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

March 11, 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. 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

DETROIT CABIN DEMOLISHED

DETROIT _ Preservationists are angry that the Detroit Land Bank Authority demolished a log cabin just outside the city despite plans to relocate the structure, which may have been built before the Civil War. SENT: 300 words. Photos planned.

AROUND THE STATE:

PRISON CONSULTANTS

It’s a tip that has been passed onto convicts for years: On your way to federal prison, say you have a substance abuse problem, and you could qualify for a treatment program that knocks up to a year off your sentence. Federal prosecutors have long suspected abuses in the program, which has enrolled a deep list of high-profile convicts. At least three Michigan residents have been charged. By Dave Collins. SENT: 1,150 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ WHITMER CABINET: Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s Cabinet is now officially in place after Michigan lawmakers let her appointments stand.

_ HEALTH DATA BREACH: Hundreds of thousands of Michigan residents potentially affected by a health care data breach are being urged to take extra precautions about their personal information.

_ PHOTO DATABASE-MICHIGAN: A newspaper reports the Michigan State Police’s Statewide Network of Agency Photos has grown to nearly 50 million facial images.

_ MICHIGAN COMMENCEMENT-GOVERNOR: Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is scheduled to deliver the spring commencement address for the University of Michigan.

_ GAS PRICES-MICHIGAN: AAA Michigan says average gas prices statewide are up about 4 cents from a week ago to about $2.52 per gallon.

_ BELLE ISLE CONSERVATORY: The Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory on Detroit’s Belle Isle remains closed for renovation work .

SPORTS:

MICHIGAN ST-WARD

EAST LANSING, Mich. _ No. 6 Michigan State expects forward Nick Ward to play in the Big Ten Tournament. Coach Tom Izzo says he isn’t sure how much the 6-foot-9 junior will be able to play, nearly a month after having surgery on his left hand. By Larry Lage. Developing.

LIONS-FREE AGENCY

ALLEN PARK, Mich. _ The Detroit Lions signed two-time Super Bowl winning wide receiver Danny Amendola, taking advantage of their connection to the New England Patriots. SENT: 250 words.

PISTONS-NETS

BROOKLYN, N.Y. _ The Pistons play the Nets.

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