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BC-MI--Michigan News Coverage Advisory, MI

April 5, 2019

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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates.



EAST LANSING, Mich. _ Michigan State’s Tom Izzo may have done the best coaching job of his Hall of Fame career this season. He reached his eighth Final Four with a short-handed team that lost two underclassmen to the NBA draft last year. Izzo was in tears when the Spartans beat Duke and was moved again hours later when fans packed the Breslin Center to welcome the team back to campus. Last season, some people wondered if the Larry Nassar sexual abuse scandal would drive him away. By Larry Lage. SENT: 990 words, photos. Moving on national and state sports lines.


—GERALD FORD-GRAVE: Police say two people suspected of defacing the gravesite of former President Gerald Ford and first lady Betty Ford have come forward and are cooperating.

—CHILD TAKEN-MICHIGAN: A caregiver who triggered an Amber Alert after authorities say she took a 1-year-old child to another city without permission has been sentenced to at least a year behind bars.

—TOXIC CHEMICALS-VETERANS: Veterans with health problems caused by exposure to toxic chemicals known as PFAS would be eligible for federal health care services under legislation proposed in Congress.



MINNEAPOLIS _ Michigan State’s Joshua Langford and Auburn’s Chuma Okeke won’t be playing in the Final Four, while still playing pivotal roles for their teams. Langford has found a niche has leader, mentor and part-time assistant coach for the Spartans, who face Texas Tech. Auburn will face Virginia without star forward Chuma Okeke, who injured his knee in a Sweet 16 victory against North Carolina, but has helped inspire the Tigers to the first Final Four in school history. By Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 930 words, photo.


MINNEAPOLIS _ Proper nutrition helps Final Four players fuel and recover for peak performance. Some schools have detailed meal plans, others recommendations of what to eat when. Sodas, energy drinks, fried and fast foods are all no-nos. By John Marshall. SENT: 890 words, photos.


OKLAHOMA CITY _ The Oklahoma City Thunder will try to build momentum from Russell Westbrook’s historic 20-20-20 game when they host the Detroit Pistons on Friday evening. By Cliff Brunt. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 8 p.m. ET.


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