BC-MI–Michigan News Digest 6 pm, MI

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DETROIT _ A person familiar with the situation says former Rep. John Dingell, the longest-serving member of Congress in American history, is receiving hospice care. The person was not authorized to speak publicly but told The Associated Press on Wednesday about the 92-year-old’s condition. His wife, Rep. Debbie Dingell, tweeted Wednesday morning that she was with him at their Michigan home. By Andrew Taylor and Jeff Karoub. SENT: 350 words, photos.


_ XGR–ENVIRONMENTAL ORDER: Michigan’s Republican-led House has voted to reject Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s order that abolished three new panels that have a role in environmental rule-making and permitting. SENT: 130 words.



TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. _ A gray wolf that was moved from Minnesota to Isle Royale National Park last fall has wandered back to the mainland, trekking more than 15 miles across the frozen surface of Lake Superior to reach her home turf, officials said Wednesday. The female was among four wolves relocated from the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa reservation in September and October _ the first steps in an effort to restore the species at the park, where a predator is needed to prevent moose overpopulation. By Environmental Writer John Flesher. SENT: 510 words.


FLINT, Mich. _ A judge says it will likely take weeks for him to decide whether Michigan’s former health director will continue to face involuntary manslaughter charges arising from the Flint water crisis. The issue for Genesee County Judge Joseph Farah is whether to overturn a ruling last summer by a judge in a lower court. Nick Lyon has been ordered to trial in the death of two men who had Legionnaires’ disease. He’s accused of failing to timely tell the public in 2015 about an outbreak that has been linked to bacteria in Flint’s lead-tainted water. By Ed White. SENT: 140 words. UPCOMING: 300 words.


DETROIT _ Freezing rain left roads slippery, cut power to thousands of homes and businesses, and prompted officials to close hundreds of schools in parts of the Midwest on Wednesday, while flooding caused by ice jams prompted evacuations in Michigan and Illinois. The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory warning of freezing rain, snow and another round of cold weather from Nebraska through Michigan. The warnings also come in the wake of snow, ice and shivering cold hitting normally mild cities in the West. SENT: 400 words, photos.



DETROIT _ General Motors is posting an $8.1 billion net profit for last year as it got better prices for vehicles sold in the U.S., its most lucrative market. It’s a strong rebound from the previous year when the company lost $3.9 billion on a giant tax accounting charge. GM made $10.8 billion before taxes in North America, meaning big profit-sharing checks for about 46,500 union workers in the U.S. They’ll get $10,750 each, down from last year’s $11,500. By Tom Krisher. SENT: 575 words, photos.


FRANKFURT, Germany _ Automaker Daimler says its fourth-quarter net profit fell 49 percent to 1.64 billion euros ($1.87 billion) as the Mercedes-Benz luxury car business was buffeted by diesel woes and global trade conflict. The German company said Wednesday that its revenue rose 7 percent to 46.6 billion euros and that demand for its products remained strong. By David McHugh. SENT: 425 words, photos.


_ TESLA-PRICE CUT: Tesla is cutting $1,100 from the base price of its car designed for the mass market, the Model 3. SENT: 130 words, photo.


_ CORRUPTION PROBE-SUBURBS: A suburban Detroit official convicted of corruption for taking bribes has been sentenced to 17 years in prison.

_ PROBATION OFFICER-PLEA: A Washtenaw County probation officer who was accused of lying to investigators about the shooting death of a 20-year-old man in Ypsilanti has avoided jail time in the case.

_ FATHER STRUCK-CAT: Authorities say a mid-Michigan man was fatally struck by a car while trying to remove his daughter’s dead cat from a roadway before she saw it.

_ STURGEON-BLACK LAKE: The annual sturgeon fishing season on Black Lake in Michigan’s Cheboygan County was over in a hurry.



DETROIT _ Last season, the Detroit Pistons acquired Blake Griffin in a blockbuster deal shortly before the trade deadline. So far, their moves this time around have been a lot more mild. By Sports Writer Noah Trister. SENT: 400 words, photos.


Michigan finished the football recruiting cycle with the top class in the Big Ten and four other conference programs were ranked in the top 25 in the nation Wednesday. Wolverines coach Jim Harbaugh added one player on the second letter-of-intent signing day to a 26-man class that was No. 1 in the Big Ten and No. 8 nationally, according to the 247Sports.com composite rankings. It was Michigan’s first top ranking in the Big Ten since 2007. By College Football Writer Eric Olson. SENT: 760 words.


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