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

January 31, 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.

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TOP STORIES:

WINTER WEATHER

CHICAGO _ The painfully cold weather system that put much of the Midwest into a historic deep freeze is expected to ease. But temperatures still tumbled to record lows early Thursday in northern Illinois. Disruptions caused by the cold will also persist, including power outages and canceled flights and trains. Crews in Detroit will need days to repair water mains that burst Wednesday, and other pipes can still burst in persistent subzero temperatures. By Michael Tarm and Corey Williams. SENT: 720 words, photos, videos.

With:

—WINTER WEATHER-MICHIGAN, from LANSING, Mich.: Officials say Michigan residents’ efforts to conserve energy during the frigid weather appear to be helping maintain natural gas service. SENT: 380 words, photo.

—WINTER WEATHER-MICHIGAN-DEATHS: Police say a 60-year-old man was found dead outdoors in East Lansing.

—WINTER WEATHER-MICHIGAN-ICE JAM: A bridge in a western Michigan community has been closed due to flooding from ice jams on the Muskegon River.

—WINTER WEATHER-MICHIGAN-SLEEP OUT: Officials say a suburban Detroit fundraising event where people planned to sleep outdoors to raise awareness about homelessness has been replaced by efforts to get people indoors during the extreme cold.

—WINTER WEATHER-DETROIT LIGHT RAIL: Detroit’s light rail system suspended service due for a few hours due to the extreme cold after streetcar batteries struggled to remain charged. Photo.

—WINTER WEATHER-THE LATEST: The Latest on a major snowstorm and frigid weather in the Midwest. Will be updated as developments occur. Photos. Videos.

AUTO PLANTS-DEEP FREEZE

DETROIT _ Auto plants and other big energy users throughout Southeast Michigan have closed or cut operations due to a shortage of natural gas caused by high demand and a fire at a utility compressor station. Eighteen factories and other facilities run by General Motors, Ford and Fiat Chrysler are affected, and it’s not clear when they’ll be able to resume normal operations. The fire hit a Consumers Energy natural gas compressor station north of Detroit on Wednesday as record cold temperatures arrived. SENT: 610 words, photos.

XGR--FUEL TAXES

LANSING, Mich. _ A bipartisan group of former legislative leaders says Michigan’s gasoline tax should be increased by 47 cents a gallon over nine years to fix deteriorating roads. The proposal unveiled Thursday calls for boosting the 26-cents-a-gallon tax by 7 cents in 2020, followed by annual 5-cent hikes through 2028. It is likely to face resistance in the Republican-led Legislature. By David Eggert. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words.

GILCHRIST-DETROIT PROPERTY

DETROIT _ Don’t look for Michigan’s lieutenant governor on a home makeover show. Garlin Gilchrist II is getting rid of a run-down Detroit apartment building after spending $225,000 to try to revive it. He got the property for just $13,500 from the Detroit Land Bank Authority. The property became an issue in the fall campaign when neighbors complained. Records obtained by The Associated Press show Gilchrist is selling the building for $190,000. The deal needs approval from the Land Bank. By Ed White. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 380 words, photo.

EXOSKELETON FOR WORKERS

FLAT ROCK, Mich. _ Ford Motor Co. is among a number of companies providing their workers with a wearable technology that elevates and supports a worker’s arms. SENT: 130 words, photos, video.

MARIJUANA-MICHIGAN

DETROIT _ More than 250 Michigan communities have banned marijuana businesses just two months after the state became the first in the Midwest to legalize the drug for recreational use. MLive reports that some cities and townships have enacted temporary bans until the state creates regulations to govern the recreational marijuana industry. Many of the state’s biggest cities, including Detroit and Lansing, haven’t passed any restrictions. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated.

ELECTION 2020-DEMOCRATS-MIDWEST

WASHINGTON _ The clearest path for Democrats to return to the White House runs straight through the upper Midwest, fueling debate over who is best positioned to recapture the region’s working-class voters who broke for President Donald Trump in 2016. Though the first prominent Democrats to announce their 2020 candidacies hail from the coasts, several Midwestern natives _ including Sens. Sherrod Brown of Ohio and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota _ are offering themselves as potential contenders uniquely attuned to the region’s priorities. By Elana Schor and Sara Burnett. SENT: 1,000 words, photo.

IN BRIEF:

—MICHIGAN-PIPELINE-LAWSUIT: Mackinac Island is challenging a state agency’s decision to let Enbridge install anchor supports for its Line 5 oil pipes in the Straits of Mackinac.

—EARNS-DOWDUPONT: DowDuPont Inc. (DWDP) on Thursday reported fourth-quarter net income of $475 million, after reporting a loss in the same period a year earlier.

—UPPER PENINSULA-CATHOLIC SCHOOL: Fifty years later, a Catholic high school that closed in 1971 could reopen in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

SPORTS:

BKN--MAVERICKS-PISTONS

DETROIT _ The Detroit Pistons host the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday night. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m. ET.

BKC--BIG TEN THIS WEEK

The game of the week in the Big Ten pits No. 21 Maryland against No. 24 Wisconsin. The Terrapins won the first meeting two weeks ago. By Eric Olson. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos.

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