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AP-MI--Michigan News Digest 6 pm, MI

February 6, 2018

Good evening! Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up in Michigan at 6 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. Ken Kusmer is on the desk, followed by Herbert McCann. AP-Michigan News Editor Roger Schneider can be reached at 313-259-0650 or rschneider@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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



LANSING, Mich. — Gov. Rick Snyder presents his final budget proposal to the Legislature by calling for a large boost in K-12 spending and a bigger-than-planned increase in the road-improvement budget. By David Eggert. UPCOMING: 700 words.




LANSING, Mich. — Former U.S. Olympic women’s gymnastics team coach John Geddert is facing a criminal investigation following the final sentencing of disgraced ex-sports doctor Larry Nassar, who molested girls at Geddert’s elite gymnastics club in Michigan. The Eaton County Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday that people recently came forward with complaints against Geddert, 60. The office declined to elaborate on the number of complaints, when exactly they were filed or their nature, citing the ongoing investigation. By David Eggert. SENT: 515 words, photos.


— DOCTOR-SEXUAL ASSAULT-THE LATEST — The Latest on the cases surrounding disgraced former sports doctor Larry Nasssar (all times local):AP Photo CER105.


While USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University are reeling in the wake of the abuse scandal surrounding former doctor Larry Nassar, victims have found strength in college gyms across the country. College gymnastic meets have provided an empowering and emotionally charged counterpoint to the furor surrounding Nassar. The meets have provided catharsis for survivors while also showing the culture around the sport can improve. By Will Graves. SENT: 1,150 words, photos.


NEW YORK — The newspaper was about to come out with Leesa Perazzo’s account of being raped at 16. She was relieved. And petrified. Now, little more than a year later, she and other sexual-assault victims who came forward before the #MeToo movement emboldened multitudes of women are heartened by its message of speaking out and strength in numbers. It can be healing and liberating to come forward, say victims — or survivors, as many prefer to be called. To Perazzo, disclosing the rape meant “I’m not going to feel stigmatized by it anymore or feel like I care if you’re judging me.” By Jennifer Peltz. SENT: 760 words, photos.



DETROIT — Former U.S. Rep. Joe Knollenberg, a Republican who served suburban Detroit’s Oakland County for 16 years after a career in insurance, died Tuesday at 84. Michigan State Sen. Marty Knollenberg said his father died of complications from Alzheimer’s disease at a memory care facility in Troy, where he lived for 2 ½ years. By Jeff Karoub. SENT: 310 words, photo.


MILLBROOK, Ala. — Authorities in Alabama say a man wanted for a child porn video being shared around the world has been arrested. WSFA-TV reports that 44-year-old Germaine Moore turned himself in to Millbrook Police around 2:30 a.m. Tuesday. He is charged with sexual assault of a child, distribution of video depicting the assault and first-degree criminal sexual conduct. Moore also is wanted in Detroit, where prosecutors allege that he sexually assaulted three girls. SENT: 180 words, photo.


— CHILD PORN VIDEO-THE LATEST — The Latest on the arrest of a man in Alabama in connection with a child porn video that has been shared around the world.


PONTIAC, Mich. — A man faces murder charges in two southeastern Michigan counties in connection with fatal shootings at two Detroit-area businesses. Vernest Griffin was charged Tuesday with first-degree murder, carjacking, armed robbery and using a firearm during a felony in the death of Keith Kitchen in Taylor, the Wayne County prosecutor’s office said. SENT: 215 words, photo.


FLINT, Mich. — Police have identified the remains of a Michigan couple nearly 40 years after their bodies were found near the Missouri-Arkansas border. The remains of James Hendricks, of Flint, were found in Missouri in June 1978. The remains of his girlfriend, Kimberlin Mills, of Millington, were discovered 12 miles away in Arkansas. Michigan State Police say neither was reported missing from Michigan at the time. Hendricks was a parole absconder and thought to have fled with Mills. SENT: 250 words.


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — District officials in western Michigan say that a senior photographed in blackface committed an offensive and unacceptable act. A Forest Hills Northern High School senior who is white put on dark brown makeup in what appeared to be an attempt to make himself look black. Photos of the student were posted online and shared thousands of times. Some students say the Friday incident was offensive because it was blackface. SENT: 335 words.



DETROIT — If auto loan interest rates rise as expected this year, General Motors and others are likely to make more subsidized loans including zero-percent financing, the company’s chief financial officer said. CFO Chuck Stevens told reporters Tuesday after GM released its full-year and fourth-quarter earnings that generally, auto company finance arms try to make up for rising rates with subsidies. By Tom Krisher. SENT: 590 words, photos.


TOKYO — Toyota is seeing a nearly doubling of profit for the fiscal third quarter, and is lifting its annual profit projection to 2.4 trillion yen ($22 billion), a record high for the Japanese automaker. Toyota Motor Corp. reported October-December profit of 941.8 billion yen ($8.6 billion), up from 486.5 billion yen the previous year. It says it got a nearly 292 billion yen ($2.7 billion) boost from tax breaks under President Donald Trump’s administration for the nine months through December. By Yuri Kageyama. SENT: 380 words, photos.


— AUTO EXECUTIVE CHARGED: The wife of a late union official has pleaded guilty to a tax crime in a federal corruption investigation at a training center run by Fiat Chrysler and the United Auto Workers.

— OFFICER SHOT-DETROIT: A judge has ordered a mental competency examination for a 43-year-old man charged in the fatal shooting of a Detroit police officer.

— SHALLOW GRAVE-MICHIGAN: A man has been sentenced to 22½ to 40 years in prison for his role in the slaying of a 72-year-old northern Michigan man whose body was found in a shallow grave in August.

— WIFE BURNED-MICHIGAN: A 55-year-old southeastern Michigan man faces charges after his wife was set on fire following an argument.

— FIREFIGHTER KILLED-SENTENCE: Nearly 10 years later, the sentence in a fatal arson that killed a Detroit firefighter still is unresolved.

— ANN ARBOR-TUNNEL: Plans are moving forward on a tunnel in Ann Arbor to improve access to riverfront recreation areas and curb flooding.

— FISH KILLS: The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has put together an online form the public can use to report large fish kills.

— WAYNE STATE-JAZZ GIFT: Detroit philanthropist Gretchen Valade has given more money to boost jazz studies at Wayne State University.



DETROIT — The Bruins have lost in regulation just once in the past 21 games heading into their matchup with the Red Wings. By Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:30 p.m.


IOWA CITY, Iowa — Fourth-ranked Michigan State travels to face struggling Iowa. The Spartans have won six games in a row. By Luke Meredith. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 9 p.m..


ROSEMONT, Ill. — Charles Matthews and No. 20 Michigan look to beat Northwestern for the second time in eight days. The Wolverines are coming off back-to-back wins, including a 58-47 victory over the Wildcats last week. By Andrew Seligman. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.


RALEIGH, N.C. — Purdue-Michigan State and Duke-North Carolina games offer a couple of big matchups to the schedule for teams in the AP Top 25. The schedule also includes matchups between ranked Tennessee and Kentucky teams, as well as St. Mary’s against Gonzaga. By Aaron Beard. SENT: 650 words and photos.


— BKN--PISTONS-REED SUSPENDED: Detroit Pistons center Willie Reed has been suspended for six games by the NBA after the league investigated the circumstances involving a domestic incident that resulted in his arrest. SENT: 115 words, photos.


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