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AP-MI--Michigan News Coverage Advisory 8:30 am, MI

November 7, 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. David Runk is on the desk. AP-Michigan News Editor Roger Schneider can be reached at 313-259-0650 or rschneider@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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates.



LANSING, Mich. — Michigan Democrats seized power in state government again after a long drought and flipped two prized congressional seats thanks to a slate of female candidates who drew strong support from women voters. Gretchen Whitmer’s comfortable win over Republican Bill Schuette in Tuesday’s gubernatorial race began a strong night for a female-centric Democratic ticket that also included U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, who defeated challenger John James. By David Eggert. SENT: 700 words, photos


DETROIT — Michigan voters on Tuesday made their state the first in the Midwest to legalize recreational marijuana, passing a ballot measure that will allow people 21 or older to buy and use the drug and putting conservative neighboring states on notice. Three other states had marijuana-related measures on their ballots. North Dakota voters decided recreational pot wasn’t for them, while voters in Missouri passed one of three unrelated measures to legalize medical marijuana. Utah voters also were considering whether to allow medical marijuana and to join the 31 other states that have already done so. By Jeff Karoub. SENT: 700 words, photos.


— ELECTION 2018-GOVERNOR-MICHIGAN. By David Eggert. SENT: 900 words, photos.

— ELECTION 2018-VOTECAST-MICHIGAN. By John Flesher. SENT: 1,100 words,

— ELECTION 2018-MICHIGAN-NEWS GUIDE. By Ed White. SENT: 800 words, photos.


ANN ARBOR, Mich. — A former Fiat Chrysler financial analyst who federal prosecutors say helped illegally funnel worker training funds over a number of years faces sentencing. Jerome Durden earlier pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to defraud the U.S. and failure to file a tax return. UPCOMING: 130 words, more on merits.


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A western Michigan man serving life in prison without parole for killing and decapitating a teen in 1996 and mutilating the head in front of a video camera finds out if he gets a new sentence. A hearing is Wednesday for Federico Cruz, who was 16 at the time of the killing. He was convicted of murder and got the mandatory sentence after a jury rejected an insanity defense in the slaying of 17-year-old David Crawford. UPCOMING: 130 words, more on merits.


— TALLER TRAVERSE CITY: Traverse City voters turned out against a proposal to build a 100-foot-tall condominium development amid debate on how taller buildings could affect the character of the popular northern Michigan tourist destination.

— MEASLES-MICHIGAN: Health officials are urging people to take precautions after two measles cases were confirmed in suburban Detroit. The Oakland County Health Division says the state recently determined that two people with the disease arrived on a flight at Detroit Metropolitan Airport in Romulus the evening of Oct. 23.



DETROIT — A Detroit Red Wings home game looks and sounds a little like a memorial these days. The lights are dimmed as images of the franchise’s glorious past flash digitally onto the ice before the puck drops, reminding the relative few fans in the stands how good things used to be. And, they were good. Really good. By Hockey Writer Larry Lage. SENT: 900 words, photos.


ORLANDO, Fla. — Blake Griffin and the Detroit Pistons try to end a five-game skid when they visit the Orlando Magic, who’ve won two straight. By Dick Scanlon. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game time 7 p.m. ET.


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