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

December 20, 2018 GMT

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 Ed White is on the desk. AP-Michigan News Editor Roger Schneider can be reached at 313-259-0650 or For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at


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LANSING, Mich. _ Michigan’s Legislature is in session for a likely marathon final day of voting, as majority Republicans race to pass bills before a Democrat becomes governor in January. By David Eggert. Developing.


LANSING, Mich. _ The Michigan Legislature is expected to pass a $630 million mid-year spending bill that will boost funds for road construction, the response to contaminated water and other priorities before Gov. Rick Snyder leaves office.


LANSING, Mich. _ The Michigan Legislature could give final approval to bills dealing with school safety, medical pot licensing, fireworks bans and online gambling as the lame-duck session comes to a close.



DETROIT _ The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating complaints that the steering can fail on some Ram pickup trucks. The investigation covers about 200,000 Ram 2500s from the 2015 and 2016 model years. SENT: 150 words, with photo.


_ MICHIGAN FIRE: A woman and two of her children are being mourned following a fire in a small mid-Michigan community.

_ CRASH-OFFICERS SUSPENDED: A former Grand Rapids-area prosecutor is sentenced to a night in jail for a 2016 crash that led to the firing of a police lieutenant and the suspension of two other officers accused of covering up the man’s intoxication.

_ TEEN STRUCK-BIKE: A young man who was living illegally in the U.S. has been sentenced to at least five years in prison for the hit-and-run death of a 14-year-old bicyclist in suburban Detroit.


_ WOMAN SLAIN-GRANDSON: A 23-year-old man is arrested in Ohio after the body of his 68-year-old grandmother is found in a recycling bin at her Detroit-area home.

_ GROUP HOME-DEATH: Authorities say a 73-year-old man who was diagnosed with dementia has died after apparently wandering away from a group home in suburban Detroit.

_ FORMER PRISON-REDEVELOPMENT: Plans are moving forward to transform the site of a former prison in Michigan’s northwestern Lower Peninsula into a company’s manufacturing and assembly facility.

_ BODY-SEWER: Authorities in mid-Michigan still are unsure of how a 33-year-old man whose decomposing body was found in a sewer line died.



DETROIT _ Minnesota tries for a season sweep of Detroit this weekend, and the Vikings can wrap up a playoff spot if enough things break right for them. By Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m. ET. For weekend use.


BOISE, Idaho _ Back in a bowl game after missing last season, BYU looks to close out a roller coaster season with a winning record facing Western Michigan in the Idaho Potato Bowl. The Cougars returned to the AP Top 25 early in the season before dropping four of five games during one stretch


MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. _ No. 3 Louisville takes its undefeated record on the road against Central Michigan.


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