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BC-MI--Michigan News Coverage Advisory, MI

January 31, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

UPCOMING TODAY:

WINTER WEATHER-MICHIGAN

LANSING, Mich. _ Michigan residents risk brief interruptions of natural gas service for heat amid bitterly cold weather if they don’t help reduce energy use because of a fire at a utility’s suburban Detroit facility that limited natural gas supplies, officials warned Thursday. Consumers Energy’s CEO Patti Poppe made an appeal Wednesday night for customers to reduce their natural gas usage. She told The Detroit News early Thursday that “localized planned curtailments” for some homes and business if demand isn’t reduced. SENT: 380 words, photos. Will be updated.

AUTO PLANTS-DEEP FREEZE

DETROIT _ Auto plants and other big energy users throughout Southeast Michigan have closed or cut operations due to a shortage of natural gas caused by high demand and a fire at a utility compressor station. Eighteen factories and other facilities run by General Motors, Ford and Fiat Chrysler are affected, and it’s not clear when they’ll be able to resume normal operations. The fire hit a Consumers Energy natural gas compressor station north of Detroit on Wednesday as record cold temperatures arrived. SENT: 130 words, will be updated.

WINTER WEATHER

CHICAGO _ The painfully cold weather system that put much of the Midwest into a historic deep freeze was expected to ease Thursday, though temperatures could still tumble to record lows in some places before the region begins to thaw out. Disruptions caused by the cold will persist, too, including power outages and canceled flights and trains. Crews in Detroit will need days to repair water mains that burst Wednesday, and other pipes can still burst in persistent subzero temperatures. By Michael Tarm and Corey Williams. SENT: 1,000 words, photos, video. Will be updated.

ELECTION 2020-DEMOCRATS-MIDWEST

WASHINGTON _ The clearest path for Democrats to return to the White House runs straight through the upper Midwest, fueling debate over who is best positioned to recapture the region’s working-class voters who broke for President Donald Trump in 2016. Though the first prominent Democrats to announce their 2020 candidacies hail from the coasts, several Midwestern natives _ including Sens. Sherrod Brown of Ohio and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota _ are offering themselves as potential contenders uniquely attuned to the region’s priorities. By Elana Schor and Sara Burnett. SENT: 1,000 words, photo.

EARNS-DOWDUPONT

MIDLAND _ DowDuPont Inc. on Thursday reported fourth-quarter net income of $475 million, after reporting a loss in the same period a year earlier. On a per-share basis, the Midland, Michigan-based company said it had profit of 21 cents. Earnings, adjusted for one-time gains and costs, came to 88 cents per share. SENT: 180 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ EXOSKELETONS FOR WORKERS: Ford Motor Co. and other manufacturers want to help their workers take a load off. Or at least make it easier to lift a load up.

_ UPPER PENINSULA-CATHOLIC SCHOOL: Fifty years later, a Catholic high school that closed in 1971 could reopen in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

SPORTS:

BKN--MAVERICKS-PISTONS

DETROIT _ The Detroit Pistons host the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday night. Game starts at 7 p.m. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.

BKC--BIG TEN THIS WEEK

The game of the week in the Big Ten pits No. 21 Maryland against No. 24 Wisconsin. The Terrapins won the first meeting two weeks ago. By Eric Olson. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos.

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