWAY SHOOTING: A father and his 21-year-old son face charges after the younger man was wounded as the two men fired shots at each other while driving separate vehicles along a Detroit freeway.

— MEIJER GARDENS-BEVERLY PEPPER: Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park in western Michigan is preparing to open an exhibition of sculptor Beverly Pepper’s print and drawing archives.

— WINE INDUSTRY: The number of wineries in Michigan continues to rise. The Michigan Grape & Wine Industry Council says it has added eight producers to the list of wineries it promotes, bringing the statewide total to 138. That’s up from 49 in 2007.



DETROIT — The Pistons try to rebound from their 36-point loss to the 76ers when they host Houston. By Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m. ET.


ANN ARBOR, Mich. — The Fightin’ Illini visits Ann Arbor to take on the University of Michigan Wolverines. Game started at noon.


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