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BC-MI--Michigan News Digest , MI

December 29, 2018

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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

DETROIT BANKRUPTCY-ARRESTS

DETROIT _ Detroit could have been on the hook for millions of dollars in a lawsuit alleging police abuse. Lawyers, however, are closing the case after eight years, acknowledging that the claims of possibly 200,000 people are practically worthless. The reason? Detroit’s 2013 bankruptcy. The 2010 lawsuit, which described poor conditions in holding cells and excessive detentions, was in progress when Detroit became the largest U.S. city to seek protection from creditors. The city eventually emerged with a clean balance sheet, a robust downtown and a national buzz among millennials. But a new, flush Detroit doesn’t mean a windfall for people who won the class-action case. By Ed White. SENT: 700 words, photo.

AROUND THE STATE:

DETROIT TOWING

DETROIT _ Two Detroit residents and a car leasing company have filed a federal lawsuit alleging that the city and a towing company worked with police to impound vehicles without informing owners. The suit alleges that Bobby’s Towing was allowed to charge exorbitant storage fees to unsuspecting car owners, for months or years, The Detroit News reported. SENT: 430 words.

Moved late Friday and available for weekend use:

XGR--MICHIGAN LEGISLATURE-LAME DUCK-NEWS GUIDE

LANSING, Mich. _ Gov. Rick Snyder on Friday signed $1.3 billion budget legislation that is tied to a contentious plan to shift tax revenue for schools to other priorities such as roads, environmental cleanup and recycling. The new laws were the term-limited Republican’s final chance to shape state spending before he leaves office Tuesday. He also vetoed an anti-abortion bill and measures that would have legalized online gambling. He was still considering scores of other bills approved by the GOP-controlled Legislature during a recent lame-duck legislative session. By David Eggert. SENT: 650 words.

XGR--MICHIGAN LEGISLATURE-LAME DUCK

LANSING, Mich. _ Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has signed $1.3 billion budget legislation that shifts new tax revenue for schools to other priorities such as roads and environmental cleanup. The school fund was due for a $174 million annual boost thanks to a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that enabled the state to collect taxes on more online purchases. But under the Republican-backed budget deal enacted Friday, the windfall is diverted to roads and a new fund to clean up toxic sites, manage waste and boost recycling. Snyder, who leaves office Tuesday, approved the plan after lawmakers rejected his proposed hike in landfill-dumping fees. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 700 words, photo.

EXCHANGE-SPARTAN CHEESES

EAST LANSING _ At any given time, there’s close to 30,000 pounds of cheese inside Michigan State University’s Anthony Hall. That’s enough cheese to construct 20 full-sized replicas of the Sparty statue in cheddar, Gouda and asiago. Or to make a grilled cheese sandwich for every fan in Spartan Stadium on a football Saturday. It’s made with milk from MSU cows, pasteurized, cultured, pressed and packaged right on campus, the Lansing Sate Journal reported. By RJ Wolcott, Lansing State Journal. UPCOMING: 600 words. Moved in advance and available for use Sunday, Dec. 30 at 12:01 a.m.

IN BRIEF:

_ RESTAURANT-GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN: An Upper Peninsula restaurant is offering free breakfast to members of the U.S. Coast Guard during the government shutdown.

_ INVASIVE SPECIES: More than two dozen projects will share $3.6 million to help battle invasive species across Michigan.

_ CROSSBOW DEATH-MICHIGAN: Nyoky Steven Bull of Grant was arraigned Friday on an open murder charge and ordered jailed for the fatal crossbow shooting of an acquaintance.

SPORTS:

HKN--Red Wings-Stars

DALLAS _ The Stars host the Detroit Red Wings a day after Dallas CEO Jim Lites ripped the play of captain Jamie Benn and fellow high-priced forward Tyler Seguin. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 7 p.m. CT.

FBC--Peach Bowl

ATLANTA _ No. 8 Michigan will try to bounce back from its loss to Ohio State to end the regular season when it faces No. 10 Florida in the Peach Bowl on Saturday. By Charles Odum. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at noon.

KC--T25-E Michigan-Kansas

LAWRENCE, Kan. _ After dropping its first game of the season, then taking a week off for holiday break, No. 4 Kansas returns to play Eastern Michigan at Allen Fieldhouse. By Dave Skretta. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 1 p.m. CT.

Also:

FBN--Lions-Packers Preview

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Joe Philbin’s simple, no-nonsense and consistent approach as interim head coach is rubbing off on the Green Bay Packers. Winning helps reinforce the message. The Packers are 2-1 under Philbin going into their season finale against the Detroit Lions, who have stumbled to the finish line having lost seven of their past nine games. By Genaro Armas. SENT: 900 words, photos. Moved Thursday for weekend use.

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