Tracy Samilton http://michiganradio.org en Why you should care if your neighbor doesn't have a job http://michiganradio.org/post/why-you-should-care-if-your-neighbor-doesnt-have-job <p align="LEFT">In Michigan, 60.2% of people are in the labor force, according to a new state report.</p><p align="LEFT">The number is essentially unchanged from a year ago.</p><p align="LEFT">University of Michigan economist Don Grimes says at least 67%&nbsp;of Michigan's population should be in the labor force this many years after a recession.</p><p align="LEFT">He says people in their 20s, and people in their mid to late 50s, are having the most trouble finding work, both in Michigan and nationwide.</p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 21:10:51 +0000 Tracy Samilton 17245 at http://michiganradio.org Why you should care if your neighbor doesn't have a job Lincoln Park joins growing list of cities in financial emergency http://michiganradio.org/post/lincoln-park-joins-growing-list-cities-financial-emergency <p align="LEFT">Lincoln Park had $4.5 million dollars in its general fund three years ago.</p><p align="LEFT">Today, the city has a deficit of nearly $90,000,&nbsp;raising alarm among state officials about how fast it has spent all its money.</p><p align="LEFT">Gov. Rick Snyder says he agrees with the Michigan Treasury that a state of financial emergency exists.</p><p align="LEFT">Lincoln Park&nbsp;officials say the city is on&nbsp;track to run up at least a $1 million deficit this year. The amount will be higher if the city can't strike a deal on concessions from city workers.</p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 18:02:01 +0000 Tracy Samilton 17238 at http://michiganradio.org Despite recall, Cobalts, HHRs are selling - and at a higher price http://michiganradio.org/post/despite-recall-cobalts-hhrs-are-selling-and-higher-price <p align="LEFT">A recall crisis at General Motors hasn't slowed sales of Cobalts, HHR's and other cars with a defective ignition switch.</p><p align="LEFT">In fact, the cars are selling for more than they did just a month or two ago.</p><p align="LEFT">Alec Gutierrez of Kelly Blue Book says used car prices go up in the spring.</p><p align="LEFT">"So, it's a matter of a rising tide lifting all boats," he says.</p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 00:09:34 +0000 Tracy Samilton 17123 at http://michiganradio.org Despite recall, Cobalts, HHRs are selling - and at a higher price ACSI: Economy all dressed up, with no place to go http://michiganradio.org/post/acsi-economy-all-dressed-no-place-go <p>Customer satisfaction hit a 20-year high, in the latest American Customer Satisfaction Index.</p><p>The index tracks how happy people are with their shopping, buying and consumption experiences.</p><p>On a scale of 100, the index read 76.8 in the fourth quarter of 2013.</p><p>Claus Fornell says one reason for the result is the recession&nbsp;and the slow economy that followed made&nbsp;it harder to find and win customers.&nbsp;</p><p>So companies, and their employees, especially those in the service sector, are trying harder to please their customers.</p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 21:15:06 +0000 Tracy Samilton 17108 at http://michiganradio.org ACSI: Economy all dressed up, with no place to go New videos feature GM CEO Mary Barra on the delayed recall http://michiganradio.org/post/new-videos-feature-gm-ceo-mary-barra-delayed-recall <p>GM released four additional <a href="http://fastlane.gm.com/">videos</a> featuring CEO Mary Barra to try to answer the most common questions customers have about an ignition switch recall that was delayed for nearly 10 years.</p><p>The most pressing question is probably: "Is it safe to drive&nbsp;my car?"</p><p>GM has recalled more than 1.5 million late-model Cobalts, HHRs, Pontiac Solstices, Saturn Skys and Saturn Ions.</p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 22:55:08 +0000 Tracy Samilton 16992 at http://michiganradio.org New videos feature GM CEO Mary Barra on the delayed recall You're not going to like the answer: 'How long to get rid of all those potholes?' http://michiganradio.org/post/youre-not-going-answer-how-long-get-rid-all-those-potholes <p>Virtually every city in Michigan has 'em, and lots of 'em.&nbsp;</p><p>The extreme cold this winter created&nbsp;a bumper crop of potholes&nbsp;that are slowing traffic and causing accidents and flat tires.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Some streets have degraded so much they're more pothole than driveable surface.&nbsp; Commuting has&nbsp;turned into&nbsp;a real-life game of Frogger.</p><p>And here's the really bad news.&nbsp; Some&nbsp;cities won't be back to a "normal" number of potholes until June.</p><p align="LEFT">Todd Nepper runs the city of Jackson's Public Works Department.</p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 20:37:42 +0000 Tracy Samilton 16922 at http://michiganradio.org You're not going to like the answer: 'How long to get rid of all those potholes?' Automakers helping minority, female-owned suppliers break into the biz http://michiganradio.org/post/automakers-helping-minority-female-owned-suppliers-break-biz <p>Auto companies are reducing the total number of their suppliers to maximize cost savings -- and that can make it harder than ever for new part suppliers to break into the business.</p><p>So, automakers like Ford Motor Company are doing what they can to make sure female, minority and veteran-owned manufacturers aren't bypassed.</p><p>Carla Traci Preston is Ford's Director of Supplier Diversity Development.</p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 22:49:57 +0000 Tracy Samilton 16803 at http://michiganradio.org Automakers helping minority, female-owned suppliers break into the biz More people admit to texting, emailing while driving http://michiganradio.org/post/more-people-admit-texting-emailing-while-driving <p align="LEFT">More people in the state admit they text or email while driving now than they did than two years ago.</p><p align="LEFT">Sixteen percent&nbsp;of those surveyed say they have done it - or do it on a regular basis.&nbsp; That's twice as many people as in 2012.</p><p align="LEFT">Lynn Sutfin is with the state Office of Highway Safety Planning.</p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 21:31:20 +0000 Tracy Samilton 16751 at http://michiganradio.org More people admit to texting, emailing while driving USDA looking into research animal deaths at University of Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/usda-looking-research-animal-deaths-university-michigan <p align="LEFT">The U.S. Department of Agriculture, which oversees the Animal Welfare Act, says it is "looking into" four incidents at the University of Michigan involving research animals.</p><p align="LEFT">The agency says that's not the same as a formal investigation.</p><p align="LEFT">The&nbsp;USDA is acting on a complaint by an animal rights group, SAEN (Stop Animal Exploitation NOW) which&nbsp;demands the maximum fine against the University for the deaths of several research animals, including the&nbsp;death of a baboon.</p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 23:31:32 +0000 Tracy Samilton 16739 at http://michiganradio.org USDA looking into research animal deaths at University of Michigan Car sharing means fewer car sales, according to study http://michiganradio.org/post/car-sharing-means-fewer-car-sales-according-study <p align="LEFT">A new study says car sharing has already cost U.S. auto dealers a lot of car sales over the past few years –and the trend will accelerate in the future.</p><p align="LEFT">John Hoffecker of AlixPartners says car-sharing services like ZipCar reduced car purchases by 500,000&nbsp; between 2006 and 2013.</p><p align="LEFT">The AlixPartners study focused on 10 metro areas where car-sharing services are well established.</p> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 21:23:48 +0000 Tracy Samilton 16685 at http://michiganradio.org Car sharing means fewer car sales, according to study Debbie Dingell going after her husband's job http://michiganradio.org/post/debbie-dingell-going-after-her-husbands-job <p>Debbie Dingell, wife of U.S. Congressman John Dingell, has made it official: She will run for her husband's 12th District seat.&nbsp;</p><p>John Dingell is retiring after 58 years in Congress.</p><p>Debbie Dingell, 59, is a member of the Democratic National Committee, and is chair of the Wayne State University Board of Governors.</p><p>She also worked for General Motors for 30 years.</p><p>Dingell made three appearances Friday, including one at Downtown Home and Garden in Ann Arbor.</p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 21:10:26 +0000 Tracy Samilton 16665 at http://michiganradio.org Debbie Dingell going after her husband's job Harsh winter killed many of Michigan's honeybees http://michiganradio.org/post/harsh-winter-killed-many-michigans-honeybees <p>Humans got off easy this harsh winter, compared to honeybees.</p><p>The severe cold killed off many hives.</p><p>Zachary Huang is a honeybee expert at Michigan State University.</p><p>He says, in a normal winter, a hive needs about 60 pounds of honey.&nbsp;&nbsp;"And&nbsp; they just eat the food and then shiver their muscles (to create heat) and huddle together so they are warm enough, and they don't get frozen."</p><p>But, this was no normal winter.&nbsp; And it also followed a very poor goldenrod season, a plant many honeybees use to make honey.</p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 22:16:55 +0000 Tracy Samilton 16627 at http://michiganradio.org Harsh winter killed many of Michigan's honeybees GM expands recall, admits investigation was faulty http://michiganradio.org/post/gm-expands-recall-admits-investigation-was-faulty <p align="LEFT">General Motors is expanding its recall of cars for a defect that can suddenly turn off the cars and disable the airbags.</p><p align="LEFT">The company also admits it made mistakes during the initial recall.</p><p align="LEFT">The defect is a faulty switch that may have caused more than 30 crashes and 13 deaths.</p><p align="LEFT">In some instances, the ignition switches turn off if the car is jarred, or if the key ring has extra weight on it.</p> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 20:43:17 +0000 Tracy Samilton 16608 at http://michiganradio.org GM expands recall, admits investigation was faulty High stakes for Michigan's pilot apprenticeship program http://michiganradio.org/post/high-stakes-michigans-pilot-apprenticeship-program <p>Michigan imports a lot of things from Germany, from craft beer to high-tech appliances.<br /><br />Now, the state's trying to import Germany's highly successful apprentice system.<br /><br />The hope is that employer-paid apprenticeships could address two problems: high-skilled jobs that go unfilled – and four-year college degrees that are becoming unaffordable.<br /><br />One such program is already underway, teaching students how to manage automated assembly lines.</p><p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Tracy Samilton 16374 at http://michiganradio.org High stakes for Michigan's pilot apprenticeship program Could German-style paid apprenticeships work in Michigan? http://michiganradio.org/post/could-german-style-paid-apprenticeships-work-michigan <p align="LEFT">In the United States, high school students are often told they need a four-year college degree to get a good job. That can mean racking up a lot of debt.</p><p align="LEFT">But in Germany, students can choose a paid apprenticeship. Now, Michigan officials hope to import the system here.</p><p align="LEFT">The apprentice system in Germany is extensive. You can become a land surveyor, a bank clerk, a robotics technician... so it's not hard to find someone who's done it.</p><p align="LEFT">When&nbsp;Sophie Stepke was 16, she was&nbsp;a typical teen. She had no idea what she wanted to do for a living.</p><p align="LEFT">She could have postponed a decision by staying in high school. Instead,</p><blockquote><p align="LEFT">I went for an apprenticeship as a professional land surveyor. So for three years, I worked with an employer, I went to school, and I basically became a professional land surveyor. So I was staying out there building streets and building houses and all that kind of stuff.</p></blockquote><p align="LEFT"> Mon, 10 Feb 2014 04:49:18 +0000 Tracy Samilton 16371 at http://michiganradio.org Could German-style paid apprenticeships work in Michigan? 2013 expensive year for GM, drives down profit http://michiganradio.org/post/2013-expensive-year-gm-drives-down-profit <p align="LEFT">General Motors made $3.77&nbsp; billion in 2013.</p><p align="LEFT">That's a 22% drop from the year before.</p><p align="LEFT">GM got hit with a lot of extra costs last year. The company is taking the Chevy brand out of Europe, so it doesn't compete with the automaker's&nbsp;Opel brand, and it's closing a plant in Europe.</p><p align="LEFT">GM is also&nbsp;closing&nbsp;its Holden division in Australia. And its taxes went up.</p><p align="LEFT">But GM's new CEO Mary Barra tells investors&nbsp;quality is also up.</p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 20:10:27 +0000 Tracy Samilton 16340 at http://michiganradio.org 2013 expensive year for GM, drives down profit Car companies that innovate have the edge, says study http://michiganradio.org/post/car-companies-innovate-have-edge-says-study <p align="LEFT">It's a car-eat-car world out there, and Boston Consulting Group says the competition is only going to get more fierce.</p><p align="LEFT">BCG's new study finds that companies that are more innovative will have an important competitive advantage.&nbsp;</p><p align="LEFT">Analyst Xavier Mosquet says a majority of people say they want to buy a car from a company they perceive as innovative.</p><p align="LEFT">But, it&nbsp;may not&nbsp;be easy to meet their expectations.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 18:13:09 +0000 Tracy Samilton 16329 at http://michiganradio.org Car companies that innovate have the edge, says study Ford takes calculated risk with aluminum F-150 http://michiganradio.org/post/ford-takes-calculated-risk-aluminum-f-150 <p>Ford Motor Company revealed a groundbreaking change for its top-selling F-150 truck at the North American International Auto Show on Monday. The new truck will have a body made mostly of aluminum instead of steel.</p><p></p><p>Ford is taking the calculated risk to retain its crown as the number one seller of pickups in the world.</p><p>Ford is&nbsp;banking on the loyalty of F-150 owners like David Mindell, CEO of Plantwise, a company that specializes in native plant landscaping and wetlands restoration.</p> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 14:05:00 +0000 Tracy Samilton 16007 at http://michiganradio.org Ford takes calculated risk with aluminum F-150 NAIAS: New F-150 with aluminum will be tough and strong, says Ford http://michiganradio.org/post/naias-new-f-150-aluminum-will-be-tough-and-strong-says-ford <p>In a calculated risk meant to ensure Ford remains the leader in full-size pickups – and to meet upcoming truck fuel economy standards – the Dearborn automaker revealed a new F-150 that will shed about 700 pounds of its weight by switching much of the body to aluminum.</p><p>The company stresses that the frame of the truck will remain high-strength steel, but, "pound for pound, aluminum is stronger than steel," Ford CEO Alan Mulally told reporters after the event, which featured several F-150s bursting through a paper barrier designed to look like a concrete wall.</p> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 14:42:29 +0000 Tracy Samilton 15995 at http://michiganradio.org NAIAS: New F-150 with aluminum will be tough and strong, says Ford Healthy adults landing in hospitals from H1N1 flu this year http://michiganradio.org/post/healthy-adults-landing-hospitals-h1n1-flu-year <p align="LEFT">The same flu strain that caused the 2009 flu pandemic&nbsp;is back again this year.</p><p align="LEFT">Angela Minicuci&nbsp; is a spokesperson for the state Department of Community Health.</p><p align="LEFT">She says everyone should be protected from&nbsp;H1N1,&nbsp;not just those considered high-risk, like the elderly, pregnant women, and people with chronic illnesses.</p> Wed, 08 Jan 2014 21:58:27 +0000 Tracy Samilton 15943 at http://michiganradio.org Healthy adults landing in hospitals from H1N1 flu this year