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AP-MI--Michigan News Coverage Advisory 8:30 am, MI

January 4, 2018

Good morning! 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. David Runk 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.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates.



DETROIT — Lawyers for a Michigan couple who owned a home where five immigrants died say the fire was a tragic accident that doesn’t justify years in prison. Roger Tam and his wife, Ada Mei Lei, are returning to federal court Thursday. A teenager and four men from Mexico were in the U.S. illegally and working at a Detroit-area restaurant that was owned by the couple. The five died in 2016 while living in the basement of a Novi home. The government wants a seven-year prison sentence. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated. Developing from 10 a.m. ET court hearing.


DETROIT — Jury selection is starting in the trial of a Detroit-area man who is charged with dealing diseased body parts. Arthur Rathburn rented out body parts for medical or dental training, a legitimate business. But he’s charged with covering up the fact that the parts had tested positive for hepatitis B and HIV. A jury is being picked Thursday in Detroit federal court. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated.


HARTFORD, Conn. — Residents across a huge swath of the U.S. have awakened to the beginnings of a massive winter storm expected to deliver snow, ice and high winds followed by possible record-breaking cold as it moves up the Eastern Seaboard from the Carolinas to Maine. Blizzard warnings and states of emergency were in effect Thursday, and schools and government offices closed for the day. Motorists were warned to be careful as conditions began to worsen. By Susan Haigh. SENT: 860 words, photos, videos.


—WINTER WEATHER-THE LATEST: The Latest on massive winter storm in the Northeastern U.S.


—MICHIGAN FRATERNITIES-HAZING: A student-run council at the University of Michigan says fraternity social events will resume after being suspended following allegations of sexual misconduct and hazing involving fraternity members.

—NESTLE-MICHIGAN WATER: A judge’s ruling that a bottled-water company should be allowed to build a pumping station as part of its plans to get more groundwater in western Michigan for the Ice Mountain brand is being appealed.

—DETROIT ZOO-ATTENDANCE: More than 1.5 million people visited the Detroit Zoo last year.

—ICE FISHING CLASS: If you’d like to learn how to fish through ice, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources is offering lessons this winter.



EAST LANSING, Mich. — Michigan State plays its first game of the season as the top-ranked college basketball team at home against Maryland. By Larry Lage. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 8 p.m. ET.


Tim Miles might have his best team in six seasons at Nebraska, and the Cornhuskers have an opportunity to show they’re for real when they visit No. 13 Purdue on Saturday. No. 1 Michigan State will get a challenge as it returns to Big Ten play after feasting on light competition. Ohio State’s Kaleb Wesson is establishing himself as one of the conference’s top freshmen. SENT: 540 words, photos.


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