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Auto parts supplier breaks ground on new plant in Detroit. 

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The CEO of the Capital Area Transportation Authority, Sandy Dragoo, will retire next year.

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GM keeps profit forecast despite head winds in US market. 

UM study shows why consumers ignore recalls

Apr 5, 2017
pbs.org

A national survey conducted by the University of Michigan sheds light on why many consumers choose to ignore vehicle safety recalls.

Nearly 51 million vehicles, as well as 34 million vehicle-related pieces of equipment, were recalled in 2015 according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Despite this, 20-percent of the owners continue to skip the fixes, the NHTSA reports.

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Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

The Michigan House is considering a series of bills that would alter the state’s firearms licensing system.  The legislation would remove the penalty against people who carry concealed pistols without a state-issued permit.  Supporters say Michigan citizens don’t need a license to exercise their Second Amendment right.

 


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The automotive industry has been and remains one of the main anchors of business in Michigan.  WKAR's Jim Peck takes a look at what the future may hold.


Takata, automakers face further airbag injury suits

Feb 27, 2017
PBS NewsHour

Dozens of lawsuits have been filed against air bag manufacturer Takata, as well as five other automakers. The plaintiffs claim the companies knew that Takata's products were dangerous, but continued using them to cut costs.

Takata’s air bag inflators are responsible for 16 deaths worldwide and more than 180 injuries. Under the force of a car crash, the inflators can explode and project shrapnel into passengers.

Calley seeks trade in Mexico on three day trip

Feb 18, 2017
MICHIGAN.GOV

New business opportunities for Michigan are on the mind of Michigan's Calley as he heads for Mexico.

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The United Auto Workers union is preparing an ad campaign that urges consumers to buy U.S.-made cars and trucks as it tries to tap into President Donald Trump's efforts to rebuild the country's manufacturing sector.

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Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

For city-dwellers, farming might not appear to be a viable career option. A program in Lansing works to encourage urban farming through the Lansing Urban Farm Project apprenticeship program.


Bob Kolt photo in jersey
Jef Richards

This year the going rate for an ad during the NFL championship game Feb. 5 is $5 million for a 30 second spot.  What sells? 


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Federal figures say union membership in Michigan declined in 2016.  The Detroit News reports the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics said the number of union members in Michigan dropped from 621,000 in 2015 to 606,000 last year, going from 15.2 percent to 14.4 percent.

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A major announcement from GM is forthcoming. $1 billion in company investment is planned.

Bob McMahan photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

Kettering's new vehicle and mobility systems development proving ground will open in the spring.


AP

Auto makers look to past for concept car inspiration

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