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

January 1, 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. Rick Callahan is on the desk. 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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LANSING, Mich. _ Democrat Gretchen Whitmer was sworn in as Michigan’s 49th governor Tuesday, pledging to cast partisanship aside to fix the roads and other problems facing the state at a time of divided government. The 47-year-old former state lawmaker from East Lansing took the oath of office in a swearing-in ceremony outside the state Capitol building. It was a cold but celebratory day for perhaps the most diverse political ticket in Michigan history. Whitmer is the state’s second female governor. Garlin Gilchrist II is the first black lieutenant governor. Attorney General Dana Nessel, the state’s first openly gay statewide officeholder, is the first Democrat to lead office since Jennifer Granholm left 16 years ago. By David Eggert. SENT: 340 words, photos. Will be updated.



WASHINGTON _ Paul Whelan, a former U.S. Marine arrested in Russia on espionage charges, was visiting Moscow over the holidays to attend a wedding when he suddenly disappeared, his brother said Tuesday. Whelan, 48, who is head of global security for a Michigan-based auto parts supplier, was arrested on Friday. In announcing the arrest three days later, the Russian Federal Security Service said he was caught “during an espionage operation,” but gave no details. By Lynn Berry. SENT: 560 words.


_ MILITARY MEMBER SLAIN-MICHIGAN: A 23-year-old active duty member of the U.S. military has been shot and killed while visiting family for the holidays in southwestern Michigan. St. Joseph Township police say Tyrone Hassell III suffered multiple gunshot wounds Monday night in St. Joseph Township, southwest of Grand Rapids.

_ MICHIGAN ORGAN DONOR-ROSE PARADE: An organ donor from western Michigan is one of 43 from across the country featured on a Rose Parade float in Pasadena, California. Six of 21-year-old Shayna Sturtevant’s organs were donated, saving three lives, after she died in 2016 when an ear infection abscessed to her brain.

_ MICHIGAN MINIMUM WAGE: Michigan’s minimum wage will soon increase by 20 cents an hour. The increase takes effect in late March and will make the minimum wage $9.45, up from $9.25. The boost comes amid political wrangling that’s expected to continue into court.

_ PHEASANT HUNTING: Michigan lawmakers have agreed to spend $180,000 to buy pheasants to promote hunting. The money was included in a spending bill signed last week by Gov. Rick Snyder in his final days in office.



MILWAUKEE _ The Detroit Pistons visit the Milwaukee Bucks. Developing from 8 p.m. tipoff.


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