News at noon: Snyder in Flint, a fire that won't quit, Harbaugh-mania

The Detroit News

Today is Thursday, February 4, 2016. Here's what you need to know. 

Water issues

Gov. Rick Snyder

  • Flint residents peppered Gov. Rick Snyder with questions on Wednesday night about their water bills and whether the state plans to help replace underground pipes damaged by corrosive river water. Snyder took questions during a 45-minute telephone town hall the same day he proposed a $30 million plan to credit or refund Flint residents who paid for water they cannot drink due to lead contamination.

Witnesses Joel Beauvais, left, Keith Creagh, Marc Edwards and LeeAnne Walters are sworn in Wednesday before a House committee hearing.

Lights out

  • The CEO of the Public Lighting Authority, which aims to fix the city’s longstanding street lighting problem, has resigned, officials announced Wednesday.
  • Former Detroit high school principal Kenyetta Wilbourn Snapp has pleaded guilty to two felony charges in connection with a kickback scheme at the Education Achievement Authority.The 40-year-old faces 37 to 46 months in prison under a plea agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

The fire continues

The flames could take about a week to fight, according to Highland Park Fire Chief Kevin Coney. No injuries have been reported.

  • The fire at a 565,000-square-foot Highland Park warehouse continues to burn more than 24 hours after firefighters first arrived to the scene. The fire chief says the warehouse, which is home to several tenants including the nonprofit Reclaim Detroit, could continue to burn for the rest of the week.

Happening in sports

  • Did you catch the National Signing Day spectacle that was "Signing of the Stars" at the University of Michigan? Detroit News columnist Bob Wojnowski called it "audacious and entertaining and slightly bizarre, a spectacle that bounced from flair to Ric Flair, with special appearances by Tom Brady and Derek Jeter." 

From left, College Football Hall of Fame coach Lou Holtz, former Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner and Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh prove that when it comes to recruiting, a little “Dab” will do ya.

The lighter side

  • The Super Bowl is almost upon us, and you know what that means ... commercials! And lots of them! Since this is Detroit and we are all about cars, here's a breakdown of all the car commercials you can expect to see during the Big Game on Sunday.

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