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. 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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UPCOMING TOMORROW:

XGR–NEW LEGISLATURE-NEWS GUIDE

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. What to watch for. By David Eggert. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.

NEW SINCE LAST DIGEST: MOTEL ROOM-BODY, FAMILY KILLED-INTERSTATE, FBC–T25-OHIO STATE-WASHINGTON

TOP STORY:

WOMEN’S PAY-WHITMER

LANSING, Mich. — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has signed a directive aimed at ensuring that female state employees are paid the same as men doing equivalent work. SENT: 130 words.

AROUND THE STATE:

PET CAT’S TRAVELS

DETROIT — A cat who went missing from suburban Detroit for two months turned up more than 1,000 miles away in Florida. Dearborn resident Judy Sanborn was shocked when she received a call in December from BluePearl pet hospital in Tampa, The Detroit Free Press reported . Staff told her they had her 2 1/2-year-old tabby named Bandit. SENT: 250 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ MOTEL ROOM-BODY: A man accused of killing a woman during sex and then stuffing her body under a motel room bed has been bound over for trial.

_ FAMILY KILLED-INTERSTATE: Hundreds of people have filled a Detroit-area mosque to honor five family members killed in a wrong-way crash in Kentucky. AP Photo.

_ CHILD KILLED-CHARGE: A northern Michigan woman has been sentenced to at least 10 years in prison for fatally striking a 9-year-old boy with her vehicle.

_ U OF MICHIGAN-LAWSUIT: The University of Michigan has agreed to pay $300,000 to settle a former employee’s whistleblower and wrongful termination lawsuit.

_ WINTER WEATHER-MICHIGAN: _ A storm dropped more than a foot (1/3 meter) of snow on parts of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, creating hazardous driving conditions and keeping some students home from school.

_ FIGHTING BLIGHT-MICHIGAN: Blight elimination funding is available for land banks and governmental units in Michigan counties with fewer than 50,000 people.

_ NEW LAWMAKER-SCHOOL: A choir sang the national anthem, and a band played “America the Beautiful.” A new lawmaker is heading to the state Capitol after a star-spangled tribute in the Upper Peninsula.

_ WAYNE STATE-HISTORIC HOUSE: Wayne State University plans to move the 19th-century Detroit home of its founder to make way for a campus development project. AP Photo.

SPORTS:

HKN–CANADIENS-RED WINGS

DETROIT _ The Detroit Red Wings host the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday night. Game starts at 7:30 p.m. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.

BKC–T25-PURDUE-MICHIGAN STATE

EAST LANSING, Mich. _ No. 6 Michigan State hosts Purdue on Tuesday night at the Jack Breslin Students Events Center. Game starts at 9 p.m. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.

Also:

_ FBC–T25-OHIO STATE-WASHINGTON: New Ohio State coach Ryan Day has hired a second assistant away from rival Michigan. SENT: 125 words.

_ BKC–AKRON-CENTRAL MICHIGAN. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits. 7 p.m. tipoff.

_ BKC–EASTERN MICHIGAN-BALL STATE. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits. 7 p.m. tipoff.

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