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

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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

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UPCOMING TODAY:

MICHIGAN LEGISLATURE-LAME DUCK

LANSING, Mich. _ Michigan Republicans moved Wednesday to curtail ballot initiatives by advancing a measure limiting how many signatures could come from any one region of the state, the latest proposal assailed by critics as an unconstitutional, lame-duck power grab from incoming Democratic officeholders or voters. The House passed the bill 60-49 along mostly party lines in a late-night session many hours after hundreds of liberal activists demonstrated at the Capitol. The new legislation was sent to the GOP-controlled Senate for consideration next week. By David Eggert. SENT: 800 words, photos.

SCHOOL GRADES

LANSING, Mich. _ Michigan would give A-through-F grades to public schools under legislation that narrowly passed the Republican-led House, where supporters hailed it early Thursday as a simpler way to hold schools accountable but critics called it a setback in improving the state’s lagging educational performance. The 56-53 vote was taken after 3 a.m., capping a 17-hour session in which GOP leaders ultimately succeeded in getting enough support after numerous last-minute revisions. The bill goes next to the Republican-controlled Senate for debate next week. By David Eggert. SENT: 400 words, photos.

ABORTION DRUGS-TELEMEDICINE BAN

LANSING, Mich. _ Republican lawmakers voted early Thursday to make permanent a 2012 ban against Michigan doctors prescribing abortion-inducing drugs remotely with webcams or other forms of telemedicine. The prohibition is due to expire after Dec. 31. A bill that was passed on an almost entirely party-line 62-47 vote in the House would continue the ban indefinitely. The legislation will go to GOP Gov. Rick Snyder once the Senate takes a final procedural step. By David Eggert. SENT: 400 words.

SEXUAL ASSAULT-PLANE

DETROIT _ Federal prosecutors in Detroit are seeking nearly 11 years in prison for an Indian man convicted of sexually assaulting a sleeping woman during a commercial flight. Prabhu Ramamoorthy is expected in federal court Thursday in Detroit. He was jailed after being accused of molesting a woman with his hands while she slept on an overnight flight from Las Vegas to Detroit in January. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated on merits following 1 p.m. EST court hearing.

IN BRIEF:

_ HOLIDAY TRAVEL-MICHIGAN: AAA projects nearly 3.6 million Michigan residents will travel more than 50 miles from home this holiday season. The estimate released Thursday by the auto club says that’s up by 4 percent from the holiday period a year ago. Most will drive, with the rest going by air, rail, bus or other means.

_ LAKE MICHIGAN SHIPWRECK: The remains of what could be a shipwreck from 1878 have emerged through sand along Lake Michigan in western Michigan. With AP Photo.

_ DEMOCRATIC PARTY-CHAIRMAN: Michigan Democratic Party Chairman Brandon Dillon won’t seek re-election to his position.

_ OLDER MINORITIES-HEALTH GRANT: Three Michigan universities are using a $3.5 million federal grant renewal for efforts to improve the health of older blacks and other minorities.

_ GRASSLAND PROTECTION: A new program is designed to protect Michigan’s disappearing grasslands, which are now among the rarest wildlife habitat types in the world. .

SPORTS:

FBN–LIONS-HOLDING OUT HOPE

ALLEN PARK, Mich. _ Hold off on that talk about draft position. The Detroit Lions, somehow, still have a shot to make the playoffs amid the mediocrity of the NFC postseason chase. By Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.

BBA–TIGERS-CABRERA

LAS VEGAS _ Detroit Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera might play only a game or two each week at the start of spring training as he returns from season-ending biceps surgery. Manager Ron Gardenhire plans to check in regularly with Cabrera to determine his availability when Grapefruit League exhibition games begin in February. There’s no plan yet as to how much action the two-time AL MVP might see at first base. By Baseball Writer Janie McCauley. SENT: 350 words. Moved late Wednesday and available for use.

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