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

October 12, 2018

Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up in Michigan at 1:30 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. Ed White is on the desk, followed by Ken Kusmer. 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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TOP STORY:

FLINT WATER

FLINT, Mich. — The U.S. Conference of Mayor’s Water Council will a hold a news conference Friday in Flint where members will release a report examining the daunting challenges cities face today with replacing hundreds of thousands of miles of aging and failing pipes, which are the single most costly water and sewer capital investment. UPCOMING: 130 words, more on merits. Developing from 10:15 a.m. news conference.

BUSINESS:

HOTEL WORKERS-STRIKE-TECHNOLOGY

BOSTON — New technology threatening to make some hotel jobs obsolete is among the concerns prompting thousands of Marriott workers to walk off their jobs across the U.S. in recent weeks. Unionized workers are also seeking higher wages, changes to the work demands for housekeepers and job protections for restaurant and bar staff as some hotels shutter those facilities. Some 7,700 hotel workers are on strike across eight cities including Boston, San Francisco, San Diego, Oakland, San Jose, Detroit and Honolulu. Workers at 26 hotels in Chicago also went on strike last month, though most have returned to work after reaching new contracts with Marriott, Hilton, Hyatt and other operators. By Philip Marcelo. SENT: 900 words, photos.

AROUND THE STATE:

US ELECTION 2018-GOVERNOR-MICHIGAN-DEBATE

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Democrat Gretchen Whitmer and Republican Bill Schuette meet for the first of two head-to-head debates in the Michigan governor’s race. By David Eggert. UPCOMING: 700 words by 10 p.m.

MENTAL HEALTH FUNDS-AUDIT

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. — An audit has found that the former CEO of a Michigan community mental health agency misspent more than $19 million on lavish benefits, parties and side projects. SENT: 275 words.

IN BRIEF:

— APARTMENT COMPLEX-SHOOTING: Police say a 22-year-old Michigan State University student has been fatally shot during a fight at an off-campus student apartment complex.

— NEW MEXICO-MICHIGAN MAN KILLED: Police in Santa Fe have arrested a 17-year-old boy in the Sept. 26 shooting death of a Michigan man who was visiting the northern New Mexico city.

— TOYOTA RECALL: Toyota is recalling nearly 188,000 pickup trucks, SUVs and cars worldwide because the air bags may not inflate in a crash.

— TESLA-TAX CREDIT: Tesla Inc. says buyers must order cars by Monday to get the full federal electric vehicle tax credit of $7,500.

— DUNE PRESERVATION-MICHIGAN: A large swath of dunes and forest known as Ottawa Sands in western Michigan is opening to the public next week.

— WRONG WAY CRASH-TWO KILLED: A former village councilman has been sentenced to 5 to 15 years in prison in a wrong-way crash that killed a Detroit-area couple .

SPORTS:

FBC--T25-MICHIGAN STATE-PENN STATE PREVIEW

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — A bye week allowed Penn State players to watch more film on their upcoming opponent, but all viewings showed the same thing: Michigan State stuffs the run and makes teams one dimensional. Michigan State brings its top-ranked rushing defense into Beaver Stadium on Saturday where both teams will try stay in the chase in an East Division that’s getting crowded at the top. By Travis Johnson. SENT: 650 words.

FBC--T25--WISCONSIN-MICHIGAN-PREVIEW

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — No. 12 Michigan is undefeated since opening with a seven-point loss at Notre Dame, building momentum and confidence while waiting for its next opportunity to earn an impressive win. By Larry Lage. SENT: 675 words, photos.

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