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

December 6, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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With new Democrats set to take over governor’s mansion across the U.S., the charter school movement may face a shifting political landscape in several states. The incoming governors in California, Illinois and New Mexico have all said they want to take the rare step of putting a temporary halt on new charter schools. By Sally Ho. SENT: 800 words, photos.


HONOLULU _ More than 75 years after nearly 2,400 members of the U.S. military were killed in the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor some who died on Dec. 7, 1941, are finally being laid to rest in cemeteries across the United States. After DNA allowed the men to be identified and returned home, their remains are being buried in places such as Traer, Iowa and Ontonagon, Michigan. Some have been re-buried this year and others will be interred on the 77th anniversary of the attack. SENT: 1,230 words, photos.



LANSING, Mich. _ Despite Gov. Rick Snyder’s past veto, the Republican-controlled Legislature is again advancing a bill that would prohibit the state from adopting regulations than are more stringent than federal rules _ except in certain situations. The Senate is expected to take a final vote on the GOP-backed legislation Thursday. In 2011, the Republican governor vetoed a similar bill, saying it would hamper the state’s ability to protect the environment. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated.


LANSING, Mich. _ Michigan lawmakers are moving to delay a requirement that farm animals confined in small spaces be given more room. The Legislature plans to send Gov. Rick Snyder legislation Thursday that would push back standards scheduled to take effect for eff-laying hens and pregnant pigs in October 2019. Farmers wouldn’t have to comply until April 2020 for hens and October 2025 for pigs under the bill. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated.


LANSING, Mich. _ The Republican-led Michigan Senate is expected to pass a bill that would strip the incoming Democratic secretary of state of her power to oversee campaign finance. The measure up for a vote Thursday is among several that opponents say ignore voters after they swept Democrats into the governor, attorney general and secretary of state offices. It would create a bipartisan commission to regulate campaign finance instead of Democratic Secretary of State-elect Jocelyn Benson. SENT: 130 words.


_ MARIJUANA-MICHIGAN: Michigan is officially the first state in the Midwest to allow marijuana for more than medical purposes.



DETROIT _ County officials in southeastern Michigan want to redevelop historic Henry Ford mills to create a more vibrant parks system. The Detroit Free Press reports that Wayne County officials hope the project along the Middle Rouge River will bring more visitors into Hines Park, which features hiking trails, pocket parks and ponds. The county envisions the three remaining mills will be turned into recreation and cultural amenities to improve the park’s offerings. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 250 words.


MONTPELIER, Vt. _ The first former gymnast to press charges against Michigan State University sports doctor Larry Nassar is giving the keynote address at a Vermont conference on preventing child sexual abuse. Rachel Denhollander is scheduled to speak at the event Thursday. Vermont is assessing its progress in meeting the goals of a law passed to improve the state’s response to sexual abuse. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated.


_ GUN IN SCHOOL-BOY CHARGED: A 10-year-old Detroit boy has been charged after taking a loaded handgun to school.

_ FORMER PRISON-GUN RANGE: A county in Michigan’s northwestern Lower Peninsula is buying the gun range at a former prison so sheriff’s deputies have a place to practice shooting.

_ UNSOLVED SLAYING-MICHIGAN: Authorities say they arrested a man in April related to the investigation into the death of a Michigan girl who went missing 45 years ago and was later found slain.

_ NERVOUS SYSTEM DISORDER-MICHIGAN: Officials say Michigan has its first confirmed case this year of a mysterious paralyzing illness called acute flaccid myelitis.

_ SCHOOL ABSENTEEISM-MICHIGAN STUDY: A University of Michigan study finds poverty and homelessness play major roles in Michigan kids missing school — contributing to the nearly one in six students deemed “chronically absent.”

_ TESLA IMPACT-NEVADA ECONOMY: Tesla’s battery factory in northern Nevada has created more than 7,000 jobs — 40 percent more than promised — and an additional 8,200 jobs in other local businesses since it opened east of Reno in 2014.

_ CRASH-HELPING ANIMALS: A woman who was blamed for a fatal crash in western Michigan must perform community service in honor of the victim’s love of dogs.



GLENDALE, Ariz. _ Matt Patricia and Steve Wilks, coaches who have had a tough first season, will be on the sidelines when the Detroit Lions meet the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday. By Bob Baum. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Moving in advance for weekend use.


TORONTO _ The Detroit Red Wings visit the Toronto Maple Leaves.


FAIRFIELD, Conn. _Oakland plays Fairfield at Alumni Hall.


The Associated Press 2018 Player of the Year, Coach of the Year and All-State Team for Division 1-2 high school football in Michigan will be named on Tuesday. UPCOMING: 500 words. With FBH--Division 1-2 All-State-List.

FBH--DIVISION 3-4 ALL-STATE-LIST: The 2018 Division 3-4 Associated Press All-State football team, selected by a panel of 11 Michigan sports writers.


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