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

November 15, 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 Herb 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 STORIES:

ELECTRONIC DRIVING-SAFETY

DETROIT — Testing by AAA shows that electronic driver assist systems on the road today may not keep vehicles in their lanes or spot stationary objects in time to avoid a crash. The tests brought a warning from the auto club that drivers shouldn’t think that the systems make their vehicles self-driving, and that they should always be ready to take control. AAA also said that use of the word “pilot” by automakers in naming their systems can make some owners believe the vehicles can drive themselves. By Auto Writer Tom Krisher. SENT: 550 words, photo.

AROUND THE STATE:

PET CEMETERY FUTURE

HOWELL, Mich. — The closure of a pet cemetery in Michigan is leaving some residents wondering what will happen to their animals’ remains. Heavenly Acres pet cemetery in Genoa Township closed after its lease expired on September 30. Genoa Township Supervisor Bill Rogers says there could be up to 74,000 animal remains buried on the 12-acre property. SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING: 300 words.

IN BRIEF:

— COMERICA PARK-SPITTING VIDEO: A food service worker at the Detroit Tigers’ stadium who was fired after video surfaced showing him spitting on a pizza has been sentenced to 18 months of probation. With AP Photo.

— ECONOMIC OUTLOOK-US: Economists at the University of Michigan say in an annual forecast that effects of federal spending and tax cuts on U.S. economic growth will start to diminish in 2019 before fading out in 2020.

— COMMUNITY COLLEGE-PRAYER: A western Michigan college will exclude specific religious references from prayers said during graduation ceremonies after a civil rights group complained. Muskegon Community College’s Board of Trustees voted to offer an invocation “to the extent permitted by separation of church and state law.”

— ACCIDENTAL SHOOTING-CHIEF: An official says the police chief of a small southeastern Michigan community was accidentally shot in the foot after he slipped on ice and his gun discharged.

— FODOR’S TRAVEL-DETROIT: Detroit has made Fodor’s Travel Go List of 52 recommended destinations to visit next year.

— PARENTS STABBED: The Michigan appeals court has affirmed the life sentence of a young woman from the state’s Thumb region who plotted to have her father killed in 2010.

— MISSING WOMAN-BODY: An Indiana woman has been found dead outside a house in southern Michigan two days after relatives reported her missing.

— PRIESTS-ABUSE-MICHIGAN: A Roman Catholic diocese in Michigan’s northern Lower Peninsula has released a list naming 10 priests accused of sexual misconduct dating back to 1971. The list was recently made public on the website of the Diocese of Gaylord.

— UNEMPLOYMENT-MICHIGAN: Michigan’s unemployment rate fell by a tenth of a percentage point to 3.9 percent in October.

— DEER HUNT: As deer hunters take to woods and fields for the annual firearms season, Michigan wildlife experts say prospects are good for an uptick in the harvest.

SPORTS:

HKN--WINGS-SENATORS

OTTAWA — The Detroit Red Wings look to extend their four-game winning streak as they play the Ottawa Senators Thursday night. Detroit has won seven of its last eight to get back to .500 (8-8-2) after a 1-7-2 start. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game time 7:30 p.m. ET

FBC--BIG TEN THIS WEEK

This season has been plain weird for the Buckeyes with all the off-field distraction and uneven on-field performances. Yet they’re still in line to play for the Big Ten championship if they take care of business at Maryland and win “The Game” against Michigan for the seventh straight year. By College Football Writer Eric Olson. SENT: 550 words, photos.

FBN--PANTHERS-LIONS PREVIEW

DETROIT — Matthew Stafford and the Lions will try to snap a three-game losing streak when they take on Cam Newton and Carolina. Newton has played well of late, but the Panthers are coming off a lopsided loss to Pittsburgh. By Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Moving in advance for weekend use.

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