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

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DETROIT _ Plunging temperatures descending on the upper Midwest is starting to take its toll on cities’ old infrastructure such as water mains, roads and bridges. By Corey Williams. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos, video.




BISMARCK, N.D. _ Winter’s sharpest bite in years moved past painful into life-threatening territory Tuesday, prompting officials throughout the Midwest to take extraordinary measures to protect the homeless and other vulnerable people from the bitter cold, including turning some city buses into mobile warming shelters in Chicago. Temperatures plunged as low as minus 26 (negative 32 degrees Celsius) in North Dakota with wind chills as low as minus 62 (negative 52 degrees Celsius) in Minnesota. It was nearly that cold in Wisconsin and Illinois. Governors in Wisconsin, Illinois and Michigan declared emergencies as the worst of the cold threatened on Wednesday. By Blake Nicholson. SENT: 890 words, photos, videos.


_ WINTER WEATHER-MICHIGAN: Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has signed an order declaring a state of emergency in Michigan ahead of dangerous subzero weather.

_ WINTER WEATHER-WATER MAINS: The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department is shifting its maintenance and repair staff to water main and fire hydrant repairs in anticipation of more line breaks due to the expected deep freeze.

_ WINTER HEATING BILLS: As a winter deep freeze grips Michigan, officials say resources are available to help pay heating bills and keep utility costs under control.

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


ROMULUS, Mich. _ A deaf couple from California allege that a Delta Air Lines gate agent at Detroit Metro Airport discriminated against them. The man and woman say they tried to communicate with an agent on Sunday about getting seats next to each other on a flight to Los Angeles. The couple says the agent threw away the paper they were writing on and rolled her eyes. The man says that he tried to retrieve the paper, but the agent called police and alleged he assaulted her. SENT: 300 words.


_ POLICE SHOOTING-MICHIGAN: Authorities have identified a man killed in a gunfight with officers in southern Michigan. AP Photos.

_ XGR–STATE OF STATE-WHITMER: Gov. Gretchen Whitmer will deliver her State of the State address a week later than planned to avoid having it the same night as President Donald Trump’s State of the Union.

_ KIDNAP-MURDER CONSPIRACY: A man who authorities say was involved in a child pornography ring has pleaded no contest in a sexual assault case involving an infant girl.

_ AIR NATIONAL GUARD-LEADER: Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s choice for assistant adjutant general for the Illinois Air National Guard has been promoted to brigadier general.



DETROIT _ The NBA-leading Milwaukee Bucks travel Tuesday to play the Detroit Pistons, shooting to avoid losing consecutive games for the first time this season. By Larry Lage. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.


ATLANTA _ Ndamukong Suh says he has not gone about trying to remake his reputation in his first and perhaps only season with the Los Angeles Rams. The mammoth defensive tackle and three-time All-Pro was notorious for racking up fines and suspensions that cost him over $400,000 in his first five seasons, all with the Detroit Lions. By Sports Writer George Henry. SENT: 250 words, photos.


ANN ARBOR, Mich. _ After pounding Indiana by 23 on Friday, No. 5 Michigan returns to the court against rival Ohio State on Tuesday. By Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 9 p.m.


RALEIGH, N.C. _ No. 23 North Carolina State is set to face Atlantic Coast Conference tests against No. 3 Virginia and No. 12 Virginia Tech. The Wolfpack’s tough set of home games headlines the week’s schedule for AP Top 25 teams. The schedule includes a rematch between No. 9 North Carolina and No. 15 Louisville, as well as a meeting between No. 11 Kansas and No. 16 Texas Tech. By Aaron Beard. SENT: 820 words, photos.


_ BKC–EASTERN MICHIGAN-CENTRAL MICHIGAN: Central Michigan hosts the Eastern Michigan Eagles on Tuesday. UPCOMING: 150 words. Game starts at 7 p.m.


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