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

August 3, 2018

Good morning! 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 judge who sentenced disgraced former sports doctor Larry Nassar to prison for molesting girls will hold a hearing on a request that she disqualify herself from his appeal of the sentence. Judge Rosemarie Aquilina will hear arguments in her Lansing, Michigan, courtroom on Friday. Nassar’s lawyers want a new judge to resentence the former Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics doctor. Aquilina sentenced Nassar to 40- to 175-year sentence in state prison for sexual assaults to be served after his 60-year federal term for child porn possession ends. SENT: 130 words, photos. Will be updated on merits from scheduled 10 a.m. hearing.


DETROIT — The Trump administration is overstating claims of auto safety and reduced costs in justifying its proposal to weaken Obama-era fuel economy requirements that were aimed at making cars more fuel efficient. On Thursday, the Environmental Protection Agency and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration urged a freeze of fuel efficiency standards at 2020 levels, rather than toughening them through 2026. Currently, vehicles would have to get around 30 miles per gallon in real-world driving by 2020. The agencies contend that freezing standards would make roads significantly safer, but auto experts say the administration’s claims stretch credulity. By Auto Writer Tom Krisher. SENT: 600 words, photos. Moved late Thursday and available for use.


— UP LODGE: A lodge in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula that was built during the Great Depression is going to a different buyer after being auctioned off for nearly $1.3 million.

— HAZARDOUS WASTE CLEANUP: An $8.1 million cleanup is planned at a western Michigan site used for military aircraft and tank engine manufacturing.

— AIRPORT REDEVELOPMENT: A state grant will help Chippewa County find new uses for vacant buildings at a former Air Force base in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

— BEAUMONT HEALTH-SETTLEMENT: A Detroit-area hospital will pay $84.5 million to settle U.S. Justice Department allegations over improper pay to eight doctors. The department says the settlement resolves allegations against Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak.



ALLEN PARK, Mich. — Matthew Stafford dropped back and connected with Golden Tate. Before the Detroit Lions lined up to take another snap in practice, Stafford’s short pass to Tate was shown on a huge TV monitor. The Lions are among the teams in the league making instant replay available to make quick corrections and observations. By Larry Lage. UPCOMING: 550 words, photos.


OAKLAND, Calif. — Brett Anderson takes the mound as the Oakland Athletics look for their fourth straight win in the opener of a weekend series against the Detroit Tigers. By Janie McCauley. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game time 10:05 p.m. ET.


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