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News Minute: Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press

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DETROIT (AP) - Around 120,000 homes and businesses are without power a day after severe thunderstorms struck parts of southern Michigan. Yesterday's storms brought 60 mile-per-hour wind gusts that knocked down trees and power lines and blacked out about 169,000 electricity customers. Flooding closed parts of some Detroit-area expressways yesterday.

BEULAH, Mich. (AP) - Lawyers representing a northern Michigan woman accused of trying to kill her autistic daughter have asked to withdraw from the case. A judge denied the request yesterday. Kelli Stapleton is scheduled to stand trial September 3rd in Benzie County Circuit Court. Authorities say the Elberta woman tried to kill herself and her teenage daughter last year by igniting two charcoal grills inside a van.

BEULAH, Mich. (AP) - A suburban Chicago woman accused of killing her newborn at a northern Michigan campground has pleaded guilty to manslaughter. Authorities say Alyce Morales gave birth in a campsite tent in July 2013 then fatally injured the child. Morales faces up to 15 years in prison.

ROYAL OAK, Mich. (AP) - Construction is underway on a wolf sanctuary at the Detroit Zoo. The Cotton Family wolf habitat will include grassy meadows, trees, a stream and pond, wolf dens and elevated rock outcroppings from which the wolves can survey their surroundings and zoo visitors. The 2-acre sanctuary will be located in the southwest corner of the zoo in Royal Oak.

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