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Utility leader apologizes for leaving amid outages

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The general manager of the municipal power company serving Michigan's capital city has apologized for leaving the state on vacation shortly after an ice storm knocked out power to 40 percent of its customers.

Lansing Board of Water & Light's J. Peter Lark called the New York City trip a "mistake." He spoke Thursday at a news conference, rejecting calls for him to resign.

The storm hit Dec. 21 and on Dec. 22 Lark called it the worst outage in the utility's history. The Lansing State Journal reported this week that Lark left on the trip Dec. 23 with his wife to see their son.

The utility faces harsh criticism over its response to outages that hit 40,000 of its customers. It took more than a week to restore service.

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