News@noon: Va. Tech researchers say Flint’s water recovery lagging

The Detroit News

Today is Tuesday, April 12, 2016 and the Flint saga continues as Virginia Tech researchers have released new test results indicating the city's water system is not recovering as quickly as residents and officials had hoped. This news comes as lawmakers testify before Michigan legislators about their report blaming state government for the city's water crisis. Yesterday, Gov. Rick Snyder blamed "career bureaucrats" for the debacle.

Question of the day: Who is to blame for Flint's water crisis?

Years after an uproar over 30-foot piles of petroleum coke, above, were stored by a company along the Detroit River, a plan aims to minimize dust exposure.

Fighting pollution

  • Detroit is considering an ordinance that would strictly regulate the handling of petroleum coke -- a byproduct of petroleum refining -- and other bulk solid materials. The proposed measure comes several years after an uproar caused by 30-foot piles of pet coke stored along the Detroit River.

Bashara is back

  • Bob Bashara, convicted last year of orchestrating his wife's 2012 murder, was back in court today in a quest for a new trial. Handyman Joe Gentz, who pleaded guilty to killing Jane Bashara at her husband's behest, is expected to recant his previous story and instead claim he killed Jane Bashara on his own.

Flint blame game

Sports in the D

  • The Tigers will look to snap a two-game losing streak today when they face off against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Comerica Park. First pitch is 1:10 p.m.

Tigers first base coach Omar Vizquel checks on James McCann after McCann was injured Monday.

  • Meanwhile, starting catcher James McCann has been placed on the 15-day disabled list after rolling his ankle on the first base bag during yesterday's loss. Backup catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia will get the start today, and Bobby Wilson has been brought up from Triple-A Toledo to serve as No. 2 while McCann recovers from a sprained right ankle.
  • In other sports news, Jimmy Howard has been tapped as the likely starter for Game 1 of the playoffs Wednesday against the Tampa Bay Lightning. The move comes after months of "extra" extra practice with longtime Red Wings goaltending coach Jim Bedard.

Shooting caught on tape

  • Detroit police are searching for four suspects in a non-fatal shooting last month. The attack was caught on grainy surveillance footage released to the public late yesterday. A 23-year-old victim was trying to enter a restaurant on the 15900 block of West Seven Mile when he was shot around 1:30 a.m. March 27, police said.

"Zero tolerance" in Dearborn

  • Popular nightspot Liv Lounge has closed after complaints about noise, violence and other issues. The announcement was made yesterday at City Council chambers, where officials were slated to weight whether to revoke the business' liquor license.

Love, expectations, and autism

  • Detroit native Ron Fournier's new book "Love That Boy" goes on sale today. The book chronicles Fournier's journey to understand his son, who has Asperger's syndrome. Along the way, the duo takes eight road trips and visits with two former presidents -- and Fournier learns to love his boy.

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