News@noon: Meeting with Trump; bringing the thunder
Today is Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017, and the candy-colored love letter to musicals “La La Land” has landed a record-tying 14 Academy Awards nominations, matching it with “Titanic” and “All About Eve” for most nominations ever.
Here's what else we're following today:
Meeting with Trump
President Donald Trump told the CEOs of automakers Tuesday that he wants to ease regulations to help auto companies. Trump said he wanted to create a regulatory climate that “makes the process simpler for the auto industry, after a meeting with executives from Detroit’s Big Three: Ford Motor Co. President and CEO Mark Fields, General Motors Co. Chairman and CEO Mary Barra and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV CEO Sergio Marchionne.
The Tuesday meeting — believed to be the first time all three leaders have convened in one room — follows a flurry of news announcements from the Trump administration involving trade.
Pipelines move ahead
President Trump intends to take action today to advance construction of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines, according to a person familiar with the matter. TransCanada Corp.’s Keystone pipeline was rejected under former President Barack Obama, and Energy Transfer Partners LP’s$3.8 billion Dakota Access project was stalled when the Obama administration halted work on in on land near Lake Oahe in North Dakota amid protests by Native American groups.
The Cabinet comes together
- In the meantime, Congress is approving members of Trump's Cabinet, including doctor Ben Carson as HUD director and conservative billionaire investor Wilbur Ross to lead the Commerce Department.
- The top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee has forced a one-week delay in the committee vote on attorney general nominee Sen. Jeff Sessions.
Inkster cop out
A former Inkster police officer who was convicted of beating a motorist during a January 2015 traffic stop was released from prison today, corrections officials said. William Melendez was sentenced in February to 13 months to 10 years in prison with credit for time served since he was jailed in November 2015.
Drunken driver in
The 49-year-old Wayne County man charged in the drunken driving incident that claimed the life of a 12-year-old girl was sentenced today to 27-50 years in prison. Charles James Cahill Jr. of Sumpter Township, who pleaded guilty in November to drinking and causing the wreck that killed Victoria Mack on July 27, was sentenced by Third Circuit Judge Bruce Morrow.
Michigan Secretary of State records show Cahill has faced 12 driving while intoxicated charges. Police say Cahill was speeding in a 55-mph zone and driving on a suspended license when his vehicle rear-ended a van at a stop sign. The crash occurred at Martinsville and Willis roads in Sumpter Township. Four others in the vehicle were injured.
Property tax relief
More than half of Detroit’s residential property owners will have lower property tax bills this year, but 41 percent can expect modest increases, city officials said Monday. The Duggan administration unveiled the proposed 2017 property assessments on the heels of the first parcel-by-parcel reappraisal of the city’s nearly 255,000 residential properties in 60 years.
Bringing the thunder
Selfridge Air National Guard Base got a small glimpse of what’s in store for its centennial celebration in August. And it was a doozy. One of the Thunderbirds, the Air Force Air Demonstration Team, stopped by the base Monday to prepare for the squadron’s performance at the 100th birthday party.
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