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News@noon: Tougher lead rules, Springsteen's surprise, weekend fun

The Detroit News

Today is Friday, April 15, 2016, and some beautiful weather is on tap for the weekend.

But there's a metaphorical dark cloud over the rest of Michigan that the government is taking a stand against. Under a new plan being introduced by Gov. Rick Snyder, Michigan would have the toughest lead-testing rules in the nation and require the replacement of all underground lead service pipes in the state.

Ronald Brown Academy pre-kindergarten students listen to principal Georgina Tait read Dr. Seuss' “Cat in the Hat” in 2015. Elevated lead levels were reported Wednesday in the Detroit school’s water supply.

The announcement comes after Detroit Public Schools water test results showed that 15 buildings have tested positive for high lead levels, including one where a drinking fountain recorded 100 times the allowable limit. As a result, the district is telling parents to get all children under the age of 6 tested for lead.

The question of the day: Do you back Snyder's plan? Let us know in the comments or tweet us @detroitnews

Here's what else is making news today:

What a difference a mile makes

  • There's often a big difference in neighborhoods that fall in the outer ring suburbs and the city of Detroit just a mile away. But in Warren, those differences have become pronounced within the city itself after what some residents say has been years of neglect. Crime, poverty, unkempt rental homes and vacant or aging storefronts dot south Warren, while the northern section of the city thrives with cleaner neighborhoods, big-box retailers and companies such as General Motors investing millions of dollars in new developments. 

Drive-through shooting

Some real talk

A Springsteen surprise 

Saxophonist Jake Clemons, nephew of the late Clarence Clemons, Bruce Springsteen and guitarist Stevie Van Zandt bring The River Tour to The Palace of Auburn Hills.

Weekend fun

The finished braised lamb shank is served atop a bed of polenta and wilted spinach, and garnished with the carrots, onions, celery and sauce.

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