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

November 27, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 — Even though unemployment is low, the economy is growing and U.S. auto sales are near historic highs, General Motors is cutting thousands of jobs in a major restructuring aimed at generating cash to spend on innovation. The GM layoffs come amid the backdrop of a trade wars between the U.S., China and Europe that likely will lead to higher prices for imported vehicles and those exported from the U.S. CEO Mary Barra said the company faces challenges from tariffs but she did not directly link the layoffs to them. By Auto Writer Tom Krisher. SENT: 1,000 words, photos, video.

GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS:

XGR--PAID UNION LEAVE

LANSING, Mich. — Legislation advancing in Michigan would prohibit school districts and other public employers from providing paid release time for employees to conduct union business. The Republican-sponsored bill won narrow, largely party-line approval in the Senate on Tuesday, when the Legislature’s postelection session resumed. A House committee will consider similar bills later in the week, a signal that they could gain traction. By David Eggert. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words.

Also:

— XGR--MEDICAL MARIJUANA: Michigan lawmakers have approved permanent medical marijuana licensing rules, including a provision to allow dispensaries to deliver the drug to cardholders’ homes. SENT: 110 words.

BUSINESS:

JAPAN-AUTO ALLIANCES

TOKYO — The arrest of Nissan’s former chief executive Carlos Ghosn has raised doubts over the future of the alliance among automakers Nissan, Renault and Mitsubishi Motors that he helped to forge. Such partnerships wax and wane over time, but have grown in importance as companies develop electric vehicles, net connectivity and artificial intelligence for autos. By Business Writer Yuri Kageyama. SENT: 650 words, photos. Moving in business services.

IN BRIEF:

— POLICE-INVOLVED SHOOTING-MICHIGAN: Authorities say three central Michigan sheriff’s deputies have been put on leave following the fatal shooting of a Clare County man. Michigan State Police say 42-year-old Robert Reid III died from multiple gunshot wounds last Wednesday.

— EDUCATION RESEARCH-MICHIGAN: A new effort led by the state of Michigan and its two largest universities aims to learn what works and what doesn’t in education and widely share its work.

— DETROIT HOSPITAL CITED: Federal regulators have cited the Detroit Medical Center’s Harper University Hospital for alleged deficient infection-control standards found during a surprise inspection in October.

— JUDGE SUES SHERIFF: A Lansing-area judge who has become a celebrity after sending sports doctor Larry Nassar to prison has failed to revive her lawsuit against a sheriff. In 2016, Judge Rosemarie Aquilina said her rights were violated when she was investigated for allowing a newspaper reporter to watch and record a courtroom security video.

— CHAIR THROWN-TEACHER: An art teacher who authorities say threw a chair in his southwestern Michigan classroom, hitting and injuring an 11-year-old student, has been sentenced to nine months of probation and 50 hours community service.

— TRANSIT AGENCY-EMBEZZLEMENT: A former director of a transit agency in western Michigan who pleaded guilty to embezzling tens of thousands of dollars has been sentenced to six months in jail.

— SCHOOLS-LEAD: Michigan agencies are offering to help schools check their plumbing for lead. The Michigan School Water Training Program provides technical assistance to public and registered nonpublic schools.

SPORTS:

BKN--KNICKS-PISTONS

DETROIT — The New York Knicks bring a season-high three-game winning streak into Tuesday night’s matchup with the Detroit Pistons. By Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game time 7 p.m. ET.

BKC--T25-MICHIGAN STATE-LOUISVILLE

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — No. 9 Michigan State visits Louisville in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge. The host Cardinals look to end a two-game slide against their second ranked opponent in three games. By Gary B. Graves. UPCOMING. 600 words, photos. Game time 7:30 p.m. ET.

BKC--T25-TOP 25 THIS WEEK

Michigan has been solid in its follow-up to last year’s trip to the national title game. The Wolverines face two big tests this week against No. 11 North Carolina and No. 19 Purdue. By John Marshall. SENT: 750 words, photos.

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