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

October 3, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

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UPCOMING TODAY:

GM-HONDA-AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES

SAN FRANCISCO — General Motors and Honda are teaming up on self-driving vehicle technology as big automakers and tech giants race to be first in their development. Honda Motor Co. will invest $2.75 billion in the autonomous vehicle unit run by General Motors Co., called GM Cruise. The goal, the companies said Wednesday, is to develop an autonomous vehicle that can be produced at a high volume for global deployment. The companies will also explore global opportunities for commercial deployment of the Cruise network. SENT: 100 words. Will be updated.

AUTO-SALES

Vehicle sales are slowing down despite a run on big SUVs. Major automakers said Tuesday that U.S. sales fell 7 percent in September and 4 percent for the June-through-September quarter, compared with the same periods last year. Weaker numbers for September and the third quarter wiped out a 1.8 percent gain during the first half of the year, and left auto sales on pace with 2017. Some analysts had cautioned that the first-half gains were driven by incentives and low-margin sales to fleet buyers like rental car companies. SENT: 550 words, photo. Moved late Tuesday and available for use.

IN BRIEF:

— TREE DEATH: Authorities say storms that moved through Michigan this week likely knocked over a tree that fell onto a roadway, killing a 32-year-old motorist.

— DISMEMBERED BODY-NATIONAL FOREST: A man convicted of second-degree murder in the slaying of a man whose dismembered body was found in a national forest by duck hunters in western Michigan has been sentenced to 40 to 60 years in prison.

— DOCTOR-ASSETS: A judge says more than $6 million in assets must be returned to a Michigan doctor who was acquitted of running a pill mill at his clinics.

— FINANCIAL AID-MICHIGAN: Free workshops are scheduled across Michigan’s Lower Peninsula to educate parents and students about options for paying college costs.

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