News@noon: Fighting for Flint, how young is too young?
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.
How do you feel about the president coming, now, to Flint? Let us know in the comments or tweet us @detroitnews.
Here's what else is making news right now:
- The long-delayed deal to figure out what to do with the empty J.L. Hudson’s site on downtown Woodward has taken a big step forward toward redevelopment.
- A city bus route now includes a stop at Belle Isle under a partnership between state parks officials and the city’s transportation department.
Fighting for Flint
- 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.
- A man posing as a tree trimmer looted a mortar shell-rigged safe from a 90-year-old woman’s home Tuesday, police said. The Michigan State Police was called in because the safe was connected to two World War II-era mortar shells to make it appear it was armed with explosives to possibly deter burglaries, Lehman said
- The state has approved year-round hunting of coyotes, increasing hunting from daylight hours to nighttime statewide. But don't even think about doing it without a license.
- For those who could stand the smell, and stifle their gags, it was something to behold — the sad but riveting sight of a 40-foot whale lying dead on its side on a Southern California beach known for its surfing. It's creating a whale of a problem for this city.
Fun with Paws
- 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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