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News Minute: Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 12:03 p.m. EDT

DETROIT (AP) - An agency that investigates how federal blight demolition funds are used plans to look into why the cost of tearing down vacant houses rose by thousands of dollars in Michigan and Ohio. The Office of the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program _ TARP _ says the average cost of razing a house in Michigan increased from about $9,200 to $17,600. In Ohio, the cost rose from about $9,200 to $15,000.

JACKSON, Mich. (AP) - A utility company in Michigan has selected a development firm to demolish and redevelop two of its former coal-fired power plants. Consumers Energy filed a request Tuesday for the sale of its 248-acre J.R. Whiting plant in southeast Michigan and its 115-acre B.C. Cobb plant in Muskegon to Forsite Development. The final purchase is contingent on the approval from the Michigan Public Service Commission, which has 180 days to decide.

CHARLOTTE, Mich. (AP) - The Michigan appeals court has thrown out charges against an Eaton County couple whose dog got under a fence and repeatedly bit a lawn care worker. Debra Olney and husband Daniel Ridge were charged with owning a dangerous animal that caused serious injury. Roscoe got under the fence in 2015 and attacked a woman who was spraying fertilizer and weed control on a neighbor's lawn. The appeals court says prosecutors failed to show that Roscoe had previously attacked a person.

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan has identified rural highways where the speed limit will rise to 75 mph as soon as next week. The state on Wednesday announced 600 miles where the limits will increase from 70 mph to 75 mph, and 900 miles where they will go from 55 mph to 65 mph. The first freeways to see 75 mph limits by mid-May will be Interstate 75 between Bay City and Sault Ste. Marie, stretches of U.S. 127 between the Lansing and Grayling areas, and U.S. 131 between the Grand Rapids and Cadillac areas.

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