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

May 11, 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. Corey Williams 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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TOP STORIES:

XGR--AUTO INSURANCE-MICHIGAN

LANSING, Mich. _ The state with the highest car insurance premiums in the country is on the verge of a political showdown over long-running efforts to cut rates by reining in generous medical benefits. Auto-friendly Michigan, which is among a dozen “no-fault” states where drivers must buy personal injury protection, is the only one to require unlimited coverage for crash victims. Motorists who are seriously injured need not worry about health expenses, but the insurance is expensive. Now, a Republican-led Legislature that is pushing to save people money by making the coverage optional has, for the first time, passed bills out of both chambers . Lawmakers must still resolve differences between the measures, including mandating rate cuts for personal injury protection, known as PIP. But if they do, GOP legislators could send an auto insurance overhaul to the desk of Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and dare her to veto it. She is warning that she will not sign the legislation unless lawmakers also make other changes. By David Eggert. SENT: 750 words, photos.

GENERAL MOTORS-LORDSTOWN

The fate of a shuttered General Motors plant in Ohio remains very much up in the air even after a tweet from President Donald Trump heralded the potential sale of a factory he has shown an intense interest in saving. That’s because the buyer is a fledgling electric vehicle maker that has never posted a profit, has only about 100 employees and warned this year that it might not have enough money to stay in business. What the potential deal does signal is the likely end of a half-century of car manufacturing for GM at its factory near Youngstown and continued uncertainty for a battered Rust Belt community that has seen plenty of empty promises. GM confirmed this past week that it’s negotiating the sale of its massive assembly plant in Lordstown, where production ended in March as part of a major restructuring for the automaker. By John Seewer and Tom Krisher. SENT: 800 words, photos.

BUSINESS:

UBER-LYFT DUOPOLY

SAN FRANCISCO _ A fare war between Uber and Lyft has led to billions of dollars in losses for both ride-hailing companies as they fight for passengers and drivers. But in one way it has been good for investors who snatched up the newly public companies’ stock: The losses have scared off the competition, giving the leaders a duopoly in almost every American city. The two San Francisco companies have already lost a combined $13 billion. And with no clear road to profits ahead, no one else has much of an incentive to mount a challenge using the same model relying on people driving their own cars to pick up passengers that summon them on a smartphone app, said Susan Shaheen, co-director of the Transportation Sustainability Research Center at the University of California, Berkeley. Even if another rival dared enter the market, it would likely be difficult to raise enough money to pose a viable threat after Uber and Lyft spent the past decade pulling in billions of dollars from venture capitalists. And in the past six weeks, they raised an additional $10.4 billion in their recently completed initial public offerings of stock. By Tom Krisher and Michael Liedtke. SENT: 1,120 words, photos.

AROUND THE STATE:

MICHIGAN KILLINGS

DELTA TOWNSHIP, Mich. _ Authorities have released the names of two women who were found beaten to death after a man showed cellphone photos of the bodies to police during a traffic stop in Michigan. The Ingham County sheriff’s office says Saturday that the victims are 26-year-old Kaylee Ann Brock of Holt and 32-year-old Julie Ann Mooney of Williamston. Police found their bodies Friday in separate communities near Lansing. A 26-year-old Delta Township man is expected to be arraigned in their deaths in the coming days. Authorities say he was arrested following a traffic stop early Friday on Interstate 69. Police began searching for him after an ex-girlfriend reported that he was violating a personal protection order by knocking on her door and sending disturbing text messages. She’s not among the victims. SENT: 130 words.

KALKASKA TROUT MEMORIAL

KALKASKA, Mich. _ A Michigan man who was the original artist of Kalkaska’s classic “trout fountain” was honored with a memorial plaque at the opening ceremony of the 83rd National Trout Festival. Fred Perrin created the initial sketch for the Kalkaska Trout Memorial along U.S. 131 in the village’s downtown area. The 74-year-old’s contribution was honored in a dedication at Kalkaska’s long-running trout festival last month, the Traverse City Record-Eagle reported. The memorial showcases a huge trout jumping out of the water in tribute of the festival. It’s extensively photographed and has been viewed in books and internet posts around the world. SENT: 370 words.

EXCHANGE-FINAL SERVICE

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. _ The First Presbyterian Church of Albion has closed its doors after 182 years of ministry. More than 90 people gathered for the church’s final service, led by the Rev. Charlotte Ellison. Among the attendees was 87-year-old parishioner Caroline Swyers, who lives across from the church. By Kalea Hall and Nick Buckley, Battle Creek Enquirer. SENT IN ADVANCE: 609 words.

EXCHANGE-VICTORY WALK

DETROIT _ The boxes are packed and they have come to say goodbye — doctors, therapists, trainers, aides and administrators — all the people who helped put him back together. “It’s graduation day!” one says, bopping her head into the room. Greg Piscopink, a Brother Rice assistant football coach, is about to go home after spending eight months at Maple Manor Rehab Center of Novi, recovering from injuries he suffered in an Aug.15 car crash. By Jeff Seidel, Detroit Free Press. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1750 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ ARTS AND CULTURE-DETROIT: Newspaper columnist Rochelle Riley has been appointed Detroit’s Arts and Culture director. Mayor Mike Duggan says in a release Saturday that Riley will lead efforts to attract additional funding and talent to help build on Detroit’s arts, cultural and creative sector.

_ BIG TREE HUNT-MICHIGAN: A nonprofit tree-planting and education organization is seeking the largest trees in Michigan.

_ MICHIGAN MUSEUM-STAR TREK: An exhibition at the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation in suburban Detroit is offering a glimpse into the world of “Star Trek.”

_ LAKE ERIE ALGAE: Experts say heavy rains this spring make it more likely western Lake Erie will see another significant algae bloom later this year.

_ REDISTRICTING-MICHIGAN: Michigan Republicans are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to halt a court-ordered redrawing of the state’s congressional and legislative districts pending their appeal.

_ FIREARMS TRAINING-WOMEN: A Detroit-area gun rights advocacy group is offering free firearm and personal protection lessons to women.

SPORTS:

MINNEAPOLIS _ The Minnesota Twins host the Detroit Tigers in a day-night doubleheader to make up an April game postponed by wintry weather. By Tyler Mason. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Games start at 2:10 p.m. and 8:10 p.m. EDT.

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