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

December 27, 2018

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. Tom Davies is on the desk, followed by Corey Williams. 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

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

TOP STORY:

NEW GOVERNOR-CABINET

LANSING, Mich. _Democratic Gov.-elect Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday named much of her Cabinet, including officials who will be involved in her two of her top priorities _ cleaning up drinking water and improving roads. Whitmer announced Paul Ajegba to serve as director of the Department of Transportation. He has worked at MDOT 28 years. Liesl Eichler Clark, co-founder of a clean-energy policy consulting firm, will lead the Department of Environmental Quality. The agency came under fire for Flint’s water crisis. By David Eggert. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 600 words, photo.

AROUND THE STATE:

LEGAL MARIJUANA-BANNER YEAR

PORTLAND, Ore. _ The last year was a 12-month champagne toast for the legal marijuana industry as the global market exploded and cannabis pushed its way further into the financial and cultural mainstream. Liberal California became the largest legal U.S. marketplace, while conservative Utah and Oklahoma embraced medical marijuana. Canada ushered in broad legalization, and Mexico’s Supreme Court set the stage for that country to follow. Voters in November made Michigan the 10th state _ and first in the Midwest _ to legalize recreational marijuana. By Gillian Flaccus. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ CROSSBOW DEATH-MICHIGAN: Police in western Michigan say a 20-year-old man died after being hit by a crossbow arrow. The Norton Shores Police Department says the man was found wounded on the driveway of his home Wednesday night in the city just south of Muskegon.

_ SOO LOCKS: Michigan’s commitment of up to $52 million toward construction of a new Great Lakes shipping lock could accelerate the project’s completion by a year and save taxpayers $30 million.

_ ENDANGERED WOLF-ZOO: Albuquerque’s zoo has received another Mexican gray wolf as part of an international recovery effort that includes breeding the endangered animals in captivity to ensure their genetic viability. The ABQ BioPark said Thursday it received the wolf earlier this month from the Binder Zoo in Michigan.

_ MAYOR’S CARS DAMAGED: The mayor of a Detroit suburb believes he was politically targeted by whoever punctured all the tires on three vehicles at his home.

_ DEVELOPMENT PROJECT-WARREN: Some details have been released on a $170 million public-private project that is expected to help create a downtown in Warren.

_ SUMMER HAILSTORM-SMALL BUSINESSES: Small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives and private nonprofit organizations financially impacted by an Aug. 1 hailstorm in some parts of northern Michigan can apply for Economic Injury Disaster Loans.

SPORTS:

HKN--WINGS-PENGUINS

PITTSBURGH _ The surging Pittsburgh Penguins host the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday night. The Penguins are 7-2-1 in their last 10. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game time 7 p.m. ET

FBC--T25-MICHIGAN-FLORIDA DECISIONS

ATLANTA _ While No. 8 Michigan must move on from the decisions by four players to skip Saturday’s Peach Bowl, No. 10 Florida will have all its draft-eligible players in uniform. By Charles Odum. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.

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