News@noon: Clinton clinches; DPS at odds; last 9/11 dog

The Detroit News

Today is Tuesday, June 7, 2016, and it looks like it's official: Hillary Clinton will become the first woman to top the presidential ticket of a major U.S. political party. Clinton captured commitments yesterday from the right number of delegates needed to win the Democratic nomination.

Bernie Sanders’ campaign said it was a “rush to judgment” to declare Clinton the presumptive nominee given that superdelegates can switch their support before the Democratic convention in late July.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton addresses supporters during a primary night event on April 26, 2016, in Philadelphia after winning the Pennsylvania state primary.

Meanwhile on the other side of the aisle, House Speaker Paul Ryan has proposed an overhaul of the nation’s poverty programs, the first of several policy plans aimed at uniting Republicans fractured by a contentious election and Donald Trump’s personality-driven politics.

What do you think of these new developments? Let us know in the comments or tweet us @detroitnews.

Here's what else is making news today:

Trouble on I-94

  • An semi-clothed man running through traffic on eastbound Interstate 94 near the airport in Romulus was struck and critically injured early this morning. Michigan State Police have told us.

The rise of autonomous vehicles

DPS at odds

  • Detroit Public Schools’ emergency manager is open to most of the provisions in a House-passed plan to rescue the financially troubled district and return some power to an elected school board, but other district stakeholders remain fiercely opposed to the $617 million package, which could face a Senate vote this week.

Should he stay or should he go?

Pavel Datsyuk sits in his locker after the team photo was taken Monday.

RIP Kimbo Slice

Is this parrot repeating owner's last words?

  • The ex-wife of a west Michigan man believes a parrot is repeating something said just before his fatal shooting, but a prosecutor is downplaying whether that could be used in court.
  • Martin Duram, 45, was shot five times in his home in Ensley Township in May 2015. Then-wife Glenna Duram had a head wound, but survived. Duram’s ex-wife, Christina Keller, now owns Bud, an African grey parrot that has repeated “don’t (expletive) shoot” in Martin Duram’s voice, she says. 

The last 9/11 dog

  • The last known living 9/11 search dog has died in a Houston suburb at age 16. Bretagne, a golden retriever, was euthanized Monday. She was 2 years old when she and her handler, Denise Corliss, were part of the Texas Task Force 1 sent to the World Trade Center site in Lower Manhattan after the terrorist attack brought down the buildings on Sept. 11, 2001. They spent 10 days at the scene searching rubble for human remains.

This Sept. 11, 2002, photo shows, K9 Search Specialist Denise Corliss and her search dog Bretagne in Houston, Texas. Bretagne the last known living 9/11 search dog has died in a Houston suburb at age 16.

Where Twinkies meet Playboy

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