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BC-MI--Michigan News Coverage Advisory 8:30 am, MI

December 21, 2018

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. David Runk 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates.



LANSING, Mich. _ A special prosecutor will answer questions from the media Friday regarding his investigation into Michigan State University and its handling of the Larry Nassar sexual-abuse scandal. Developing from 10 a.m. news conference.


LANSING, Mich. _ Michigan Republicans voted early Friday to toughen rules for ballot drives and to give themselves the authority to intervene in court cases, capping a contentious post-election legislative session that critics blasted as diluting the power of voters and incoming Democratic officeholders. The GOP-controlled Legislature sent the bills to Gov. Rick Snyder toward the end of a marathon 21-hour day of voting. Bleary-eyed lawmakers also passed a $1.3 billion budget measure and backed the legalization of online gambling. By David Eggert. SENT: 740 words, photos.


LANSING, Mich. _ The Republican-controlled Legislature raced early Friday to legalize online gambling and pass a $1.3 billion budget bill that would allocate more for roads and environmental cleanup, despite criticism that it would use money that otherwise should go to Michigan schools. The supplemental budget legislation _ up for consideration in the closing hours of a final marathon lame-duck session day _ was the last chance for GOP Gov. Rick Snyder and many lawmakers to put an imprint on state spending before they leave office. The gambling measures would make Michigan the fifth state where online wagers are legal. By David Eggert. SENT: 780 words, photos.



LANSING, Mich. _ The Latest on the Michigan Legislature’s lame-duck session. SENT:


NEW YORK _ Children torn from their parents, refugees turned away, tear gas fired on asylum-seekers, and a president who says he’s making good on promises to protect the nation’s borders. In a breathless 2018, they were just a handful of headlines on immigration, one of the year’s most dominant issues. Combined with a relentless stream of administrative memos and changes in regulation and enforcement, it represented a government bombardment on virtually every type of immigration _ a bold follow-up to the opening salvo of President Donald Trump’s first year in office. By Matt Sedensky And Julie Watson. SENT: 1,900 words.



DETROIT _ Ford is recalling more than 410,000 F-Series pickup trucks with engine block heaters in the U.S. because they can catch fire. The recall covers certain F-150s from the 2015 through 2019 model years, as well as the 2017 through 2019 F-250, 350, 450 and 550.


_ JUDGE-MISCONDUCT: A retired judge appointed to oversee misconduct complaints against a Michigan judge says he found that the state code of conduct for judges and campaign finance rules were violated.

_ CHRISTMAS CARDS-LEUKEMIA: A southeastern Michigan girl who is battling leukemia has many fans _ more than 4,500 so far and growing by the day.

_ WATER TRAILS: Eight waterways totaling more than 540 miles (869 kilometers) are Michigan’s first state-designated water trails.



BOISE, Idaho _ BYU looks to finish with a winning record when the Cougars face Western Michigan in the Idaho Potato Bowl on Friday. UPCOMING: Game at 4 p.m. ET. 700 words.


CHARLOTTE, N.C. _ The Hornets host the Pistons 10 days after beating them on a last second jumper by Jeremy Lamb. By Steve Reed. UPCOMING. 650 words, photos by 7 p.m. EDT


Detroit Mercy (3-8) plays Xavier (7-5) as part of the Jesuit Basketball Spotlight. By Joe Kay. Tip-off 7 p.m.


Oakland plays Michigan State at Jack Breslin Students Events Center.


Western Michigan plays Brigham Young at Albertsons Stadium.


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