News@noon: new nursing degree, Jeff Gordon on Harbaugh
Today is Monday, April 4, 2016, and we're a day away from the Tigers season opener and five days from the home opener. And this is the year of no retreat. With the end of spring training camp, the team is mostly optimistic about the start of the season. But fans aren't feeling as optimistic about the weather. We'll be live at the ballpark on Friday, no matter how cold it is, bringing you all the action, starting at 9 a.m.
The question of the day is: What do you think the Tigers' record will be this year? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter.
Here's what else is making news today:
Nursing degree battle
- Some Michigan communities could be voting whether to let local two-year colleges offer bachelor’s degrees in nursing. The issue, under debate again in the Legislature, is among the most controversial in higher education since community colleges have historically offered two-year degrees, while universities offer four-year degrees.
Wayne County botching foreclosures?
- Wayne County is spending up to $18.6 million warning property owners they face tax foreclosure, but lawsuits allege the office is doing such a poor job that some owners aren’t aware they’ve lost homes until it’s too late.
Model 3 mania
Tesla Motors’ CEO says worldwide orders for a new lower-priced electric car hit 276,000 last weekend. CEO Elon Musk posted the number Sunday on his Twitter feed. He says if the trend continues orders will hit 500,000. Tesla’s new Model 3 starts at $35,000 and has a range of 215 miles per charge.
Down with the EM?
- A chorus of critics argues that the troubles in Flint and Detroit Public Schools prove Michigan’s emergency manager law needs wholesale changes or elimination — an idea Gov. Rick Snyder and the Republican-controlled Legislature have resisted.
- Get complete coverage of the Flint water crisis here.
Don't leave us, Pav!
- Despite having one more season left on a contract that carries with it a $7.5 million salary cap hit, Datsyuk is reportedly thinking about returning to Russia at the end of the season. If Datsyuk were to exit the NHL, it would leave the Red Wings with a gaping hole in their offense — as well as hamstring their salary cap situation next season.
Jeff Gordon on the line
- In this week's episode of the Miked Up podcast, NASCAR legend Jeff Gordon joins us to discuss a new partnership with automotive coatings supplier Axalta and the University of Michigan.The guys also get his opinion on Jim Harbaugh and the new Corvette.
Let them eat cake
- More than two dozen bakers showed off their best desserts during Leon & Lulu’s “Let Them Eat Cake,” a professional and amateur cake-making competition and benefit for the Children’s Leukemia Foundation of Michigan. Check out some of the delicious creations here.
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