News@noon: Keeping up with Trump; Fouts under fire

The Detroit News

Today is Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017, and President Donald Trump is ordering a “major investigation” into voter fraud, revisiting unsubstantiated claims he’s made repeatedly about a rigged voting system.

For those who are wondering whether Michigan might be part of this voter fraud, Michigan Bureau of Elections Director Chris Thomas told us yesterday that an ongoing but largely completed state audit of the Nov. 8 presidential election in Detroit has yet to produce any evidence of fraud.

President Donald Trump

Why is Trump dogged by this insecurity, even though he won the election? “He believes what he believes based on the information he was provided,”  said his White House spokesman Sean Spicer, who provided no evidence to back up the president’s statements.

The new president has been busy with plenty of other initiatives in the last few days, including:

Ford CEO Mark Fields, right, speaks to the press with Fiat-Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne and General Motors CEO Mary Barra following a meeting of automakers with President Donald Trump at the White House on Tuesday.

We'll keep you updated on development from the Trump administration as they occur. Here's what else is making news today:

Leaving the family

  • For the first time in the company's 58-year history, Art Van Furniture will be out of family control. The Michigan-based company, equally well-known for its furniture as it is for its philanthropy in the area, will be sold to a private equity firm in February.

Killed after dropping off child

  •  A 28-year-old man is dead after he was shot this morning after dropping a child off at Mark Twain Elementary/Middle School in Detroit, police said. Seconds after the drop-off, a backseat passenger pulled out a gun, shot the driver, then fled on foot.

Spin the wheels

  • The Motor City will be home to the second permanent indoor cycling velodrome in the country by late September. The Detroit Fitness Foundation announced construction crews will break ground in the spring on a $4 million indoor multi-sport complex at the Tolan Playfield, an empty chunk of greenspace tucked behind the Children’s Hospital of Michigan and Detroit Receiving Hospital near Eastern Market and the Dequindre Cut. Check out more details of the plan.

A rendering of an indoor cycling velodrome planned for Tolan Playfield in Detroit. The venue could be built by late September.

Murder-suicide attempt

  •  A 36-year-old Commerce Township man and former Quicken Loans executive was arrested yesterday in an apparent murder-attempted suicide involving his wife. According to authorities, the man is suspected of having stabbed himself in the abdomen after allegedly killing his 38-year-old wife with a knife during an argument about 9:40 p.m. Monday in their home in the 1700 block of Applebrook, near Sleeth and Commerce.Their 10-year-old child made the call to police. 

Dow hits a record

  • The Dow Jones industrial average crossed the 20,000 mark for the first time in early trading today, the latest milestone in a record-setting drive for the stock market. The other major U.S. stock indexes were also moving higher, led by banks and other financial companies, as investors pored over the latest batch of company earnings and deal news.

Fouts under fire

  • Allegations that Mayor Jim Fouts made crude, recorded remarks about disabled people, older women and African-Americans that have divided the community took another twist last night when the City Council agreed to probe the source of the recordings.

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