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

January 3, 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. Rick Callahan is on the desk. 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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LANSING, Mich. _ New Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer issued a directive Thursday to prohibit state employees from using personal email to conduct government business, stopping a practice that occasionally was seen in the offices of the previous governor and attorney general. The Democrat’s directive is among six she issued two days after taking office _ part of what she said is an effort to make state government “open, transparent and accountable” to taxpayers. “To continue to earn public confidence, we must set good examples and act ethically at all times,” Whitmer said in a statement. By David Eggert. SENT: 320 words. UPCOMING: 400 words by 5 p.m. EST.


MOSCOW _ The defense lawyer for a former U.S. Marine who was arrested in Russia for alleged spying said Thursday that he is trying to get the American released from the Moscow prison where he has dealt well with his detention. Michigan resident Paul Whelan, a 48-year-old corporate security director from the Detroit area, was arrested Friday on espionage charges. The Russian Federal Security Service, or FSB, hasn’t given details of what led to the charges. SENT: 260 words, photo.


DETROIT _ The United Auto Workers union is accusing General Motors of violating a national contract by using temporary workers instead of employing full-timers who were laid off from its factories. The union filed a federal lawsuit in Cleveland alleging that GM has temporary workers at its pickup truck plant in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The lawsuit says GM has about 1,000 workers on layoff from several factories who should be working at the plant. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated.


_ GENERAL MOTORS-PRESIDENT: General Motors has promoted product development chief Mark Reuss to company president. The longtime GM engineer replaces Dan Ammann, who is now CEO of GM’s autonomous vehicle unit called Cruise Automation. SENT: 130 words.



KALAMOZOO, Mich. _ Jury selection is scheduled to begin Thursday in the case of an Uber driver charged with killing six people nearly three years ago in Michigan. Jason Dalton is charged with murder and attempted murder. He’s accused of shooting eight people in three locations in the Kalamazoo area in February 2016 while he was picking up riders for Uber. SENT: 130 words, photos. Will be updated.


_ POLICE CRUISER-JOYRIDE: Authorities say a 17-year-old girl took a police cruiser on a joyride following a traffic stop in the early hours of New Year’s Day in western Michigan. Grand Rapids police say the girl was a passenger in a minivan that was pulled over about 4:30 a.m. Tuesday following a 911 call about a large fight nearby.

_ DETROIT PLANT-EXPLOSION: Officials say an explosion and fire injured three employees at a titanium processing facility in Detroit.

_ DISMEMBERED BODY: A man accused of dismembering a woman in his western Michigan apartment has been charged with murder in her death.

_ WORD REVIVAL: A Detroit university thinks it knows the cure for anhedonia: rescuing words that have fallen out of linguistic favor.



ANN ARBOR, Mich. _ No. 2 Michigan returns to conference play and puts its unbeaten record on the line against Penn State. By Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 600ANN ARBOR, Mich. _ No. 2 Michigan returns to conference play and puts its unbeaten record on the line against Penn State. By Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m. ET.


UNDATED _ A look at the upcoming week around the Big Ten Conference: GAME OF THE WEEKEND: No. 8 Michigan State at No. 14 Ohio State. The Spartans (12-2, 3-0) have won seven in a row after beating Northwestern on Wednesday night. Coach Tom Izzo has a veteran club and team leader Cassius Winston is playing his best ball. Joshua Langford missed the Northwestern game with an ankle injury, and his status for Saturday wasn’t known. This is a measuring-stick game for the Buckeyes (12-1, 2-0), who were picked eighth in the preseason media poll and have only been stressed in one game the last month. Two of the top big men in the league square off in the Spartans’ Nick Ward and OSU’s Kaleb Wesson. By Sports Writer Eric Olson. SENT: 560 word, photos.


Wright State plays Detroit at Calihan Hall. Developing from 7 p.m. tipoff. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merit


KEY LARGO, Fla. _ Michigan is the favorite Thursday in the Orange Bowl Swim Classic. UPCOMING: 130-word NewsNow by 3 p.m. ET.


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