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BC-MI--Michigan News Digest 3 pm, MI

January 27, 2019

Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up today in Michigan. Ken Kusmer is on the desk. 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.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

XGR--SENATE LEADER

LANSING, Mich. _ Republicans who have kept control of the Michigan Senate for 35 years are putting at the helm an engineer whose legislative career has been defined by two of the most consequential laws of the past decade. Mike Shirkey, whose father was a union steward, pushed early to make Michigan _ the mainstay of organized labor _ a right-to-work state where union fees are optional. A year later, as a key committee chairman, he embraced an expansion of Medicaid to more adults after initially opposing the key component of former President Barack Obama’s health care law on philosophical grounds. By David Eggert. SENT: 930 words, photo.

GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS:

TRUMP ROLLBACKS-INDUSTRY SAVINGS

BILLINGS, Mont. _ As the Trump administration rolls back environmental and safety rules for the energy sector, government projections show billions of dollars in savings reaped by companies will come at a steep cost: more premature deaths and illnesses from air pollution, a jump in climate-warming emissions and more severe derailments of trains carrying explosive fuels. The Associated Press analyzed 11 major rules targeted for repeal or relaxation under Trump, using the administration’s own estimates to tally how its actions would boost businesses and harm society. By Matthew Brown. SENT: 1,560 words, photos.

_ With: TRUMP ROLLBACKS-INDUSTRY SAVINGS-GLANCE: Under President Donald Trump, federal agencies have moved to roll back regulations for companies that extract, transport and burn oil, gas and coal. Government analyses show companies will save billions of dollars in compliance costs, but the trade-off often will be adverse impacts to public health and the environment. By Matthew Brown. SENT: 770 words.

AROUND THE STATE:

SCHOOL DISTRICT-DISCRIMINATION COMPLAINT

PAW PAW, Mich. _ The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan has filed a federal discrimination complaint alleging that there’s a racially hostile environment at a southwest school district that was previously criticized for its use of the Redskin name and image as a mascot. The ACLU filed the discrimination complaint Monday with the U.S. Department of Education against Paw Paw Public Schools. A public records request found that there were numerous instances of discrimination against racial, religious and ethnic groups at the district from 2015 through 2017, said ACLU attorney Mark Fancher. SENT: 310 words.

EXCHANGE-TEENAGE DISC JOCKEY

PORT HURON, Mich. _ Speakers standing on each side of a lighting rack blasted Timmy Trumpet’s music through the living room of the Welch family’s Port Huron home. Gunner Welch, 14, first got into DJing about a year ago. His family moved from Las Vegas to Port Huron fairly recently. He loved music and started DJing as a hobby with two speakers and a laptop. But his setup grew from there, and his hobby turned into a business. By Jeremy Ervin, Times Herald. SENT IN ADVANCE: 504 words.

EXCHANGE-HOME INDEPENDENCE

MIDDLEVILLE, Mich. _ U.S. Army Sgt. Michael Gower looked over his shoulder as a bright light shined through one of the hatches in the troop compartment of the military vehicle he was sitting in. Heading back to base, Gower’s unit started to pull off to the side of the road to wait for the rest of the platoon to catch up. The tires to the vehicle rolled over a 2-ton improvised explosive device (IED), MLive.com reported. By Sasha Zidar, MLive.com. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1205 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ FLINT CRASHES: Authorities have closed sections of two interstate highways in the Flint area following multiple crashes amid icy conditions.

_ WINTER FISHING INTERVIEWS: The Michigan Department of Natural Resources wants to hear your fish tales.

_ NUCLEAR MONITORING-RESEARCH: A new $25 million program led by the University of Michigan seeks to help boost nuclear monitoring and detection efforts around the world.

SPORTS:

BKC--T25-MICHIGAN STATE-PURDUE

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. _ No. 5 Michigan State puts a 13-game winning streak on the line Sunday at Purdue. The Boilermakers have won three straight and have emerged as perhaps the biggest threat to the two Michigan schools in the Big Ten title race. By Michael Marot. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game time is 1 p.m.

BKW--T25-MICHIGAN ST-MICHIGAN

ANN ARBOR, Mich. _ No. 23 Michigan State travels to play rival Michigan, hoping to stay in The Associated Press women’s basketball poll. By Larry Lage. UPCOMING: 500 words. Game starts 2 p.m.

FIG--US CHAMPIONSHIPS

DETROIT _ Nathan Chen tries for his third straight national title on the final day of the U.S. Figure Skating Championships. By Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Free skate starts at 2:10 p.m.

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