BC-MI–Michigan News Coverage Advisory, MI

Good morning! 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 Detroit bureau at 800-642-4125 or 313-259-0650 or apmichigan@ap.org.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories, digests and digest advisories will keep you up to date.

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UPCOMING TODAY:

ABORTION INSURANCE

LANSING, Mich. — Michigan abortion foes are expected to get the go-ahead to put a proposal before lawmakers to ban abortion coverage from health plans unless a separate policy is bought. The state Bureau of Elections on Monday will review a preliminary finding that the No Taxes for Abortion Insurance group gathered enough valid signatures for their measure. By David Eggert. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words developing from 9:30 a.m. hearing.

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— WOLF HUNT — A pro-hunting coalition is launching a campaign to collect petition signatures seeking a possible third statewide vote next November on hunting wolves in Michigan. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 130 words developing from 9:30 a.m. hearing, more on merits.

HEPATITIS C-OUTBREAK

CONCORD, N.H. — A traveling medical technician who infected dozens of patients in multiple states with hepatitis C through tainted syringes was due to find out Monday how many decades he’ll spend in a New Hampshire prison. David Kwiatkowski, 34, worked as a cardiac technologist in 18 hospitals in seven states before being hired at New Hampshire’s Exeter Hospital in 2011, moving from job to job despite being fired at least four times over allegations of drug use and theft. Since his arrest last year, 46 people in four states have been diagnosed with the same strain of hepatitis C he carries. By Holly Ramer. SENT: 270 words, photo CON901. UPCOMING: 500 words developing from 9:30 a.m. hearing.

DOW CHEMICAL-SALE

MIDLAND, Mich. — Dow Chemical is looking to spin off or sell about 40 manufacturing plants from its business as it continues to move away from cyclical commodity products. The company said Monday that it expects those deals to happen within the next one to two years. Almost 2,000 workers will be affected by the moves. The businesses generate up to $5 billion of total annual revenue. SENT: 260 words.

GAS PRICES-MICHIGAN — AAA Michigan says gasoline prices have fallen about 11 cents during the past week to a statewide average of about $3.22 per gallon. SENT: 100 words.

HOSPITAL OWNERSHIP-MICHIGAN — A joint venture between Portage Health and LifePoint Hospitals Inc. is expected to bring $60 million in capital improvements to a health system serving Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. SENT: 130 words.

KALAMAZOO RIVER CLEANUP — Officials say cleanup work has been completed at Portage Creek in southwestern Michigan as part of a broader Superfund project. SENT: 130 words.

FROM AP MEMBERS:

SMOKING-RESTAURANT PATIOS

LANSING, Mich. — Legislation introduced last month would roll back a provision of Michigan’s smoking ban to allow smokers to light up at outdoor seating for bars and restaurants. The bill’s chief sponsor is state Rep. Tom McMillin, R-Rochester Hills, who said some bar and restaurant owners see the ban “as blatant over-regulation and usurping the rights of business owners to make their own rules on their own property.” SENT: 260 words.

Also:

— SALVAGING ROADKILL — Legislation could make it easier for drivers to take home roadkill in Michigan. SENT: 130 words.

EXCHANGE-POLICE HUMVEE

BUENA VISTA TOWNSHIP — The Buena Vista Township Police Department has a new tool that will allow officers to go almost anywhere during police operations. The department last month put into service a custom High-Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (Humvee) for use as a patrol vehicle and for special assignments. An AP Member Exchange by Brad Devereaux. The Saginaw News. SENT: 480 words.

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MARKETPLACE: Calling your attention to the Marketplace in AP Exchange, where you can find member-contributed content from Michigan and other states. The Marketplace is accessible on the left navigational pane of the AP Exchange home page, near the bottom. For both national and state, you can click “All” or search for content by topics such as education, politics and business.

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