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

November 7, 2018

Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up in Michigan at 6 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 Herbert 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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LANSING, Mich. — Cleaning up contaminated drinking water and smoothing deteriorating roads will top the agenda for Democratic Gov.-elect Gretchen Whitmer, who said Wednesday she hopes to find bipartisan consensus with the GOP-controlled Legislature. Addressing a news conference in Detroit, Whitmer insisted that Republicans, independents and first-time voters helped her defeat Republican Bill Schuette because she made infrastructure a campaign focus. By David Eggert. SENT: 350 words, photos. Will be updated.


DETROIT — It’s not every day a state can build a new, potentially lucrative industry from the ground up. Michigan is doing just that with passing a ballot initiative to legalize recreational marijuana, and serving as a bellwether for the rest of the Midwest and perhaps beyond. By Jeff Karoub. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos,



LANSING, Mich. — Michigan Democrats seized power in state government again after a long drought and flipped two prized congressional seats thanks to a slate of female candidates who drew strong support from women voters. Jocelyn Benson became the first Democrat to win the secretary of state’s office in 28 years. Dana Nessel was on track to becoming the first Democrat elected as Michigan attorney general in 20 years after her opponent conceded. And female candidates helped Democrats cut into, but not break, GOP majorities in the Legislature as voters backed ballot initiatives to legalize marijuana for recreational use, take aim at partisan gerrymandering and expand voting options. By David Eggert. SENT: 750 words, photos.


— ELECTION 2018-MICHIGAN-NEWS GUIDE. By Ed White. SENT: 800 words, photos.

— ELECTION 2018-VOTECAST-MICHIGAN. By John Flesher. SENT: 1,100 words,

— ELECTION 2018-TURNOUT-MICHIGAN: Voter turnout for Michigan’s midterm election was the highest in 56 years. SENT: 80 words.

— TWIN CANDIDATES-DIFFERENT PARTIES: Twin sisters who represented different parties when they ran for seats on the same western Michigan county board will not be working side-by-side. SENT: 130 words.

— TALLER TRAVERSE CITY: Traverse City voters turned out against a proposal to build a 100-foot-tall condominium development amid debate on how taller buildings could affect the character of the popular northern Michigan tourist destination. SENT: 130 words.



ANN ARBOR, Mich. — A former Fiat Chrysler financial analyst who federal prosecutors say helped illegally funnel worker training funds over a number of years faces sentencing on Wednesday. Jerome Durden earlier pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to defraud the U.S. and failure to file a tax return. UPCOMING: 130 words, more on merits.


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A western Michigan man serving life in prison without parole for killing and decapitating a teen in 1996 and mutilating the head in front of a video camera finds out if he gets a new sentence. A hearing is Wednesday for Federico Cruz, who was 16 at the time of the killing. He was convicted of murder and got the mandatory sentence after a jury rejected an insanity defense in the slaying of 17-year-old David Crawford. UPCOMING: 130 words, more on merits.


— MOTHER SLAIN-SON CHARGED: A young mid-Michigan man who pleaded guilty but mentally ill to killing his mother while she slept has been sentenced to at least 17 years in prison.

— MEASLES-MICHIGAN: Health officials are urging people to take precautions after two measles cases were confirmed in suburban Detroit. The Oakland County Health Division says the state recently determined that two people with the disease arrived on a flight at Detroit Metropolitan Airport in Romulus the evening of Oct. 23.

— ROLEX WATCHES-THEFT: Police have charged a Detroit man with stealing multiple Rolex watches worth hundreds of thousands of dollars from a New York jewelry store.



DETROIT — A Detroit Red Wings home game looks and sounds a little like a memorial these days. The lights are dimmed as images of the franchise’s glorious past flash digitally onto the ice before the puck drops, reminding the relative few fans in the stands how good things used to be. And, they were good. Really good. By Hockey Writer Larry Lage. SENT: 900 words, photos.


ORLANDO, Fla. — Blake Griffin and the Detroit Pistons try to end a five-game skid when they visit the Orlando Magic, who’ve won two straight. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game time 7 p.m. ET.


— FBC--MICHIGAN-ST-ASSAULT: Former Michigan State football player Auston Robertson has pleaded guilty to a sexual assault charge and could face more than three years in prison. SENT: 130 words.


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