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

February 27, 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. 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

FIAT CHRYSLER-MICHIGAN INCENTIVES

LANSING, Mich. _ Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Wednesday the state can use existing economic development incentive programs to assist Fiat Chrysler’s expansion without asking lawmakers to approve new incentives. By David Eggert. UPCOMING: 500 words.

SMALLBIZ-SMALL TALK-TAX CRISES

NEW YORK _ It can be a shock for small business owners to learn they owe the government thousands of dollars in taxes. It can happen to owners at any stage of their companies; it’s often the result of poor planning or not getting advice from an experienced tax adviser. Tax pros warn that it can happen to more owners this year because there are so many unknowns about the new tax law. But if owners are stuck with big tax bills and don’t have available cash, they likely can get a payment plan with the IRS. By Joyce M. Rosenberg. SENT: 960 words, photos.

BEHIND THE WHEEL-INFOTAINMENT SYSTEMS

There are all sorts of high-tech and easy-to-use automobile infotainment systems on the market today, but which ones are the best? For tech-savvy buyers and for shoppers looking for a simple system of controls, we go over some of the best on the market. By Travis Langness of Edmunds. SENT: 850 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

—ROADSIDE DRUG TEST: A program that had some police officers asking drivers to allow a swab of their mouth to determine if they’ve been using drugs is expected to be expanded to more parts of Michigan.

—BLIND ACTIVIST ARRESTED: An appeals court says a blind man who was arrested at a 2015 celebration for a federal disabilities law outside Michigan’s Capitol can continue his lawsuit against state police.

—DOCTOR-CHILD PORN: An ex-University of Michigan doctor who lost his job and medical license after child pornography allegations surfaced has been sentenced for sexual misconduct involving patients.

—STUDENT STRUCK-SCHOOL: A woman who police say ran over her 9-year-old son while dropping him off at school in western Michigan has reached a plea deal in the case.

—IRON BELLE TRAIL: Michigan officials are taking applications for the fifth round of funding to support work along the Iron Belle Trail.

SPORTS:

BKN--PISTONS-SPURS

SAN ANTONIO _ The Spurs return home Wednesday to face Detroit after going 1-7 on their annual rodeo road trip. San Antonio has a one-game lead over Sacramento for the final playoff spot in the West. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 8:30 p.m. ET.

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