Detroit cop loses ap­peal over law­suit

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Detroit — The Michi­gan Supreme Court cleared the way for a trial or set­tle­ment in a law­suit against a Detroit po­lice of­fi­cer who ac­ci­den­tally killed a 7-yearold girl dur­ing a raid in 2010.

Two courts said a jury can de­cide whether Joseph Week­ley’s ac­tions amounted to gross neg­li­gence.

Aiyana Stan­ley-Jones was shot in the head while she slept on a couch. Week­ley, a mem­ber of an elite po­lice unit, was the first of­fi­cer through the door of her home dur­ing a chaotic search for a mur­der sus­pect. He says he ac­ci­den­tally fired his gun. Week­ley was charged with in­vol­un­tary man­slaugh­ter. The charge was dis­missed at a sec­ond trial in 2014.

DTE En­ergy gets

$8.9 mil­lion rate hike

DTE En­ergy Co. cus­tomers will see a small in­crease in gas bills be­gin­ning in Oc­to­ber.

The monthly in­crease for the av­er­age cus­tomers is 95 cents, ac­cord­ing to the state, af­ter the Pub­lic Ser­vice Com­mis­sion ap­proved a rate hike of $8.9 mil­lion for DTE.

The in­crease is ex­pected to go for in­fra­struc­ture in­vest­ments, speed­ing re­moval of gas me­ters and to boost low-in­come as­sis­tance pro­grams, the com­mis­sion said.

The com­pany had sought an in­crease of $85.1 mil­lion an­nu­ally when it filed its re­quest in Novem­ber 2017. It later low­ered its re­quest to $38.1 mil­lion af­ter ad­just­ing for the im­pact of the Tax Cut and Jobs Act and other re­cal­cu­la­tions, of­fi­cials said.

The in­crease granted by the com­mis­sion is about 9 per­cent of DTE's orig­i­nal re­quest, of­fi­cials noted.

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