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

December 31, 2018

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. Ed White is on the desk, followed by Corey Williams. 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

FORECLOSURE-WINDFALL

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. _ The Michigan Supreme Court will decide whether counties can continue to hit the jackpot when foreclosing on properties. Counties routinely sell real estate when taxes are long overdue. State law allows them to pocket everything _ even if the sales price exceeds the amount of debt. The Supreme Court has agreed to consider whether it adds up to an illegal government taking under the Michigan and U.S. constitutions. By Ed White. SENT: 380 words, photo.

AROUND THE STATE:

BANNED WORDS

DETROIT _ No collusion! (Or at least a lot less of it.) That’s according to a Michigan school’s latest “List of Words Banished from the Queen’s English for Mis-use, Over-use and General Uselessness.” The politically charged term at the center of special prosecutor Robert Mueller’s investigation into whether President Donald Trump’s campaign coordinated with Russia is among 18 entries on Lake Superior State University’s 44th annual list. By Jeff Karoub. SENT: 660 words. First moved Sunday night.

DETROIT FIRE-TRAINING CENTER

DETROIT _ Authorities are investigating a suspicious fire that damaged the Detroit Fire Department’s former training center and many documents. SENT: 300 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ ISLAND-PLANE CRASH: A 72-year-old pilot has died in the crash of a small plane on Beaver Island in Lake Michigan.

_ IRONWOOD FIRE: Investigators in the Upper Peninsula still are trying to determine the cause of a fire that killed three people in downtown Ironwood nearly a year ago.

_ STOLEN CAR-GIFTS: Christen Greenwood’s stolen car had a load of gifts for struggling girls. The public responded by replacing the haul _ and adding more.

_ SNOWPLOW-DEATH: A man in the Upper Peninsula dies after crashing into the rear of a snowplow truck.

SPORTS:

REDBOX BOWL

SANTA CLARA, Calif. _ Michigan State plays Oregon in the college football’s Redbox Bowl. By Michael Wagaman. 3 p.m.

PANTHERS-RED WINGS

DETROIT _ The Florida Panthers play the Detroit Red Wings. By Larry Lage.

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