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

November 6, 2018

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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


— 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.

— 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.

— 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.



DETROIT — The Detroit Red Wings, who had a three-game winning streak snapped on Saturday, host the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday night. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game time 7:30 p.m. ET.


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.


ALLEN PARK, Mich. — The Detroit Lions have fallen into last place in the NFC North and there are signs they may have a hard time getting back into the division race. When coach Matt Patricia met with reporters on Monday, he didn’t wait for their questions on his team’s 24-9 loss to division rival Minnesota. “There’s a lot of corrections to be made, a lot of things we obviously have got to do better,” Patricia said in his opening remarks. “There were some good things on the tape, but just way too many bad things that overshadowed it.” SENT: 700 words. Moved late Monday and available for use.


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