DETROIT (AP) - DTE Energy says about 20,000 homes and businesses remain without power two days after severe thunderstorms struck parts of southern Michigan. Tuesday's storms brought 60 mile-per-hour wind gusts that knocked down trees and power lines. DTE says its crews are working 16-hour shifts to restore service.
DETROIT (AP) - State highway officials say a piecemeal approach to maintaining and improving major roadways is a key factor in flooding that has shut parts of several Detroit-area freeways twice this month. The Michigan Department of Transportation says roads and supporting structures are aging. A plan to boost fuel taxes to raise at least $1 billion to fix deteriorating roads and bridges stalled this year in the Michigan Legislature.
NORTON SHORES, Mich. (AP) - Police in Norton Shores have released the name of a Muskegon man who was struck and killed by a minivan. Albert White III was hit early yesterday while trying to cross an intersection in the community. Police say he was pronounced dead at a local hospital.
DETROIT (AP) - Michigan peach farmers are harvesting a significantly smaller crop than usual this year after an especially severe winter. The U.S. Agriculture Department forecasts that the state's crop will be down about 50 percent from last year. Extreme cold wiped out most peach buds in Macomb, Oakland and Lapeer counties last winter.
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