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

November 16, 2018

Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up in Michigan at 1:30 p.m. 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. Ken Kusmer is on the desk, followed by Herb McCann. 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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TOP STORIES:

FILM-ARETHA FRANKLIN

NEW YORK — Three years ago, Alan Elliott was at the Telluride Film Festival, prepared to unveil the holy grail of musical works: A documentary on the making of Aretha Franklin’s “Amazing Grace,” which had been lost to the archives until Elliott spent decades restoring it so it could finally be seen. That time has arrived, three months after Franklin’s death from pancreatic cancer, with the blessing of her family. And while there are parts of “Amazing Grace” that are rough, from a few off-kilter camera angles to choppy editing, it’s a profound, brilliant display of one of the world’s greatest singers performing in her element — the church. By Entertainment Writer Nekesa Mumbi Moody. SENT: 900 words, photos.

USA GYMNASTICS-GALIMORE OUT

INDIANAPOLIS — Longtime USA Gymnastics chief operating officer Ron Galimore has resigned, the latest high-profile departure for the embattled organization in the wake of the Larry Nassar scandal. The move Friday came as USA Gymnastics is facing decertification of its status as the national governing body for the sport amid concerns about its leadership and the way it handled complaints against Nassar. The former team doctor is now serving decades in prison for sexual assault and possession of child pornography. SENT: 450 words.

GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS:

CONGRESS-WOLVES

WASHINGTON — The Republican-controlled House passed a bill Friday to drop legal protections for gray wolves across the lower 48 states, reopening a lengthy battle over the predator species. Long despised by farmers and ranchers, wolves were shot, trapped and poisoned out of existence in most of the U.S. by the mid-20th century. Since securing protection in the 1970s, wolves have bounced back in the western Great Lakes states of Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin, as well as in the Northern Rockies and Pacific Northwest. About 5,000 wolves live in the lower 48 states, occupying less than 10 percent of their historic range. By Matthew Daly. SENT: 400 words, photo.

IN BRIEF:

— ECONOMIC OUTLOOK-MICHIGAN: University of Michigan economists say the state’s economy is on the brink of the longest period of job growth since the World War II era. The economists released their annual analysis of Michigan’s economy Friday, noting that the state has seen nine years of uninterrupted job growth.

— SUPREME COURT-WILDER: A Michigan Supreme Court justice who lost an election still will hear arguments in five cases Monday. Justice Kurtis Wilder finished third in the race for two seats on the state’s highest court. The defeat last week means his term ends at the end of December.

— POLICE CHIEF-SON: The body of the 55-year-old son of a suburban Detroit police chief has been found in a burned-out Detroit house.

— HUNTER DEATH: Authorities say a hunter apparently accidentally shot and killed another hunter in Michigan’s northeastern Lower Peninsula on the first day of the state’s annual firearms deer season.

— WINTRY WEATHER-MICHIGAN: Authorities say slippery road conditions amid wintry weather likely were a factor in separate crashes that killed two people in Michigan.

— GRAND RAPIDS COLD CASE SLAYING: A western Michigan man who already was imprisoned for killing his half brother has been sentenced to life in prison for a second slaying.

— RECYCLING GRANTS: The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality is helping the cities of Detroit and Warren pay for curbside recycling carts.

SPORTS:

FBC--T25-INDIANA-MICHIGAN PREVIEW

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — No. 4 Michigan has one last chance to fine tune its team against a lesser opponent before playing championship-caliber teams. The Wolverines (9-1, 7-0 Big Ten, No. 4 CFP) are favored to beat Indiana (5-5, 2-5) by more than four touchdowns in their final home game of the season. Then, things get kicked up a big notch. Michigan closes the regular season at No. 8 Ohio State, desperately hoping to beat its rival on the road for the first time since 2000. If the Wolverines finally win in the Horseshoe, they will advance to the conference championship for the first time. And, a Big Ten title would likely put Michigan in the College Football Playoff. By Larry Lage. SENT: 650 words, photos.

FBC--MICHIGAN ST-NEBRASKA PREVIEW

LINCOLN, Neb. — Nebraska’s offense has generated more than 450 yards in seven straight games, something not even the powerhouse Tom Osborne teams of the 1990s did. If the Cornhuskers put up the same numbers Saturday against Michigan State’s stout defense, it will be another sign first-year coach Scott Frost’s up-tempo spread option is a force in the Big Ten just as it was when he was at Central Florida in the American Athletic Conference. By Eric Olson. SENT: 750 words, photos.

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