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

January 10, 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. Corey Williams is on the desk. For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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TOP STORY:

HEALTH DIRECTOR-WHITMER

LANSING, Mich. _ Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday named Robert Gordon, an executive with The College Board and former Obama administration official, to lead the state’s Department of Health and Human Services. By David Eggert. UPCOMING: 130 words, more on merits.

FORMER FUNERAL HOME-COLLEGE

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. _ A Michigan community college plans to hold classes next fall in a renovated former funeral home. The Grand Haven Tribune reports that Muskegon Community College purchased the Clock Life Story Funeral Home building for $378,000. Officials expect about $300,000 in renovations before classes begin in August. The college’s Grand Haven campus is currently located at the Grand Haven Community Center. SENT: 280 words, photos pursuing.

BUSINESS:

EUROPE-AUTO WOES

FRANKFURT, Germany _ The headwinds buffeting the global auto industry made themselves felt in Europe as mass-market carmaker Ford and luxury-focused Jaguar Land Rover announced sweeping restructurings that will cost thousands of jobs. By David McHugh and Danica Kirka. SENT: 640 words, photos.

With:

—FORD-EUROPE, from FRANKFURT, Germany _ Ford Motor Co. says it is cutting jobs in Europe in a wide-ranging restructuring as it focuses on its most profitable models and shifts production toward electric cars. In a statement, the company said Thursday that “structural cost improvements will be supported by a reduction of surplus labor,” both hourly and salaried. By David McHugh. SENT: 330 words, photos.

FORD-NEW EXPLORER

DETROIT _ Ford’s aging Explorer SUV is getting a major revamp as it faces growing competition in the market for family haulers with three rows of seats. The company unveiled the new version Wednesday night at Ford Field, home of the NFL’s Detroit Lions. The Explorer gets a top-to-bottom update that includes a switch from front- to rear-wheel-drive, as well as upgraded engines and transmissions, some nice standard safety features and even high-performance and gas-electric hybrid versions. SENT: 410 words, photos, video.

IN BRIEF:

—INFORMATION BREACH-MICHIGAN: Officials say a security breach at a Michigan provider of HIV/AIDS care services and substance abuse treatment has compromised some patients’ personal and medical information.

—HUMAN WASTE SPILL-FREEWAY: A freeway in southeastern Michigan just north of the state line with Ohio has been closed after a truck hauling human waste rolled over and spilled its contents along the roadway.

—PET CEMETERY-FUTURE: Several people whose pets are buried at a shuttered Michigan pet cemetery are suing to make sure remains of an estimated 74,000 animals there won’t be disturbed.

—SNOWMOBILER DEATH: Authorities say a snowmobiler who had been missing since the weekend in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula has been found dead.

—DRUG LISTING: Michigan is listing a drug commonly used to treat nerve pain and seizures as a controlled substance, a step intended to fight the opioid epidemic.

SPORTS:

BKN--PISTONS-KINGS

SACRAMENTO, Calif. _ The Sacramento Kings host the Detroit Pistons on Thursday. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 10 p.m.

BKC--MICHIGAN-ILLINOIS

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. _ Michigan makes a road trip to the State Farm Center to take on Illinois on Thursday. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 8 p.m.

BKC--GREEN BAY-DETROIT

DETROIT _ Green Bay plays Detroit at Calihan Hall. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits. Game starts at 7 p.m.

BKC--BIG TEN THIS WEEK

Purdue’s Carsen Edwards is arguably the best guard in the Big Ten. Wisconsin’s Ethan Happ may be the best frontcourt player. Those two face off when Wisconsin hosts Purdue on Friday night. The Badgers may be the team with the best chance to challenge No. 2 Michigan and No. 6 Michigan State at the top of the conference. By Noah Trister. SENT: 450 words, photos.

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