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. For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org.

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TOP STORIES:

WINTER WEATHER

CHICAGO _ A blast of polar air envelopes much of the Midwest, closing schools and businesses and threatening to bring the lowest temperatures in a generation. The extreme chill snapped rail lines and canceled thousands of flights in the nation’s third-largest city, which was as cold as the Arctic. Heavily dressed repair crews fixed frozen water mains, and one gas utility pleaded with customers to turn down their thermostats to prevent outages. By Michael Tarm and Corey Williams. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos, videos.

With:

—WINTER WEATHER-MICHIGAN: Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says it was prudent to close state government for the second time this week due to winter weather, saying it was clearly needed to keep people safe. Photos.

—WINTER WEATHER-MICHIGAN DEATHS: Police say at least two people in the Detroit area have died in the extremely cold weather, including a former member of the Ecorse City Council.

—WINTER WEATHER-THE LATEST: The Latest on a major snowstorm and frigid weather in the Midwest. Will be updated as developments occur. Photos.

IN BRIEF:

—CHILD SHOT-DETROIT: Michigan State Police say they’ve recovered a car sought as part of the investigation into the shooting death of a 3-year-old boy last week who was riding in vehicle on Detroit’s west side.

—CHILD DEATH-FLU: Michigan health officials say a child from Alpena County is the second in the state to die from the flu this season.

—FISH STOCKING: The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says it stocked more than 1.1 million fish in waters around the state last fall.

SPORTS:

CAR–NASCAR-HALL OF FAME-PENSKE

CHARLOTTE, N.C. _ Team Penske last year won its 500th race, its 17th Indianapolis 500, the NASCAR Cup title and the V8 Supercars title. Roger Penske’s drivers swept all the races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and his reward has been induction into the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Penske will be honored Friday night along with Jeff Gordon, deceased drivers Davey Allison and Alan Kulwicki and fellow team owner Jack Roush. By Jenna Fryer. SENT: 1,190 words, photos.

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