- Associated Press - Sunday, January 4, 2015

Hello! Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up in Michigan. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the Detroit bureau at 313-259-0650 or apmichigan@ap.org. David N. Goodman is on the desk, followed by David Runk. AP-Michigan News Editor Roger Schneider can be reached at 313-259-0650 or rschneider@ap.org.

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TOP STORIES:

SHIPPING CONTAINER HOMESTEAD

DETROIT - An unusual home taking shape inside General Motors’ sprawling Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly plant is intended to be part of a movement to rebuild the city’s economy and deteriorating, disappearing housing stock. Skilled-trades workers, taking breaks from their tasks at the factory that produces the electric Chevrolet Volt and other vehicles, dart in and out to do door, window and wall installation and framing, as well as electrical and plumbing work. Meanwhile, a nonprofit urban farming group is preparing property a few miles away that will welcome the project, what’s believed to be the city’s first occupied shipping container homestead. By Jeff Karoub. SENT: 685 words, photos MICO201-205..

AROUND THE STATE:

DETROIT AIRPORT-RUNWAY DECAY

ROMULUS, Mich. - The $225 million runway that opened in 2001 at Detroit Metropolitan Airport is deteriorating well ahead of its expected life of 30 years because of a common problem with concrete used in recent years, authorities say. Airport crews have been making frequent repairs to the cracks and other flaws in the concrete, airport spokesman Mike Conway said. The airport is beginning to develop plans to reconstruct the runway, which is expected to cost far less than the original cost of building the runway. SENT: 380 words. UPCOMING: Photo.

YOUNG CHICKEN LOBBYIST

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. - A 10-year-old girl is pushing officials in her posh Detroit suburb to allow residents to keep chickens in their yards. Caroline Baxter has appeared before the Bloomfield Hills City Commission to promote the idea, and her plan is to come up for discussion again at its next meeting Jan. 13. Caroline is an animal lover with quite a collection already. “I have five gerbils, a guinea pig, two dogs, four fish, a bunch of snails,” the fifth-grader said. SENT: 280 words.

EXCHANGE-SUPER EWAN

NEW HAVEN, Mich. - There’s a little boy running around with a big heart and a red cape. His mission: feeding the hungry and clothing the homeless. Ewan Drum, 8, of New Haven, is the founder of Super Ewan, a nonprofit to help the homeless. By Nicole Hayden, Times Herald (Port Huron). SENT: 450 words as an advance on Wednesday, photos MIPHT101-102.

EXCHANGE-VET HOSPICE

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - Virtually everyone knows that all good pets go to heaven. It’s just that sending them on their way can be so doggone difficult. Laurie Brush arguably makes it easier. She’s a veterinarian who gently turns your home into her office, specializing in hospice care and euthanasia under the very roof you share with your beloved animal. By Tom Rademacher, The Grand Rapids Press. SENT: 750 words as an advance on Wednesday, photos MIGRA201-203.

IN BRIEF:

- OBAMA-MICHIGAN: President Barack Obama plans to head for Michigan on Wednesday, three days after he and his family returned to Washington from their vacation in Hawaii. The White House says that Obama’s visits to Michigan, Arizona and Tennessee this week aim at highlighting how his economic policies aid America’s recovery. SENT: 125 words, photos WHMC105-108, video.

- SLEDDING RESTRICTIONS: As anyone who’s grown up around snow knows, part of the fun of sledding is the risk of soaring off a jump or careering around a tree. But faced with the potential bill from sledding injuries, some U.S. cities have opts to close hills rather than risk large liability claims. Natasha Koss, 40, frequently sleds with her 5-year-old daughter Elsa in Marquette and takes steps to make sure the girl is safe. By Scott McFetridge. SENT: 775 words, photo IADUB501.

- DETROIT MUSEUM-FLORENCE CATHEDRAL: The Detroit Institute of Arts starting next month will offer a chance to see marble carvings and other Italian Renaissance works by sculptor Luca della Robbia. “Make a Joyful Noise: Renaissance Art and Music at Florence Cathedral” opens Feb. 6 and runs through May 17 at the museum. SENT: 130 words.

SPORTS:

FBN—LIONS-COWBOYS

ARLINGTON, Texas - Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys are back in the playoffs for the first time since the 2009 season in a wild-card game Sunday afternoon against the Detroit Lions and Matthew Stafford, who lost in his only postseason appearance three years ago. Game starts at 4:40 p.m. By Schuyler Dixon. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. With alternate version focused on losing team.

Also:

- FBN—NFLPA ELECTION-ACHO: Michigan-based attorney Jim Acho says he’s running for executive director of the NFL Players Association. The 44-year-old Acho has represented retired players and been an advocate for improving pension and medical benefits. By Noah Trister. SENT: 125 words.

BKN—KINGS-PISTONS

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - The Detroit Pistons try to improve to 5-0 since waiving Josh Smith when they host the Sacramento Kings on Sunday night. Game starts at 6 p.m. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.

Also:

- BKW-T25—MICHIGAN ST-MICHIGAN: No. 24 Michigan State visits Michigan in Big Ten women’s basketball on Sunday. Game starts at 2 p.m. UPCOMING: 150 words.

- BKC—MILWAUKEE-DETROIT: Detroit mercy hosts Milwaukee in men’s basketball Sunday afternoon. Game starts at 3 p.m. UPCOMING: 130 words.

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