News@noon: State of State, leaked recordings, surging Wings
Today is Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017, and Gov. Rick Snyder is preparing to deliver his seventh annual State of the State speech at 7 tonight before a joint session of the Michigan Legislature.
Here's what else is happening today:
- Warren Mayor Jim Fouts is under fire — again — for leaked audio allegedly capturing him make disparaging remarks about African Americans and older women. This tape comes weeks after a separate tape made headlines for Fouts' alleged comments about people with disabilities.
- Several local and state officials are calling for Fouts to resign, but the mayor in Facebook posts has denied it's his voice in any of the recordings.
- He claims they're doctored in retaliation for him blasting Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel for allowing contractors to dump excavated dirt on the closed landfill at Freedom Hill Amphitheatre.
- Fouts has asked Attorney General Bill Schuette to investigate the dumping.
Icy roads, then a warmer week
- The roads were slick this morning, with overnight freezing rain coating the roadways. It has slowly melted this morning, with temperatures expected to rise to the upper 40s, well-above average for this time of year. Enjoy it while it lasts!
- A unidentified man was found dead and nude Tuesday morning on the sidewalk of a northwest Detroit neighborhood, according to police.
- The Red Wings won their second consecutive game yesterday afternoon with a 1-0 victory over the Montreal Canadiens. This came about 48 hours after the struggling team defeated the defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins. Don't count them out yet, beat writer Ted Kulfan says.
- Columnist Bob Wojnowski looks at the team's chances of prolonging its record playoffs streak, with a focus on the team's "young guns learning to fly."
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