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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CHICAGO _ The dangerous cold and heavy snow that hobbled the northern U.S. this week has retreated, but not before exacting a human toll: more than two dozen weather-related deaths in eight states and hundreds of injuries, including frostbite, broken bones, heart attacks and carbon monoxide poisoning. In Illinois alone, hospitals reported more than 220 cases of frostbite and hypothermia since Tuesday, when the polar vortex moved in and overnight temperatures plunged to minus 30 (minus 34 Celsius) or lower _ with wind chills of minus 50 (minus 45 Celsius) or worse in some areas. By Steve Karnowski and Tammy Webber. SENT: 830 words, photos, videos.


_ WINTER WEATHER-MICHIGAN: Water main breaks and burst pipes due to bitterly cold temperatures have disrupted operations at a Detroit court, university buildings and other places around Michigan. SENT: 150 words, photos.

_ WINTER WEATHER-THE LATEST: The Latest on the frigid weather in the Midwest and Northeast. Will be updated as developments occur. Photos. Videos.



GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. _ New Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer issued a directive Friday aimed at making it easier to obtain public documents from state departments but stopped short of taking the same action for the governor’s office, one of just two nationwide wholly exempt from open-records laws. The Democratic governor said she “absolutely” considered using her power to open the governor’s office to record requests but decided it would be better for the Legislature to send her bills to sign. Lawmakers also are not covered by the state’s 43-year-old Freedom of Information Act. By David Eggert. SENT: 560 words.

_ LGBT DISCRIMINATION-MICHIGAN: Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel will review her predecessor’s opinion that state law doesn’t protect LGBT people from discrimination. SENT: 140 words.

_ HEALTH OVERHAUL-MICHIGAN: Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel is seeking to intervene in a lawsuit to defend the federal health care law after a judge declared it unconstitutional. SENT: 130 words.



BATH, Maine _ Retired U.S. Sen. Carl Levin of Michigan got a firsthand look Friday at progress on construction of a massive warship that will one day bear his name. The former Armed Services Committee chairman praised the Bath Iron Works shipbuilders who are assembling the future USS Carl Levin and thanked former Navy Secretary Ray Mabus for making him a namesake as a tribute to his years of public service. By David Sharp. SENT: 400 words, photo.



DETROIT _ Michigan’s nearly century-old weekly newsletter about the automotive industry has closed. The Detroit Free Press reports that the Detroit-based Ward’s Automotive Reports issued its final publication Jan. 28. The newsletter was launched in 1924 as Cram’s Report. Cram’s president Al Ward later bought the company and changed the publication’s name. Ward’s Automotive Reports eventually became the main news source for data on plants, suppliers and engineering centers. SENT: 250 words.


_ CHILD SHOT-DETROIT: A 24-year-old Detroit man is facing murder and other charges following the shooting death of a 3-year-old boy on a Detroit freeway.

_ ISLAMIC STATE-MICHIGAN ARRESTS: Bond has been denied for three Michigan men who are accused of conspiring to provide material support to the Islamic State group. AP Photos.

_ DETROIT POLICE-TAUNTING VIDEO: A Detroit police officer has been demoted and reassigned from the field while the department investigates racially demeaning comments made during a traffic stop and posted on social media.

_ POLICE-INVOLVED SHOOTING: A Michigan man who was shot by police after officers say he charged at them with a knife is getting a mental examination to determine whether he’s competent to stand trial.

_ MILITARY VEHICLES CRASH-FLAGS LOWERED: Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has ordered flags to be lowered to honor a soldier from western Michigan who died during a training exercise in southern New Mexico.

_ INDIAN ICE SCULPTURE: An ice sculpture of an American Indian in headdress has been removed from the front of a hotel in the Upper Peninsula.



DETROIT _ The Detroit Red Wings host the Toronto Maple Leafs on Friday. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:30 p.m.


IOWA CITY, Iowa _ No. 5 Michigan travels to Iowa in search of its fourth straight win. By Luke Meredith. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.


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