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

October 3, 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. 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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TOP STORY:

MICHIGAN PIPELINE

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder’s administration and Canadian pipeline giant Enbridge have agreed to replace twin 65-year-old crude oil pipes in a channel linking two of the Great Lakes with another that would run through a tunnel far below the lake bed, officials told The Associated Press. The plan calls for drilling an opening for the new pipeline through bedrock at depths that could exceed 100 feet beneath the Straits of Mackinac, a more than 4-mile-wide waterway where Lakes Huron and Michigan converge, officials told the AP prior to an announcement scheduled for Wednesday. The massive engineering project is expected to take seven to 10 years to complete, at a cost of $350 million to $500 million — all of which the company would pay. By Environmental Writer John Flesher. SENT: 750 words, photos. Will be updated.

GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS:

ELECTION 2018-GOVERNOR-MICHIGAN

LANSING, Mich. — Republican Bill Schuette on Wednesday highlighted his work to combat sex trafficking while Democrat Gretchen Whitmer unveiled a health care plan that calls for increasing Michigan’s smoking age from 18 to 21 and lowering costs through a state-based reinsurance program. The gubernatorial candidates, who have been attacking each other over taxes, health coverage and other topics, each promoted parts of their records that they believe will appeal to the general electorate. By David Eggert. SENT: 500 words.

AROUND THE STATE:

COSMETOLOGY STUDENTS-LABOR

DETROIT — A judge has cleared the way for possibly thousands of people to be paid for work performed while they were cosmetology students at a Michigan school. U.S. District Judge Judith Levy says students who cleaned floors, restocked products and washed towels were performing tasks that weren’t directly related to their education at Douglas J. Institute. By Ed White. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words.

BUSINESS:

GM-HONDA-AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES

SAN FRANCISCO — General Motors and Honda will team up on self-driving vehicle technology as big automakers and tech giants race to develop the next generation of personal transportation. Japan’s Honda Motor Co. will invest $2.75 billion in the autonomous vehicle unit run by General Motors Co., called GM Cruise. The two automakers are already partnering on fuel cell vehicles and announced in June that they are developing batteries for electric vehicles, mainly for the North American market. SENT: 380 words, photos.

AUTO-SALES

Vehicle sales are slowing down despite a run on big SUVs. Major automakers said Tuesday that U.S. sales fell 7 percent in September and 4 percent for the June-through-September quarter, compared with the same periods last year. Weaker numbers for September and the third quarter wiped out a 1.8 percent gain during the first half of the year, and left auto sales on pace with 2017. Some analysts had cautioned that the first-half gains were driven by incentives and low-margin sales to fleet buyers like rental car companies. SENT: 550 words, photo. Moved late Tuesday and available for use.

IN BRIEF:

— CORRUPTION PROBE-DETROIT: A woman who made headlines when she accused a Detroit congressman of sexual harassment has been charged with passing thousands of dollars to a city official in a corruption scheme. In a court filing, federal prosecutors say Elisa Grubbs accepted money from a business owner and turned it over to a city official.

— DISMEMBERED BODY-NATIONAL FOREST: A man convicted of second-degree murder in the slaying of a man whose dismembered body was found in a national forest by duck hunters in western Michigan has been sentenced to 40 to 60 years in prison.

— FATAL FIRE-BROTHER CHARGED: A young man has been sentenced to at least 15 years in prison in connection with a fire that that killed his 17-year-old brother in the family’s suburban Detroit home.

— SHOE-DNA: The Michigan appeals court for the first time has affirmed the use of new DNA testing technology to assist authorities in investigating a crime.

— WOUNDED WOMAN-STUN GUN: A woman says police in suburban Detroit used a stun gun on her in 2017 after she was shot three times by her husband in the parking lot of a motel.

— TREE DEATH: Authorities say storms that moved through Michigan this week likely knocked over a tree that fell onto a roadway, killing a 32-year-old motorist.

— DOCTOR-ASSETS: A judge says more than $6 million in assets must be returned to a Michigan doctor who was acquitted of running a pill mill at his clinics.

— FINANCIAL AID-MICHIGAN: Free workshops are scheduled across Michigan’s Lower Peninsula to educate parents and students about options for paying college costs.

SPORTS:

FBN--PACKERS-RODGERS

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Aaron Rodgers wasn’t happy with the offense despite a 22-0 win last week over Buffalo. How will Rodgers and coach Mike McCarthy move forward as they get ready for Detroit? UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.

— With FBN--LIONS-MOVES: The Detroit Lions signed offensive lineman Andrew Donnal to add depth because of the possible loss of starting guard T.J. Lang. Detroit added Donnal to the roster on Wednesday, four days after cutting him. SENTS: 130 words, photo.

Also:

— FBO-MILLEN-HEART DISEASE: Former NFL star and Detroit Lions executive Matt Millen is stepping away from his TV analyst job for the rest of this season to focus on his health. SENT: 130 words, photo.

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