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

January 13, 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. Ed White 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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TOP STORY

AUTO SHOW-WHEELS TO WATCH

DETROIT _ SUVs and a big pickup truck will get top billing at Detroit’s auto show this year, but there are some surprise sports cars and electric vehicles on the agenda. News media days for the show begin Monday, although there are a couple of unveils set for before the show starts. SENT: 660 words, photos.

BUSINESS:

INSIDER Q&A-TOYOTA

DETROIT _ Chris Reynolds was promoted by Toyota late last year to one of the toughest jobs in the U.S. auto industry. He’s in charge of North American manufacturing, as well as human resources, legal, finance and communications. It’s manufacturing that will present the biggest challenge for Reynolds, who must navigate uncertain U.S. trade policies including tariff threats and possible replacement of the North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico. Toyota produces vehicles in both countries for sale in the U.S. By Tom Krisher. SENT: 770 words, photo.

CHINA TRADE-PAYING FOR TRUMP’S TARIFFS

WASHINGTON _ In Rochester, New York, a maker of furnaces for semiconductor and solar companies is moving its research and development to China to dodge President Donald Trump’s import taxes _ a move that threatens a handful of its 26 U.S. jobs. In California’s San Joaquin Valley, the CEO of a company that makes precision parts for the biomedical and chip making fields jokes bitterly that he’s running “a nonprofit” and might have to cut jobs. And west of Detroit, a metal stamping company that supplies the auto industry is losing business to foreign rivals because Trump’s steel tariffs have raised metals prices in the United States. By Paul Wiseman. SENT: 1,200 words.

AROUND THE STATE:

POLICE SHOOTINGS-MENTAL HEALTH

DETROIT _ Mental illness was a factor in many law enforcement conflicts in Michigan that resulted in the deaths of police officers or civilians in recent years, according to a newspaper review. SENT: 250 words, photos.

EXCHANGE-CHARITABLE UNION

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. _ A Battle Creek nonprofit that provides free essential items to those in need has a unique gift shop. Inside the Charitable Union gift shop are quilts, star-shaped baby buntings, handbags, “scrubbies,” pot holders, trash bags, bowl cozies, mittens, pillows and a laundry list of other items. Behind these items is a group of volunteer women, many former teachers, who have a penchant for sewing, have sewn all their lives and are now using their talents to give back. By Kalea Hall, Battle Creek Enquirer. SENT: 933 words, photos.

EXCHANGE-CARHARTT COOL

DETROIT _ Carhartt, which began making durable clothing for railroad workers, is now no longer a niche clothing manufacturer. The nearly 130-year-old family-owned company is mainstream among the likes of Daniel Day-Lewis, Rihanna, Harry Styles and Kanye West. It’s a trend stemming from skaters and hip-hop culture that was years in the making. By Breana Noble, The Detroit News. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ BUS CRASH-FATAL: Police say two people have died in Detroit after their car rear-ended a city bus.

_ DETROIT-WATER WOES: A boil-water advisory is posted for downtown Detroit after a weekend water main break.

_ TRANSPORTATION PLAN: The Michigan Department of Transportation is seeking public input as it develops a 25-year plan for the state.

_ MOBILE CLASS-ARCHITECTURE: An architecture class at the University of Michigan is putting students on the road to explore buildings around the state and beyond.

SPORTS:

NORTHWESTERN-MICHIGAN

ANN ARBOR, Mich. _ No. 2 Michigan tries for its first 17-0 start in school history when the Wolverines host Northwestern. By Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:30 p.m.

MICHIGAN ST-PENN ST

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. _ No. 6 Michigan State plays Penn State at Bryce Jordan Center.

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