AP-MI–Michigan News Digest 6 pm, MI

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 apmichigan@ap.org. Ken Kusmer is on the desk, followed by Herbert McCann. AP-Michigan News Editor Roger Schneider can be reached at 313-259-0650 or rschneider@ap.org. For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org.

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LANSING, Mich. — Democrat Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday stepped up her call to end Michigan’s “retirement tax,” alleging in a new TV ad that her opponent, Republican Bill Schuette, supported a GOP-enacted overhaul that included a business tax cut and the elimination or reduction of exemptions from the taxation of pension income. Schuette, who is pushing to reduce the state income tax from 4.25 percent to 3.9 percent, said he also favors rescinding the “pension tax” and never supported it. By David Eggert. SENT: 650 words, photo.



BILLINGS, Mont. — A court ruling that blocked grizzly bear hunts in the U.S. West carries far wider political implications amid a push by Congress for sweeping changes to how imperiled species are managed. The Republican-led U.S. House Natural Resources Committee approved a measure from Wisconsin Rep. Sean Duffy to strip protections from gray wolves across the contiguous U.S. The bill would prohibit court challenges by wildlife advocates. Federal officials removed protections for wolves in the Great Lakes region in 2011. They were restored by the courts three years later, frustrating states that had been allowing hunts to control the predators’ population. By Matthew Brown. SENT: 785 words, photos.


— ELECTION 2018-SECRETARY OF STATE-MICHIGAN: Republican Mary Treder Lang says she seeks to launch a mobile app and expand online services for registering to vote and renewing driver’s licenses and plates if she’s elected Michigan’s next secretary of state. SENT: 130 words.



DETROIT — Tariffs imposed by the Trump administration on imported steel and aluminum are costing Ford Motor Co. $1 billion, hurting the bottom line and raising the possibility of price increases across the automotive industry. Ford CEO Jim Hackett revealed the number during a television interview Wednesday, and the company said the figure is a year-over-year increase from March through 2019. By Auto Writer Tom Krisher. SENT: 380 words, photo.


DETROIT — General Motors is moving its Cadillac brand headquarters from New York back to Michigan, four years after heading to the big city to become more cosmopolitan. The move to the Detroit suburb of Warren, Michigan, across the street from GM’s giant technical center, will take place in April. SENT: 360 words, photo.


CARLETON, Mich. — For more than three years, prices of used sedans have been falling in the U.S. as gas prices dropped and people shifted toward SUVs and trucks. But so far this year, compact and midsize cars have been appreciating as people who can’t afford new vehicles or used SUVs began buying in great numbers. Industry analysts say the sedans still are bargains compared to used or new SUVs. By Auto Writer Tom Krisher. SENT: 800 words, photos. Moving in national services.

— GREAT LAKES-ECONOMY: A newly released analysis says a federal Great Lakes cleanup program is good for the region’s economy. SENT: 130 words.


— FATAL CRASH-SCHOOL BUS: An Ann Arbor woman has been arraigned on murder and other charges after her SUV slammed into the rear of a disabled school bus, killing two people. AP Photo.

— MICHIGAN-SEVERE STORMS: The National Weather Service says a tornado with peak winds of 95-100 mph traveled 4.3 miles in Monroe County’s Frenchtown Township.

— CHARTER PLANE CRASH: Authorities believe human remains found at the site of a wrecked plane in rural northern Michigan are a pilot from Florida reported missing some hours earlier.

— BUS STOP CRASH: A man struck by a pickup truck while waiting at a Detroit bus stop shelter has died.

— PLANE CRASH-PROSECUTOR: Authorities have confirmed the identity of a body found last week in Lake Huron in northern Michigan.

— ROAD CONSTRUCTION-FATALITY: A Michigan construction worker was killed and another injured when they were struck by a car in a construction zone on U.S. 31 in Manistee County.

— DOWNTOWN DETROIT-DEVELOPMENT: The Downtown Detroit Partnership is expected to give updates on more than 20 development projects in the pipeline, under construction or recently completed in the downtown area.

— COURTROOM-DRAMA: A southern Michigan courtroom will be turned into a theater for a performance of “Anatomy of a Murder,” a play inspired by a 1952 murder case in the Upper Peninsula.



MINNEAPOLIS — Right-hander Jake Odorizzi (7-10) will make his 30th start of the season for Minnesota on Wednesday, while Detroit will counter with left-hander Matt Boyd (9-12), who is making his 31st start of the year in the middle of the three-game series. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game time 8:10 p.m.


EAST LANSING, Mich. — Michigan State may not have the stars it did last year, but Tom Izzo has several upperclassmen he can count on this season. By Larry Lage. SENT: 400 words.


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