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

December 21, 2018

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. Ed White is on the desk. AP-Michigan News Editor Roger Schneider can be reached at 313-259-0650 or rschneider@ap.org. 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 STORIES:

DOCTOR-SEXUAL ASSAULT

DETROIT _ A special prosecutor accuses Michigan State University of stonewalling his investigation into the school’s handling of the sexual abuse scandal involving disgraced former sports doctor Larry Nassar and calls for “top-down cultural change” at the school. By Jeff Karoub. SENT: 590 words, photos.

MICHIGAN LEGISLATURE-LAME DUCK

LANSING, Mich. _ Michigan Republicans vote to toughen rules for ballot drives and to give lawmakers 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. By David Eggert. SENT: 981 words, developing.

MICHIGAN LEGISLATURE-ROUNDUP

LANSING, Mich. _ The Republican-controlled Legislature races 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 gambling measures would make Michigan the fifth state where online wagers are legal. By David Eggert. Developing.

With: MICHIGAN LEGISLATURE-ROUNDUP-THE LATEST

MICHIGAN WETLANDS

A bill seeking to deprive many Michigan wetlands, lakes and streams of protection from development was scaled back significantly before winning approval in the final hours of the Michigan Legislature’s lame-duck session. By John Flesher. UPCOMING: 300 words. Seeking Photo.

_ WHITMER-CABINET: Gov.-elect Gretchen Whitmer announces some key members of her Cabinet along with top aides in the executive office.

AROUND THE STATE:

CHRISTMAS CARDS-LEUKEMIA:

BRIGHTON, Mich. _ A southeastern Michigan girl who is battling leukemia has many fans _ more than 4,500 so far and growing by the day. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 200 words.

FORD-F-SERIES RECALL

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.

IN BRIEF:

_ SCHOOL STABBING-MICHIGAN: A 17-year-old girl accused of fatally stabbing a classmate at their Detroit-area school in an alleged dispute over a boy has been found competent to stand trial.

_ HOUSE FIRE-MICHIGAN: Authorities say a woman and a 2-year-old boy have died and a 4-year-old girl is hospitalized following a fire at a home in suburban Detroit.

_ NUCLEAR PLANT-MICHIGAN: A nuclear power plant in southeastern Michigan remains shut down after being taken offline earlier this month for repairs.

_ WRONG-WAY DRIVER STOPPED: An officer is being credited for using his patrol car to stop a sleepy driver who was going the wrong way on a highway in western Michigan.

_ MEDICAL DEBT FORGIVENESS: Thousands of people in Michigan are getting a special gift this season: Their medical bills are being forgiven.

_ 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.

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

SPORTS:

FBC--POTATO BOWL

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.

BKN--PISTONS-HORNETS

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

BKC--DETROIT MERCY-XAVIER

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

BKC--OAKLAND-MICHIGAN STATE

EAST LANSING, Mich. _ Oakland plays Michigan State in East Lansing.

FBC--WESTERN MICHIGAN-BRIGHAM YOUNG

BOISA, Idaho _ Western Michigan plays Brigham Young in a bowl game.

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