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 STORIES:

VIRUS OUTBREAK-MICHIGAN

LANSING, Mich. — Dozens of flag-waving, honking protesters drove past the Michigan Capitol on Wednesday to show their displeasure with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s orders to keep people at home and businesses locked during the coronavirus outbreak. As snow fell, others got out of their vehicles and raised signs, one of which read, “Gov. Whitmer We Are Not Prisoners.” Another said, “Michigander Against Gretchens Abuses.” By Mike Householder and Ed White. SENT: 250 words.

VIRUS OUTBREAK-DETROIT FINANCES

DETROIT — Barely surviving the 2008 economic meltdown and humbled by its 2013 bankruptcy, Detroit’s fiscal future now faces another daunting foe in the coronavirus. By Corey Williams. UPCOMING: 670 words, photos.

GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS:

VIRUS OUTBREAK-GOVERNORS-REOPENING

COLUMBUS, Ohio — After a month of draconian steps to minimize deaths and prevent hospital overload from the coronavirus pandemic, governors now face a new challenge: Deciding when and how to begin easing restrictions on businesses and social gatherings. Many of the states’ chief executives say they don’t want to move too quickly and risk a public health crisis, despite pressure from Republican lawmakers, business leaders, professional sports leagues and some parents. By Julie Carr Smyth. SENT: 880 words, photos.

AROUND THE STATE:

VIRUS OUTBREAK-US SURVEILLANCE

WASHINGTON — Cameron Karosis usually strives to protect his personal information. But a scary bout of COVID-19 that began last month with headaches and fevers, progressed to breathing problems and led to a hospital visit has now left him eager to disclose as much as possible to help halt the virus’ spread. Karosis has already shared personal details with Massachusetts health investigators. And if he was asked to comply with a disease-tracking phone app that monitored his whereabouts but didn’t publicly reveal his name and Cambridge street address, he said he’d do that, too. As countries around the world edge toward ending lockdowns and restarting their economies and societies, citizens are being more closely monitored, in nations rich and poor, authoritarian and free. By Christina Larson and Matt O’Brien. SENT: 1,100 words, photos. Note Michigan material.

IN BRIEF:

— VIRUS OUTBREAK-ABORTION PROTEST: The city of Detroit has agreed to drop a misdemeanor ticket against a man who was accused of violating Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s stay-home order while protesting outside an abortion clinic.

SPORTS:

BKC–VIRUS OUTBREAK-FROZEN CAROUSEL

The coronavirus pandemic didn’t just wipe out the NCAA Tournament games when it hit college basketball. The coaching carousel is also on hold. In many cases, schools are simply standing pat. For programs that did make coaching changes, the searches were logistically difficult. By Noah Trister. SENT: 800 words, photos.

Also:

— FBN–LIONS DRAFT PREVIEW CAPSULE. SENT: 225 words.

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