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

February 6, 2019 GMT

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 For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at

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DETROIT _ A person familiar with the situation says former Rep. John Dingell, the longest-serving member of Congress in American history, is receiving hospice care. The person was not authorized to speak publicly but told The Associated Press on Wednesday about the 92-year-old’s condition. His wife, Rep. Debbie Dingell, tweeted Wednesday morning that she was with him at their Michigan home. By Andrew Taylor and Jeff Karoub. SENT: 360 words, photos.



DETROIT _ General Motors is posting an $8.1 billion net profit for last year as it got better prices for vehicles sold in the U.S., its most lucrative market. It’s a strong rebound from the previous year when the company lost $3.9 billion on a giant tax accounting charge. GM made $10.8 billion before taxes in North America, meaning big profit-sharing checks for about 46,500 union workers in the U.S. They’ll get $10,750 each, down from last year’s $11,500. By Tom Krisher. SENT: 630 words, photos.


FRANKFURT, Germany _ Automaker Daimler says its fourth-quarter net profit fell 49 percent to 1.64 billion euros ($1.87 billion) as the Mercedes-Benz luxury car business was buffeted by diesel woes and global trade conflict. The German company said Wednesday that its revenue rose 7 percent to 46.6 billion euros and that demand for its products remained strong. By David McHugh. SENT: 450 words, photos.


—TESLA-PRICE CUT: Tesla is cutting $1,100 from the base price of its car designed for the mass market, the Model 3. SENT: 130 words, photo.



—WINTER WEATHER: Hundreds of schools are closed in Michigan as freezing rain leaves roads slippery and cuts power to thousands of homes and businesses, while flooding caused by an ice jam prompted an evacuation.

—XGR--ENVIRONMENTAL ORDER: Michigan’s Republican-led Legislature is considering whether to reject Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s order that abolished three new panels that have a role in environmental rule-making and permitting.

—PROBATION OFFICER-PLEA: A Washtenaw County probation officer who was accused of lying to investigators about the shooting death of a 20-year-old man in Ypsilanti has avoided jail time in the case.

—FATHER STRUCK-CAT: Authorities say a mid-Michigan man was fatally struck by a car while trying to remove his daughter’s dead cat from a roadway before she saw it.

—STURGEON-BLACK LAKE: The annual sturgeon fishing season on Black Lake in Michigan’s Cheboygan County was over in a hurry.



Michigan wraps up its best recruiting class under Jim Harbaugh. The Wolverines put together the top-rated class in the Big Ten for the first time since 2007. By Eric Olson. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos.


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