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AP-MI--Michigan News Coverage Advisory 8:30 am, MI

August 1, 2018

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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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



LANSING, Mich. — Michigan voters this fall will get to decide whether to change how their state’s congressional and legislative districts are drawn after the state Supreme Court kept an anti-gerrymandering proposal on the ballot. In a 4-3 decision issued late Tuesday, the state Supreme Court rejected a lawsuit challenging the initiative, meaning it will go to a statewide vote in November. The constitutional amendment, if approved, would entrust redistricting to an independent commission instead of the Legislature and governor. It is a bid to stop partisan gerrymandering, the once-a-decade process of a political party drawing electoral maps to maintain or expand its hold on power. By David Eggert. SENT: 750 words, photos.


LANSING, Mich. — Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette scheduled a phone call with state employees to discuss “presidential politics” during work hours and later dangled financial incentives to those who secured the most endorsements for Jeb Bush, according to emails from 2015 that surfaced Tuesday, a week before the gubernatorial primary. A scheduler for Schuette, who is seeking the Republican nomination for governor, used her personal email to set the Monday, Aug. 17 conference mid-afternoon call with his top aides and others. On Wednesday, Sept. 2 and Sunday, Sept. 6, Schuette himself sent follow-up emails — outside of business hours — encouraging the staffers to land more endorsements for the former Florida governor and enticing them with gift certificates worth between $50 and $250. By David Eggert. SENT: 600 words.


WASHINGTON — The Trump administration says people would drive more and be exposed to increased risk if their cars get better gas mileage, an argument intended to justify freezing Obama-era toughening of fuel standards. Transportation experts dispute the arguments, contained in a draft of the administration’s proposals prepared this summer, excerpts of which were obtained by The Associated Press. By Tom Krisher and Ellen Knickmeyer. SENT: 800 words, photos.


Tesla’s second-quarter revenue should grow by more than $1 billion as it delivered more Model 3 electric cars. But analysts predict it won’t be enough to stop the company’s net loss from rising dramatically when the Palo Alto, California, company reports earnings after the bell Wednesday. Analysts polled by FactSet expect a net loss of $629.9 million, 87 percent worse than the same quarter a year ago. Revenue should rise 43 percent to $3.99 billion. By Auto Writer Tom Krisher. SENT: 500 words, photo.


— GOVERNOR’S RACE-SANDERS: U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders will campaign in Michigan for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Abdul El-Sayed two days before the primary.

— GRASS FIRES: Authorities say tips generated by media coverage helped them find a suspect in a series of Michigan grass fires over the past two months.

— SEVERE WEATHER-MICHIGAN: Severe thunderstorms dumped heavy rain on the Detroit area, leaving some roadways flooded. The National Weather Service says early Wednesday that 2½ to 3 inches of rain fell overnight in parts of Wayne and Monroe counties.

— ESTATE DISPUTE: The Michigan Supreme Court has ruled that a woman can inherit from her husband’s estate despite living apart for more than 30 years.

— INFRASTRUCTURE GRANTS-FLINT AIRPORT: More than $4 million in infrastructure grants have been awarded to Bishop International Airport in Flint.



DETROIT — Mike Fiers, after remaining with the Tigers through the trade deadline, takes the mound Wednesday against Cincinnati’s Sal Romano. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game time 1:10 p.m. ET.


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