DETROIT – The Ford Fusion Hybrid midsize sedan wins the 2010 North American Car of the Year, while the Ford Transit Connect takes truck of the year at the Detroit auto show.
Forty-nine auto journalists made the picks. Finalists for the car award included the Buick LaCrosse and Volkswagen Golf GTI. The Chevrolet Equinox, Ford Transit Connect and Subaru Outback were finalists for the truck award.
LANSING, MI – The state treasurer and legislative budget experts will huddle today to come up with an estimate on how much money the state will have to spend and how much it will have to cut in 2010.
State Treasurer Robert Kleine and House and Senate budget officials will listen to presentations on the state of the auto industry, expected job losses, and the timing of an economic recovery for Michigan and the nation.
LANSING, MI – The pace of job losses in Michigan will slow down this year, and the state will start to add jobs in 2011. That was the message Monday from economists to a budget panel holding a hearing at the state Capitol.
AUDIO: The good news is the worst appears to be over, and Michigan is eyeing the beginning of a recovery. The bad news -- that recovery will be very slow, and state tax revenues won't return to pre-recession levels.
CHICAGO – The Detroit Pistons will try to avoid matching their longest losing streak in 17 seasons tonight by earning their first road win over the Chicago Bulls in nearly four years. Chicago has struggled to a record of 15-20 so far, but Detroit's is worse at 11-24.
DETROIT – A top executive for General Motors Co. says the automaker should be "solidly profitable" when demand for new cars and trucks rebounds to normal levels.
GM Vice Chairman Bob Lutz told the Society of Automotive Analysts on Sunday that the company has made strides only months after it restructured through more than $50 billion in federal aid and a government-led bankruptcy.
His prediction follows statements last week by chairman and interim CEO Ed Whitacre Jr. Whitacre said GM could be profitable this year.
LANSING, MI – A solid majority of Michigan school districts say they will support the state's bid to win more federal money for schools.
The Michigan Department of Education said Sunday that a preliminary count indicates it has received memos for Race to the Top funds from 703 local school districts and charter schools. Most were sent in without an endorsement from a union official.
Some of the districts may have been double-counted because memos could have been sent to both the state and intermediate school districts.
EAST LANSING, MI – Fun in the Caribbean sun is only an afterthought for 32 Michigan State University medical students and faculty visiting the Dominican Republic.
Since arriving earlier this week in the capital city of Santo Domingo, the group has had a close-up look at medical conditions in a Third World country. They've visited a leper colony and the pediatric wards of a government-run hospital where patients must provide their own bedding. Still ahead are visits to a refugee camp and a trash dump that is home to some Dominicans.