News@noon: Trump teaser; nudity not welcome
Today is Wednesday, March 15, 2017, and President Donald Trump is in town today.
Trump will tell autoworkers and car executives in a speech that his administration is reopening an automaker-requested review of a strict fuel economy mandate, a senior White House official said.
Hundreds of autoworkers from General Motors Co., Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Ford Motor Co. are expected to attend the speech at the American Center for Mobility in Ypsilanti Township today.
Here's what else is going on today:
- As President Trump visits Michigan for the first time since the campaign, General Motors Co. announced that it will add about 220 new jobs and retain another 680 at Michigan facilities in the next year.
- The Detroit automaker said the 220 new jobs will be added at its Romulus Powertrain Plant to boost production of the 10-speed transmission used in multiple vehicles.
- The carmaker also said it will retain about 180 jobs at its Flint Assembly Plant for production of heavy-duty Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups. It is redeploying workers from Lansing Delta Township Assembly Plant.
Trump's tax tease
- And since we're on the subject of Trump, he wasn't very pleased after a few pages of his 2005 tax return were revealed to a reporter. According to those documents, Trump earned $153 million and paid $36.5 million in income taxes in 2005, paying a roughly 25 percent effective tax rate thanks to a tax he has since sought to eliminate. Trump took to Twitter to slam the reporter, Pulitzer prize-winning journalist David Cay Johnston.
- If you want to get naked, you'll have to do it somewhere other than the Russell Industrial Center. A nude photo shoot this weekend to benefit the embattled artist enclave has been canceled after some tenants complained.
- It's now officially a week since powerful windstorms swept through the state and created the worst weather-related power outage in DTE Energy history. And a little less than 2,000 area residents are still left wondering when the power will come back on.
The man you haven't heard of
Some say John Tanton is a visionary. Others call him an ogre. But the most common response to his name might be a blank stare. The last is surprising given he single-handedly started a social movement — and not just any crusade but one of the biggest in history, one that is roiling American politics today, historians say. He is the father of the modern anti-immigration movement.
- Speaking of immigration, roughly 700 Michigan State University employees have signed a statement vowing not to help federal immigration officials seeking to apprehend or deport students.
- Joann Harvey and her sisters had been taking care of their elderly mother, Julia Jackowski, for a little over a year when they decided to renovate her basement to make it safer for her to get around. What they discovered down there while cleaning up has brought the 90-year-old surprise and joy.
Time to break free from the office for lunch; food trucks return to Campus Martius this week. “Downtown Street Eats,” the weekday lunchtime series in Campus Martius kicks off Friday 11 a.m.-2 p.m. with a St. Patrick’s Celebration.
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