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

December 5, 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. Ed White is on the desk, followed by Ken Kusmer. 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 STORY:

MICHIGAN LEGISLATURE-LAME DUCK

LANSING, Mich. _ Republicans who control Michigan’s Legislature are poised to vote on bills that would strip campaign-finance oversight power from the next secretary of state and give lawmakers authority to stand up for GOP-backed laws if the new governor and attorney general drop the state’s defense. After winning election, Democrats move into the three jobs on Jan. 1. By David Eggert. Developing.

GOVERNMENT & POLITICS:

MICHIGAN PIPELINE

LANSING, Mich. _ The Senate votes on a deal to replace a 65-year-old oil pipeline in the Great Lakes, approving legislation to empower a new authority to oversee the construction and operation of a utility tunnel that would encase the new pipeline. The bill, approved on a 25-13 mostly party-line vote in the Republican-controlled chamber, was sent to the House. By David Eggert. SENT: 250 words.

BUSINESS:

FORD-VOLKSWAGEN

REDFORD TOWNSHIP, Mich. _ Ford and Volkswagen are in talks about building VW vehicles in some of Ford’s U.S. factories. VW CEO Herbert Diess told reporters after a meeting at the White House that the automaker in talks with Ford. The meeting was held Tuesday with executives from VW, BMW and Daimler to discuss trade issues. By Auto Writer Tom Krisher. SENT: 500 words, photos. Moved late Tuesday and available for use.

AROUND THE STATE IN BRIEF:

_ INK FUMES: Authorities say that about 20 people were taken to hospitals after being sickened by fumes from spilled printer ink at an office park in southeastern Michigan.

_ FARMS-NATURAL GAS: The state of Michigan is urging farmers to give up free natural gas. The Michigan Agency for Energy says 129 properties, mostly in the center of the state, are tapping into natural gas wells or pipelines for free. But the state says there are risks, especially if there’s a leak.

_ ORCHARD RETIREMENT: After more than 40 years of growing and selling Paula Reds, Braeburns and much more, the owners of a popular western Michigan apple orchard are retiring with bushels full of memories.

_ MICHIGAN FRAYERNITY-HAZING: Police records show a University of Michigan fraternity received two noise citations even though 23 calls were made over the past year about partying at its off-campus house.

_ CHILD SLAIN-MICHIGAN: A suburban Detroit woman who pleaded guilty to murder and child abuse charges in the death of her 4-year-old daughter has been sentenced to 30-60 years in prison.

_ MICHIGAN PRISON-RASH: Officials say an itchy rash has spread to more inmates at Michigan’s only prison for women.

SPORTS:

BKN--PISTONS-BUCKS

MILWAUKEE _ The Bucks will try to avoid losing back-to-back games for the first time this season when they host the Detroit Pistons, who have won nine of their last 12 overall. Upcoming: 650 words, photos. Game time 8 p.m. ET.

AP ALL-BIG TEN

Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins Jr. is the offensive player of the year and Michigan linebacker Devin Bush is defensive player of the year on The Associated Press All-Big Ten Conference team. By Eric Olson. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

FBH--DIVISION 3-4

The Associated Press 2018 Player of the Year, Coach of the Year and All-State Team for Division 3-4 high school football in Michigan will be named on Wednesday. UPCOMING: 500 words. With FBH--Division 3-4 All-State-List.

_ MICHIGAN ST-ASSAULT: Former Michigan State football player Auston Robertson faces at least 3 ½ years in prison for sexually assaulting a female student in her off-campus apartment.

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