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

November 9, 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. 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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TOP STORIES:

MICHIGAN GOVERNOR

DETROIT — Gov. Rick Snyder participates in a program titled “The Exit Interview” on Friday before a Detroit Economic Club audience. Democrat Gretchen Whitmer defeated Republican Bill Schuette to replace the term-limited Snyder in the governor’s office. Developing.

GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS:

MICHIGAN LEGISLATURE-NEW LEADERS

LANSING, Mich. — A Republican who pushed for passage of right-to-work laws and Medicaid work requirements will lead the Michigan Senate for the next four years. Sen. Mike Shirkey of Clarklake, the founder and owner of an automotive engineering firm in Jackson, was chosen Thursday to be the chamber’s next majority leader starting in January. Sen. Jim Ananich of Flint, a former teacher, will continue to lead Democrats. By David Eggert. SENT: 450 words, photos. Moved late Thursday and available for use.

AROUND THE STATE:

IN BRIEF:

— BENTON HARBOR SCHOOLS: A school district in southwestern Michigan is being released from an agreement with the state put in place in 2014 to help improve its finances.

— MEASLES-MICHIGAN: Health officials are urging people to get vaccinated and take other precautions after confirming 15 cases of measles in Michigan this year.

— EDUCATORS CHARGED-CHILD ABUSE: A Michigan special education teacher who reached a plea deal in connection with alleged student abuse is serving probation.

— AIR BASE-CONTAMINATION: Michigan environmental officials say there’s no emerging threat of chemical contamination in the Clinton River and Lake St. Clair watershed despite tests that found contamination from Selfridge Air National Guard Base.

— CONSERVATIVE COUNTY-DEMOCRAT: A Democrat has won an election in one of Michigan’s most Republican counties. On his third try, Doug Zylstra made history Tuesday by winning a seat on the Ottawa County Board of Commissioners from a district in Holland.

— DETROIT BUSINESSES-GRANTS: About two dozen small businesses in Detroit, Hamtramck and Highland Park will share $260,000 in grants.

— GREAT LAKES-DROWNINGS: A water safety nonprofit group says 2018 has been a deadly year on the Great Lakes, with at least 110 drownings recorded.

SPORTS:

MICHIGAN-RUTGERS

Michigan is on the cusp of reaching the heights expected when it hired Jim Harbaugh. It took four seasons and a handful of crushing defeats to get here but the fourth-ranked Wolverines (8-1, 6-0 Big Ten, No. 4 CFP) are poised to win their first conference title since 2004. Stay out of the loss column, and the Wolverines could play for their first national title since 1997. By Dan Gelston. SENT: 770 words.

BKN--PISTONS-HAWKS

ATLANTA — Blake Griffin and the Pistons go for their second straight win following a five-game skid as Detroit visits the struggling Atlanta Hawks. By George Henry. UPCOMING. 600 words, photos. Game time 7:30 p.m. ET

HKN--RANGERS-RED WINGS

DETROIT — The Rangers try for their fifth straight win when they take on Detroit. By Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game time 7:30 p.m. ET.

FBC--T25-OHIO STATE-MICHIGAN STATE

If all goes according to form, Ohio State would face Michigan on the last Saturday of the month, with a division title in the balance. Before that, though, the Buckeyes have other challenges. This week, it’s Michigan State that stands in the way, and although Ohio State routed the Spartans 48-3 a season ago, there have been enough tight games in this series lately that Saturday’s matchup should have the eighth-ranked Buckeyes’ attention. The 24th-ranked Spartans will be at home, and they still have a lot to play for themselves. By Noah Trister. SENT: 600 words, photos.

Also:

— FBC--OBIT-KOWALCZYK: Walt Kowalczyk, a star halfback at Michigan State who finished third in the 1957 Heisman Trophy race, has died. He was 83. Michigan State says Kowalczyk died Wednesday. SENT: 130 words.

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