News@noon: Trump in Detroit; kitten rescue, Olympics

The Detroit News

Today is Monday, Aug. 8, 2016, and it's the start of a week of political motions in Detroit. Donald Trump will unveil his new economic agenda today at Cobo Center.

What are we expecting to hear? Well, Trump should be proposing to make all child care expenses tax deductible and placing a moratorium on new financial industry regulations, according to several media outlets. He'll also continue his critique of free trade agreements, including the 12-country Trans-Pacific Partnership awaiting ratification in Congress, and propose ending the estate tax, according to ABC News.

Protestors outside Cobo Center, where Donald Trump is scheduled to speak.

Hillary Clinton will continue her campaign’s two-week jobs tour with a Thursday address in Detroit. Her campaign has not yet announced a specific time or location.

The back-to-back visits from both major party presidential candidates come on the heels of a Detroit News-WDIV poll of Michigan voters showing Clinton opening a 9-point lead over Trump.

Stay with www.detroitnews.com for more about Trump's speech, including a live stream at noon. You can follow our reporters Jonathan Oosting and Chad Livengood who will bring you live updates on Twitter.

Here's what else is making news today:

Double-check Delta

  • Travelers who have plans to fly Monday on Delta had better double-check that those plans are still on, as a computer outage could force “large-scale” cancellations, according to the airline. The company announced on Twitter that “due to a computer outage, flights awaiting departure are currently delayed. Flights en route are operating normally.” Limited departures are resuming, the company announced at 8:40 a.m., but “customers heading to the airport should expect delays and cancellations,” the company said in a statement

The Olympics 

  • The games continue today and we in Michigan have plenty of homegrown athletes to cheer for.  Two athletes with ties to Michigan — Sam Mikulak and Siobhan Haughey — get their chance to win a medal Monday. The spotlight, however, will shine a bit brighter on Mikulak as he leads Team USA into the men's team gymnastics final as the top seed. The Americans have won the team gold medal twice — 1904 in St. Louis and 1984 n Los Angeles.
  • Ann Arbor native and U.S. Olympic Rowing team member Grace Luczak's first athletic triumph came as a 7-month-old when her mother entered her in a diaper-dash crawling competition near their home in suburban Detroit. She won her family a year’s supply of Pampers. But as it is with so many other Olympic athletes, they’ve been repaying that debt since.

The U.S. women's eight boat wins its heat Monday at Lagoa Stadium.

  • Oh, and it feels like we've said this plenty of times before, but Michael Phelps won a medal. His 19th gold medal, to be exact. But it wasn't even the most exciting of the swimming events: Katie Ledecky gave the U.S. its first victory by crushing her own world record in the 400 freestyle. 
  • And if that doesn't inspire you, this will.
  • Our reporter John Niyo is at the games and bringing you live coverage of our Michigan athletes. Follow him at @johnniyo and with the hashtag #NiyoInRio.

Worries in Midland

  • Dow and DuPont, two worldwide giants of the chemical manufacturing industry, announced in late July that shareholders approved their merger. The plan would break the merged $130 billion company into three independent companies within two years of closing. One of the break-out companies — the material-science company — would be headquartered in Midland.
  • The problem is, what happens to the rest of Midland's businesses and tax base if the company cuts back? 

Too dangerous

Your daily dose of feel-good

A kitten is wrapped in a towel after being rescued from downing, off the coast of Marsala in Sicily, Italy.

  • The Italian coast guard has rescued and revived a drowning kitten at a Sicilian port, after children on shore drew attention to its plight. A sailor gave the kitten mouth-to-mouth and saved its life. And there's video of it

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