News@noon: Tax Day, river rescue, quiet rooms

The Detroit News

Today is Tuesday, April 18, 2017, and it's officially Tax Day and you've got until 11:59 p.m. to file a return with the Internal Revenue Service.

What you need to know today:

Crews rescue drowning pregnant woman

Detroit police, an emergency medical technician and the crew of a mail delivery ship rescued a pregnant woman who jumped into the Detroit River Monday night. Authorities received a 911 call about the woman falling into the water at Riverside Park near Jefferson and West Grand Boulevard on the city's west side.

File photo of the J.W. Westcott mail boat delivering mail to a ship near Riverside Park in 2012.

Group urges end to pensions, benefits of new Mich. government workers

Business Leaders for Michigan has released a report that calls on policy makers to close pensions to new government employees and end retirement health care benefits for future hires. The report says unfunded liabilities pose a threat to state and local governments and may discourage business inv

estments. "Our view is we need to do it in a way that keeps the promises that were made to (current and retired) employees while we try to take steps in rein in costs,” says Doug Rothwell, the group's president and CEO.

Detroit to learn if  NCAA championship is in the cards

The NCAA is expected to announce at 1 p.m. Tuesday the hosts and sites for championship sports events and Detroit will learn if it will host some. The Detroit Sports Commission has applied to host 15 championships in nine sports in August of 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022. Among the events the commission bid on to host are the first and second and regional rounds of the men’s NCAA Tournament, the men’s Frozen Four hockey championship, and the Division I and Division III wrestling championships.

Detroit hopes to host NCAA championship events.

Quiet rooms for autistic children are landing at airports

A growing number of airports in the United States and around the world are offering special rooms where children, and adults, with neurodevelopmental challenges can recover from the stress of travel.  Some feature calming features such as mini-ball pits, bubbling water sculptures and tactile activity panels.

Shannon Airport in Shannon, Ireland, has a quiet room for autistic children and travelers.

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