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

January 6, 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. Corey Williams is on the desk. 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

EU--RUSSIA-US-SPYING

MOSCOW _ Russia’s deputy foreign minister has brushed back suggestions that an American being held in Moscow on suspicion of spying could be exchanged for a Russian citizen. The brother of Paul Whelan, however, tells The Associated Press that he can’t help but question whether the events are connected. Paul Whelan, a former U.S. Marine who lives in the Detroit area and also holds Canadian, British and Irish citizenship, was detained in Moscow in late December. His arrest has led to speculation that Russia could be using him to bargain for a Russian woman who has pleaded guilty to acting as a foreign agent in the United States. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said Saturday that discussing a possible swap involving Whelan and Maria Butina would be premature because Whelan hasn’t been formally charged, according to Russian news agencies. By Jim Heintz. SENT: 630 words, photo. ON AP NATIONAL LINES.

AROUND THE STATE:

JUDGE-MISCONDUCT

BRIGHTON, Mich. _ A Michigan judge won’t face any additional criminal charges after being found to have concealed a relationship with a detective involved in a murder trial she presided over. Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel on Friday declined a last-minute plea to charge Livingston County District Court Judge Theresa Brennan with crimes involving concealing the relationship. The decision comes after the attorney general’s office filed charges last month against Brennan for allegations she committed perjury and destroyed evidence in her divorce case. Attorney Tom Kizer, who represented Brennan’s husband in the divorce, had sent a letter to the attorney general pressing for action against Brennan for hiding her relationship with former Detective Sgt. Sean Furlong. The statute of limitations in the case expired Friday, exactly six years after Brennan denied a pre-trial motion to disqualify herself from handling the 2013 murder trial, Kizer said. Nessel’s spokeswoman, Beth Nurenberg, said the attorney general didn’t plan to file any new charges against Brennan or Furlong. SENT: 310 words.

EXCHANGE-WINTER ROAD WORK

DETROIT _ The pushing of Michigan’s roadwork into the colder months comes with great costs and risks for two of the area’s biggest projects. Work laying concrete has continued on Interstate 696 in Macomb County and Interstate 75 in Wayne County despite temperatures below or at 40 degrees. Costly precautions must be in place, including protecting fresh concrete from freezing by placing heaters along a route to ensure the concrete will take. By Shawn D. Lewis, The Detroit News. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1,129 words.

EXCHANGE-AVIATION PIONEER

YPSILANTI, Mich. _ A Michigan man who founded an aviation museum has been inducted into the state’s aviation hall of fame. Dennis Norton co-founded the Yankee Air Museum at Willow Run Airport in Ypsilanti. He was inducted into the Michigan Aviation Hall of Fame in April. The selection was thanks to Norton’s nearly 40-year effort to preserve the Michigan’s bomber plant history while capturing the attention of area students, some of whom he expects to pursue careers in aerospace or become pilots. By Gus Burns, The Ann Arbor News. SENT IN ADVANCE: 653 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ ATTEMPTED ESCAPE-MICHIGAN PRISON: Two prisoners at a Michigan correctional facility could face attempted escape charges after officers found makeshift mannequins in their bunks.

_ INDIANA DUNES-NATIONAL PARK: A congressman from Gary wants to continue the push to turn Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore into America’s 61st national park.

_ NATURAL RESOURCES-PUBLIC MEETINGS: Meetings are being held this month that allow Michigan residents to give input on policy decisions, programs and other aspects of natural resource management and outdoor recreation opportunities.

_ SUBURBAN RATS-WARREN: One Detroit-area community is digging deep in its pockets to battle rats. Warren Mayor Jim Fouts says the city is spending $125,000 on bait traps along the fence lines of Interstate 696.

SPORTS:

HKN--CAPITALS-RED WINGS

DETROIT _ The Capitals wrap up a three-game road trip against Dylan Larkin and the Red Wings. By Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.

BKC--INDIANA-MICHIGAN

ANN ARBOR, Mich. _ Indiana plays Michigan at Crisler Arena.

GLF--MAUI MUSINGS-SMALL COLLEGE

KAPALUA, Hawaii _ Missouri Western State is not exactly a pipeline to the PGA Tour. Neither is Gallatin, Missouri, a farming community of 1,800 where Brice Garnett honed his game on a nine-hole course. Thirteen years ago, Garnett was finishing up his degree in business finance with every intention of working for a bank. “Never thought we’d be here, at Kapalua, playing the Tournament of Champions,” Garnett said. About the only thing he has in common with the other 32 players in the field is winning on the PGA Tour. His victory was last March at the Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship in the Dominican Republic. By Doug Ferguson, AP Golf Writer. SENT: 880 words, photo.

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