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

November 6, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

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

TOP STORIES:

ELECTION 2018-GOVERNOR-MICHIGAN

LANSING, Mich. — Michigan will have a new governor come January, and whether it’s Republican Bill Schuette or Democrat Gretchen Whitmer will signal whether a state that Donald Trump won by the slimmest of margins will continue its move to the right or will change course. Schuette, the state’s conservative attorney general, says he would push for an income tax cut and lower auto insurance rates. He has been urging voters to stick with a Republican to succeed the more moderate Gov. Rick Snyder, who has reached his two-term limit and has been at the helm during a sustained economic recovery. By David Eggert. SENT: 550 words, photos. Will be updated.

ELECTION 2018-SENATE-MICHIGAN

LANSING, Mich. — Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow of Michigan is seeking a fourth term on Tuesday and is hoping to stave off political newcomer John James and to prevent a surprise breakthrough in a state where Republican senators have been a rarity. Stabenow highlighted her bipartisan achievements and experience amid divisiveness in Washington while criticizing James’ support for President Donald Trump’s agenda. James, a black combat veteran and businessman whom Trump has called “a star,” faulted Stabenow as ineffective and too liberal while asking voters to make a leadership change. By David Eggert. SENT: 300 words, photos. Will be updated.

ELECTION 2018-MARIJUANA REFERENDUM

DETROIT — Voters in Michigan and North Dakota will decide Tuesday whether to legalize recreational marijuana, which would make them the first states in the Midwest to do so and would put conservative neighboring states on notice. More than half the states have already legalized medical marijuana, and Utah and Missouri could join their ranks Tuesday. By Jeff Karoub. SENT: 600 words, photos. Will be updated.

ELECTION 2018-MICHIGAN-NEWS GUIDE

DETROIT — Michigan Democrats are trying to crack the Republican Party’s hold on most statewide offices and congressional seats by fielding a slate of female candidates Tuesday. Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow is seeking a fourth term and is pitted against Republican John James, an Iraq War veteran. Gretchen Whitmer has pledged to fix the state’s rickety roads and reverse a retirement tax if she’s elected governor, whereas her opponent, Bill Schuette, hopes a solid economy will convince voters to stick with a Republican. GOP Gov. Rick Snyder couldn’t run because he reached his term limit. By Ed White. SENT: 800 words, photos. Will be updated.

— With: ELECTION 2018-MICHIGAN-THE LATEST. With updates throughout the day and after the polls close at 6 p.m.

AROUND THE STATE:

FUNERAL HOME INVESTIGATIONS-DETROIT

DETROIT — An anonymous letter informed Michigan officials that they could find “a bunch of infant corpses” hidden in a crawl space of a closed Detroit funeral home, according to state records. The Detroit News used the Freedom of Information Act to obtain a copy of the letter received by the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs on Oct. 12, which detailed concerns about the Cantrell Funeral Home. Detroit police raided the home that same day and found the hidden remains of 10 fetuses and an infant. SENT: 300 words, photos.

BUSINESS:

JAPAN-EARNS-TOYOTA

TOKYO — Toyota Motor Corp. reported a 28 percent surge in its net profit in the last quarter, helped by growing sales in Europe, Asia and the Americas, and raised its earnings forecast for the full year. The top Japanese automaker said Tuesday that its July-September profit totaled 585.1 billion yen ($5.2 billion), up from 458.3 billion yen the year before. Quarterly sales rose 2 percent to 7.31 trillion yen ($64.7 billion). By Business Writer Yuri Kageyama. SENT: 400 words, photo. Moving in business services.

Also:

— GENERAL MOTORS-INVESTIGATION: The U.S. government is investigating whether General Motors should expand a 2016 windshield wiper recall to include 1.7 million more SUVs. The government wants to know if a recall of 368,000 Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain compact SUVs from the 2013 year should include more vehicles from 2010 to 2016. SENT: 150 words.

IN BRIEF:

— FLINT AIRPORT STABBING: Jury selection is starting in the trial of a man charged with terrorism in the stabbing of a Michigan airport police officer. Amor Ftouhi is accused of stabbing Lt. Jeff Neville while yelling “Allahu Akbar,” the Arabic phrase for “God is great.” Neville survived the June 2017 attack inside the Flint airport. The jury process begins Tuesday in federal court in Flint. With AP Photo. Will be updated.

— SEVERED HEAD: A western Michigan man serving life in prison without parole for killing and decapitating a teen in 1996 and mutilating the head in front of a video camera is getting a chance at a new sentence. With AP Photo.

— PASSENGER KILLED-ROCK: A fifth teenager charged after a rock thrown from a Michigan highway overpass killed a man in a van below has entered a guilty plea in the case. Sixteen-year-old Alexzander Miller pleaded guilty Monday to manslaughter in Genesee County Circuit Court.

— PRINGLES-THANKSGIVING CHIPS: Those who crave the tastes of Thanksgiving no longer have to wait for the meal to be cooked. Pringles is selling chips that taste like turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pie.

— FORD AIRPORT-IMPROVEMENTS: Work has started on the second phase of the Gateway Transformation Project at the Gerald R. Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids.

SPORTS:

HKN--CANUCKS-RED WINGS

DETROIT — The Vancouver Canucks shoot for their third straight win Tuesday night as they face the Detroit Red Wings, who had a three-game winning streak snapped on Saturday. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game time 7:30 p.m. ET.

BKC--T25-KANSAS-MICHIGAN STATE

INDIANAPOLIS — After a challenging fall off the court, top-ranked Kansas can finally focus on basketball when it faces No.10 Michigan State in the first game of the Champions Classic on Tuesday in Indianapolis. By Michael Marot. UPCOMING: 700 words, with photos. Game time 7 p.m. ET.

BKC--T25-NORFOLK ST-MICHIGAN

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — No. 19 Michigan opens the season against Norfolk State. By Larry Lage. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game time 8:30 p.m.

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