Michigan News Digest

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:

VIRUS OUTBREAK-MICHIGAN

DETROIT — Bus riders in Detroit suddenly were stranded Tuesday after most drivers didn’t report to work, apparently concerned about the spread of the coronavirus and whether Michigan’s new restrictions on gatherings includes vehicles loaded with commuters. The Detroit Department of Transportation canceled bus service shortly after 8 a.m. due to the shortage of drivers. Riders waiting at stops across the city were surprised and pulled out their phones to get a lift from friends or family. By Ed White. SENT: 550 words, photo.

GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS

VIRUS OUTBREAK-TRUMP

WASHINGTON — He called on the country to come together. He warned of pain to come. And he deferred to the nation’s public health experts while at least momentarily putting aside petty squabbling. After weeks of trying to play down the risk posed by the coronavirus pandemic, President Donald Trump struck a more urgent tone Monday as he delivered a sobering message to Americans grappling with a new reality that will dramatically alter their lives for months to come. By Jill Colvin, Zeke Miller and Jonathan Lemire. SENT: 1,200 words, photos. Note Michigan material.

AROUND THE STATE:

VIRUS OUTBREAK-AMERICAN PATCHWORK

As the nation struggles to reconcile itself to a new and spreading peril, it also struggles with a patchwork of rules that vary dizzyingly from place to place: For now, your life and lockdown in the shadow of COVID-19 depends on where you live. In some places, many ordinary Americans are making public health choices, searching their own conscience and deciding for themselves what risk they’re willing to endure. In others, government has made at least some of those decisions. By Claire Galofaro. SENT 1,450 words, photos. Note Michigan material.

AUTO WORKERS-PLANT SHUTDOWNS

DETROIT — The United Auto Workers union wants Detroit’s three automakers to shut down their factories for two weeks to keep its members safe from the spreading coronavirus. But union President Rory Gamble says in an email to members obtained by The Associated Press that the companies were not willing to stop production. Gamble says the union gave Ford, General Motors and Fiat Chrysler two days to put together plans to safeguard workers. That period ends Tuesday afternoon. By Tom Krisher. SENT: 370 words.

IN BRIEF:

— LONG DISTANCE DOG: A dog from Florida, missing for more than two months, has been found 1,400 miles (2,253 kilometers) away in Michigan.

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