News@noon: State of state, Warren's woes
Today is Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017, though it feels a little more like March 18, doesn't it?
Here's what's happening today:
State of the state
- Gov. Rick Snyder cautioned that every corner of Michigan is at risk because of aging infrastructure in his annual State of the State address Tuesday night, pointing to Flint’s pipes and a massive Fraser sinkhole as he urged legislators to find ways to generate additional funding.
- It wasn't all bad news, though, as Snyder touted the state's economic resurgence, and wants to push the population back over the 10 million mark by 2020.
Meanwhile, in Washington ...
- Supporters praised education secretary nominee Betsy DeVos of west Michigan as a change agent on Tuesday, but Democrats remained wary of her lack of experience as an educator and the potential conflicts of interest posed by her extensive investments and financial holdings.
- At a hearing of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions, Chairman Lamar Alexander, R-Tennessee, said he believes DeVos’ views are in the mainstream of public opinion, and that her critics’ are not.
Ready to march
- President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration is Friday. A day later, more than 200,000 women — including roughly 7,000, if not more, from Michigan — are expected to march in Washington for what’s been billed as the Women’s March.
- Organizers insist it isn’t an “anti-Trump” march as much as it is about women standing together on issues such as reproductive rights, equal pay, and lesbian and gay rights.
- Warren Mayor Jim Fouts says he won't resign over ugly recordings that allegedly include his voice, despite local and state officials calling for his resignation.
- Fouts denies it's his voice in the recordings, though Neal Rubin writes the embattled mayor's explanation is more absurd than the tapes.
- Michigan's third-largest city also is dealing with allegations of police brutality. Gabrielle Stokes, 19, says she suffered arm and wrist injuries at the hands of police officers while hosting a small party for a friend moving to Texas. Warren officers showed up following a report of an incident outside.
- Warren police declined to comment on Stokes’ allegations, citing an open investigation.
What a view
- NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough tweeted a stunning picture Tuesday morning with Detroit as the star, alongside what appears to be Lansing, Pontiac, Toledo and Cleveland. Kimbrough is the commander of Expedition 50, aboard the International Space Station.
Remembering a friend
- Bob Seger has shared “Glenn Song,” his first new song in more than two years, about the passing of his friend and fellow Detroit rocker Glenn Frey.
- The track, which is available as a free download at glenn-song.bobseger.com, arrives on the one-year anniversary of the Eagles’ co-founder’s death at the age of 67.
Upset bid falls short
- Michigan put up a fight and surged to an eight-point second-half lead but couldn’t overcome foul trouble and empty possessions down the stretch, falling short, 68-64, Tuesday night as No. 17 Wisconsin won its 17th straight at Kohl Center.
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