BC-MI–Michigan News Coverage Advisory, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

GYM–DOCTOR-SEXUAL ASSAULT-MICHIGAN STATE

DETROIT _ Former Gov. John Engler is resigning as Michigan State’s interim president amid public backlash over his comments about women and girls sexually assaulted by now-imprisoned campus sports doctor Larry Nassar. Engler had resisted earlier pressure to resign. He announced his plans Wednesday in an 11-page letter to the chairwoman of the school’s Board of Trustees in which he said he was stepping down effective next week. By Corey Williams and David Eggert. SENT: 870 words, photos.

GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN-WILDFIRES

PORTLAND, Ore. _ The government shutdown is taking a toll on a wildfire fight that hasn’t even started yet. The winter months are critical for fire managers who use the break to prepare for the next onslaught of flames and much of that work has ground to a halt on federal land because of job furloughs. A dozen senators from states including Michigan sent a letter this week to President Donald Trump warning that the shutdown would put lives at risk this coming fire season. By Gillian Flaccus. SENT: 830 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

—BUSINESS EXPANSIONS-MICHIGAN: Business expansions including the establishment of a Chinese manufacturer’s facility in suburban Detroit are getting support from the Michigan Strategic Fund.

—SHUTDOWN-RIVER RAISIN BATTLEFIELD: Officials say basic services interrupted by the partial federal government shutdown are being restored at River Raisin National Battlefield Park in southeastern Michigan.

—SCHOOL BAND-DISPUTE: A legal dispute over school band instruments has ended with a sour note for a western Michigan company.

SPORTS:

BKC–MICHIGAN STATE-NEBRASKA

LINCOLN, Neb. _ No. 6 Michigan State visits a Nebraska team Thursday that has won a school-record 20 straight home games and is coming off a road win over No. 25 Indiana. By Eric Olson. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 8 p.m. ET.

BKW–T25-MARYLAND-MICHIGAN ST

EAST LANSING, Mich. _ No. 17 Michigan State already beat Oregon earlier in the season, and now the Spartans will try to knock off another top-10 team in No. 9 Maryland on Thursday. By Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 6 p.m. ET.

BKC–BIG TEN THIS WEEK

Second-ranked Michigan goes into its road game against Wisconsin on Saturday in position to take over the No. 1 spot in The Associated Press Top 25 with a win. The Wolverines are unbeaten in 17 games and have won their last six by at least 10 points. Wisconsin has lost four of its last five. Maryland enters a tough part of its schedule. The Terrapins play seven of their next nine away from home. Iowa’s chances of climbing Big Ten standings depend on the health of Tyler Cook. By Eric Olson. SENT: 540 words, photos.

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