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AP-MI--Michigan News Digest 6 pm, MI

December 3, 2018

Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up in Michigan at 6 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. Ed White 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. 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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LANSING, Mich. — Gov. Rick Snyder abandons his proposal to have the Mackinac Bridge Authority oversee the construction and operation of a tunnel to house a replacement for a controversial oil pipeline in the Great Lakes, noting that the proposal did not have enough legislative support. The Republican, who has just a few weeks left in office, says he supports the creation of a new state agency to handle the functions instead. By David Eggert. SENT: 510 words, photos.



LANSING, Mich. — Advocates say they will launch a 2020 ballot drive if Republicans who control the Legislature gut a new law that made Michigan the 11th state to require employers to provide paid time off to workers who are sick or who have ill family members. By David Eggert. SENT: 130 words. SENT: 475 words, photos.


__ GENERAL MOTORS-RESTRUCTURING: Ohio’s two U.S. senators say they’ll meet with the head of General Motors this week to discuss what can be done to stop its northeastern Ohio assembly plant from closing.

— OUTDOOR ART DISPUTE: Small blue rubber ducks are being used to show support for a mid-Michigan man after a judge said he must remove thousands of found objects featured in an outdoor art installation because they violate an anti-junk ordinance.

— CAR CHASE-DEPUTY ASSAULTED: A new state lawmaker who works as a sheriff’s deputy was injured in a fight with a driver who crashed during a car chase.

— LEFT AT AIRPORT: American Airlines is investigating how a 67-year-old woman in a wheelchair was left alone overnight at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport when her flight to Detroit was canceled.

— SALMONELLA-CRACKER BARREL: Health officials say a Cracker Barrel restaurant in southwestern Michigan will not reopen after a problem with salmonella.

— MAN BURIED-CATTLE FEED: Authorities release the name of a 35-year-old man who died after being buried beneath cattle feed on a dairy farm in southwestern Michigan.

— GAS PRICES-MICHIGAN: AAA Michigan says average gas prices statewide are down 12 cents in the past week to about $2.28 per gallon amid continued declines in oil prices.

— CLERK-DRUNKEN DRIVING: A county official in western Michigan who was named clerk of the year has been sentenced to 10 days in jail for drunken driving while on a motorcycle.

— SURPLUS SALE-MICHIGAN: The state’s Surplus Store in Lansing is opening for one day for walk-ins interested in computers, phones, cameras, jewelry and other items.



NEW YORK — Michigan has climbed to No. 5 in the latest AP Top 25 poll after impressive wins against ranked opponents. The top four remain unchanged in the poll released Monday with Gonzaga at the top, followed by Kansas, Duke and Virginia. Gonzaga earned 43 of 64 first-place votes, while Kansas had 19. Duke and Virginia each had one. SENT: 280 words.


DETROIT — Fresh off a victory over Golden State, the Pistons put their five-game winning streak on the line when they host the Thunder. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.


EAST LANSING, Mich. — No. 18 Iowa plays No. 10 Michigan State at the Breslin Center. Game starts at 6:30 p.m.


The Associated Press Player of the Year, Coach of the Year and All-State Team for Division 7-8 high school football in Michigan will be named on Monday.


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