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BC-MI--Michigan News Coverage Advisory 8:30 am, MI

December 20, 2018

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. David Runk is on the desk. AP-Michigan News Editor Roger Schneider can be reached at 313-259-0650 or rschneider@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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates.



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. _ Michigan’s Republican-led Legislature is expected to meet for a marathon final day of voting, with the status of several key bills up in the air.


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.


_ 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


No. 3 Louisville takes its undefeated record on the road against Central Michigan.


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