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

February 2, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

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TOP STORIES:

GENERAL MOTORS-SUPPLIERS

TOLEDO, Ohio _ Thousands of jobs at auto parts suppliers in North America are at stake because of General Motors’ plan to shut down five of its factories in the coming months. Two supplier operations in Ohio intend to close in March because the GM assembly plant it works with is slated to shut down. Some economists estimate that for every auto plant job that’s cut, another three or four positions are lost. By John Seewer. SENT: 875 words, photos.

AROUND THE STATE:

HENRY FORD-HOMETOWN CONTROVERSY

DETROIT _ A Detroit-area historical group is protesting a mayor’s decision to stop it from sending out the latest issue of its publication, which delves into Ford Motor Co. founder Henry Ford’s anti-Semitism. The Dearborn Historical Commission says the latest edition of its city-financed quarterly journal, The Dearborn Historian, should go out and that Mayor Jack O’Reilly should reverse his decision to cut ties with longtime Detroit journalist Bill McGraw, who wrote the Ford piece. SENT: 160 words. UPCOMING: 300 words.

DISCRIMINATION LAWSUIT-FIREFIGHTER

LANSING, Mich. _ An African-American firefighter’s federal lawsuit alleges that Lansing leaders failed to stop racial discrimination at the fire department. The Lansing State Journal reports that Michael Lynn Jr. filed a civil complaint last month in U.S. District Court. The suit alleges that other firefighters frequently commented on Lynn’s race and qualifications, which created a hostile work environment. Lansing officials have denied the allegations. SENT: 280 words.

EXCHANGE-LOVE FOR LEVI

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. _ Local musician Levi Britton’s recent endocarditis — an infection of the lining of the heart — likely started with a bad tooth. It ended with open heart surgery to repair his mitral valve, which lets blood flow between the left chambers of the heart. His 10-inch-long incision is still healing, but the medical bills are piling up for Britton and his wife, Annie Britton, prompting the community to help the well-loved artist. By Patti Brandt Burgess, Traverse City Record-Eagle. SENT IN ADVANCE: 759 words.

EXCHANGE-DERBY RETURNS

ST. JOHNS, Mich. _ Dan Matson can’t remember how he placed in the Clinton County Soap Box Derby in 1976. But even 43 years later, he can clearly remember going to school and proudly showing his trophy to friends after the race. Matson raced in the Soap Box Derby when he was 13, and it was his first and last year racing. Despite its popularity, the derby only ran from 1963 to 1976. Now, Matson is serving as race director for the resurrected St. Johns Soap Box Derby, which will take place June 16 on Clinton Avenue with up to 32 racers. By Megan Banta, Lansing State Journal. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1068 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ CARBON MONOXIDE DEATH-MICHIGAN: Authorities say one person has died and another taken to a hospital because of carbon monoxide exposure in a Detroit-area apartment.

_ MICHIGAN DEMOCRATS-LEADER: Michigan Democrats are poised to elect a new leader of the state party.

_ GROUNDHOG DAY-MICHIGAN: Handlers of Woody the Woodchuck, billed as Michigan’s official groundhog, say she’s predicting an early spring.

_ DETROIT MUSEUM-POP ART: An upcoming exhibition at the Detroit Institute of Arts takes a look at Pop Art and highlights many works acquired by the museum in the 1960s.

SPORTS:

BKN--CLIPPERS-PISTONS

The Los Angeles Clippers visit the Detroit Pistons. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.

HKN--WINGS-SENATORS

The Detroit Red Wings visit the Ottawa Senators. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.

BKC--INDIANA-MICHIGAN STATE

EAST LANSING, Mich. _ No. 6 Michigan State, coming off its first loss since November, hopes to hand Indiana an eighth straight setback. By Larry Lage. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.

Also:

_ BKC--MIAMI (OH)-EASTERN MICHIGAN: Miami plays Eastern Michigan at Convocation Center. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits.

_ BKC--WESTERN MICHIGAN-CENTRAL MICHIGAN: Western Michigan plays Central Michigan at McGuirk Arena. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits.

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