News@noon: Snow recovery; retiring 'Same Old Lions'
Today is Monday, Dec. 12, 2016, and today we're experiencing a "slap of reality" after a mild November.
Michigan was wrapped in winter white as a blanket of snow covered the area Sunday, contributing to at least one death on icy roads, school closings, some church closings and a flight skidding off the runway at Metro Airport and broke a daily record for snowfall.
Oh and remember what the "polar vortex" felt like? Yeah, it's about to be like that again when arctic winds blow in later this week. So get out your winter clothes and get ready because things are going to get rough.
Here's what else we are covering today:
The search continues
- Officials are set to resume the search Monday for a woman whose car plunged into the Detroit River on Belle Isle. The car was recovered Sunday but the search was called off overnight.
Does Flint need bottled water?
State officials want a federal appeals court to consider new test data on Flint water when they make their decision on whether to halt a court order requiring bottled water to be delivered to Flint residents at their home.
But officials with the Natural Resource Defense Council say the state’s claim that new evidence shows they are in compliance with the federal Lead and Copper Rule is “misleading” and “inaccurate.”
Paying for enforcement
- Medical marijuana patient fees are helping finance aggressive enforcement efforts in Metro Detroit, where local sheriff’s departments spent more than $600,000 in state grant funding on overtime pay, raid gear, dispensary stakeouts and vehicles used to haul contraband pot.
Time to retire 'Same Old Lions'
- Matthew Stafford ran backward, then forward. He chugged straight ahead, then to the right, then to the left. At the goal line, he bounced off two big Bears and fell into the end zone. It was one crazy path to victory, and perfectly sums up the Lions’ crazy, staggering run.
- These aren't the Same Old Lions we've been seeing (and complaining about) for years. While the game yesterday against the Bears wasn't pretty, it was a win. And it proved just how gutsy this team is.
- The only problem now is, Stafford is injured.
Alone on the road?
Truck builders are joining the race to develop autonomous vehicles, promising to revolutionize the way the nation delivers goods. But don’t expect to see robotic trucks on the highway anytime soon, American Trucking Associations President Chris Spear says.
Guide to giving gifts
- Do you give your mail carrier a present? Leave money in an envelope? What about the people that help care for your kids before, during and after school? Giving gifts is fun, but it can be a challenge as well, especially if you’re on a budget. Here are gift-giving guidelines to fall back on as a new holiday season approaches.
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