News@Noon: Bolts that drive themselves and Ilitch Empire
Happy Friday! It's May 6 and a great day to make outdoor plans as the forecast calls for sunny skies and 70-degree temperatures. Detroit automakers are speeding up plans for self-driving vehicles by partnering with Silicon Valley tech companies.
Lyft Inc. and General Motors Co. are developing self-driving Chevrolet Bolt EVs that could pick up passengers for testing in California within a couple of years, The Detroit News confirmed. Chrysler plans to develop autonomous minivans and will begin testing this year.
That brings us to the question of the day: What do you think about self-driving vehicles? Would you buy one? Let us know in the comments or tweet us @detroitnews.
The Ilitch Empire continues
Mike and Marian Ilitch, the husband and wife whose holdings include the global Little Caesars pizza brand, the Red Wings and the Tigers, MotorCity Casino Hotel and plenty of downtown Detroit property, plan to keep their business holdings under the family name. The couple's son, Christopher Ilitch, will eventually take over the empire and succeed his parents in their current roles.
Future of DPS uncertain
A yearlong debate over the future of Detroit Public Schools is headed for a showdown between Republican lawmakers over the proliferation of charter schools and the amount of money needed to help the state’s largest district survive. House Republicans on Thursday passed a $500 million rescue plan for DPS. The plan is squarely at odds with the Republican-authored Senate package endorsed by Gov. Rick Snyder that would pay off $515 million in DPS debt and give a new debt-free school district another $200 million to cushion against continued declining enrollment.
Meanwhile, DPS Emergency Financial Manager Steven Rhodes issued an open letter that blasted the Detroit Federation of Teachers for its sickouts earlier this week. Rhodes also said the action inconvenienced parents, deprived students of instructional time and may cost the district $4 million in lost state aid.
Man killed, woman hurt in shooting
One man died and a woman was injured while driving with two children Thursday night after a shooting near the city’s Boston-Edison neighborhood. The pair had been headed north in a conversion van on Rosa Parks near Boston about 7 p.m. when an occupant in a black Chevrolet Impala with silver trim opened fire.
Harbaugh at satellite camps
Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh seems to be a huge supporter of satellite camps, though the NCAA at one point voted to ban them then later reversed that decision. Harbaugh hasn't said how many satellite camps he will attend this summer but says he is excited because it's a good opportunity for prospective student-athletes.
Chad Carr's mom hangs tough
Kleenex alert: You might shed a tear after reading this touching story. Tammi Carr talks to The Detroit News about losing her 5-year-old son Chad. Read the story to learn about the moment Tammi and Chad shared just before he died.
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