BC-MI–Michigan News Digest 1:30 pm, 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. Ken Kusmer is on the desk. For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org.

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LANSING, Mich. _ Michigan’s new era of divided government becomes official Wednesday, when the 100th Legislature opens a two-year session. Republicans have smaller majorities in both chambers following the November election and, for the first time since the 2009-10 term, face a Democrat in the governor’s office. By David Eggert. SENT: 625 words, photos. UPCOMING: Will be updated.



OSHAWA, Ontario _ Unionized workers at the General Motors assembly plant in Oshawa, Ontario, are holding another sit-down protest over the planned closure of the facility that would lead to the loss of 3,000 jobs. SENT: 200 words.



PERU, Ind. — Breweries, wineries and distilleries in Indiana and Michigan are experiencing delays — and taking a financial hit — because some permits are not being issued due to the partial federal government shutdown. SENT: 350 words, photos.


_ GYM–DOCTOR-SEXUAL ASSAULT: Michigan State University says it’s creating a new fund to help victims of sports doctor Larry Nassar, months after a similar program was suspended over fraud allegations.

_ REPORTER-MISSING WOMAN: A reporter who helped police catch a robbery suspect last week followed up with another good deed by finding an 89-year-old suburban Detroit woman with dementia who had wandered away from home in sub-freezing temperatures.

_ STATE OF STATE-WHITMER: Gov. Gretchen Whitmer will deliver her first State of the State address on Feb. 5. The Democrat’s speech is scheduled for 7 p.m. during a joint session of the Republican-led Legislature at the Michigan Capitol building.

_ GIRL KILLED-HIGHWAY: A Detroit man whose 7-year-old daughter was struck and killed when she went for help after he crashed a stolen van has pleaded guilty to manslaughter.

_ HUNTER DEATH: A hunter who authorities say accidentally shot and killed another hunter in Michigan’s northeastern Lower Peninsula on the first day of the state’s annual firearms deer season last year is facing charges.

_ JUDGE MISCONDUCT: A Michigan man convicted of killing his brother and sister-in-law in 2008 has won a new trial following allegations of misconduct against the judge who presided over his 2013 trial.

_ MIDDLE SCHOOL STABBING: Authorities say a student wounded a classmate with a pair of scissors at a suburban Detroit middle school.



LOS ANGELES _ The Detroit Pistons try to snap a two-game skid when they visit the Los Angeles Lakers, who are without LeBron James. By Beth Harris. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Begins 10:30 p.m.


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