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. Jeff Karoub is on the desk, followed by Herb McCann. For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories, digests and digest advisories will keep you up to date. All times are Eastern.

Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates.



LANSING, Mich. — At least 11 of Michigan’s 110 House districts would be redrawn for the 2020 election under a proposed legal settlement announced Friday by Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, a Democrat who said the deal would fix “egregious” examples of partisan gerrymandering. SENT: 700 words.


DETROIT _ The Canadian auto workers union is calling on people in Canada and the U.S. to stop buying General Motors vehicles made in Mexico. The Unifor union is asking people not to buy trucks or SUVs with vehicle identification numbers that start with three. The union wants GM to keep open a factory it plans to close in Ontario. GM says the boycott could hurt the broader Canadian economy. By Tom Krisher. SENT: 670 words, photo.



MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. — An Illinois man charged with killing his parents in his Michigan university dorm room has been committed to a psychiatric facility after a judge found he was mentally ill at the time of the shootings. SENT: 250 words.


BENTON HARBOR, Mich. _ Residents in a southwestern Michigan city who are concerned about lead in drinking water will soon have access to free water filters. The Herald-Palladium reports that the Berrien County Health Department will have filters available for Benton Harbor residents starting Feb. 4. Free water testing kits can also be picked up at City Hall. A county health department officer says the filters are important because boiling water doesn’t remove lead. SENT: 250 words.



The partial government shutdown has prompted some colleges and universities to give students a little break when it comes to tuition payments. In New York, Connecticut and Nevada, statewide college systems are delaying payments for students who are federal employees or rely on family members in federal jobs. At Wayne State University in Detroit, students affected by the shutdown are eligible for grants of up to $1,500. By Collin Binkley. SENT: 860 words, photo.


NEW YORK _ Aviation groups praise settlement that aims to end the government shutdown, at least for the next three weeks. President Trump announced the deal after shortages of air traffic controllers contributed to widespread flight delays on the East Coast. The FAA had to reroute some flights and put more space between planes in the air, which reduced capacity in the air-traffic system on Friday. SENT: 950 words, photos.


_ FIAT CHRYSLER-RECALL: Fiat Chrysler is recalling more than 182,000 pickup trucks worldwide to fix an electrical problem that can knock out the power steering.

—CHILD SHOT-DETROIT: A 3-year-old boy has died after a freeway shooting in Detroit.

—WINTER WEATHER-MICHIGAN: The U.S. Coast Guard is warning residents of islands in the river connecting Lake Superior and Lake Huron that they could be cut off from ferry service during next week’s deep freeze.

—LGBT DISCRIMINATION-MICHIGAN: The Michigan Civil Rights Commission is poised to ask the new state attorney general to reconsider her predecessor’s opinion that state law doesn’t protect LGBT people from discrimination.

—LEAD HAZARDS-INVESTIGATION: Michigan officials are re-examining work done by a Detroit nonprofit over the last 11 years to clear nearly 600 homes of lead paint hazards after a child tested positive for high blood lead levels in one of the homes.

—BURNED VEHICLE-BODY: Authorities say a man found dead in the trunk of a burned-out vehicle in western Michigan was fatally shot by a man who later killed himself at a motel.

—THEATER-ILLNESS: A theater in northern Michigan has canceled a production of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” because the cast has been too ill to perform.

—MICHIGAN EXHIBIT-POSTCARD CRITIQUE: An exhibition aims to portray America’s beauty alongside its environmental degradation and political polarization through an array of artistically altered postcards.



DALLAS _ Blake Griffin and the Pistons visit the Mavericks in his first meeting with DeAndre Jordan since his former Clippers teammate left LA for Dallas. It’s also a matchup of the NBA’s top two rebounders in Jordan and Andre Drummond. By Schuyler Dixon. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 8:30 p.m.


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. _ No. 5 Michigan takes on Indiana in a Thursday evening road game. UPCOMING: 600 words. Game starts at 6:30 p.m.


DETROIT _ Defending champion Bradie Tennell is the leader heading into the women’s free skate at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships. By Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Ice dancing starts at 3:52 p.m., women’s free skate is at 7:35 p.m.


If you have stories of regional or statewide interest, please email them to apmichigan@ap.org. If you have photos of regional or statewide interest, please send them to the AP state photo center in New York, 888-273-6867. For access to AP Newsroom and other technical issues, contact AP Customer Support at apcustomersupport@ap.org or 877-836-9477.