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BC-MI--Michigan News Coverage Advisory, MI

March 21, 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. 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates.

UPCOMING TODAY:

RIVER BODY-CHARGES

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. _ A South Dakota man accused of killing his girlfriend and dumping her dismembered body into a river in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is due in court. Stephen Falkenberg is scheduled for an initial appearance in Yankton County court Thursday in the death of Tamara LaFramboise. SENT: 150 words. Will be updated.

IN BRIEF:

—CHAVEZ STATUE-THEFT: A former director of the Michigan Hispanic/Latino Commission has been sentenced to five years of probation for stealing nearly $86,000 that was set aside for a Michigan statue to honor farm labor leader Cesar Chavez.

—BUSINESS EXPANSIONS: State officials say three auto supply companies have received financial support from the Michigan Strategic Fund to expand their operations.

SPORTS:

BKC--NCAA-BRADLEY-MICHIGAN STATE

DES MOINES, Iowa _ No. 2 Michigan State opens what it hopes will be a deep NCAA run when it faces No. 15 Bradley at the start of tournament play on Thursday. By Luke Meredith. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 3 p.m. ET.

BKC--NCAA-MONTANA-MICHIGAN

DES MOINES, Iowa _ For the second year in a row, the Montana Grizzlies and the Michigan Wolverines square off in the first round of NCAA Tournament play Thursday evening. By Eric Olson. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 9:30 p.m. ET.

BKC--NCAA-TIPPING OFF

Reigning national champion Villanova will be in action along with Michigan, the runner-up from last year, while Belmont and Murray State open the NCAA Tournament as trendy upset picks as things get going with a full slate of games. Also in action is perennial power Kansas, along with Ja Morant and Murray State. By Dave Skretta. SENT: 980 words, photos.

BKC--NCAA-SHOOTING SYSTEM

ANN ARBOR, Mich. _ NCAA Tournament games can be won and lost at the 3-point line, and some teams put technology to use to help players improve their shooting. A system from the data-service provider Noah Basketball can measure the arc on shots. It can also let players know if their shots are too far to the left or right _ or too short or long. By Noah Trister. SENT: 930 words, photos.

BKC--NCAA-WEST REGION PREVIEW

TULSA, Okla. _ Texas Tech faces Northern Kentucky and Buffalo battles Arizona State in West Region action on Friday. By Cliff Brunt. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos.

BKC--NCAA-EAST REGION PREVIEW

COLUMBIA, S.C. _ Zion Williamson and top-seeded Duke look to start another run to the NCAA championship when it kicks off tournament play against 16th-seeded North Dakota State in the East Region Friday. By Pete Iacobelli. UPCOMING: 600 words.

BKN--PISTONS-SUNS

PHOENIX _ The Detroit Pistons visit the Phoenix Suns on Thursday. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 10 p.m. ET.

HKN--RED WINGS-BLUES

ST. LOUIS _ The Detroit Red Wings are in St. Louis on Thursday to take on the Blues. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 8 p.m. ET.

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