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

November 17, 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. 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 STORIES:

XGR--LAME DUCK LEGISLATURES

LANSING, Mich. — With their grip on power set to loosen come January, Republicans in several states are considering last-ditch laws that would weaken existing or incoming Democratic governors and advance a conservative agenda. In Michigan, where the GOP has held the levers of power for nearly eight years, Republican legislators want to water down a minimum wage law they approved before the election so that it would not go to voters and now be easier to amend. By David Eggert. SENT: 1,070 words, photos..

ELECTION 2018-GERRYMANDERING

With an election looming, courts earlier this year declared congressional districts in two states to be unconstitutional partisan gerrymanders. One map, in Pennsylvania, was redrawn. The other, in North Carolina, was not. The sharply contrasting outcomes that resulted on Election Day in the two states provide a case study on the consequences of partisan gerrymandering. A similar dynamic unfolded for state legislative districts in Michigan and Wisconsin. By David A. Lieb. SENT: 1,360 words, photos. With 820-word abridged version.

AROUND THE STATE:

1991 SLAYING

IONIA, Mich. — A Michigan man who was convicted of murder nearly 30 years ago is seeking to have his life sentence commuted, citing that he was acting in self-defense. The state Parole Board had a hearing Thursday to listen to Ron Redick’s request. The 81-year-old Spring Lake resident is serving a life sentence with no parole for the 1991 murder of his business partner, Ken Kunkel, 55. SENT: 250 words.

EXCHANGE-CLASSICS RESTORED

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — A Michigan father and son team is restoring old cars at their auto service shop. Garfield Auto Service Center performs the usual oil changes, brake service and engine repairs that most garages offer. But it also cranks out four or five classic car restorations each year, vehicles so pristine they look like they just rolled off the factory floor. Jeff Koch, 47, and his father, Jack Koch, 73, are proud of the quality of their work. By Dan Nielsen, Traverse City Record-Eagle. SENT IN ADVANCE: 790 words.

EXCHANGE-CITY PIG

HOLLAND, Mich. — A Michigan family with two large dogs, two cats and several backyard chickens just gained its newest member: Holland’s first city pig. Will, a two-year-old, 50-pound miniature pig, moved in with the Spidahls after Holland City Council approved an ordinance amendment in October that allows residents to keep mini pigs as pets. By Sydney Smith, Holland Sentinel. SENT IN ADVANCE: 510 words.

IN BRIEF:

— FATAL ACCIDENTAL SHOOTING: An Upper Peninsula sheriff says a 16-year-old boy has died in an accidental shooting.

— RUNNER INJURED-SETTLEMENT: A runner who sued his high school cross-country coach after he was severely injured during a dark early-morning practice has settled the case for $4.5 million.

— HEART CENTER: A $5 million gift from a suburban Detroit couple will help create a new heart center at Beaumont Hospital .

SPORTS:

FBC--INDIANA-MICHIGAN

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — No. 4 Michigan has one final tuneup, hosting Indiana. By Sports Writer Larry Lage. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 4 p.m.

FBC--MICHIGAN STATE-NEBRASKA

LINCOLN, Neb. — Nebraska goes for its fourth win in five games when Michigan State visits. By College Football Writer Eric Olson. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Noon start.

BKC--AIR FORCE RESERVE TIP-OFF

UNCASVILLE, Conn. — The semifinals of the Air Force Reserve Tip-Off Tournament get started Saturday with a game between No. 18 Michigan and George Washington. The winner will face either Providence (2-1) or South Carolina for the championship on Sunday. By Sports Writer Pat Eaton-Robb. SENT: 120 words. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.

Also:

— BKC--BOSTON UNIVERSITY-EASTERN MICHIGAN. 2:30 p.m. start. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits.

— BKC--AQUINAS-WESTERN MICHIGAN. 2 p.m. start. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits.

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