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

February 8, 2019

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. For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org.

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TOP STORIES:

OBIT-JOHN DINGELL

DETROIT _ Former Michigan Rep. John Dingell, the longest-serving member of Congress in American history, has died. The Democrat was 92. He was dubbed “Big John” for his imposing 6-foot-3 frame and sometimes intimidating manner. He was also a master of legislative deal-making and a staunch advocate for the U.S. auto industry. Dingell was first elected in 1955, to fill the House seat vacated by his late father. His wife was elected to replace him after he retired in 2014. Dingell died Thursday. By Mike Householder and David Eggert. SENT: 1,420 words, photos, video.

With:

—OBIT-JOHN DINGELL-A LIFE: The longest-serving member of Congress in American history, former Michigan Rep. John Dingell, has died at age 92. The Democrat was dubbed “Big John” for his imposing 6-foot-3 frame and sometimes intimidating manner. He was a master of legislative deal-making and a staunch advocate for the U.S. auto industry. He was first elected in 1955, to fill the House seat vacated by his late father. His wife was elected to replace him after he retired in 2014. By Mike Householder. SENT: 1,440 words, photos, video.

—JOHN DINGELL-TWITTER: John Dingell was long known for his wry takes and quick wit alongside his mastery of legislative deal-making. But the longest-serving Congress member’s musings on Twitter drew widespread interest and kept him au courant. Favorite topics and targets for the outspoken Democrat included President Donald Trump and his favorite Michigan sports teams. By Jeff Karoub. SENT: 980 words, photos.

—OBIT-JOHN DINGELL-REACTIONS: Reaction to the death of former U.S. Rep. John Dingell. SENT: 1,560 words, photos.

—OBIT-JOHN DINGELL-TIMELINE: Key dates in the life and career of U.S. Rep. John Dingell. SENT: 560 words, photos.

—JOHN DINGELL: A funeral and a public memorial will be held next week to honor former U.S. Rep. John Dingell. SENT: 160 words, photos.

AROUND THE STATE:

WHITMER ADS-FINE

LANSING, Mich. _ A political nonprofit that backed Gretchen Whitmer for governor will pay a $37,500 fine after Michigan’s top election official concluded it violated campaign-finance law by “expressly” advocating for her election in TV ads. Build a Better Michigan, which spent millions supporting Whitmer, was organized by her allies under section 527 of the U.S. tax code. Such organizations can’t advocate explicitly for one’s election or defeat but can coordinate more closely with candidates. By David Eggert. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words.

BURIED BODY PARTS

DETROIT _ A Michigan man has been convicted of second-degree murder in the shooting death and mutilation of his childhood friend three years ago in a field north of Detroit. A Macomb County jury on Thursday found 21-year-old Andrew Fiacco guilty in the killing of 19-year-old Stephen McAfee. The jury also found Fiacco guilty of a felony firearm offense, dismemberment and lying to a police officer. His sentencing is set for March 21. He could face decades in prison. SENT: 140 words. Will be updated.

BUSINESS:

AIR BAGS RECALL

DETROIT _ Subaru, Tesla, Volkwagen and others recall a combined 1.7 million cars with Takata airbags. It is a continuation of the largest series of automotive recalls in U.S. history. The recalls, which began in 2001, are being phased in over time and managed by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. As of December, automakers have recalled 50.36 million inflators and replaced 27.2 million of them. That leaves more than 23 million yet to be replaced, according to the NHTSA. By Tom Krisher. SENT: 420 words, photo.

IN BRIEF:

—WINTER WEATHER-MICHIGAN: A utility says some of the tens of thousands of homes and businesses without power in Michigan following days of freezing rain and other wintry weather are expected to be without electricity through the weekend. Photos. Video.

—POLICE SHOOTING-MICHIGAN: The family of a man who was fatally shot by police outside a baby shower in suburban Detroit has filed a $10 million wrongful death lawsuit against police.

—CORRUPTION PROBE-SUBURBS: An engineering contractor convicted of paying a series of bribes to a public official in suburban Detroit has been sentenced to a year in prison.

SPORTS:

BKN--PISTONS-DIRECTION

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. _ Pistons senior adviser Ed Stefanski recaps his team’s trade deadline activity Friday after Detroit made a couple of fairly minor deals. By Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 650 words. Developing from 10:30 a.m. ET availability.

BKN--KNICKS-PISTONS

DETROIT _ The day after the trade deadline, the Pistons and Knicks return to the court to face each other Friday in the second half of a home-and-home this week. By Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m. ET.

BBA--SPRING TRAINING CAPSULES-AL CENTRAL

A team-by-team look at the American League Central entering spring training, including key players each club acquired and lost, and dates of the first workout for pitchers and catchers, and the full squad. SENT: 1,260 words, photos.

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