BC-MI–Michigan News Digest, 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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TOP STORY:

GM STRIKE-ELECTRIC VEHICLES

DETROIT _ General Motors’ transition from gas-powered vehicles to an all-electric future is becoming an issue in contract talks aimed at ending a six-day-old strike by union workers that has paralyzed the company’s factories. Simply put, if consumers ever switch to electrics, then the United Auto Workers union is in trouble. Gone would be thousands of jobs at engine and transmission plants, replaced by smaller workforces at squeaky-clean mostly automated factories that mix chemicals to make batteries. By Tom Krisher. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

AROUND THE STATE:

MANUFACTURER EXPANDING

ZEELAND, Mich. — A manufacturer of lightweight composite products is investing nearly $6 million to expand its presence in western Michigan and add about three dozen jobs. SENT: 230 words.

EXCHANGE-FLOWER POWER

DETROIT _ A Detroit flower man grows hope and brings beauty to community. He thinks flowers can make any place look better. But in a struggling neighborhood, flowers are a tough sell. By John Carlisle. Detroit Free Press. SENT IN ADVANCE: 2,600 words. AP Photos pursuing.

EXCHANGE-SHERWOOD FOREST MEMORIES

DAVISON, Mich. _ Months before Woodstock, Michigan’s Genesee County had “Wild Wednesday.” The event was held at Sherwood Forest, a 73-acre park and concert venue near Davison. Now, the forest is overgrown. Sherwood sold the property in 1980 and it has remained virtually unoccupied since then. Now, the property is listed for sale by its current owner with a with the asking price of $699,900. By Winter Keefer. The Flint Journal. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1,100 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ MOTOWN MUSEUM-EXPANSION: The Motown Museum has scheduled a ceremonial groundbreaking to expand the Detroit building where Berry Gordy Jr. built his music empire.

_ PAUPER PRISONER: Frivolous lawsuits have caught up with a Michigan prisoner. Michael Gresham wants to sue Corrections Department employees, claiming they improperly forced to take antipsychotic medication. But a federal appeals court says he needs to pay a $400 filing fee.

_ RABID SKUNK-MICHIGAN: Oakland County health officials confirm that the carcass of a skunk found in Southfield, just north of Detroit, has tested positive for rabies.

SPORTS:

BBA–WHITE SOX-TIGERS

DETROIT _ Ivan Nova starts for the White Sox against Detroit’s Tyler Alexander. By Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 6:10 p.m.

FBC–T25–MICHIGAN-WISCONSIN

MADISON, Wis. — No. 13 Wisconsin and No. 11 Michigan open Big Ten play at Camp Randall Stadium, a place where the Wolverines haven’t won since 2001. Michigan is 1-5 on the road against ranked opponents under coach Jim Harbaugh. By Keith Jenkins. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at noon.

FBC–MICHIGAN ST-NORTHWESTERN

EVANSTON, Ill. _ Michigan State looks to bounce back from a difficult loss while Northwestern eyes its second straight win when the Spartans visit the Wildcats. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at noon.

FBC–WMICHIGAN-SYRACUSE

SYRACUSE, N.Y. _ Syracuse tries to snap a two-game skid when it hosts Western Michigan on Saturday. UPCOMING: 600 words, Game starts at noon.

FBC–CENTRAL MICHIGAN-MIAMI

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. _ Miami looks to even its record at 2-2 Saturday when it hosts former Florida coach Jim McElwain and Central Michigan. Game begins 4 p.m. By Tim Reynolds. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos.

FBC–CENTRAL CONNECTICUT-EASTERN MICHIGAN

YSILANTI, Mich. _ Central Connecticut State plays Eastern Michigan at Rynearson Stadium. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits.

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