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

January 4, 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. Ken Kusmer is on the desk, followed by Sara Burnett. 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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WASHINGTON _ The education of the outspoken House freshmen has begun. Lesson one: Speaking with the bluntness of a candidate as a member of Congress begets different results. Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., learned that on Friday when a video of her profane remarks the night before vowing to impeach President Donald Trump drew almost no support from members of her party and raised questions about whether Democrats really intend to govern. “It’s been intense,” Tlaib said. By Laurie Kellman. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.


TRUMP-IMPEACHMENT-THE LATEST: WASHINGTON _ The Latest on President Donald Trump and calls by some Democrats to impeach him (all times local): 12:01 p.m.


CHICAGO _ The University of Chicago Medicine will announce Friday that doctors there performed the first consecutive heart-liver-kidney organ transplants. Two patients, one from Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan and one from Chicago’s South Side, each received the new organs during marathon 17- and 20-hour surgeries that began Dec. 19 and finished on Dec. 21. By Amanda Seitz. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos. Developing from 11 a.m. news conference.


WASHINGTON _The former U.S. Marine jailed on spying charges in Moscow spent more than a decade reaching out on social networks to men in Russia, many with connections to the Russian military. This correspondence and Paul Whelan’s travels around Russia to meet some of his new friends may have brought him to the attention of Russian security services regardless of his motives. By Lynn Berry. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos.


MOSCOW _ The American former Marine who is being held in Moscow on spying charges also holds British and Irish citizenship, officials said Friday, and Britain’s foreign secretary charged that Russia is trying to use him as a pawn in its geopolitical games. Both those countries have asked that their diplomats be allowed to visit Paul Whelan. Whelan, a former staff sergeant with the Marines in Iraq, has visited Russia since at least 2007. He is the global security director for the Auburn Hills, Michigan-based BorgWarner, an auto parts supplier. By Jim Heintz And Gregory Katz. SENT: 650 words, photo.



DETROIT _ Ford is recalling more than 953,000 vehicles worldwide to replace Takata passenger air bag inflators that can explode and hurl shrapnel. The move includes over 782,000 vehicles in the U.S. and is part of the largest series of recalls in U.S. history. Included are the 2010 Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX, the 2010 and 2011 Ford Ranger, the 2010 to 2012 Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ, the 2010 and 2011 Mercury Milan, and the 2010 to 2014 Ford Mustang. By Auto Writer Tom Krisher. SENT: 400 words, photo.


_ MICHIGAN GOVERNOR-BUSINESSES: Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has signed an executive directive that’s designed to help expand opportunities for certain small businesses and those businesses facing economic challenges.

_ DETENTION CENTER-DEATH: Authorities say a man serving a 40-year sentence for his role in a child pornography ring has died following a fight involving seven inmates at a federal detention center in southeastern Michigan.

_ ISLAND-PLANE CRASH: A sheriff says federal authorities have declined to investigate a small plane crash on a Lake Michigan island. With Photo.

_ YOUNG HERO: A suburban Detroit girl who only is 4 years old already is being credited with helping to save her mother’s life twice.

_ MICHIGAN PRISONS-JOBS: Michigan is looking to fill about 700 vacant corrections officer positions at its prisons. Department of Corrections Spokesman Chris Gautz tells the Detroit Free Press that the department has been losing about 50 officers a month over the last few years.

_ NUCLEAR PLANT-MICHIGAN: A nuclear power plant in southeastern Michigan is back online after being shut down last month for repairs.

_ SOCIAL SECURITY THEFT: A Detroit-area woman won’t go to prison but must repay $170,000 in Social Security benefits that were directly deposited into a bank account for years after her mother’s death.

_ DRINKING WATER LOANS: State regulators are soliciting more applications for low-interest loans to upgrade public drinking water facilities.

_ DETROIT YOUTH THEATRE-GRANT: A foundation started by “Hamilton” producer Jeffrey Seller is giving a $1 million grant to the Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit.



ALLEN PARK, Mich. _ Detroit Lions general manager Bob Quinn is standing by Matthew Stafford after a disappointing season. Quinn said in no uncertain terms Friday that Stafford is Detroit’s quarterback. The Lions GM spoke for over 40 minutes at a news conference in which he looked back on Detroit’s 6-10 season. By Sports Writer Noah Trister. SENT: 150 words. UPCOMING: 400 words.


DETROIT _ The Nashville Predators are shooting for their third straight win against the Detroit Red Wings, who are hoping to avoid matching a season-high, seven-game losing streak. By Paul Harris. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts 7:30 p.m.


Buffalo plays Eastern Michigan at Convocation Center (MI). UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merit.


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