News@noon: The final election push; leaping Lions
Today is Monday, Nov. 7, 2016, and this is what it feels like to be a bonafide battleground state.
Presidential rivals Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are staking their chances on capturing the White House by targeting Michigan, with both candidates and their top surrogates barnstorming the state Monday before voters head to the polls.
Trump rallied supporters Sunday evening in Sterling Heights and planned to finish his campaigning Monday night with an 11 p.m. rally in downtown Grand Rapids alongside his running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, who will speak himself at an early afternoon stop in Traverse City.
Former President Bill Clinton visited two churches in Flint and rallied union supporters Sunday at a United Auto Workers hall in Lansing campaigning for his wife.
The longtime Democrat will be followed Monday by President Barack Obama, who is being introduced by Chelsea Clinton at a noon millennial voter-focused rally at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and Hillary Clinton, who has an afternoon rally at Grand Valley State University in Allendale – her first trip this election cycle into west Michigan.
So how will things go? If you have any faith in polls, this latest one says Clinton is polling just 3 points ahead of Trump nationwide.
Here's what else we're covering today:
Taking a leap
- It was a leap of faith, a test of fate. It was the perfect way to end a frenetic game, and when Golden Tate completed his flip into the end zone in overtime, the Lions had a clutch, wildly improbable victory.
- The Lions never, ever do it the easy way, or the conventional way, but they did it again Sunday, stunning the Vikings 22-16 in overtime. And the more they do it, calmly slicing through late-game pressure situations, the more the faith grows — within the team, and perhaps even among fans long torn between belief and bewilderment.
- And let's all take a moment to thank Coach Jim Caldwell for fighting to get back those two seconds at the end of the game. Because that made all the difference.
On the market
Now that we've all caught our breath following one of the greatest World Series in our lifetime -- whether you're 5 or 105 -- Major League Baseball's always-anticipated free agent season is here. Just how hot it will be, well, that'll be interesting to see.
A deal is struck
Canadian auto workers union Unifor completed its contract negotiations over the weekend with the Detroit automakers. The union Sunday night said 58 percent of Ford Motor Co.’s 6,400 members who voted Saturday and Sunday supported the contract, which includes CA$713 million in investments at Ford’s Canadian facilities. The vote included 56 percent of production members and 72 percent of skilled trades workers approving the agreement, according to the union.
A new life for Willow Run
A historic World War II bomber factory has moved a step closer to becoming a testing site for driverless cars. Willow Run, which also was a General Motors powertrain plant, has been bought by developers of the proposed American Center for Mobility for $1.2 million, announced Michigan officials. The long-anticipated purchase allows American Center for Mobility to proceed with plans to turn the 335-acre site in Ypsilanti Township into a state-of-the-art testing facility for automated vehicles.
Australian police have made an unusual find while searching the bag of a woman who was being arrested: a baby koala.
Miked Up finale
- After 62 episodes, the Miked Up podcast is coming to an end (we wish you well in your new job, Mike Martinez). Before he left, though, he and Mike Wayland reminisced about their favorite moments.
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