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

February 12, 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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DEARBORN, Mich. _ John Dingell served in Congress longer than any other person in American history, yet he made the common man feel uncommon, a minister told dignitaries and hundreds of other mourners Tuesday during a funeral for the longtime Michigan congressman. Dingell, who represented southeast Michigan for 59 years in the House, died Thursday at age 92. Vice President Joe Biden was among his former colleagues attending the service, though a military plane carrying members of Congress was turned back because of bad weather — but not before an impromptu service at 30,000 feet. By Mike Householder and Jeff Karoub. SENT: 400 words; video and photos. Will be updated.


_ JOHN DINGELL-THE LATEST: The Latest on funeral and memorial services for former U.S. Rep. John Dingell. SENT: 600 words, photos.


LANSING, Mich. _ Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says she will use her first State of the State address to focus on Michigan’s “fundamentals” _ such as the roads, drinking water and workforce. The Democrat will speak Tuesday night during a joint session of the Republican-led Legislature. She plans to focus in part on the magnitude of the problem with deteriorating roads and bridges, asking drivers and businesses to give feedback on what pothole-ridden infrastructure is costing them. By David Eggert. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 500 words, more on merits. Developing from 7 p.m. ET speech.



JERUSALEM _ The traditional brightly embroidered dress of Palestinian women known as the “thobe” was not the type of garment one would expect to become a pop political symbol. Now it’s gaining prominence as a softer expression of Palestinian nationalism, competing even with the classic keffiyeh — the headscarf donned by young stone-throwing Palestinian men protesting Israel’s occupation. The robe, adorned with elaborate hand-stitched embroidery, requires months of grueling labor. Some thobes fetch thousands of dollars. The traditional textiles call to mind a bygone era of Palestinian peasant women sewing on a break from the fields. Last month, Rashida Tlaib proudly wore her mother’s thobe to her historic swearing-in as the first female Palestinian American member of Congress, inspiring masses of women around the world, especially in the Palestinian territories, to tweet photos of themselves in their ancestral robes. By Isabel Debre. SENT: 970 words, photos.


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. _ Hundreds of Michigan schools are closed as more snow and icy weather hits the state, knocking out power to thousands of homes and businesses. Driving conditions were slippery Tuesday as snow, sleet and freezing rain fell. Crashes were reported. The potentially damaging weather is expected to continue Wednesday and ice storm warnings were issued in parts of southeastern Michigan. Flooding shut northbound Interstate 75 at Eight Mile in Detroit and officials say a downed power line closed northbound I-275 at I-94 in suburban Detroit. The Upper Peninsula is expected to get the largest snow accumulations, with up to 12 inches forecast. SENT: 130 words, photos.


_ EASTERN MICHIGAN-DOLL: Eastern Michigan University says it’s investigating after a black doll was found hanging from a shower rod inside a campus dorm.

_ SCHOOL MASCOT’S FUTURE: A western Michigan school district plans to phase out the use of its longtime mascot because of its association with the Confederacy.

_ TREASURER-FAMILY PURCHASES: Wayne County’s treasurer has apologized after his relatives bought Detroit-area tax-foreclosed real estate in violation of his own office’s rules.

_ CAMPAIGN SIGNS-THEFT: An elected official in suburban Detroit is charged with stealing the campaign signs of a candidate running for school board.

_ LAKE ERIE ALGAE: Michigan’s Department of Agriculture and Rural Development is collaborating with local agriculture and conservation partners to help farmers reduce phosphorus entering Lake Erie.

_ BEACH WATER GRANTS: State grants are available for Michigan communities and organizations that would like to keep an eye on inland beach water quality.



MADISON, Wis. _ No. 11 Michigan State, which ended a three-game losing streak over the weekend, looks to keep up its winning ways when it visits No. 20 Wisconsin on Tuesday night. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 7 p.m. ET.


STATE COLLEGE, Pa. _ The Michigan Wolverines are on the road Tuesday, taking on the Penn State Nittany Lions in State College. UPCOMING: 600 words. Game starts at 8:30 p.m. ET.


KALAMAZOO, Mich. _ Western Michigan hosts Northern Illinois on Tuesday. UPCOMING: 150 words. Game starts at 7 p.m. ET.


BOWLING GREEN, Ohio _ Central Michigan takes on Bowling Green on Tuesday. UPCOMING: 150 words. Game starts at 7 p.m. ET.


ATHENS, Ohio _ The Eastern Michigan Eagles play the Ohio Bobcats on Tuesday. UPCOMING: 150 words. Game starts at 7 p.m. ET.


CHAPEL HILL, N.C. _ The Southeastern and Big Ten conferences have a series of matchups with ranked teams that will have a big impact atop the league standings. Those games include No. 1 Tennessee’s trip to No. 5 Kentucky as the headliner on the week’s AP Top 25 schedule as well as No. 11 Michigan State’s visit to No. 20 Wisconsin. The week also includes No. 2 Duke’s trip to No. 16 Louisville in the Atlantic Coast Conference. By Aaron Beard. SENT: 830 words, photos.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. _ The Nashville Predators try to snap a two-game skid Tuesday night when they host the Detroit Red Wings. By Teresa M. Walker. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 8 p.m. ET.


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