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

November 26, 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. Ken Kusmer is on the desk, followed by Herb McCann. 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

GENERAL MOTORS-RESTRUCTURING

DETROIT — General Motors will lay off up to 14,000 factory and white-collar workers in North America and put five plants up for possible closure as it restructures to cut costs and focus more on autonomous and electric vehicles. The reduction includes 8,100 white-collar workers, some of whom will take buyouts and others who will be laid off. Some U.S. factory workers could transfer to truck or SUV factories that are increasing production. Among the closing possibilities are the Detroit/Hamtramck assembly plant, which makes the Buick LaCrosse, the Chevrolet Impala and Volt, and the Cadillac CT6, all slow-selling cars. Work on six-speed transmissions made at the Warren, Michigan, transmission plant would stop Aug. 1. By Tom Krisher and Rob Gillies. SENT: 600 words, photos.

— With GENERAL MOTORS-OHIO: Union leaders in Ohio aren’t giving up hope even though General Motors is announcing it will no longer make the Chevy Cruze at its Youngstown-area plant. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated.

AROUND THE STATE:

DOCTOR-SEXUAL ASSAULT

CHARLOTTE, Mich. — The former president of Michigan State University on Monday made her first court appearance since being charged with lying to investigators about what she knew during the investigation into sexual assault allegations against former sports doctor Larry Nassar. Lou Anna Simon, 71, is accused of lying during an interview in May. She is charged with two felonies and two misdemeanors. By David Eggert. SENT: 300 words, photos.

MIDWEST SNOWSTORM

CHICAGO — A wintry storm brought blizzard-like conditions to parts of the Midwest early Monday, grounding hundreds of flights and causing slick roads for commuters as they returned to work after the Thanksgiving weekend. The Chicago area was slammed with up to a foot of wet snow, and whiteout conditions stalled commuter traffic on the roads. The National Weather Service said 7.5 inches of snow fell at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport. The storm also dumped wet snow on parts of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula, where police responded to dozens of crashes Monday morning in the Lansing area. By Noreen Nasir. SENT: 500 words, photos, video.

— With MIDWEST SNOWSTORM-MICHIGAN: A wintry Midwest storm is dumping wet snow on parts of Michigan’s southern and central Lower Peninsula, creating treacherous driving conditions. SENT: 130 words, photos.

HEALTH COSTS-FUNDRAISING

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A Grand Rapids-based hospital system has denied a heart transplant to a 60-year-old woman because of funding concerns, recommending instead that she fundraise $10,000 for the procedure on her own. Spectrum Health’s Heart & Lung Specialized Care Clinics informed Hedda Martin in a Nov. 20 letter that she isn’t eligible for the transplant because she doesn’t have secure financing for drugs needed to keep her body from rejecting the new organ. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words.

BUSINESS:

AUTO SHOW-TESLA COMPETITION

PLYMOUTH TOWNSHIP, Mich. — In a renovated old cash register factory in suburban Detroit, 300 engineers are toiling away on an all-electric pickup truck and an SUV that they hope can take on Tesla. All of them work for Rivian, which on Monday will unveil the two vehicles ahead of the Los Angeles Auto Show. It is among a growing line of startups and established automakers looking to enter the fully electric vehicle market. By Auto Writer Tom Krisher. SENT: 700 words, photos.

NISSAN-GHOSN-MITSUBISHI

TOKYO — The board of Japanese automaker Mitsubishi Motors, which is allied with Renault and Nissan, voted unanimously Monday to dismiss Carlos Ghosn as its chairman following his arrest last week. Prosecutors arrested Ghosn on Nov. 19 on suspicion he under-reported his income by $44 million over five years. Nissan Motor Co. ousted him as its chairman last week, saying an internal investigation prompted by a whistleblower also found Ghosn misused company money and assets. By Business Writer Yuri Kageyama. SENT: 500 words, photos. Moving in business services.

IN BRIEF:

— SOO LOCKS-CHANNEL: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it will spend $32.4 million in the coming year for a channel deepening project that will be an important step toward construction of a new Great Lakes shipping lock.

— POLICE CHASE-SHOOTING: Authorities say a woman was reportedly shot before a man led police on a chase that ended in a shooting along a Detroit-area freeway.

— DOGS KILLED-FIRE: Authorities say 13 dogs have died and more than two dozen others were rescued following a fire at a garage in rural western Michigan that was being used as a kennel.

— GAS PRICES-MICHIGAN: AAA Michigan says average gas prices statewide are down 8 cents in the past week to about $2.40 per gallon amid continued declines in oil prices.

— TOWN HALL MEETINGS-PROSECUTOR: Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy will give a presentation on school threats, domestic violence and sexual assault kits during a town hall meeting in suburban Detroit.

SPORTS:

FBN--LIONS-FACING LA

ALLEN PARK, Mich. — The Detroit Lions have a little extra time to prepare for their next game, but the challenge is a formidable one. The Los Angeles Rams are coming to town. By Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.

HKN--JACKETS-WINGS

DETROIT — The Detroit Red Wings host the Columbus Blue Jackets, hoping to end a two-game losing streak. By Hockey Writer Larry Lage. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game time 7:30 p.m.

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