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

March 6, 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. 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 STORIES:

XGR--MICHIGAN BUDGET-TAXES

LANSING, Mich. _ A top Republican lawmaker is strongly criticizing Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s proposal to raise taxes on some businesses while providing relief to retirees and low-income workers. Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey said Wednesday that “taking actions like that would be doubling down on stupid.” The Democratic governor outlined the tax overhaul in her budget Tuesday. It’s an attempt to reverse parts of a tax rewrite enacted by her Republican predecessor. By David Eggert. SENT: 140 words. Will be updated.

WOLVES-US PROTECTIONS

BILLINGS, Mont. _ U.S. wildlife officials plan to lift protections for gray wolves across the Lower 48 states, a move certain to re-ignite the legal battle over a predator that’s rebounding in some regions but absent in others. Acting Interior Secretary David Bernhardt was expected to announce the proposal during a Wednesday speech. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Spokesman Gavin Shire tells the Associated Press the proposal is based on wolves successfully recovering from widespread extermination over the last century. By Matthew Brown and John Flesher. SENT: 480 words, photo.

BUSINESS:

GENERAL MOTORS-RESTRUCTURING

LORDSTOWN, Ohio _ General Motors’ sprawling Lordstown assembly plant near Youngstown is about to end production of the Chevrolet Cruze sedan, ending for now more than 50 years of auto manufacturing at the site. The jobs of nearly 1,700 hourly workers will be eliminated when production ends Wednesday afternoon and a contingent of workers finish making replacement parts like hoods and fenders sometime later this month. By Mark Gillispie and Tom Krisher. SENT: 520 words, photos.

With:

—GENERAL MOTORS-RESTRUCTURING-THE LATEST: The Latest on the idling of a GM plant in Ohio. Will be updated as developments occur.

—GENERAL MOTORS-RESTRUCTURING-GLANCE: Facts and figures about northeast Ohio’s Lordstown assembly plant. SENT: 200 words.

TRUMP-MILEAGE STANDARDS

DETROIT _ The Environmental Protection Agency says the average gas mileage for the fleet of U.S. new vehicles rose slightly in 2017 to a record 24.9 miles per gallon. But an environmental group says the 0.2 mpg increase fell short of the 1 mpg jump required under Obama-era rules. The EPA says the performance raises concerns about the industry’s ability to meet, in a cost-effective way, future requirements put in place by the Obama administration. By Tom Krisher. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated.

IN BRIEF:

—MISSING WOMAN-MICHIGAN: A man serving time for sexually assaulting a woman in a suburban Detroit park has been arraigned in the disappearance and presumed death of another woman whose body hasn’t been found. Photos.

—KIDNAP-MURDER CONSPIRACY: A woman who authorities say was involved in a child pornography ring has pleaded no contest in a sexual assault case involving an infant girl.

—OFFICER SHOT-DETROIT: A 44-year-old man will spend 36 to 60 years in prison for the fatal shooting of a Detroit police officer.

—CHILD TAKEN-MICHIGAN: A caregiver who triggered an Amber Alert after authorities say she took a 1-year-old child to another city without permission is awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty in the case.

—INTERSTATE CRASH-INDIANA: Police say a driver died after a vehicle crashed into the back of a semi-truck trailer along an interstate in northwestern Indiana and burst into flames.

—FREEWAY FLOODING-MICHIGAN: The Michigan Department of Transportation says it believes it’s made significant improvements to an underground system of pump stations meant to keep water off the roads.

SPORTS:

BKN--TIMBERWOLVES-PISTONS

DETROIT _ The Detroit Pistons host the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m. ET.

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