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Little Caesars plans downtown headquarters expansion

Little Caesars announced plans to expands its headquarters downtown with the construction of a new 205,000-square foot “global resource center” next to the Fox Theater complex.

The pizza company, owned and operated by the Ilitch family, says it will also renovate the company’s existing office space in the Fox.

“This will allow the organization to house 600 additional employees in our world headquarters campus here downtown Detroit, and also add a lot of new facilities that will support the growth of the chain in terms of training, meeting spaces, innovation labs and kitchens,” said Chris Ilitch, president and CEO of Ilitch Holdings.

The new and renovated space will effectively double the size of the company’s downtown headquarters and include a flagship Little Caesars store.

“This state-of-the-art headquarters campus will create a collaborative workspace that helps us continue to attract, train and retain the top talent and franchisees we need to continue our explosive growth and better serve our customers around the world,” said David Scrivano, president and CEO of Little Caesars.

The new building is part of Ilitch Holdings’ promised $650 million downtown district that includes the new Red Wings arena scheduled to open for the 2017-2018 NHL season.

“This is a transformational time our city’s history, and we’re honored to continue contributing to the rebirth of our proud community,” said Christopher Ilitch, president and CEO of Ilitch Holdings.

Little Caesars moved downtown in 1989 after completing the Fox Theater renovation. Construction for the new building is expected to begin in spring of 2015 and it’s anticipated to be completed by the end of 2016.

Drug testing of welfare recipients’ bill sent to Gov. Snyder

Adult welfare recipients who are suspected of substance abuse would be given drug tests under Republican-backed legislation headed to Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder for his signature.

The bills receiving final legislative approval Wednesday would start a suspicion-based drug-testing pilot program in at least three counties. The pilot would last for one year.

If recipients of cash assistance who are thought to be using illegal drugs refuse to be tested, they would lose benefits for at least six months. Recipients who test positive the first time would be offered treatment. Repeat offenders would be ineligible for welfare but could reapply if they later test negative.

The Republican-led Senate voted 26-10 along party lines to send the legislation to Snyder.

Republicans say people shouldn’t be able to spend public funds on drugs. Democrats say the bills target the poor and should have been amended to also require drug testing of business executives whose companies get tax incentives or other public aid.

Michigan has roughly 80,000 welfare recipients, 21,000 of them adults age 18 and older who could be subject to drug testing depending on which counties were selected for the pilot.

Police: Road rage victim was shot before crashing on I-94

Police say road rage is what caused a single car crash at I-94 near French Road, where Cedric Horn lost his life but after learning exactly what happened before the crash, his family has another name for it: Murder.

Police say Horn was involved in a road rage altercation and may have rear-ended someone before losing control.

Investigators also confirm that Horn had been shot.

Horn was a proud father of three and a father figure to Jackson.

Horn was driving on I-94 when he lost control of his car at 10:15 p.m. Dec. 8. Witnesses told police he went off the road, up the embankment and hit a tree before coming back down.

At first they thought it was a medical condition, then they heard from police about suspected road rage. The family is asking for help from anyone who knows what happened.

Anyone who may have witnessed anything please call the Michigan State Police (248) 584-5740 or the Detroit Police Department (313) 596-5300. Investigators say no one has been arrested and they believe multiple vehicles may have been involved.

They say the information you may have could help save a life. After the crash, police had a portion of I-94 closed while they looked for clues in the shooting death.

Three families tied together through tragedy

People gathered at Redeemer Fellowship in Monroe Wednesday night. They came to the church to remember three women, two murdered and one still missing. All unsolved.

Wednesday night, three families gathered with a common bond, connected even before the horrific events affected them all.

Chelsea Small was murdered in 2013 after a robbery at a Taylor Cash Advance store where the 30-year-old mother of two worked. Police have no suspects. Chelsea’s mother is a friend of Julia Niswender’s mother. Her daughter was found dead in an Ypsilanti apartment. The medical examiner determined the 23-year-old, an Eastern Michigan University student, was murdered, drowned in her own bathtub. Police have no suspects a year later.

And Julia’s Niswender’s friend is Chelsea Bruck. The two were seen at a birthday party. Chelsea Bruck has been missing since October after attending a Halloween party. Police are holding massive searches for the 22-year-old, but no trace of her or a suspect. There is only a composite sketch of a person of interest.

Three women were tied together through tragedy, their families praying for answers, hoping for justice and keeping their memories of Chelsea Bruck, Chelsea Small and Julia Niswender alive.

All three women have separate cash rewards and Crimestoppers is helping out. Call 1-800-SPEAK-UP.

Written by LBeasley (Lauren Beasley), Digital Producer of The Morning Heat and Sports Editor of Radio One Detroit

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