BC-MI–Michigan News Digest 6 pm, MI

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NEW SINCE LAST DIGEST: GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN-SUPERFUND SITES, TEACHER CHARGED-SEXUAL ASSAULTS, DETROIT RECORDING STUDIO, OBIT-GANAKAS

TOP STORY

XGR–MICHIGAN BUDGET

LANSING, Mich. _ Michigan’s economy will keep growing but at a slower rate, resulting in stable tax revenue growth at a time new Gov. Gretchen Whitmer begins working to put her imprint on state spending. That is among the takeaways from Friday’s semiannual meeting where the state treasurer and legislative fiscal experts agreed to consensus economic and tax projections. Economists gave a largely positive update to state officials but also warned of risks. By David Eggert. SENT: 610 words, photo.

GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS:

GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN-SUPERFUND SITES

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. _ The government shutdown has suspended federal cleanups at Superfund sites around the nation and forced the cancellation of public hearings, deepening the mistrust and resentment of surrounding residents who feel people in power long ago abandoned them to live among the toxic residue of the country’s factories and mines. “We are already hurting, and it’s just adding more fuel to the fire,” says 40-year-old Keisha Brown, whose wood-frame home is in a community nestled among coking plants and other factories on Birmingham’s north side. By Ellen Knickmeyer and Kim Chandler. SENT: 1,100 words, photos. Moving in national news queues. Editors: Note Michigan material.

AROUND THE STATE:

DETROIT MUSEUM-FUTURE

DETROIT _ Design options will soon be revealed for a plan that seeks to link nearly a dozen major institutions in Detroit and make the area more walkable. The Detroit News reports that the Detroit Institute of Arts and nonprofit Midtown Detroit Inc. are spearheading the project. The effort seeks to redesign the area around the institute and create pedestrian spaces connecting to other nearby institutions. SENT: 270 words, photos.

BUSINESS:

GENERAL MOTORS-FORECAST

DETROIT _ General Motors strengthened its pretax profit estimate for 2018 and predicted even stronger performance for 2019 as it executives made a presentation to investor on Friday. The rosy forecast comes despite declining sales for the company in the U.S. and slowing sales in China. The company predicts that its 2018 pretax profits will be higher than the $5.80 to $6.20 range it forecast in the third quarter. For 2019, it expects that to increase to $6.50 to $7. By Tom Krisher. SENT: 820 words, photos.

GERMANY-VOLKSWAGEN-SALES RECORD

FRANKFURT, Germany _ German automaker Volkswagen posted another annual sales record in 2018 as new SUV models boosted deliveries and as the company managed to increase its share in China even as the car market there shrank for the first time in years. The Wolfsburg-based maker of Volkswagen, Audi, SEAT, Skoda and other brand name cars sold 10.83 million vehicles, beat its 2017 record of 10.74 million cars by 0.9 percent. By David McHugh. SENT: 370 words, photos.

_ DTE ENERGY-METERS: DTE Energy says it will replace 7,500 high-tech electricity meters to ensure they’re not transmitting information against the wishes of customers. SENT: 130 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ TEACHER CHARGED-SEXUAL ASSAULTS: A 26-year-old former suburban Detroit teacher has been charged with six counts of criminal sexual conduct involving two teenage boys, ages 16 and 17.

_ DETROIT RECORDING STUDIO: A historic Detroit music studio where stars such as Aretha Franklin and Miles Davis recorded has been bought by the state to preserve the building during a freeway project.

_ MICHIGAN SCHOOL-GUN: Authorities say a 10-year-old boy was taken into custody after bringing a loaded handgun to his Michigan school.

_ BAKER COLLEGE-CONSOLIDATION: Baker College plans to close several of its Michigan campuses as part of a consolidation effort that’s designed to strengthen its future educational offerings.

SPORTS:

HKN–RED WINGS-JETS

WINNIPEG, Manitoba _ The Detroit Red Wings visit the Winnipeg Jets on Friday. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 8 p.m.

FBN–OBIT-FORZANO

ALLEN PARK, Mich. _ Rick Forzano, who was the coach of the Detroit Lions during the mid-1970s and hired a young Bill Belichick to work on his staff, has died. He was 90. The Lions said Thursday night that Forzano’s family confirmed his death. He died Wednesday. Forzano coached the Lions for the 1974 and 1975 seasons, plus the first four games in 1976. He went 15-17. SENT: 320 words.

BKC–OBIT-GANAKAS

EAST LANSING, Mich. _ Gus Ganakas, who was the coach of Michigan State’s men’s basketball team from 1969-76 and remained part of the athletic department until his retirement in 2000, has died. He was 92. Michigan State said Ganakas died Friday. Tom Izzo, the men’s basketball program’s current coach, calls Ganakas one of the most selfless and positive people he’s ever been around. SENT: 140 words. Will be updated.

Also:

_ TIGERS-MINOR LEAGUER SUSPENDED: Tigers minor league pitcher Gregory Soto has been suspended 20 games without pay by Major League Baseball under a provision of the sport’s collective bargaining agreement allowing discipline for conduct detrimental or prejudicial to the sport. By Baseball Writer Noah Trister. SENT: 130 words.

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