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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DETROIT — As office workers continue to stay home during the pandemic, cities that were in the middle of bustling downtown comebacks are feeling a lot of uncertainty. Places like Detroit, Cleveland or Oakland, California, were seeing big downtown growth before the coronavirus hit. Now the revitalizations have been stalled and experts say it’s likely to take the once-struggling cities longer to come back than those with established commercial and residential markets. By Tom Krisher and Michael Liedtke. SENT: 1,185 words, photos, video.



Joe Biden has visited Wisconsin just twice as the 2020 Democratic presidential nominee. That’s still two more times than Hillary Clinton did in 2016. Even in a national political environment fundamentally altered by the coronavirus pandemic, the former vice president has paid far more attention to swing-voting Wisconsin and its pivotal neighbor Michigan than Clinton did during a campaign with no public health crisis or concerns about mass gatherings. By Thomas Beaumont. SENT: 965 words, photos, video.


LANSING, Mich. — A chiropractor in western Michigan is challenging the state’s mask rule, saying Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s health department has no authority to make it mandatory. It’s one of the first lawsuits since the Whitmer administration issued new coronavirus orders following a defeat at the Michigan Supreme Court. SENT: 210 words. Will be updated from Whitmer’s 1:30 p.m. news conference.


LANSING, Mich. — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed bills to lengthen state unemployment benefits to 26 weeks, from 20 weeks, through the end of the year. SENT: 165 words.



WASHINGTON — Pete Yost, a retired Associated Press investigative reporter with a fierce, determined style of interviewing that contrasted with his low-key, modest personality, died Tuesday night at the age of 73. He covered many of the biggest stories of his time and was known throughout Washington journalism and political circles as a dogged investigator who didn’t put up with spin and shading the truth. By Will Lester. SENT: 800 words, photos.


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Peter Secchia — friend of Republican presidents, successful businessman, GOP stalwart and Grand Rapids philanthropist — has died at age 83. Developing.


— SHERIFF’S TRUCK STOLEN: A sheriff in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula couldn’t find his marked pickup truck and figured his deputies were playing a joke. It was no joke: The Chevy Silverado was really missing Wednesday.

— HIKER’S BODY: The body of a missing hiker has been discovered in a national forest in Michigan’s western Lower Peninsula.



CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Erik Jones will drive NASCAR’s iconic No. 43 next season for Richard Petty Motorsports, a pairing of a driver and a team both in need of fresh starts. Jones in August was dropped by megateam Joe Gibbs Racing after six seasons, while Bubba Wallace and RPM are splitting at the end of the year. Wallace’s social activism this year became the defining characteristic of the storied Petty organization. By Jenna Fryer. SENT: 885 words, photos.


— NO COPPER BOWL: Bragging rights in Copper Country will have to wait a year. The Hancock and Houghton high school football teams will not play for the Copper Bowl trophy Friday for the first time since the game began in 1953. SENT: 100 words.


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