By Paul Egan of the Detroit Free Press

LANSING — Her first year in office began with a record cold snap that exposed a weakness in Michigan’s energy grid.

It ended with sickly green liquid oozing onto a major freeway near Detroit, raising fresh worries about long-standing environmental failures now bubbling to the surface.

In between, Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed into law bills intended to reduce Michigan’s highest-in-the-nation auto insurance premiums, legalize Internet gambling and sports betting, and reform the criminal justice system by raising from 17 to 18 the age at which accused offenders are routinely treated as adults.

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