News@noon: Flint under fire, Ford's future, humble brag
Today is Wednesday, April 13, 2016, and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Director Nick Lyon is making his first public comments in months about the Flint water crisis and the Legionnaires’ disease outbreak before Congress today. Meanwhile, contamination is still a problem for Flint residents.
A lack of local input under state-appointed emergency managers is one reason the Flint water contamination crisis is “a clear case” of environmental injustice, the Republican co-chair of Gov. Rick Snyder’s Flint Water Advisory Task Force told legislators Tuesday. How do you feel about this? Let us know in the comments or tweet us @detroitnews
Here's what else is making news today:
Ford making plans
- Ford Motor Co. will drastically redevelop its outdated Dearborn properties into a walkable, aesthetically pleasing work environment reminiscent of a college campus or Silicon Valley startup. Over the next 10 years, the automaker plans to relocate 30,000 employees currently spread throughout 70 Dearborn buildings into two main campuses.
- On the much nearer horizon, Ford Motor Co. will begin accepting applications to buy its GT supercar. The application process — available at www.fordgt.com — will favor current GT owners and help ensure the cars will be driven on the road and not stored in a museum or re-sold at high markups.
The voice of summer
His voice was God-granted and God-graced. His broadcast skill, and certainly his personal decency, were gifts also, perhaps as self-enhanced as qualities can be. They came to be known to a vast audience as purely Paul Carey. Carey died yesterday at 88.
Setup to the playoffs
- The Red Wings and Pistons have both made the playoffs, but how far can they go?
- Everyone wants more from the Red Wings, from ownership to management to players to fans. So much uncertainty, so many long odds. And yet, there isn’t a hint of despair in the Wings dressing room.
- Pistons owner Tom Gores is happy with his team’s success, making the playoffs for the first time since he bought the franchise. And regardless how the team fares, it's an important first step in the turnaround process.
It's that time again
- The winter is pretty much over and that means it's orange barrel season in Metro Detroit. Here's your Detroit area road map to construction season.
We need to brag
- The Detroit News and its journalists collected 38 awards Tuesday at an annual awards ceremony of the Detroit chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.
- Business reporter Michael Martinez (and Miked Up co-host) was awarded Young Journalist of the Year, and former columnist Laura Berman received a Lifetime Achievement award.
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