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

January 11, 2019

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. Ken Kusmer is on the desk. 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

XGR--MICHIGAN BUDGET

LANSING, Mich. _ Michigan’s economy will keep growing but at a slower rate, resulting in stable tax revenue growth at a time new Gov. Gretchen Whitmer begins working to put her imprint on state spending. That is among the takeaways from Friday’s semiannual meeting where the state treasurer and legislative fiscal experts agreed to consensus economic and tax projections. Economists gave a largely positive update to state officials but also warned of risks. By David Eggert. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 700 words.

DETROIT MUSEUM-FUTURE

DETROIT _ Design options will soon be revealed for a plan that seeks to link nearly a dozen major institutions in Detroit and make the area more walkable. The Detroit News reports that the Detroit Institute of Arts and nonprofit Midtown Detroit Inc. are spearheading the project. The effort seeks to redesign the area around the institute and create pedestrian spaces connecting to other nearby institutions. SENT: 270 words, photos pursuing.

BUSINESS:

GENERAL MOTORS-FORECAST

DETROIT _ General Motors strengthened its pretax profit estimate for 2018 and predicted even stronger performance for 2019 as it executives made a presentation to investor on Friday. The rosy forecast comes despite declining sales for the company in the U.S. and slowing sales in China. The company predicts that its 2018 pretax profits will be higher than the $5.80 to $6.20 range it forecast in the third quarter. For 2019, it expects that to increase to $6.50 to $7. By Tom Krisher. SENT: 820 words, photos.

GERMANY-VOLKSWAGEN-SALES RECORD

FRANKFURT, Germany _ German automaker Volkswagen posted another annual sales record in 2018 as new SUV models boosted deliveries and as the company managed to increase its share in China even as the car market there shrank for the first time in years. The Wolfsburg-based maker of Volkswagen, Audi, SEAT, Skoda and other brand name cars sold 10.83 million vehicles, beat its 2017 record of 10.74 million cars by 0.9 percent. By David McHugh. SENT: 370 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

—MICHIGAN SCHOOL-GUN: Authorities say a 10-year-old boy was taken into custody after bringing a loaded handgun to his Michigan school.

—BAKER COLLEGE-CONSOLIDATION: Baker College plans to close several of its Michigan campuses as part of a consolidation effort that’s designed to strengthen its future educational offerings.

—DTE ENERGY-METERS: DTE Energy says it will replace 7,500 high-tech electricity meters to ensure they’re not transmitting information against the wishes of customers.

SPORTS:

FBN--OBIT-FORZANO

ALLEN PARK, Mich. _ Rick Forzano, who was the coach of the Detroit Lions during the mid-1970s and hired a young Bill Belichick to work on his staff, has died. He was 90. The Lions said Thursday night that Forzano’s family confirmed his death. He died Wednesday. Forzano coached the Lions for the 1974 and 1975 seasons, plus the first four games in 1976. He went 15-17. SENT: 320 words.

HKN--RED WINGS-JETS

WINNIPEG, Manitoba _ The Detroit Red Wings visit the Winnipeg Jets on Friday. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 8 p.m.

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