News@noon: Cartwheels and comebacks
Today is Monday, April 25, 2016, and two of Gov. Rick Snyder’s cabinet members are testifying before a legislative committee about their departments’ role in the Flint water crisis. A joint House-Senate committee is hearing testimony from Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Director Nick Lyon and Department of Environmental Quality Director Keith Creagh. Follow along here or on Twitter as Chad Livengood reports live.
Residents aren't backing off either. Lawsuits against the state or state officials related to contaminated water in Flint alone reached at least 82 separate cases at one point last week.
Here's what else is making news today:
Cartwheels and comebacks
- A 14-year-old girl shot in the head during a deadly rampage in southwestern Michigan says one of her goals is to eventually do cartwheels again. Abigail Kopf told ABC’s “Good Morning America” in a segment broadcast Monday that she’s a “warrior princess.”
- In this week's episode of the Miked Up podcast, Ford's President of Europe, Middle East & Africa Jim Farley calls in from Germany to discuss the automaker's European turnaround, whether we'll see Lincoln sold in Europe and the importance of the GT's return to Le Mans.
- It began as a tawdry road trip, a way for two Michigan women to make money stripping in Florida. It turned into a viral Twitter tale about a weekend gone awry, involving prostitution, kidnapping, a suicide attempt and murder. Now Hollywood wants to make a movie, with actor James Franco announcing in February he is developing a film about the escapade.
A tough time to be a Detroit sports fan
- The Cavs swept the Pistons in Round 1 of the NBA playoffs, proving the team has plenty of growing to do. The Tigers were swept at home by the Indians and fall below .500. And the Red Wings are cleaning out their lockers today at Joe Louis Arena after a far-too-early exit.
- Is it time to start thinking about the Lions?
Parents in prison
- Michigan is among the states with the highest number of children who have a parent behind bars, according to a report released Monday.Some 228,000 children — one out of 10 — have had a parent incarcerated, according to the organization Kids Count.
Renewing the Soo
- The Soo Locks are getting a technological upgrade this summer with the replacement of a half-century-old master control system that opens and closes the waterway passage for Great Lakes freighters and leisure boats.
Saying goodbye to the Deerslayer
- Money columnist Brian O'Connor has had the same car for a LONG time: a 1995 Buick Roadmaster. But recently, he decided to say goodbye to his faithful friend.
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