BC-MI–Michigan Weekend Advisory, MI

Here’s a look at AP’s news coverage plans for the weekend. If you have any questions about the plans, please call the Detroit AP bureau at (313) 259-0650 or email apmichigan@ap.org. For access to AP Exchange and other technical issues, contact AP Customer Support at apcustomersupport@ap.org or 877-836-9477.

FOR USE SUNDAY, DEC. 8, AND THEREAFTER:

ABORTION INSURANCE

LANSING, Mich. — Michigan lawmakers are expected to vote soon to ban insurance coverage of abortion unless additional coverage is bought, but questions remain over how the proposed law will work. Some experts say insurers do not offer supplemental abortion riders and the initiative does not require that they be made available. It also appears taxpayer-subsidized plans on a new health marketplace already do not cover abortions. By David Eggert. By David Eggert. UPCOMING: 650 words by 4 p.m. Friday, for use starting Sunday. This week’s Capital Focus and a Michigan AP Centerpiece.

EXCHANGE-GANNON LANDMARK

LANSING, Mich. — The most striking change to the Gannon Building at Lansing Community College will be the faceted glass wall that traces an irregular curve along a portion of the building’s eastern face. “This will be an instant landmark from the exterior,” said Brent Knight, the college’s president, pointing to an architect’s rendering of the wall. “From the interior, it will be a great space for students.” An AP Member Exchange by Matthew Miller. Lansing State Journal. SENT: 480 words on Thursday, Dec. 5, for release Sunday, Dec. 8.

EXCHANGE-SKI JUMPING PUSH

IRONWOOD, Mich. — It’s been nearly 20 years since athletes soared into the sky off the Copper Peak ski jump near Ironwood, Mich. But change is in the air. The board that operates the western Upper Peninsula landmark is backing a new plan they hope will put Copper Peak back on the international stage and attract athletes from around the world for ski jumping — and not just in the winter. An AP Member Exchange by Andrew Krueger. Duluth (Minn.) News Tribune. SENT: 820 words on Thursday, Dec. 5, for release Sunday, Dec. 8, photo pursuing.

FOR USE MONDAY, DEC. 9, AND THEREAFTER:

DYING BIRDS

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — For more than a decade, scientists have struggled to figure out what’s behind a rising number of Great Lakes waterfowl deaths from Type E botulism, a neuromuscular disease caused by eating contaminated fish. Now, government and university researchers are planning to monitor the drift patterns of bird carcasses in hopes of pinpointing where they became sick, which might be a first step toward a solution. By John Flesher. UPCOMING: 650 words by noon EST Sunday, photo MIMUS501.

EXCHANGE-MOTHER OF ASSERTIVENESS

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — These days Mary Sutherland is more likely to be identified as the mother of the area’s entrepreneurial “Sutherland boys” — Tim, Paul, Bob, Matt and Michael — than as the firebrand who marched on Washington for equal rights. At 83, the former public speaker, political activist and women’s rights leader is trim, energetic and still very much in tune with causes dear to her heart. But now she does a different kind of work: selling and making up gift boxes two days a week at son Bob’s Cherry Republic. An AP Member Exchange by Marta Hepler Drahos. Traverse City Record-Eagle. SENT: 1,100 words on Thursday, Dec. 5, for release Monday, Dec. 9, photos MITRA101-102.

EXCHANGE-RETRO-A-GO-GO

HOWELL, Mich. — A business that celebrates the past has decided that its future is in downtown Howell. Retro-a-go-go is an Internet-based retailer that specializes in retro-inspired accessories, clothing and home decor. It was founded by Pinckney resident Kirsten Pagacz in 2004, largely based upon a collection of vintage art, movie posters, advertising, magazines and more that she and her husband had acquired over a quarter-century. An AP Member Exchange by Mike Lammi. Livingston County Daily Press & Argus (Howell). SENT: 330 words on Thursday, Dec. 5, for release Monday, Dec. 9, photos pursuing.

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