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

May 20, 2019

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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

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

TOP STORIES:

XGR--AUTO INSURANCE-MICHIGAN

LANSING, Mich. _ Billionaire businessman Dan Gilbert is starting a ballot drive as a “failsafe” in case Michigan’s Republican-led Legislature and Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer don’t enact legislation to cut the country’s highest auto insurance premiums. Quicken Loans vice president of government affairs Jared Fleisher said Monday that a ballot committee, Citizens for Lower Auto Insurance Rates, will be created this week. SENT: 140 words. Will be updated.

METOO-TEACHING CONSENT

Lawmakers around the country, along with educators and teens themselves, are rethinking whether sex education needs to evolve in the #MeToo era. Supporters say schools need to help kids understand what it means to give consent, and how drugs and alcohol can undermine that. Since January, dozens of new sex ed bills have been floated in statehouses. Five have passed, including two that require specific instruction about consent. By Maryclaire Dale. SENT: 1,820 words, photos, video. An abridged version has moved at 950 words.

With:

—WHAT IS CONSENT?, from NEW YORK: Consent has become a hot-button topic in the #MeToo era. But many people aren’t aware that there is no legal definition of consent. By Jocelyn Noveck. SENT: 840 words, photos.

TRUMP-POLICING POLLUTERS

BOKOSHE, Okla. _ The Trump administration is delegating more environmental enforcement to states, and that has residents of Bokoshe (boh-KOH-shee), Oklahoma worried. For years, powdery ash blowing from trucks and the ash dump on the edge of town would make it difficult to breathe. Over three decades, the ash dump grew into a hill five stories high. Townspeople regard the Environmental Protection Agency as the only source of serious environmental enforcement. By Ellen Knickmeyer. SENT: 1,340 words, photos.

BUSINESS:

FORD-JOB CUTS

DETROIT _ Ford revealed details of its long-awaited restructuring plan Monday as it prepared for a future of electric and autonomous vehicles by parting ways with 7,000 white-collar workers worldwide, about 10% of its global salaried workforce. The major revamp, which had been under way since last year, will save about $600 million per year by eliminating bureaucracy and increasing the number of workers reporting to each manager. By Tom Krisher. SENT: 690 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

—ELECTION 2020-HOUSE-MICHIGAN: Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan, the first Republican in Congress to accuse President Donald Trump of impeachable conduct, is facing a primary challenge.

—MUSKEGON HEIGHTS-FATAL SHOOTING: Authorities say a man has been arrested in the fatal shooting of his wife following a dispute about smoking in western Michigan.

—RESTAURANT SHOOTINGS: A man convicted in the fatal shootings of three other men inside a Detroit fast food restaurant has been sentenced to life in prison without parole.

—SEVERE WEATHER-MICHIGAN: Authorities say severe thunderstorms that moved across Michigan spawned a weak tornado in western Michigan that damaged barns and knocked down trees.

—GAS PRICES-MICHIGAN: AAA Michigan says average gas prices statewide are up about 7 cents from a week ago to about $2.87 per gallon.

—MICHIGAN UTILITY-TURTLES: A dozen juvenile turtles have been released into a habitat created for them by employees of a Michigan utility.

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