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06-05-31
03:12:14

FLINT, Mich. - It may not seem like much, but one penny was enough for Consumers Energy to cut off power in a woman's home. Cash-strapped Jacqueline Williams was a cent short on paying her electric bill and was plunged into darkness until she showed up with a one-cent payment. Williams lives on Social Security and began letting her debt to Consumers Energy slip in November, the Flint Journal reported Tuesday. Last week, she received a warning that power to her home would soon be shut off, and she went to the state Department of Human Services, where she was told the agency would pay most of the bill. The Salvation Army also pledged $430.67 and Consumers Energy agreed to match $430.66 toward the bill. However, the total came to $1,662.07 -- one cent short of the total -- and her power was turned off that afternoon.

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