🚘 Detroit FCA plant 'major supplier' announcement today

Here is today's Morning Report.

"A beacon of hope." -- @coltons_captures

Weather: High 86°, Low 65°

Expect another cool start today! Hopefully you enjoy it a bit cooler at night. Usually it helps make it more comfortable for sleeping, especially if you don't have AC, or if you do and you want to give it a rest.

Today should be mostly sunny with highs in the mid 80s. 😎

Check the latest forecast at ClickOnDetroit.com/WeatherCenter.

Traffic: Orange Barrel Land 🚧 🚧

Welcome to Orange Barrel Land. Population: Millions and growing!

OK maybe not MILLIONS of orange barrels (it would be interesting/time-consuming to count how many barrels actually are out there), but that's what it feels like here on Metro Detroit's roads.

ANYWAY ... the bottom line is construction barrels are everywhere you look. MDOT has crews very busy working on some of the most-traveled roadways in the state (see the list of 30 projects that started Monday 😮). Please be safe and aware of these workers.

⚠️ Slow down in construction zones. It's not worth risking someone's life. If you're late, you're late. That's why you're urged to plan ahead and know what's on your route. Please drive safely! 🙏

Here's something for our Washtenaw County drivers to watch out for today:

  • NB US-23 ramp to EB I-94 closed for construction
  • NB US-23 ramp to WB I-94 closed for construction

Always check the live Traffic Map here.

New Detroit FCA plant supplier announcement 🚘

Mayor Duggan and industry leaders are set to announce the first "major supplier" for the new FCA assembly plant that's under construction on the city's east side. The multi-million dollar investment is expected to create hundreds of new manufacturing jobs. According to Duggan's office, the supplier has committed to the same priority hiring practices for Detroiters as FCA.

We'll be there. 

Fighting child hunger 🥊

Olympic Gold Medalist Boxer Claressa Shields, of Flint, will join local dairy farmers, representatives from Feeding America, and more than 200 Detroit K-12 students today at Ford Field to rally in the fight against child hunger. The U.S. dairy community is partnering with Feeding America to raise awareness for this issue and encourage people to donate at GiveAGallon.com.

Vigil for murder victims 🕯️

This evening will be a time for remembrance and healing for those in Macomb County who share the
enormous loss of having had a loved one murdered. Organizers wish to document and remember those who have fallen victim to murder and promote peace, not violence, within our community.

  • When: Today at 6:30 p.m.
  • Where: Crocker House Museum Garden at 15 Union Street, Mount Clemens, MI 48043

Lee Iacocca viewing

A viewing will be held today for Lee Iacocca, the auto industry icon who died July 2 at age 94. The viewing is 2-8 p.m. at Lynch and Sons Funeral Home in Clawson. The funeral will be held tomorrow in Bloomfield Hills. The family is asking that donations be made to Massachusetts General Hospital -- click here.

🗓️ Here's what's on the calendar:

  • July 16 -- 🚀🌕 Apollo 11 launches 50 years ago
  • July 18-21 -- 🎨 Ann Arbor Art Fair -- here's what to know
  • July 20 -- 🎶 Jeff Lynne's ELO at Little Caesars Arena
  • July 20 -- 👨‍🚀🌕 Apollo 11 first Moon Landing 50th anniversary
  • July 21 -- 🌮 Taco Showdown Detroit 2019 at Eastern Market
  • July 22 -- Taste Fest 2019 at Jimmy Johns Field
  • July 23 -- NAACP National Convention Diversity Career Fair at Cobo Center
  • July 26 -- 🍺 Ypsilanti Summer Beer Festival
  • July 27-28 -- MO POP Festival 2019

Check the Live Guide calendar for more local events, and post your own. 

Annual Mud Day!

Wayne County Parks will turn Nankin Mills Park into a giant mud pit today from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for the annual Mud Day event. A 75x150-foot mud pit will make the "messiest mud playground in Michigan." Children ages 12 and younger will have the chance to play while participating in games and relay races at this free event. Nankin Mills Park is located at 33275 Hines Drive in Westland, across from the Nankin Mills Interpretive Center.

Street Hockey Summer Tour! 🥅

Car! ("Wayne's World," anyone??) The 4th annual Street Hockey Summer Tour is in town today at the Chevy Plaza at Little Caesars Arena from 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. More than 100 kids aged 7-12 are expected at this free clinic! 

And you shouldn't have to worry about cars interrupting play in the plaza! GAME ON!

Classic Rock Bracket Round 3 🎸

The next round of our Classic Rock Bracket is underway! This has been a really fun bracket to run, and we can't wait to see how it turns out. 

Is Rush really going to win this thing!?


50% off tickets to Renaissance Festival ⚔️♞

The Michigan Renaissance Festival is back for 2019, and once again, Local 4 and ClickOnDetroit have an exclusive half-off deal for you!

It's available for a limited-time - you can only buy these tickets for a 50% discount through Aug. 17.

Here's a link to learn more about the 2019 Renaissance Festival. This year's festival runs weekends and Labor Day, Aug. 17 to Sept. 29. The fun all happens at 12600 Dixie Hwy, Holly, MI 48442.

Adventure awaits! Purchase your half-off tickets here!

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Dave Bartkowiak Jr. is the digital managing editor for ClickOnDetroit.