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

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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

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

TOP STORIES:

STATE OF STATE-MICHIGAN

LANSING, Mich. _ Gov. Gretchen Whitmer plans to focus on the “fundamentals” in her first State of the State address, emphasizing the need to fix the roads, close a gap in education training for adults and clean up drinking water. The Democrat spoke to The Associated Press on Monday, a day before her speech. By David Eggert. UPCOMING: 600 words by 6 p.m. EST.

JOHN DINGELL

DEARBORN, Mich. _ Dozens of John Dingell’s former constituents lined up Monday at a performing arts center in suburban Detroit to pay their respects to the longest-serving member of Congress in U.S. history, passing his flag-covered coffin and offering condolences to his wife and family. Dingell’s casket was in a ballroom at the center in Dearborn. Outside the room, mourners viewed oversized photos of his life and 59-year career in Congress. He died last week at age 92, four years after retiring from the House. SENT: 240 words, with AP Photos. Video planned.

FOREVER CHEMICALS-EMERGING THREAT

WASHINGTON _ The chemical compounds are all around you. They’re on many fabrics, rugs and carpets, cooking pots and pans, outdoor gear, shampoo, shaving cream, makeup and even dental floss. Increasing numbers of states have found them seeping into water supplies. Unsurprisingly, the chemicals have turned up in a variety of wildlife species, including fish, bald eagles and mink. Michigan agencies plan to sample a variety of wild game, such as ducks and other waterfowl, for the chemicals. They already test fish and deer. By Ellen Knickmeyer, Michael Casey and John Flesher. SENT: 1,050 words, with AP Photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENT-MICHIGAN: Officials say a 54-year-old man has died after falling into vat containing sulfuric acid at a manufacturing facility in suburban Detroit.

_ GREAT LAKES LEVELS: Experts are predicting higher-than-normal water levels on the Great Lakes this summer, some of which may set records.

_ WINTER WEATHER-MICHIGAN: Michigan is bracing for more icy and potentially damaging weather as crews wrap up efforts to restore power to those affected by last week’s ice storms .

_ EAGLE RESCUE: Hundreds of people gathered in Michigan’s northwestern Lower Peninsula to watch as a rescued bald eagle was returned to the wild.

_ POLICE SHOOTING: A man accused of shooting dozens of times at a Tennessee police officer has been arrested in Detroit.

_ UTILITY REGULATOR: Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has appointed a northern Michigan man to the agency that regulates utilities.

_ GAS PRICES-MICHIGAN: AAA Michigan says average gas prices statewide are up about 14 cents from a week ago to about $2.29 per gallon.

_ YOUTH EDUCATION FUNDING-DETROIT: A Detroit-based nonprofit has been awarded $400,000 by the McGregor Fund to educate and train young people between the ages of 16 and 24.

SPORTS:

BKN--WIZARDS-PISTONS

DETROIT _ The Pistons try to extend their winning streak to four when they host the Wizards. By Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m. ET.

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