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

December 28, 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, followed by Corey Williams. AP-Michigan News Editor Roger Schneider can be reached at 313-259-0650 or rschneider@ap.org. 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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LANSING, Mich _ Gov. Rick Snyder on Thursday signed a bill making it a crime to cyberbully and vetoed ones that would have amended Michigan law to let parents voluntarily surrender a newborn inside a device rather than hand the infant to a police, fire or hospital employee. The Republican governor also OK’d legislation to let Michigan businesses count out-of-state workers for the purposes of qualifying for state economic development incentives. He rejected a measure that he said would have increased the number of digital billboards. SENT: 750 words. Latest version sent late Thursday night.



_ LGBT DISCRIMINATION-STATE CONTRACTORS: Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder is moving to bar state contractors and the recipients of state grants or loans from discriminating against their LGBT employees. The Republican, who will leave office next week, issued his directive Friday, effective immediately.


NEW YORK _ Tesla named two independent board members Friday as part of a settlement with U.S. regulators who demanded more oversight of CEO Elon Musk. Oracle co-founder Larry Ellison and Kathleen Wilson-Thompson, an executive vice president at Walgreens Boots Alliance, join the board as independent directors, effective immediately. SENT: 540 words. With AP photo.


CHELMSFORD, Mass.— The Army is looking for a few good robots. Not to fight — not yet, at least — but to help the men and women who do. These robots aren’t taking up arms, but the companies making them have waged a different kind of battle. At stake is a contract worth almost half a billion dollars for 3,000 backpack-sized robots that can defuse bombs and scout enemy positions. Competition for the work has spilled over into Congress and federal court. SENT: 1,250. Latest version sent early Friday morning.



DETROIT _ Aretha Franklin’s estate has paid at least $3 million in back taxes to the IRS since her death in August, an attorney for the late Queen of Soul’s estate said Thursday. The estate is being audited by the IRS, which filed a claim this month in a county probate court north of Detroit, David Bennett told The Associated Press. By Corey Williams. Updates a story that moved in the previous news cycle to add that Franklin left no will when she died.


_HUMANITARIAN AID OR DRUG TRAFFICKING: A Michigan man who had about $252,000 seized from his carry-on bag at a Charlotte, North Carolina, airport says the money was for humanitarian purposes.

_CROSSBOW DEATH-MICHIGAN: Western Michigan police say they’ve arrested a suspect in the fatal crossbow shooting of a 20-year-old man. UPCOMING.

_ROAD SALT: About half of Michigan’s road salt storage facilities are in poor condition.



ATLANTA _ Dan Mullen knows he was hired to do more than just lead Florida to any bowl game. Mullen’s mandate is to bring championships to the Gators. His first-year results show he’s on the right path.

There may be no better way for Florida to cap its dramatic 2018 rebound under Mullen than to finally beat Michigan for the first time in Saturday’s Peach Bowl. Michigan is 4-0 in the series, including a runaway win in the 2017 season-opening game. By Charles Odum. SENT: 760 words, photos by 2 p.m.


INDIANAPOLIS _ The Detroit Pistons travel to Indianapolis to take on the Indiana Pacers. Game starts at 6 p.m.


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