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News@Noon: GM, Kid Rock, Iggy

Charles E. Ramirez
The Detroit News

Today is Thursday, April 20, 2017, and here's what's making news today:

Unrest puts brakes on GM operations in Venezuela

General Motors officials said Thursday the company has stopped doing business in Venezuela after authorities took control of its only factory in the Latin American country. The plant was confiscated on Wednesday as anti-government protesters clashed with authorities in a country that is roiling in economic troubles such as food shortages and triple-digit inflation. The company called the government's move an illegal judicial seizure of its assets.

GM has stopped operations in Venezuela due to civil unrest.

New Detroit schools superintendent 'humbled'

Nikolai Vitti, the Florida school administrator and Dearborn Heights native chosen to lead troubled Detroit Public Schools Community District by its board Tuesday, said "to be selected as the first superintendent by the newly elected board and new district is humbling and an honor.” The 40-year-old also said he was eager to get to work.


Kid Rock, Ted Nugent go to Washington

Detroit rockers Kid Rock and Ted Nugent visited the White House to meet with President Donald Trump. Photos surfaced early Thursday showing Rock, Nugent and Sarah Palin with the president at the Oval Office. Rock was joined by his reported fiancé, Audrey Berry, while the Nuge was accompanied by his wife, Shemane.


Tigers comeback fall short, Iglesias injured

The Detroit Tigers rallied from a 5-1 deficit with the Tampa Bay Rays to take a 7-5 lead in the sixth inning. But the Rays pulled out a 8-7 victory in the ninth inning after short stop Jose Iglesias appeared to get injured while trying to turn a double play after getting a throw from second baseman Ian Kinsler. Iglesias stumbled on his relay throw, appearing to have buckled a knee or leg against second base.

Shortstop Jose Iglesias could return Thursday after he clears the seven-day concussion protocol. The Tigers shortstop was injured last week in Tampa in a collision on a potential double-play ball.