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

December 26, 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. Tom Davies 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

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



BELLEVUE, Wash. _ The young men sit in chairs in a circle in a small meeting room in suburban Seattle and introduce themselves before they speak. It is much like any other 12-step meeting _ but with a twist. “Hi, my name is,” each begins. Then something like, “and I’m an internet and tech addict.” There’s Wes, 21, an Eagle Scout and college student from Michigan, played video games 80 hours a week, only stopping to eat every two to three days. He lost 25 pounds and failed his classes. As the Seattle area has grown into one of the world’s major tech centers, it’s also become a hub for treating “tech addiction” _ excessive use of video games, devices and online content that can ruin a person’s life. By National Writer Martha Irvine. By Martha Irvine. SENT: 1,700 words, photos, video. An abridged version is available.



MADISON, Wis. _ A task force of tribal members has approved a Wisconsin tribal management area to prevent the spread of chronic wasting disease among wild deer. Wisconsin Public Radio reports that the Voigt Intertribal Task Force designated the tribal chronic wasting disease management area for parts of Oneida, Lincoln and Langlade counties. The task force is comprised of members from tribes in Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words.


_ CHRISTMAS EVE DISASTER-MONUMENT: A village in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula has dedicated a granite memorial with the names of 73 people who died in a stampede during a 1913 Christmas Eve party for striking miners.

_ MICHIGAN STATE LECTURE SERIES: Author, activist and longtime presidential adviser Vernon Jordan is among the scheduled speakers for Michigan State University’s series during Black History Month.



DETROIT _ After falling below .500 with two straight losses, the Detroit Pistons host the Washington Wizards on Wednesday. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game time 7 p.m.


The Big Ten’s expanded schedule is shaping up to be quite a grind. After starting the season with only three teams in the AP Top 25, the league now has six. That’s significant at a time when the Big Ten has increased the number of conference games. Each of the league’s men’s basketball teams will play 20 conference games now _ up from 18 a season ago. By Noah Trister. SENT: 850 words, photos.


DETROIT _ Paul Johnson simply wants some time off. And, he’s about to get it. The 61-year-old coach will lead Georgia Tech for the final time Wednesday against Minnesota in the Quick Lane Bowl. By Larry Lage. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game time 5:15 p.m. ET.


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