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

February 1, 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 apmichigan@ap.org. For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org.

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TOP STORIES:

WINTER WEATHER

CHICAGO _ Forecasters say the Midwest could soon see a rapid thaw following the bitterly cold weather that has gripped the region. Temperatures are expected to climb by as much as 80 degrees in some areas as the storm system moves east. Such a drastic change could create problems such as bursting pipes, flooding rivers and crumbling roads. The dangerously cold and snowy weather is suspected in at least 18 deaths in states spanning from Iowa to New York. By Tammy Webber and Jeff Karoub. SENT: 940 words, photos, videos.

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—WINTER WEATHER-MICHIGAN: Water main breaks and burst pipes due to bitterly cold temperatures have disrupted operations at a Detroit court, university buildings and other places around Michigan. Photos.

—WINTER WEATHER-THE LATEST: The Latest on the frigid weather in the Midwest and Northeast. Will be updated as developments occur. Photos. Videos.

PUBLIC RECORDS-WHITMER

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. _ Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has signed a directive she says is aimed at easing people’s ability to obtain public records from the state government. Whitmer signed the executive directive at the Michigan Press Association’s annual conference Friday in Grand Rapids. She says it expands the reach and effectiveness of the Freedom of Information Act and Open Meetings Act to make state government more transparent. By David Eggert. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words.

LGBT DISCRIMINATION

DETROIT _ Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel plans to speak at a meeting in which civil rights officials could ask her to reconsider her predecessor’s opinion that state law doesn’t protect LGBT people from discrimination. The Michigan Civil Rights Commission will decide Friday whether to make the request to Nessel at its scheduled meeting in Detroit. The commission says she’s expected to discuss the proposed issue. SENT: 150 words. Will be updated.

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AUTO INDUSTRY NEWSLETTER

DETROIT _ Michigan’s nearly century-old weekly newsletter about the automotive industry has closed. The Detroit Free Press reports that the Detroit-based Ward’s Automotive Reports issued its final publication Jan. 28. The newsletter was launched in 1924 as Cram’s Report. Cram’s president Al Ward later bought the company and changed the publication’s name. Ward’s Automotive Reports eventually became the main news source for data on plants, suppliers and engineering centers. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated.

FOXCONN-ENVIRONMENT

MADISON, Wis. _ Foxconn Technology Group’s shift away from a manufacturing-intensive plant in southeastern Wisconsin is bad news for those who eagerly awaited thousands of the kind of blue-collar jobs that have been leaving the state in recent years. But it’s good news for environmentalists who have worried that the project posed great risks for air and water. By Todd Richmond. UPCOMING: 850 words.

IN BRIEF:

—POLICE-INVOLVED SHOOTING: A Michigan man who was shot by police after officers say he charged at them with a knife is getting a mental examination to determine whether he’s competent to stand trial.

—CARL LEVIN-WARSHIP: Retired Sen. Carl Levin of Michigan is going to witness a milestone in construction of the warship that’ll bear his name.

—HEALTH OVERHAUL-MICHIGAN: Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel is seeking to intervene in a lawsuit to defend the federal health care law after a judge declared it unconstitutional.

—MILITARY VEHICLES CRASH-FLAGS LOWERED: Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has ordered flags to be lowered to honor a soldier from western Michigan who died during a training exercise in southern New Mexico.

—INDIAN ICE SCULPTURE: An ice sculpture of an American Indian in headdress has been removed from the front of a hotel in the Upper Peninsula.

SPORTS:

HKN--MAPLE LEAFS-RED WINGS

DETROIT _ The Detroit Red Wings host the Toronto Maple Leafs on Friday. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:30 p.m. ET.

BKC--MICHIGAN-IOWA

IOWA CITY, Iowa _ The fifth-ranked Michigan Wolverines travel Friday to take on the Iowa Hawkeyes. UPCOMING: 600 words. Game starts at 7 p.m. ET.

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