News Roundup
8:52 am
Tue January 17, 2012

In this morning's news...

March to Snyder’s Home

Some 800-1,000 people protested outside of Governor Snyder’s neighborhood yesterday evening in Ann Arbor. They were demonstrating against the state’s controversial emergency manager law. “The rally started  on the eastern edge of Ann Arbor, and about a mile-and-a-half from Governor Snyder’s house. Protesters marched, chanted and sang, hoisted signs and lit candles. They wound in a long line through the tree-lined neighborhood of gently rolling hills spotted with the occasional large house. They were greeted outside of Snyder’s gated community by the governor’s chief of staff, Dennis Muchmore. Muchmore told the protestors that the governor wants to work with people living in financially strained communities, but that the cities must also be protected from insolvency,” Laura Weber reports.

Fuel Economy Standards

A hearing is scheduled in Detroit today to discuss President Obama’s plan to nearly double fuel economy standards for vehicles in the U.S., the Associated Press reports. From the AP:

Tuesday's hearing… is one of three being held this month in cities around the country by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Officials with the United Auto Workers union and the National Wildlife Federation plan to be in Detroit for the hearing. The administration in November formally proposed what major automakers and the White House agreed to in July. Under the plan, cars and trucks by 2025 must average 54.5 miles per gallon. Vehicles on the road last year, by contrast, averaged 27 miles per gallon.

Attendance Up at Detroit Auto Show

More people are attending the North American International Auto Show this year. Attendance is up about 10 percent. “195,000 people attended the show on Saturday and Sunday, the first two days the show was open to the public. That compares to about 180,000 people the first two days of the show last year. The North American International Auto Show ends Saturday,” Tracy Samilton reports.