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BC-MI--Michigan News Coverage Advisory, MI

March 15, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

WINTER WEATHER

OMAHA, Neb. _ A late-winter storm system continues its trek across the Midwest. It will send rain and snow into Minnesota and Illinois on Friday. The storm left quickly rising floods in its wake in parts of eastern Nebraska and Iowa that saw people evacuated from their homes, roads washed out in communities, and farmers worried the water would drown livestock. By Josh Funk and Blake Nicholson. SENT: 950 words, photos.

With:

—SEVERE WEATHER-MICHIGAN: Authorities say a tornado swept through mid-Michigan, damaging homes and knocking out power to thousands.

BUSINESS:

VOLKSWAGEN-DIESEL EMISSIONS

WASHINGTON _ SEC charges Volkswagen, former CEO Winterkorn with defrauding American bond investors during its emissions scandal. The SEC said that between April 2014 and May 2015 Volkswagen issued more than $13 billion in bonds and asset-backed securities in U.S. markets when senior executives knew that more than 500,000 vehicles in the country grossly exceeded legal vehicle emissions limits. SENT: 520 words, photo.

TESLA-MODEL Y

HAWTHORNE, Calif. _ Tesla CEO Elon Musk has unveiled the Model Y, a sporty SUV that the automaker hopes will win over consumers looking for an all-electric alternative in the most popular segment of the auto market. The Model Y may be Tesla’s most important product yet as the automaker attempts to expand into the mainstream and generate enough cash to repay massive debts that threaten to topple the Palo Alto, California, company. By Alex Veiga and Michael Liedtke. SENT: 1,020 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

—STUDENTS-TAX PREP: Students at Northern Michigan University are getting experience by volunteering to prepare tax returns for people in the Marquette area.

—FISH DEATHS: State officials say small numbers of dead fish may be common sights in Michigan waters as winter’s snow and ice melt.

SPORTS:

BKN--LAKERS-PISTONS

DETROIT _ After a pair of blowout losses on the road, the Detroit Pistons return home Friday to try to get their playoff chase back on track against the Los Angeles Lakers. By Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m. CT.

BKC-T25--B10-IOWA-MICHIGAN

CHICAGO _ Iowa takes on No. 10 Michigan in the third round of the Big Ten Tournament on Friday. The Hawkeyes held the Wolverines to 32 percent shooting in a 74-59 win on Feb. 1 in their only meeting of the season. By Jay Cohen. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 9:30 p.m. ET.

BKC-T25--B10-OHIO STATE-MICHIGAN STATE

CHICAGO _No. 6 Michigan State begins what it hopes is a march toward its first Big Ten Tournament title since 2016 when it meets Ohio State on Friday. The top-seeded Spartans _ who tied Purdue for first place _ expect to get injured star Nick Ward back from a broken hand this weekend. Ohio State beat Indiana on Thursday. By Andrew Seligman. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 12:30 p.m. ET.

HKN--NHL-GROWING DIVERSITY

PHILADELPHIA _ Minority players in the NHL remain a relative rarity. But the effort to increase diversity in the sport at the youth level has never been more robust than it is now. The results can be seen in neighborhoods in places like Philadelphia and Detroit where basketball, baseball and football are still the top choices for many. The NHL says it has spent $100 million along with the players’ union since 2015 to grow diversity in the sport. By Stephen Whyno. SENT: 1,500 words, photos.

With:

—HKN--NHL-GROWING DIVERSITY-COST: Many families wrestle with the time and money needed to play youth sports. The challenges can be even more significant when it comes to hockey, with all of its equipment and rinks that are sometimes far away. For the less wealthy, hockey can look out of reach. Many youth programs are getting support from the NHL and players’ union to address the concerns. By Stephen Whyno. SENT: 820 words, photos.

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