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As of yesterday, spring has officially sprung! Unfortunately, no one told the weather this.

πŸ₯Ά Today's weather: Still really darn cold. Mostly cloudy and windy, with a high of 37.

Situational awareness: The Michigan Senate voted yesterday to overhaul the state's surrogacy law and allow for paid contracts between surrogates and those planning to become parents, the Detroit News reports.

  • The legislation is likely headed to the governor's desk for final approval.

Today's newsletter is 872 words β€” a 3.5-minute read. Edited by Joe Guillen and copy edited by Cindy Orosco-Wright.

1 big thing: πŸŒ’ What to know about the eclipse

<span style="display: block;text-align: center;">Path of the April 8, 2024 eclipse</span>
Data: NASA; Map: Erin Davis/Axios Visuals

A total solar eclipse is coming April 8, a once-in-a-lifetime experience that's become one of the country's hottest attractions.

  • The next one won't reach the lower 48 until 2044.

Why it matters: The southeast corner of Monroe County will be the only part of Michigan where the total eclipse can be seen.

  • Detroit will see a partial eclipse between 2:41pm and 3:46pm, per NASA, with max coverage of 99.2% at 3:14pm.

Reality check: 99% sounds pretty close to a full eclipse, but don't be fooled, warns.

  • "Just like there's no such thing as being 99% pregnant β€” it's all or nothing," a scientist with the American Astronomical Society's eclipse task force told the space exploration publication.
  • It's the difference between seeing something kind of neat and experiencing a "profoundly beautiful and shocking sight," per

Zoom in: If you want the full eclipse mania experience in-state, Monroe County has a list of events, including at the Monroe County Museum and River Raisin National Battlefield Park.

The big picture: There are also plenty of places to drive to across Ohio and Indiana.

How it works: Use eclipse glasses or other proper eyewear to catch the action.

  • Check out this list of reputable manufacturers and authorized vendors.

πŸ“£ Shoutout: Are you traveling for the eclipse? Reply to this email and tell us where to and how.

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2. Golden Grizzlies shoot for Cinderella tournament run

Oakland won the Horizon League championship this month to make the NCAA Tournament. Photo: Michael Allio/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Oakland men's basketball coach Greg Kampe will add another chapter to his legendary career this week.

Why it matters: In a college sports world that's never been more transitory, Kampe's 40-year stint β€” entirely at Oakland University β€” has included four trips to the NCAA Tournament, a proud achievement at a mid-major program like Oakland.

Driving the news: The Horizon League champion Golden Grizzlies earned the No. 14 seed in the South region of the NCAA Tournament. They'll face the 3-seeded Kentucky Wildcats and coach John Calipari, who is a friend of Kampe's.

  • It's Oakland's first trip to the tournament since going back-to-back in 2010 and 2011.
  • The game is tomorrow at 7:10pm on CBS.

What they're saying: Kampe said he's embracing the challenge of playing one of his friends, despite being eliminated from past tournaments by close colleagues like Texas' Rick Barnes in 2011.

  • "If we're going to be there, we might as well, not get exposed, but have the exposure of getting in this tournament and playing arguably the greatest basketball program in the country," Kampe told the Detroit News' Tony Paul.

The intrigue: Kampe is beloved on campus, from fans who make up Kampe's Korner at the Athletics Center O'Rena, to his players and even the media.

What's next: Should Oakland pull off the upset, it would play the Texas Tech-NC State winner on Saturday.

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3. The Grapevine: You heard it here

Illustration: Maura Losch/Axios

🍸 Almost $1 million in liquor disappeared from the state's 2022 inventory, a report from the state's auditor general found. The Michigan Liquor Control Commission's flawed inventory system made it impossible to pinpoint how much liquor there was at a given time. (Free Press)

πŸŽ₯ Lions wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown will be featured in a Netflix docuseries, "Receiver," to be released this summer. (Detroit News)

🐺 Wildlife regulators shortened Michigan's coyote hunting season from year-round to nine months. The change is designed to prevent hunters from orphaning pups. (Bridge Michigan)

4. UAW tries to unionize Tennessee plant

The UAW is attempting to organize the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Photo: Mark Elias/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The UAW is calling for a federally sanctioned vote to unionize the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Why it matters: With more than 4,000 workers, the factory would be the only non-Detroit Three automotive assembly plant in the U.S. to be unionized, Axios' Nathan Bomey reports.

Driving the news: The UAW filed a petition with the National Labor Relations Board to hold the unionization vote after a "supermajority" of workers at the plant signed cards signaling their willingness to join.

Reality check: The UAW has lost two previous votes to organize the Chattanooga factory β€” in 2014 and 2019 β€” both times by narrow margins.

The other side: VW has said it will be neutral in the organizing campaign and that it supports a vote. But the company has pledged to call out any "misinformation" in the UAW's campaign.

What's next: Once the NLRB confirms that at least 30% of employees at the site have signed authorization cards, the vote is next.

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5. NFL Draft passes now available

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

Registration is now open for free access to next month's NFL Draft downtown.

The big picture: Draft activities and events will consume a large section of downtown April 25-27.

How it works: You can register to attend by downloading the NFL OnePass app or via

  • Adults who register can include up to five children.
  • The NFL isn't limiting the number of passes, but access could be restricted to places like Campus Martius if capacity is reached.

Go deeper: The NFL Draft's downtown Detroit footprint

Our picks:

πŸ–ŠοΈ Joe is taking the boring route and picking UConn to win the men's NCAA Tournament.

🐎 Annalise is reading Beyoncé's statement about her new album.

🌍 Sam's new obsession is mugithi music.