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by the associated press • Jul 2, 2019 at 8:00 AM

Regulators: Michigan energy supply ample, improvement needed

LANSING (AP) — Regulators say Michigan's energy supply and delivery systems are adequate to meet demand, but improvements should be made after extreme winter weather led to electric and natural gas emergencies.

The state Public Service Commission on Monday submitted an initial 247-page energy assessment to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who requested it after the Jan. 30-31 polar vortex.

Regulators say Michigan's diverse energy-generation resources, including access to natural gas storage, can accommodate extreme weather events. But they recommend rule updates, better emergency-management communications and changes such as prioritizing home heating over electric generation when natural gas usage is curtailed.

In January, a Consumers Energy compressor station fire sparked concerns about keeping natural gas flowing to millions of people during a snap of bitterly cold temperatures and at a time of record demand.

Police targeting drivers blocking Detroit freeway for stunts

DETROIT (AP) — Detroit police say they are cracking down on drivers recorded on video blocking freeway traffic and those doing “doughnuts” on that roadway and elsewhere.

The video gained attention over the weekend on social media. Police Chief James Craig told reporters Monday officers are inspecting several cars they believe were involved, including one belonging to a Canton man.

Craig said the 25-year-old has been released but his car remains impounded. The chief added that the man is involved in reckless driving across the city.

The illegal stunt driving recorded along Detroit's Lodge Freeway shows cars backed up behind parked vehicles while another spins with tires screeching.

Detroit police have been targeting illegal street racing and reckless driving of ATVs. The Michigan State Police is using a helicopter to aid enforcement.

Craig said police aren't going to let those involved "endanger the lives of the public."

Air Force to speed water response near ex-base in Michigan

OSCODA (AP) — The U.S. Air Force is speeding up its investigation and response to contaminated groundwater near a former base in Michigan.

The Air Force and state of Michigan on Monday jointly announced the plan to address contamination from the Wurtsmith base in Oscoda.

Contaminants known as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, are in the area. They were in firefighting foam used at the base.

The Air Force said a groundwater treatment system will be operational by year's end. It also will use Michigan's criteria when sampling and measuring a certain compound.

The Air Force also will evaluate Michigan's cleanup standards when selecting remedial actions at Wurtsmith.

State and federal officials have been pressing Air Force officials — who visited Oscoda in April — to do more to clean up contamination.

4 dead, including child, in multi-vehicle crash

CHIPPEWA TWP. (AP) — Police said four people including a young child have died and three others were injured following a multi-vehicle crash in mid-Michigan on Sunday afternoon.

The crash happened in Isabella County's Chippewa Township, near Mount Pleasant.

One vehicle swerved into oncoming traffic along M-20, colliding head-on with a pickup truck. Another car hit the pickup.

The Isabella County Sheriff's Office said the dead were the 48-year-old man driving the vehicle that swerved, as well as the 34-year-old woman driving the pickup and her two passengers, including a 3-year-old child.

Police said the driver of the vehicle that swerved may have had a medical issue before the crash, but the cause of the crash is under investigation.

Head of FBI in Detroit to lead Washington Field Office

DETROIT (AP) — The head of the FBI in Detroit is going to lead the agency's Washington Field Office.

FBI Director Christopher Wray announced Monday that Timothy Slater has been named the assistant director in charge of the Washington office.

Before being named the special agent in charge of the Detroit office in early 2018, he served as the special agent in charge of the Criminal/Cyber Division at the Washington office.

Slater started his career as a special agent in 1999 and was assigned to the Violent Crimes Task Force in Detroit. He has also worked for the agency in Flint, Michigan, as well as in Oklahoma, Florida, Tennessee and Colorado.

The Washington office is one of three FBI field offices led by an assistant director in charge.

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