BC-MI–Michigan News Digest 6 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. Corey Williams 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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SOUTHFIELD, Mich. _ The Michigan Supreme Court will decide whether counties can continue to hit the jackpot when foreclosing on properties. Counties routinely sell real estate when taxes are long overdue. State law allows them to pocket everything _ even if the sales price exceeds the amount of debt. The Supreme Court has agreed to consider whether it adds up to an illegal government taking under the Michigan and U.S. constitutions. By Ed White. SENT: 380 words, photo.



DETROIT _ No collusion! (Or at least a lot less of it.) That’s according to a Michigan school’s latest “List of Words Banished from the Queen’s English for Mis-use, Over-use and General Uselessness.” The politically charged term at the center of special prosecutor Robert Mueller’s investigation into whether President Donald Trump’s campaign coordinated with Russia is among 18 entries on Lake Superior State University’s 44th annual list. By Jeff Karoub. SENT: 660 words. First moved Sunday night.




DETROIT _ Fire officials are investigating a suspicious blaze that damaged the department’s former training center, which may have housed sensitive records. The Detroit News reports that it took firefighters about 10 minutes to control Thursday’s blaze at the Detroit Fire Department’s old training academy. The department last used the building in 2014. The Detroit Fire Fighters Union president says he saw sensitive paperwork at the site. SENT: 300 words, photos.


LANSING, Mich. _ Democrat Gretchen Whitmer is set to become Michigan’s 49th governor. The 47-year-old former state lawmaker from East Lansing will take the oath of office Tuesday in a swearing-in ceremony outside the state Capitol building. The inaugural theme is “Building Bridges Together.” Whitmer, who will be Michigan’s second female governor, is expected to highlight “kitchen table” issues she campaign on such as fixing the roads and improving residents’ job skills. Others being sworn in include Garlin Gilchrist II as lieutenant governor, Dana Nessel as attorney general and Jocelyn Benson as secretary of state. The last time Democrats jointly assumed control of the top four offices was 32 years ago. The event is free to attend. The celebration will continue Tuesday night with a gala at Detroit’s Cobo Center. Tickets cost $150. UPCOMING: 130 words by 8 p.m.


_ MICHIGAN MINIMUM WAGE: Michigan’s minimum wage is rising by 20 cents an hour. The increase takes effect Tuesday and makes the minimum $9.45, up from $9.25.

_ ISLAND-PLANE CRASH: A 72-year-old pilot has died in the crash of a small plane on Beaver Island in Lake Michigan.

_ IRONWOOD FIRE: Investigators in the Upper Peninsula still are trying to determine the cause of a fire that killed three people in downtown Ironwood nearly a year ago.

_ STOLEN CAR-GIFTS: Christen Greenwood’s stolen car had a load of gifts for struggling girls. The public responded by replacing the haul _ and adding more.

_ SNOWPLOW-FATAL: A man in the Upper Peninsula dies after crashing into the rear of a snowplow truck.



The #MeToo movement reached the sports world in 2018 with the Larry Nassar scandal. It reverberated not just in locker rooms and gyms but in courthouses, in boardrooms and at kitchen tables. Nassar was the former Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics doctor accused of molesting scores of women and girls in the gymnastics world and beyond. Many of them spoke out in court over seven remarkable days nearly a year ago. By Will Graves. SENT: 1,000 words, photos. Resending. First sent Dec. 23 as part of the package of year-end sports stories.


SANTA CLARA, Calif. _ Michigan State plays Oregon in the college football’s Redbox Bowl. By Michael Wagaman. Game started at 3 p.m.


DETROIT _ The Florida Panthers play the Detroit Red Wings. By Larry Lage.


ANN ARBOR, Mich. _ Hallie Thome and Amy Dilk scored 14 points apiece, Deja Church added 13 and Michigan handed No. 12 Minnesota and first-year coach Lindsay Whalen their first loss of the season 76-60 on Monday. The Wolverines (10-4, 1-1 Big Ten) took control with a 14-0 run to end the second period and scoring the first four points of the third to open a 22-point lead. The Golden Gophers had not trailed by double figures in their first 12 games. Minnesota (12-1, 1-1) had tied the second-best start in school history, dating to when Whalen was a junior on the 2002-03 team. Her senior year the Golden Gophers started 15-0. SENT: 220 words.


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