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

November 21, 2018 GMT

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 Corey Williams is on the desk, followed by Ken Kusmer. 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 Gov. Rick Snyder is seeking a final $630 million budget bill before he leaves office, proposing to spend more to repair roads, address water contamination and hire 246 additional child protective services caseworkers following a scathing audit. The state budget office made its request public this week after it was sent to lawmakers last week. The Snyder administration says tax collections are up due to the economy and a June U.S. Supreme Court ruling that enabled states to require online retailers to collect sales taxes on purchases from states where they have no physical presence. The proposal factors in deals reached as part of the $55.9 billion budget Snyder signed in June and which took effect last month, but it also would include new spending this fiscal year. The outgoing Republican governor wants the GOP-controlled Legislature to direct $183 million in additional online sales tax revenue toward roads in the lame-duck session. The money otherwise would primarily go to schools and the general fund. By David Eggert. SENT: 615 words.


— XGR--SLAING PRISON GUARDS-HIGHWAY: A portion of Interstate 94 in Jackson County will honor two prison guards who were killed by inmates more than 30 years ago.




NEWTON, Miss. — A Mississippi sawmill will invest $40 million to increase production by 50 percent, with plans to hire 45 more workers. Michigan-based Biewer Lumber announced the expansion Tuesday at its Newton sawmill, a little more than a year after the company opened the facility. The expansion is projected to be complete by late 2019, bringing the total number of employees to 170. CEO Tim Biewer says increasing demand is driving the move. The sawmill’s capacity will expand from 200 million to more than 300 million board-feet per year. That additional production will create spinoff activity among loggers and truckers, with wood demand rising by 400,000 tons per year. SENT: 420 words.


— HOSPITAL FIRE-MAN ARRESTED: A man has been arrested after setting a small fire in a secure area of a western Michigan hospital.

— CHILD-COLD BUS: State officials have suspended a suburban Detroit child care center’s license after a child was left unattended on a cold bus for 90 minutes.

— INJURED INFANT-FATHER CHARGED: A Grand Rapids man is accused of repeatedly beating his infant daughter, leaving the child with 21 broken bones.

— LASERS-AIR TRAFFIC: Federal and state officials are warning of serious consequences for pointing laser devices at helicopters and airplanes, a continuing problem in southeastern Michigan.

— DETROIT DEVELOPMENT: Redevelopment proposals are being sought for two residential projects near Detroit’s east riverfront.

— HONDA-MINIVAN RECALL: Honda is recalling 122,000 minivans worldwide because the sliding doors can open while the vans are moving. The recall covers Odyssey vans from 2018 and 2019.



ANN ARBOR, Mich. — No. 10 Ohio State has been watching what Shea Patterson has done with No. 4 Michigan. It sees a dual-threat quarterback who looks nothing like the players Jim Harbaugh had under center the previous three years. The Wolverines are favored to win at Ohio State on Saturday at least in part because of an offseason victory that allowed Patterson to play right away after he transferred from Ole Miss. By Larry Lage. SENT: 850 words, photos.


No. 4 Michigan will try to snap No. 10 Ohio State’s 6-game win streak in The Game. the Game is as critically important as ever, with the Big Ten East title and more hanging in the balance. A win for Michigan followed by a defeat of Northwestern in the conference championship game likely puts the Wolverines in the College Football Playoff. A win for Ohio State over its hated rival will help salve last month’s unexpected loss to Purdue and at least keep the Buckeyes in the playoff conversation if they go on to win the Big Ten. Ohio State has won the last six meetings and Jim Harbaugh hasn’t been able to beat the Buckeyes in first three seasons at Michigan. SENT: 415 words.


COLUMBUS, Ohio — Urban Meyer doesn’t seem to be having much fun these days. The Ohio State coach is not demonstrably mirthful, of course, at least not when it comes to his job. “It’s not like me to be the Joe Positive guy,” he acknowledged the other day. “I’m usually the opposite.” The 54-year-old Meyer’s sideline demeanor has taken on a decidedly beleaguered stoop this season. On the eve of the biggest game of the year, No. 10 Ohio State’s showdown with No. 4 Michigan this weekend, it is easy enough to wonder if Meyer is still suffering through one of the more difficult stretches of his storied career. By Mitch Stacy. SENT: 890 words, photos.


The College Football Playoff race has been boring, with the same four teams holding the top spots for three weeks. There is potential for some excitement and confusion down the stretch. On the latest AP Top 25 College Football Podcast, ESPN’s Heather Dinich joins AP’s Ralph Russo to discuss how the playoff could make a few twists and turns before selection Sunday on Dec. 2. It could start this weekend with Ohio State facing Michigan. A Buckeyes victory could be a boon to Oklahoma and Washington State, if the Sooners and Cougars can avoid being upset this weekend. SENT: 150 words, photos.


DETROIT — The Detroit Lions and Chicago Bears will meet for the second time in 12 days — yet this matchup already looks a lot different. Mitchell Trubisky, Chicago’s starting quarterback, is doubtful for Thursday’s rematch with the Lions because of a right shoulder injury. That means Chase Daniel, who has barely played in the NFL since 2014, may take the field for the NFC North-leading Bears under the Thanksgiving spotlight. Trubisky threw for 355 yards and three touchdowns in Chicago’s 34-22 win over the Lions on Nov. 11. Now the teams face each other again less than two weeks later. The Bears (7-3) have won four straight. Detroit (4-6) is in the middle of a three-game homestand that began with a victory over Carolina last weekend, but rookie running back Kerryon Johnson left that game with a knee injury. He won’t play Thursday. By Noah Trister. SENT: 770 words, photos.

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LAKE FOREST, Ill. — Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky was listed as doubtful for the Thanksgiving Day game in Detroit against the Lions. Trubisky suffered a right shoulder injury in the fourth quarter of Sunday night’s 25-20 win over the Minnesota Vikings. If he can’t play, the Bears will turn to backup Chase Daniel. SENT: 210 words, photos.


HOUSTON — James Harden and the Houston Rockets look to extend their winning streak to five games when they host the Detroit Pistons, who have won their last two. By Kristie Rieken. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game time 8 p.m. ET.


DETROIT — The Detroit Red Wings host the Boston Bruins, shooting for a win that would give them a winning record for the first time this season. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game time 7:30 p.m. ET.


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