News@Noon: Sickouts close DPS; Snyder calls on Obama
Today is Monday, May 2, 2016 and it's an unexpected day off for most Detroit Public School students. Teacher sickouts closed 94 of 97 schools, as the Detroit Federation of Teachers union threatens an illegal strike to combat the possibility of paychecks drying up after June 30.
Which brings us to the question on everyone's minds: Are sickouts the answer to DPS' woes? Or is there another solution? Let us know in the comments or tweet us @detroitnews.
Here's what else you need to know today:
Snyder calls on Obama...again
- Gov. Rick Snyder said today that he has requested a meeting with President Barack Obama and Flint Mayor Karen Weaver, one week after he backtracked in comments to The Detroit News, saying he didn't have time for the sit down.
- Snyder called the presidential meeting during a visit to Blackstone's Pub & Grill in downtown Flint, where he filled four gallon-sized jugs of filtered water. He is resuming his promise to drink only Flint water after briefly halting the project last week during a seven-day trip to Europe.
- Catch up here on all things Flint.
Cindy Gamrat on the air
- Former state Rep. Cindy Gamrat will host a two hour radio show at noon Thursdays on Superstation 910AM, the station announced today.
- The hire comes one week after Todd Courser scored his own gig at the radio station. Courser's show debuted Saturday at 4 p.m.
- Courser resigned from the Legislature in September and former Rep. Gamrat was expelled after they used taxpayer resources in an unsuccessful attempt to cover up their extramarital affair.
On-again, off-again hitter
- Detroit Tigers fans will have to get used to outfielder Justin Upton's streak at-bat performances, according to columnist Kurt Mensching.
- But luckily, the team was able to squeak by with a 6-5 win Sunday.
A dirty cop and an innocent man
- Former Benton Harbor police officer Drew Collins falsified up to 90 affidavits that helped convict at least 54 innocent people, including Zookie McGee. The latter spent four years in prison on drug charges before Collins' misconduct was outted. McGee was released and Collins was sent to prison. Years later, the two crossed paths and became friends. This unlikely and gripping story of forgiveness is brought to you by reporter Francis X. Donnelly.