Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 5:40 a.m. EST
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan is listing a drug commonly used to treat nerve pain and seizures as a controlled substance, a step intended to fight the opioid epidemic. The drug is called Gabapentin and also is known as Neurontin. The state Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs says it can have potentially harmful effects when combined with other opioids. The department also is revising training standards for those who prescribe and dispense opioids and other controlled substances.
JACKSON, Mich. (AP) — Michigan’s Public Service Commission has approved Jackson-based Consumers Energy’s PowerMIDrive electric vehicle charging program. The three-year, $10 million pilot program supports the state’s growing electric vehicle market through new rates, rebates and customer education. The program includes a Nighttime Savers Rate to encourage drivers to charge their electric vehicles between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m.
DETROIT (AP) — The Wayne County prosecutor’s office says it will ask a judge throw out convictions in two cases, including the case of a man who was in prison for 21 years. Prosecutors say they want to dismiss criminal sexual conduct convictions against Kevin Lackey. Prosecutors now say he was charged based on “profoundly invalid dog tracking evidence.” In another case, prosecutors want to set aside the second-degree murder conviction of Michael Powels. He was sentenced to at least 45 years in prison in 2008.
DETROIT (AP) — Officials say a sinkhole north of Detroit that damaged homes and cost $75 million to fix was caused by human error that allowed the quick release of waste and water into a sewer line. Macomb Public Works Commissioner Candice Miller said Wednesday that an assessment determined the surge fractured the pipe in Fraser which drew in sand and created a void in the surrounding soil. The pipe collapsed and caused the Dec. 24, 2016 sinkhole which grew to football field-size.