- Associated Press - Thursday, July 24, 2014

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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates.

UPCOMING TODAY:

MINIMUM WAGE

LANSING, Mich. - Michigan’s elections board will consider whether supporters of a minimum wage increase and wolf hunting collected enough voter signatures for proposals to advance to legislators and possibly a statewide vote. The Board of State Canvassers meets Thursday. State staffers say the groups each gathered the minimum signatures required. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 500 words by 4 p.m., developing from 10:30 a.m. meeting.

Also:

- WOLF HUNTING - The state elections board is expected to certify signatures collected to protect Michigan’s ability to have more gray wolf hunts. The proposed law - which is expected to be approved by the Legislature - would override two November referendums intended to stop wolf hunting. UPCOMING: 130 words by 1 p.m., more on merits, developing form 10:30 a.m. meeting.

- INSURANCE REBATES-MICHIGAN - The federal government says more than 184,000 Michigan health insurance customers will benefit from nearly $13.2 million in refunds because of a provision of the nation’s health care law. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released the figures Thursday. SENT: 130 words.

PORCH SHOOTING

DETROIT - Testimony continues Thursday at the trial of a Detroit-area man charged with murder in the shooting of a young unarmed woman on his porch. SENT: photos moved on Sunday and Wednesday. UPCOMING: 500 words by 6 p.m., developing from 9 a.m. hearing.

DETROIT WATER SHUTOFFS

DETROIT - A group of Canadians is planning to bring 1,000 liters (264 gallons) of water from Windsor to Detroit to protest thousands of residential service shutoffs by Detroit’s water department. The Windsor chapter of the Council of Canadians says the water will be carried in a convoy Thursday through a commuter tunnel to a rally outside Detroit City Hall. UPCOMING: 130 words by 6 p.m. EDT, more on merits.

EARNS-GENERAL MOTORS

DETROIT - Recall costs chopped $1.5 billion from General Motors’ bottom line in the second quarter, cutting its net income by 85 percent. The automaker, which is in the midst of the worst recall crisis in its history, posted a net profit of $190 million, or 11 cents per share. A year ago GM made $1.26 billion, or 75 cents per share. Without one-time items GM would have made 58 cents per share, equaling Wall Street’s expectations. SENT: 520 words, photo NYBZ190.

Story Continues →