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Associated Press • Sep 16, 2017 at 8:00 AM

Michigan eyes 2022 location requirement for power providers

DELTA TWP. (AP) — Regulators say a new state law gives them the authority to require that power providers buy or produce electricity locally, but the companies won't have to comply until 2022.

The issue is a flashpoint for those who want to protect competition in the electric industry.

The Michigan Public Service Commission issued an order Friday saying it will further study a locational requirement and won't apply one for the 2018-21 planning years. It intends to apply it in 2022.

The law requires all electric providers to annually show they own or can buy enough power to serve customers four years out.

PSC Chairwoman Sally Talberg said regulators acted to ensure electric choice stays viable while all providers contribute to long-term reliability. Choice advocates said commissioners went against legislative intent.

Michigan man who was 12 when he killed woman will be freed

DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit-area man who was 12 when he killed a woman during an attempted robbery will be released next week when he turns 21.

DeMarco Harris was eligible to be moved to prison from a juvenile detention facility. But Judge Virgil Smith said he's convinced that Harris has been rehabilitated and isn't a threat to the public.

The victim's family disagreed Friday. Steve Babcock, the father of 24-year-old Trisha Babcock, held her death certificate and said Harris deserves a life sentence.

Trisha Babcock was shot while sitting in a car in Detroit in 2009. Harris apologized Friday and said he's a "prime example of what rehabilitation looks like."

Prosecutors said they couldn't show that Harris would be a threat to the public, based on his progress in juvenile detention.

Western Michigan University to replace 12 residence halls

KALAMAZOO (AP) — Western Michigan University is planning to replace 12 residence halls on campus.

University officials sought input from students and faculty Thursday on what to include in the new residence halls, The Kalamazoo Gazette reported. The forum was the first of three meetings the project's design and planning team will hold.

Students asked for amenities such as recreational rooms, computer labs, snack bars and outdoor game areas. They emphasized the importance of air conditioning and larger rooms, and expressed concerns about affordability and environmental impact.

University officials plan to be more environmentally aware with the project than construction that happened decades ago, said David Dakin, the university's director of planning, space management and capital projects.

The overall cost of the project hasn't yet been determined. University officials hope to replace all the halls in the next decade.

2 women settle lawsuit against ex-MLB baseball player Chad Curtis

GRAND RAPIDS (AP) — Two of four young women who alleged former Major League Baseball player Chad Curtis inappropriately touched them have settled a federal civil lawsuit against him.

Terms of the settlements weren't included in court documents filed Thursday and damages are expected to be determined Oct. 12. Portions of the case against Curtis involving the other two young women are pending.

Earlier this year, all four women settled with Lakewood Public Schools and its board of education for $575,000.

The women allege Curtis inappropriately touched them when they attended Lakewood High in Barry County. He was a volunteer coach in the weight room.

Curtis was convicted of criminal sexual conduct in 2013 and is in prison.

Curtis played for six teams, including the Detroit Tigers and New York Yankees.

2 health workers suspended amid inmate death investigation

JACKSON (AP) — Authorities said two health care workers at a prison in southern Michigan are suspended amid a state police investigation into the death of an inmate.

The Detroit Free Press reported 37-year-old John Richard Stein was given CPR on Sept. 5 and taken to a hospital from Cotton Correctional Facility near Jackson. An autopsy was conducted and the cause of death is pending.

Department of Corrections spokesman Chris Gautz said a nurse employed by the department and a nurse practitioner employed by contractor Corizon Health Inc. received "stop orders" banning them from prison property pending the outcome of the police investigation.

Corizon spokeswoman Martha Harbin said the company would cooperate with police and undertake an internal investigation.

Stein had convictions for weapons possession by a prisoner, home invasion and stalking.

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