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

January 7, 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. Ken Kusmer 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 STORY:

KALAMAZOO SHOOTINGS

KALAMAZOO, Mich. — A man charged with killing six strangers between picking up rides for Uber pleaded guilty to murder on Monday in Michigan. Jason Dalton’s surprise move occurred as lawyers and a judge planned to pick a jury in Kalamazoo County court. SENT: 300 words, photos. UPCOMING: 500 words.

AROUND THE STATE:

LGBT DISCRIMINATION-WHITMER

LANSING, Mich. — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has signed an executive directive to prohibit discrimination against LGBT people by state government, contractors and others, superseding an order that Gov. Rick Snyder signed just days before leaving office. By David Eggert. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ WATER TESTING-MICHIGAN: Officials say another round of testing at private residential wells in southwestern Michigan found no presence of dioxin in most of the wells that previously tested positive for the contaminant.

_ GAS PRICES-MICHIGAN: AAA Michigan says average gas prices statewide are up about 5 cents in the past week to about $2.09 per gallon.

_ NEW NATURE PRESERVE: A new 108-acre (44-hectare) nature preserve is planned in southwestern Michigan that will be open to the public.

_ FOREST ROADS-MICHIGAN: An initial inventory of state forest roads maintained by Michigan’s Natural Resources department is complete.

SPORTS:

BKN--SPURS-PISTONS

DETROIT _ The surging Spurs bring a four-game winning streak into a matchup with Detroit. By Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.

BKC--T25-SURGING SPARTANS

EAST LANSING, Mich. _ Michigan State has won eight straight, surging to the top of the Big Ten standings with rival Michigan. By Larry Lage. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.

BKC--T25-COLLEGE BKB POLL

Duke, Michigan, Tennessee and Virginia remain in the top four spots of The Associated Press men’s college basketball poll. No. 5 Gonzaga, Michigan State, Kansas, Texas Tech, Virginia Tech and Nevada rounded out the top 10. By John Marshall. SENT: 700 words, photo.

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