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

December 18, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 STORY:

TOXIC CHEMICALS-MICHIGAN

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. _ A panel of scientists appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder says Michigan may need a tougher standard for triggering cleanups of drinking water contaminated with a group of toxic chemicals found widely in the environment. Meanwhile, a state legislative committee approves a bill that would keep the existing standard in place and make it harder for regulators to strengthen them. By John Flesher. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 500 words by 3 p.m.

XGR--MICHIGAN LEGISLATURE-LAME DUCK

LANSING, Mich. — Michigan Republicans determined to dilute the authority of newly elected Democrats could see the power play thwarted by a moderate GOP governor, who is not certain to go along with the Legislature like Wisconsin’s more partisan Gov. Scott Walker. By David Eggert. SENT: 950 words, photo. UPCOMING: Will be updated from Tuesday legislative sessions.

GOVERNMENT & POLITICS:

WETLAND PROTECTION-MICHIGAN

LANSING, Mich. _ The Republican-controlled Michigan Legislature is moving toward approval of a bill that would place new restrictions on state regulators seeking to protect wetlands and inland waterways from pollution and development. By John Flesher and David Eggert. UPCOMING: 500 words by 5 p.m.

ENTERTAINMENT:

YE--POP CULTURE MOMENTS

And the top pop culture moments of 2018 are ... Wait. WAS there any pop culture this year? Of course there was, but you could be forgiven for forgetting, because more than ever it was politics, politics, and more politics occupying the zeitgeist and sucking the proverbial air out of the room. Still, if you wanted a break from that, there was a royal wedding with something for everyone, some groundbreaking movies, the return of Mary Poppins (to the screen) and Harry Potter (to Broadway), a goodbye to some favorite celebrities, including Detroit’s own Aretha Franklin epic farewell, a tale of two coats that were more than just coats, and more. By Jocelyn Noveck. SENT: 1,300 words, photos

AROUND THE STATE:

PRIEST-TEEN’S SUICIDE

DETROIT — The parents of a Michigan teenager will ask the local archdiocese to remove the priest who questioned whether their son would get to heaven following his suicide. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words.

SHERIFF ARRESTED

KALKASKA, Mich. — A police report and bodycam video show that a Michigan sheriff accused of drunken driving asked a deputy not to arrest him. Television station WJRT obtained bodycam video from the Nov. 16 arrest of Midland County Sheriff Scott Stephenson, who later pleaded guilty to driving while impaired. SENT: 150 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ MISSING WOMAN-PERU: A blind American woman from Michigan has gone missing after traveling to Peru for a wedding. Relatives say 35-year-old Carla Valpeoz has been missing for nearly a week in the South American country. She was last seen on Dec. 12 after she returned to a hostel from a nightclub in Cusco.

_ MISSING WOMAN-PERU: A blind Detroit woman who traveled to Peru for a wedding remains missing in the South American nation nearly a week after she failed to show up for her flight home.

_ FIRE AWARDS-DETROIT: Firefighters and emergency medical technicians in Detroit are expected to be recognized for their life-saving and critical response efforts.

_ CONSUL OF JAPAN-CLEVELAND: The government of Japan has appointed its first honorary consul of Japan in Cleveland. The consul general of Japan in Detroit recently announced the appointment of Hiroyuki Fujita to the new position in Cleveland.

_ TALENT GRANTS: Michigan is awarding nearly $15 million to consortiums of school districts, colleges, industry groups and others to start innovative education models.

_ MICHIGAN CHILD WELFARE: Gov. Rick Snyder’s administration says improvements have been made to Child Protective Services after a state audit uncovered many deficiencies.

SPORTS:

HKN--WINGS-FLYERS

PHILADELPHIA _ Interim coach Scott Gordon makes his debut with the Philadelphia Flyers when they host the Detroit Red Wings. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.

BKC--OAKLAND-GEORGIA

ATHENS, Ga. _ After squandering an 18-point lead in a loss to Arizona State, Georgia looks to bounce back against Oakland. By Blake Giles. UPCOMING: 500 words. Game starts at 7 p.m.

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