GM http://michiganradio.org en The week in Michigan politics: Affirmative action and GM http://michiganradio.org/post/week-michigan-politics-affirmative-action-and-gm <p></p><p></p><p>This <em>Week in Michigan Politics, </em>Jack Lessenberry and Christina Shockley discuss the U.S. Supreme Court decision on <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-ban-affirmative-action-college-admissions-upheld-us-supreme-court">affirmative action</a>, and the latest <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/gm-restructuring-engineering-response-recall">reactions</a> by GM after the fallout from recalls for ignition switch problems.</p><p></p><p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 13:06:08 +0000 Jack Lessenberry, Christina Shockley & Emily Fox 17324 at http://michiganradio.org The week in Michigan politics: Affirmative action and GM Visiting loved ones at Beth Olem cemetery is complicated http://michiganradio.org/post/visiting-loved-ones-beth-olem-cemetery-complicated <p>As we get together with our families to celebrate the holidays, we often think about those who are no longer with us. For many, a trip to a cemetery to visit loved ones is easy, but for others, it’s impossible.</p><p>For families with relatives buried in the Beth Olem cemetery in Detroit, they can’t go pay their respects.</p><p>The cemetery is hidden within GM’s Poletown plant, and is only open to the public two days every year: the Sunday before Passover and Rosh Hashanah.</p><p>People are able to visit the cemetery if they go on a private tour offered by the Michigan Jewish Historical Society. We heard from some of the visitors today.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 20:54:46 +0000 Stateside Staff 17236 at http://michiganradio.org Visiting loved ones at Beth Olem cemetery is complicated The massive GM recall just got more expensive http://michiganradio.org/post/massive-gm-recall-just-got-more-expensive <p>General Motors Thursday revised up to $1.3 billion dollars its estimate of the cost of recalling millions of cars with faulty ignition switches.<br /><br />The automaker will now replace the ignition lock cylinder as well as the switch itself on the defective vehicles. The $1.3&nbsp; billion estimate includes the cost of repairs and of providing loaner vehicles to customers.</p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 18:03:59 +0000 Noah Gordon 17207 at http://michiganradio.org The massive GM recall just got more expensive GM adding 824,000 vehicles to ignition recall http://michiganradio.org/post/gm-adding-824000-vehicles-ignition-recall <p>DETROIT (AP) - General Motors is adding 824,000 small cars to its ongoing recall tied to defective ignition switches.<br /><br />The company will add vehicles from the 2008-2011 model years to a recall that initially covered cars only through the 2007 model year.<br /><br />The Chevrolet Cobalt, Chevrolet HHR, Pontiac G5, Pontiac Solstice, Saturn Ion and Saturn Sky are all involved in the recall.<br /><br />GM says around 5,000 of the faulty switches were used for repairs on 2008-2011 model year cars. GM says it's expanding the recall to make sure it finds all the switches.<br /> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 22:12:32 +0000 The Associated Press 17022 at http://michiganradio.org GM adding 824,000 vehicles to ignition recall Daniel Howes on "old" GM, "new" GM, and Mary Barra http://michiganradio.org/post/daniel-howes-old-gm-new-gm-and-mary-barra <p>Next week will bring a big test for new GM CEO Mary Barra.</p><p>She will present herself to Congress for a two-day grilling over the ever-growing ignition switch crisis, a problem that GM says is linked to 12 deaths.</p><p>Detroit News business columnist Daniel Howes thinks Barra has a whole lot of heavy lifting to do to get this "new" GM out of the shadow of the missteps of the "old" GM. He joined us today for our weekly check-in.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 20:38:49 +0000 Stateside Staff 17002 at http://michiganradio.org Daniel Howes on "old" GM, "new" GM, and Mary Barra Are U.S. consumers facing recall fatigue? http://michiganradio.org/post/are-us-consumers-facing-recall-fatigue <p>General Motors has been in the headlines recently over its recall of more than 1.5 million vehicles due to ignition switch problems that are being blamed for some 13 deaths.</p><p>Toyota is also in the news after having agreed to pay more than $1 billion to settle with the Justice Department over a delayed recall of millions of its vehicles.</p><p>But are U.S. consumers facing recall fatigue?</p><p>Sonari Glinton covers the auto industry for NPR, and he joined us today.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 19:45:02 +0000 Stateside Staff 16965 at http://michiganradio.org Are U.S. consumers facing recall fatigue? GM chief prepares to testify before Congress on recalls http://michiganradio.org/post/gm-chief-prepares-testify-congress-recalls <p>Members of Congress will have tough questions for the new CEO of General Motors.</p><p></p><p>Mary Barra is expected to testify in front of the Energy and Commerce Committee next month.</p><p></p><p>Barra has only been on the job as CEO for three months. Now she’s facing scrutiny for how the automaker handled or mishandled a major safety recall affecting more than 1.5 million cars.</p><p></p><p>U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow says she’s confident in Barra’s leadership.</p><p></p> Sat, 22 Mar 2014 19:33:00 +0000 Lindsey Smith & The Associated Press 16938 at http://michiganradio.org GM chief prepares to testify before Congress on recalls Stateside for Thursday, March 20th, 2014 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-thursday-march-20th-2014 <p>The Justice Department is investigating General Motors for delaying a recall of more than a million and a half cars. On today's show: how is this recall affecting GM's reputation?</p><p>And, a<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;new Michigan law will now allow you to literally BYOB, bring you own bottle of wine to a restaurant.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Also, s</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">tarting a business can be hard, but what about starting a business with a mission to help end homelessness? That's exactly what&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">the Empowerment Plan aims to do.&nbsp;</span></p><p>First on the show,&nbsp;Rick Pluta,&nbsp;Captiol Bureau Chief for the Michigan Public Radio Network and co-host of It's Just Politics, joined us to talk about how Lansing plans to spend surplus money.</p><p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 21:21:03 +0000 Stateside Staff 16918 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Thursday, March 20th, 2014 Daniel Howes on the General Motors recall crisis http://michiganradio.org/post/daniel-howes-general-motors-recall-crisis <p>It was announced yesterday that Toyota has agreed to pay $1.2 billion to settle with the U.S. Justice Department over a delayed recall of millions of vehicles.</p><p>The Justice Department is also investigating General Motors for delaying a recall of more than 1.5 million cars. The cars have defective ignition switches that can turn the car off at high speeds.</p><p>There's also news that GM executives are being summoned to D.C. to face Congressional inquiries.</p><p>Daniel Howes, business columnist at the Detroit News, joined us today to discuss the issue.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 20:25:05 +0000 Stateside Staff 16915 at http://michiganradio.org Daniel Howes on the General Motors recall crisis Defective ignition switches are creating a crisis for General Motors http://michiganradio.org/post/defective-ignition-switches-are-creating-crisis-general-motors <p>Last month, General Motors recalled 1.6 million vehicles because of faulty ignition switches linked to 13 deaths and at least 31 crashes.</p><p>That has grown into that biggest crisis GM has faced in years, and an early and severe test for its new chief, Mary Barra.</p><p>Yesterday she released a <a href="http://media.gm.com/media/us/en/gm/news.detail.html/content/Pages/news/us/en/2014/mar/0317-video.html">video </a>making a public apology:</p><blockquote><p>“Something went wrong with our process in this instance and terrible things happened. As a member of the GM family and as a mom with a family of my own, this really hits home for me. And we have apologized. But that is just one step in the journey to resolve this.”</p></blockquote><p>Also yesterday, the automaker announced another recall: more than 1.7 million vehicles in three new campaigns.</p><p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 18:08:36 +0000 Stateside Staff 16885 at http://michiganradio.org Defective ignition switches are creating a crisis for General Motors Mary Barra finds herself navigating a crisis at General Motors http://michiganradio.org/post/mary-barra-finds-herself-navigating-crisis-general-motors <p>During the long and agonizing Watergate scandal, the endless question was: What did he know, and when did he know it? That referred to President Richard Nixon, and the break-in and cover-up at the Democratic National Headquarters.</p><p>In the end, it turned out Nixon had known a lot, right from the start, which is how he became our only President ever forced from office.</p><p>Well, now people are beginning to ask: What did she know and when did she know it? Except the arena is not politics, but the auto industry, specifically, the reborn General Motors.</p><p>This time, the chief executive is a woman, <a href="http://michiganradio.org/term/mary-barra">Mary Barra</a>, the first woman ever to lead a major car company.</p><p>Three months ago, many of us were stunned and delighted when she was appointed. Mon, 17 Mar 2014 16:10:54 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 16870 at http://michiganradio.org Mary Barra finds herself navigating a crisis at General Motors GM plans to expand in Lansing http://michiganradio.org/post/gm-plans-expand-lansing <p>General Motors plans to spend $162-million to expand its Lansing Grand River Assembly plant.</p><p></p><p>The plant produces the Cadillac ATS and CTS.</p><p></p><p>Monday night the Lansing city council will consider calling public hearings on a set of tax incentives for the expansion.</p><p></p><p>“It’s a welcome addition,” says Bob Trezise, the president of the Lansing Economic Area Partnership, “It really continues to consolidate the future of auto making, high end car making in the Lansing region and in the state of Michigan.”</p><p></p> Sun, 09 Mar 2014 21:30:13 +0000 Steve Carmody 16780 at http://michiganradio.org GM plans to expand in Lansing New GM CEO hopes to inspire science students http://michiganradio.org/post/new-gm-ceo-hopes-inspire-science-students <p>The incoming CEO of General Motors hopes her appointment as the first woman to lead a global automaker will inspire young women and men to pursue careers in science.</p><p>Mary Barra's first appearance before reporters since getting the job eclipsed the rollout of the GMC Canyon small pickup truck.</p><p></p><p>Barra unveiled the truck and was immediately surrounded by hundreds of journalists Sunday at an old industrial site in Detroit.</p> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 00:21:46 +0000 Associated Press 15988 at http://michiganradio.org New GM CEO hopes to inspire science students In this morning's headlines: Right to work, children and food assistance, GM investment http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-headlines-right-work-children-and-food-assistance-gm-investment <p><strong>47 percent of local leaders support right to work</strong></p><p>A <a href="http://media.mlive.com/elections_impact/other/mpps-spring-2013-right-to-work.pdf">report </a>released today from the University of Michigan says 47 percent of Michigan's local government leaders support Michigan's right-to-work law. 22 percent oppose it.</p><p><strong>Number of children who qualify for food assistance has jumped</strong></p><p>"A report by a private foundation says the percentage of young Michigan children qualifying for federal food assistance has jumped in recent years. The annual Kids Count in Michigan project says more than one in three qualified for nutritional help in 2012. That's up 53 percent from 2005," the Associated Press reports.</p><p><strong>GM will invest in three plants in Michigan</strong></p><p>"General Motors plans to spend more than a billion dollars upgrading five auto plants in three states.&nbsp;&nbsp; Most of the money will be spent on GM plants in Michigan. Flint will see 600 million dollars in investment.&nbsp; Romulus will get nearly 500 million.&nbsp; And millions more will go to plants in Hamtramck and Toledo," Michigan Radio <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/gm-invest-127-billion-plants-michigan-ohio-and-indiana">reports.</a></p><p> Tue, 17 Dec 2013 12:22:20 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 15722 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's headlines: Right to work, children and food assistance, GM investment Outgoing GM CEO Dan Akerson says they've 'been trying to fix this airplane while in air' http://michiganradio.org/post/outgoing-gm-ceo-dan-akerson-says-theyve-been-trying-fix-airplane-while-air <p>Outgoing GM CEO Dan Akerson spoke to the National Press Club this afternoon cataloging all the changes the company has made to make it profitable once again.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The U.S. Treasury sold the last of its holdings in the company earlier this month. The government said they lost about $10 billion on its bailout of over $49 billion.</span></p><p>Akerson said over the last four years, the company has invested more than $10 billion in its U.S. operations, including <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/gm-invest-127-billion-plants-michigan-ohio-and-indiana">$1.27 billion announced today</a>.</p><p>"There's that $10 billion again. But we're investing it - that will keep paying dividends to the American public that supported this company in its darkest hour," said Akerson.&nbsp;</p><p>Akerson said the company is still in the early chapters of the comeback story and that they still have a lot to prove to people who left the brand for other car companies.</p><p>Akerson&nbsp;will step down as CEO on January 15, 2014.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Akerson</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;was with the Carlyle Group prior to taking the helm at GM in 2010.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The global auto industry will see its first female CEO when Marry </span>Barra<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> takes over in January.</span></p><p>You can watch Akerson's&nbsp;address to the National Press Club below:</p><p> Mon, 16 Dec 2013 21:34:49 +0000 Mark Brush 15716 at http://michiganradio.org Outgoing GM CEO Dan Akerson says they've 'been trying to fix this airplane while in air' Lessenberry talks about the big bills that passed this week and the first female CEO of GM http://michiganradio.org/post/lessenberry-talks-about-big-bills-passed-week-and-first-female-ceo-gm <p>This <em>Week in Review</em>, Rina Miller and Jack Lessenberry discuss the passage of the<a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-legislature-bans-abortion-coverage-standard-insurance-plans"> ani-abortion coverage bill </a>and <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/more-campaign-money-could-flow-michigan-after-lawmakers-pass-new-legislation">campaign finance bill</a>, as well as the appointment of the <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/gms-dan-akerson-will-step-down-company-names-first-woman-ceo">first female CEO of General Motors</a>.</p><p></p><p> Sat, 14 Dec 2013 14:00:00 +0000 Jack Lessenberry & Rina Miller 15680 at http://michiganradio.org Lessenberry talks about the big bills that passed this week and the first female CEO of GM With this week's announcements, is there a new future for Michigan's auto industry? http://michiganradio.org/post/weeks-announcements-there-new-future-michigans-auto-industry <p>It’s been a big week for Michigan’s auto industry.</p><p>A report from Business Leaders for Michigan revealed a plan to bring <a href="http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20131212/NEWS/131219951/business-leaders-for-michigan-unveils-strategy-to-grow-auto-industry">100,000 automotive jobs</a> to the sector. And General Motors announced the next CEO of the company will be Mary Barra. She’ll be the first female CEO in the car industry.</p><p>Daniel Howes, a business columnist from The Detroit News, talks with us about this week’s announcements.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Thu, 12 Dec 2013 21:05:36 +0000 Stateside Staff 15661 at http://michiganradio.org With this week's announcements, is there a new future for Michigan's auto industry? Marijuana and campaign finance bills, and a new woman CEO for GM make political headlines http://michiganradio.org/post/marijuana-and-campaign-finance-bills-and-new-woman-ceo-gm-make-political-headlines <p>This <em>Week in Michigan Politics,</em> Jack Lessenberry and Christina Shockley discuss marijuana and campaign finance bills and the appointment of the first <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/what-does-gms-first-female-ceo-mean-auto-industry">female CEO</a> of General Motors.</p><p></p><p> Wed, 11 Dec 2013 14:02:29 +0000 Jack Lessenberry, Christina Shockley & Emily Fox 15638 at http://michiganradio.org Marijuana and campaign finance bills, and a new woman CEO for GM make political headlines What does GM's first female CEO mean for the auto industry? http://michiganradio.org/post/what-does-gms-first-female-ceo-mean-auto-industry <div><p>She began her career at General Motors as an engineering co-op student in 1980.</p><p>33 years later, Mary Barra has made history by being named the next CEO of GM — the first time a woman has been placed in the top spot of a major automaker.</p><p>GM made the groundbreaking announcement today that CEO Dan Akerson has moved up his retirement to January 15, after discovering his wife is battling advanced-stage cancer.</p><p>But who is Mary Barra, and what does this appointment mean to America's auto industry?</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.&nbsp;</em></p><p> Tue, 10 Dec 2013 22:15:54 +0000 Stateside Staff 15628 at http://michiganradio.org What does GM's first female CEO mean for the auto industry? In this morning's headlines: GM U.S. government free, marijuana bills, MSU post championship http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-headlines-gm-us-government-free-marijuana-bills-msu-post-championship <p><strong>The U.S. government no longer owns GM</strong></p><p>The U.S. government sold its<a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/gm-government-motors-no-more"> last stock in General Motors </a>today. The government no longer owns parts of the company.</p><p><strong>Medical marijuana bills could move forward today</strong></p><p>"A state House panel could vote as early as today on some high-profile medical marijuana bills. The legislation would revive medical marijuana dispensaries in Michigan and allow patients to use edible forms of cannabis," Jake Neher<a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/high-profile-medical-marijuana-bills-could-clear-state-house-panel-tuesday"> reports.</a></p><p><strong>MSU student raises $3,000 for owner of flipped car </strong></p><p>"A Michigan State University student has raised more than $3,000 to help pay for <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-state-fans-get-rowdy-after-big-ten-title-win">damage</a> done to a stranger's car by rowdy Spartan fans after the school's football team beat Ohio State in the Big Ten Championship game on Saturday," the Associated Press reports.</p><p> Tue, 10 Dec 2013 12:47:29 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 15620 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's headlines: GM U.S. government free, marijuana bills, MSU post championship