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

January 5, 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. Jeff Karoub 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 STORIES:

GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN-NATIONAL PARKS

Nonprofits, businesses and state governments are putting up money and volunteer hours in a battle to keep national parks safe and clean for visitors as the partial U.S. government shutdown lingers. But the makeshift arrangement hasn’t prevented some parks from closing and others from being inundated with trash. Support groups say the donated money and time could run short if the budget impasse lasts much longer. Some are calling for parks to close until the standoff ends. A support group for Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in northern Michigan was cleaning toilets and grooming a popular trail for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. But snow-covered parking lots weren’t plowed, and the visitors center near Lake Michigan was closed, leaving the volunteer group to consider putting up an information tent. By Brady McCombs and John Flesher. SENT: 1,150 words, photos.

AROUND THE STATE:

PRISON CLOSINGS-AUDIT

LANSING, Mich. _ The Michigan Department of Corrections is failing to adequately document how it selects which prisons get selected for closure, according to a recent audit report. The Lansing State Journal details that auditors determined in a Dec. 28 report the department failed to show how collecting information on the facilities’ age, condition, economic impact and operational costs plays a role in a prison getting shut down. MDOC closed three prisons from 2016-2018. SENT: 350 words.

EXCHANGE-SENIOR VOLUNTEER

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. _ A 95-year-old Michigan woman who’s been volunteering at a senior center for decades is more like family. Leda King is a beloved guest and volunteer at the Traverse City Senior Center. King started helping in the senior center’s kitchen, cooking vegetables, washing dishes and serving lunch, she said. But she can’t get around as well as before, so now she does whatever she can handle. She typically helps by counting money after each lunch and helping with the bookkeeping. By Jordan Travis, Traverse City Record-Eagle. SENT IN ADVANCE: 600 words.

EXCHANGE-SUPER FOSTER MOM

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. _ A Michigan foster mom has helped dozens of kids over the years. Ever since she was a little girl, Kindra Hanson knew she wanted to be a foster parent. Hanson, 54, has been a special education teacher for more than 20 years, spending most of that time working for Harper Creek Community Schools. She has five now-grown biological children. And she’s been a foster parent to dozens of children, two of whom she adopted. By Kalea Hall, Battle Creek Enquirer. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1,276 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ ROAD PROJECTS-LABOR DISPUTE: A major metro Detroit freeway construction project is coming to an end. Michigan Department of Transportation officials say the westbound lanes of Interstate 696 in Macomb County are expected to reopen Saturday.

_ CHILD DEATH-MAN CHARGED: A 46-year-old southwestern Michigan man has been charged with murder in connection with the 2016 death of his 2-year-old stepdaughter.

_ SCRAP YARD MORATORIUM-DETROIT: The city is temporarily saying “no” to the opening of used auto and salvage yards in Detroit.

_ MEIJER GARDENS-LEGACY: An upcoming exhibition in western Michigan will celebrate the role of Fred Meijer as a patron of the arts.

SPORTS:

BKN--JAZZ-PISTONS

DETROIT _ The Pistons host the Jazz in a matchup of teams mired just below the .500 mark. By Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.

BKC--MICHIGAN STATE-OHIO STATE

COLUMBUS, Ohio _ No. 8 Michigan State plays No. 14 Ohio State at Value City Arena at the Jerome Schottenstein Center. By Mitch Stacy, UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game started at noon.

Also:

_ BKC--NORTHERN KENTUCKY-DETROIT: Northern Kentucky plays Detroit at Calihan Hall. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits.

_ BKC--CENTRAL MICHIGAN-MIAMI (OH): Central Michigan plays Miami (OH) at Millett Hall. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits.

_ BKC--WESTERN MICHIGAN-AKRON: Western Michigan plays Akron at James A. Rhodes Arena. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits.

_ BKC--WRIGHT STATE-OAKLAND: Wright State plays Oakland at Athletics Center O’rena. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits.

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