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30,000 of 174,000 customers still blacked out

DETROIT (AP) - DTE Energy Company says about 30,000 homes and businesses remain without power a day after severe thunderstorms struck parts of southern Michigan, blacking out 174,000 utility customers.

Tuesday's storms brought 60 mile-per-hour wind gusts that knocked down trees and power lines across a stretch of southern Michigan.

DTE said about 30,000 of its 165,000 affected customers remained without power at 9 p.m. Wednesday, the majority in Wayne County. It says mature trees knocked down some major power lines, slowing the restoration process.

DTE says the "vast majority" of those still affected will be back on line by later today. CMS Energy Corporation says it's restored power to 9,000 blacked-out customers.

Flooding closed parts of some Detroit-area expressways Tuesday evening, but conditions were back to normal by Wednesday.


Judge to rule on whether Chesapeake stands trial

CHEBOYGAN, Mich. (AP) - A northern Michigan judge says she'll issue a ruling later on whether Chesapeake Energy should stand trial on racketeering charges that accuse it of leasing land to thwart competitors and then canceling the deals when the competition ended.

A probable cause hearing in the criminal case against the Oklahoma City-based company began August 18th and ended Wednesday in Cheboygan District Court. Judge Maria Barton says she'll review the evidence and issue a written opinion later.

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette (SHOO'-tee) filed the charges over land deals in the northern Lower Peninsula.

A spokesman for Oklahoma City-based Chesapeake says it's contesting what it calls "baseless allegations."

A December 2nd trial is scheduled in a separate antitrust case that accuses Chesapeake of rigging bids at a 2010 state oil and gas lease auction.


Police investigating deaths of Detroit woman, man

DETROIT (AP) - Authorities are investigating the shooting deaths of a 56-year-old Detroit woman and her 55-year-old estranged boyfriend as an apparent murder-suicide.

Detroit police say officers found the woman's body Tuesday afternoon in the basement of her northwest side home. She'd been shot multiple times, and relatives say she hadn't been seen since Saturday.

Southfield police say they found the man's body Tuesday beneath Southfield Freeway overpass.

Southfield Deputy Chief Nick Louissia said Wednesday that the man shot himself once in the chest.

Detroit police officer Jennifer Moreno says investigators haven't definitely concluded that it's a murder-suicide.


Man takes deal in day care center child porn case

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) - A man accused of producing sexually explicit photographs and videos of children as young as two at his mother's day care center has agreed to plead guilty to sexual exploitation of a child.

The plea deal document filed this week in Grand Rapids federal court also requires 23-year-old Travis Stiehl to register as a sex offender and consent to the government's request for lifetime supervised release.

Stiehl faces up to 30 years in prison. Court records don't give a sentencing date.

A federal grand jury indicted Stiehl in May, and Kent County charges against Stiehl were dismissed that month. County authorities say Stiehl produced the child pornography at a Lowell home where his mother ran a day care.

The Associated Press left a message Wednesday seeking comment from Stiehl's attorney.


Kellogg Foundation gives MSU $6 million for food

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan State University says the W.K. Kellogg Foundation has awarded $6 million in grants to the East Lansing school for research and outreach programs to promote access to healthy food in the state.

The university said Wednesday that the foundation is making two grants over four years to its Center for Regional Food Systems.

Michigan State says one grant "focuses on expanding access to fresh food" by "advancing local food purchasing and supporting Michigan farmers." It encourages farm-to-school programs that bring produce and information from farms to schools, school districts and early childcare programs.

The university says another supports the Michigan Good Food Charter. Among its key goals is that 20 percent of the food consumed in Michigan will come from Michigan producers by 2020.

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