Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 6:40 a.m. EST
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan man who pleaded guilty last month to killing six strangers between picking up rides for Uber is set to be sentenced to life in prison with no chance for parole. Jason Dalton is scheduled to receive the mandatory sentence Tuesday in Kalamazoo County. The surprise guilty plea as lawyers and a judge planned for jury selection came Jan. 7 _ nearly three years after he shot eight people at three locations. Four women, a man and a 17-year-old boy were killed.
DETROIT (AP) — Two Detroit police officers have been suspended amid an investigation into racially demeaning comments made during a traffic stop and posted on social media. Officer Gary Steele and another, unidentified officer stopped 23-year-old Ariel Moore for driving with an expired license plate last week and seized the vehicle, leaving her to walk one block to her home. Police Chief James Craig told a news conference Monday that the officers have been suspended with pay. Craig earlier apologized to Moore.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is asking the Michigan Public Service Commission to study the adequacy of the state’s energy supply and its ability to deliver natural gas, electricity and propane. Whitmer’s request Monday to the Michigan Public Service Commission followed a bitterly cold week, with temperatures dipping well below zero. Customers were asked to turn down thermostats and limit electricity use. The governor said extreme weather is more likely as the climate changes.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has abolished panels that Republicans created to give business groups more say in environmental regulators’ rule-making and permit decisions. The Democratic governor on Monday eliminated the commissions in an executive order that also restructures and renames the state environmental department. Whitmer says the panels, including one where half of the members represent industries “created more bureaucracy.”