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

January 12, 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. Rick Callahan 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

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

TOP STORY

TRUMP-UAE AMBASSADOR

WASHINGTON _ When Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in the United Arab Emirates on Friday, no U.S. ambassador was there to welcome him. The post has been vacant for nine months. The Republican donor President Donald Trump chose for the job, John Rakolta Jr., hasn’t been approved by the Senate. Rakolta was one of many Republicans who grappled with supporting a candidate who seemed to revel in offending women and immigrants. But he eventually jumped aboard, joining Trump’s finance committee in Michigan to help raise money for the campaign. By Richard Lardner. SENT: 1,090 word, photo.

AROUND THE STATE:

AERIAL GUNNERY RANGE

GRAYLING, Mich. _ The Michigan Air National Guard is seeking input on a plan to update military training airspace around an aerial gunnery range in northern Michigan _ a change that officials say could alter noise levels in surrounding communities. The proposal would change and create new military operating areas in the Alpena Special Use Airspace Complex. That site is the military’s largest training zone east of the Mississippi River and includes the Grayling Aerial Gunnery Range. SENT: 280 words.

EXCHANGE-PRENATAL YOGA

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. _A group of pregnant women gather each week to get Zen together and practice yoga with their soon-to-be-born babies. Yen Yoga & Fitness in downtown Traverse City offers a multi-week prenatal yoga program for pregnant women who seek to build strength, reduce stress and improve both body and baby awareness as they approach their due dates. The course is taught by certified prenatal yoga instructor Naomi Cole who said the experience is meant to help women cope with the effects of pregnancy. By Sheri McWhirter, Traverse City Record-Eagle. SENT IN ADVANCE: 473 words.

EXCHANGE-HIPPIE HANGOUT

DETROIT _ A marijuana advocate has opened a coffee shop in Detroit. John Sinclair said he hopes opening the John Sinclair Foundation Cafe and Coffee Shop in Detroit will resurrect the hippie hangout days full of art, music and poetry that he remembers so fondly. There will be no marijuana for sale at the coffee shop and even smoking in a public place remains in a legal gray area. By Kathleen Gray, Detroit Free Press. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1169 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ SOLDIER SLAIN-ARRESTS: Police in southern Michigan have arrested two suspects in the New Year’s Eve slaying of a soldier who was fatally shot while on leave.

_ MARIJUANA RECALL: A Michigan agency has issued a recall notice for several medical marijuana products that officials say failed laboratory testing.

_ SHUTDOWN-POLLUTION MEETING: A public meeting on groundwater contamination in a western Michigan community has been postponed because of the partial federal government shutdown.

_ KIDNAPPING-GUILTY PLEA: A Michigan man who pleaded guilty to kidnapping and sexually assaulting a woman after burglarizing her suburban Chicago home has been sentenced to life in prison.

SPORTS:

BKN--PISTONS-CLIPPERS

The Detroit Pistons visit the Los Angeles Clippers. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.

HKN--WINGS-WILD

The Detroit Red Wings play the second half of a challenging back-to-back set of road games, moving from Winnipeg to Minnesota. The Wild are coming off a home win over the Jets. By Mike Cook. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 8 p.m. EST.

BKW--T25-MICHIGAN-MARYLAND

COLLEGE PARK, Md. _ Ninth-ranked Maryland seeks its 15th win of the season against Michigan, which brings a 2-4 road record into this Big Ten matchup. By David Ginsburg. UPCOMING: 600 words. Game starts at 4:30 p.m. ET.

Also:

_ BKC--KENT STATE-EASTERN MICHIGAN

Kent State plays Eastern Michigan at Convocation Center (MI). UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merit.

_ BKC--BOWLING GREEN-CENTRAL MICHIGAN

Bowling Green plays Central Michigan at McGuirk Arena. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merit.

_ BKC--TOLEDO-WESTERN MICHIGAN

Toledo plays Western Michigan at University Arena. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merit.

_ BKC--MILWAUKEE-DETROIT

Milwaukee plays Detroit at Calihan Hall. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merit.

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