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. _ Investigations conducted by Michigan State University and the University of Michigan found that a political science professor sexually harassed graduate students. The Lansing State Journal reports that Michigan State hired a consulting firm last year to investigate allegations against William Jacoby. One former student alleges Jacoby asked for sexual favors in return for academic guidance on her research. Jacoby has denied the allegations. SENT: 340 words.


ST. JOSEPH, Mich. _ The wife of a Michigan soldier who was fatally shot while on leave for the holidays has been charged in his death. Berrien County prosecutor Mike Sepic says Kemia Hassel will appear in court Monday. UPCOMING: 130 words, more on merits. Developing.



DETROIT _ Fiat Chrysler’s new CEO says major job cuts or an alliance with other automakers are not in the plans for Italian-American automaker. Mike Manley says the company downsized its workforce significantly a decade ago, and smaller cuts have been made since. Manley took over for the late Sergio Marchionne last year. Three years ago, Marchionne was shopping for a partner and said the industry needed to consolidate to better share huge capital investment costs. UPCOMING: 600 words.


DETROIT _ The Hyundai Genesis G70, Hyundai Kona and the Ram pickup have received North American car, sport utility and truck of the year awards. The awards were announced Monday at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Last year’s winners were the Honda Accord, Lincoln Navigator and the Volvo XC60. By Jeff Karoub. SENT: 370 words, photos. Video planned.


DETROIT _ SUVs and a big pickup truck will get top billing at Detroit’s auto show this year, but there are some surprise sports cars and electric vehicles on the agenda. Press days for the show begin Monday, although there are a couple of unveils set for before the show starts. The most popular vehicle of the bunch is the Ford Explorer, revealed ahead of the show Wednesday night. There’s also a new Cadillac three-row people hauler, and Toyota is reviving its Supra sports car. SENT: 1,570 words, photos.


DETROIT _ Automakers have promised to start selling hordes of electric cars in the next few years, but only two will be unveiled at the big Detroit auto show that kicks off this week. And those aren’t even ready for production. Automakers say they’re working on more efficient vehicles including those powered by batteries. But environmental groups worry the progress will stop if the Trump administration freezes government fuel economy requirements. By Tom Krisher. SENT: 950 words, photo.


AUTO SHOW-THE LATEST: The latest on the Detroit Auto Show. Will be updated as developments occur.



LOS ANGELES _ Alicia Keys, Patti LaBelle, Celine Dion and more took the stage to relive some of the late Aretha Franklin’s biggest hits in a tribute concert. The star-studded musical lineup that also included Jennifer Hudson, John Legend and Common honored Franklin’s life and career at the “Aretha! A GRAMMY Celebration For The Queen Of Soul” on Sunday in Los Angeles. The tribute hosted by Tyler Perry will air March 10 on CBS. By Jonathan Landrum Jr. SENT: 460 words, photos.


—MICHIGAN UNIVERSITIES-ENROLLMENT: Figures show enrollment at Michigan’s public universities has declined for the seventh consecutive year.

—CRACK FRIES SCRAPPED: A Michigan-based bar and restaurant chain says it’s changing the name of its “Crack Fries” to “Cosmik Fries” to distance itself from a word associated with the drug epidemic.

—DETROIT MERCY-FUNDRAISING: The University of Detroit Mercy says it’s reached its $100 million fundraising goal a year ahead of schedule.

—MICHIGAN SCHOOL-GUN: Students at a Michigan charter school are getting clear book bags after a 10-year-old boy allegedly took a loaded handgun to school. Photo.

—GAS PRICES-MICHIGAN: AAA Michigan says average gas prices statewide are up about 6 cents in the past week to about $2.15 per gallon.

—CONSUMERS ENERGY-CARE PROGRAM: Consumers Energy says it has contributed $10 million to help customers in need to pay their energy bills.



SALT LAKE CITY _ The Detroit Pistons take on the Utah Jazz in a Monday road game. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 9 p.m.


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