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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 Michigan News Editor Roger Schneider 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

GAY MARRIAGE-MICHIGAN

DETROIT — After eight days of testimony, a federal judge hears closing arguments in Michigan's gay marriage trial. He has said that probably won't make a decision on whether the state's voter-enacted state constitutional ban on same-sex marriage violates the U.S. Constitution until the week of March 17. By Corey Williams. SENT: 130 words UPCOMING: 500 words by 5 p.m. EST.

MENTAL HEALTH-MICHIGAN

LANSING, Mich. — Lt. Gov. Brian Calley has signed legislation designed to offer more treatment options in Michigan for people with mental illness, including those who are jailed or at risk of being imprisoned. One of the bills signed Thursday by Calley requires county law enforcement and community mental health service programs to work with courts and other organizations on taking steps to provide treatment and assistance to people with mental illness. SENT: 350 words.

FROM AP MEMBERS:

HEIDELBERG PROJECT-FIRE

DETROIT — Another fire has burned a house that's part of the Heidelberg Project outdoor art installation in Detroit. The fire department responded early Friday to the fire on the city's east side that destroyed a building known as the "Doll House." No injuries were reported. The Heidelberg Project has been the target of at least eight earlier suspicious fires. SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING: 300 words.

EXCHANGE-FINAL NUMBER

MUSKEGON, Mich. — More than 70 years later, the Old Timers Polka Band is calling it a career. The band members — minus one who is battling cancer — played their last performance Tuesday night during a paczki party at the Polish Falcon Club. An AP Member Exchange by Megan Wenzel. The Muskegon Chronicle. SENT: 240 words, photos.

SPORTS:

HKN--DEVILS-RED WINGS

DETROIT — The Detroit Red Wings play the New Jersey Devils in an NHL game. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 7:30 p.m.

BKN--PISTONS-TIMBERWOLVES

MINNEAPOLIS — The Detroit Pistons play the Minnesota Timberwolves in an NBA game. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 8 p.m.

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If you have stories of regional or statewide interest, please email them to apmichigan@ap.org. If you have photos of regional or statewide interest, please send them to the AP state photo center in New York, 888-273-6867. For access to AP Exchange and other technical issues, contact AP Customer Support at apcustomersupport@ap.org or 877-836-9477.

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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