News@noon: Fighting for Flint, how young is too young?

The Detroit News

Today is Wednesday, April 27, 2016, and President Obama has announced he will make a trip to Flint. The White House said Obama planned the trip after receiving an email from an 8-year-old Flint resident who asked to meet him while she was in Washington to attend congressional hearings about the city’s water crisis last month.

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Here's what else is making news right now:

New paths

Fighting for Flint

Jim Henry contacted the feds after failing to get the state to investigate whether Legionnaires’ cases could be linked to the city’s water system.

  • The Community Foundation of Greater Flint is distributing more than $520,000 to help deal with Flint’s crisis with lead-tainted water.
  • When Environmental Health Supervisor Jim Henry started his job with Genesee County in September 2014, he thought he would be inspecting restaurants, swimming pools and residential wells. Instead, Henry’s daily responsibilities have included consoling weeping parents, consulting with top environmental scientists and butting against an entrenched government bureaucracy. Faced with the same choice, he says he’d take the job again
  • For complete coverage of the Flint water crisis, click here

Starting them young

  • How young is too young to start recruiting for college football? That's a question on the minds of many after Justin Rogers, a 14-year-old eighth-grader from Detroit, was offered a scholarship by Kentucky secondary coach Steve Clinkscale. 

The strange

Fun with Paws

Paws sits with the grounds crew waiting for the break in the third inning for the Chevrolet mascot race.

  • Ever wondered what it's like to be a professional mascot? Reporter Stephanie Steinberg spent the day with Paws from the Detroit Tigers to find out. 

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