recall en The week in review <p> This <em>Week in Review</em>, Rina Miller and Jack Lessenberry discuss <a href="">the latest with the Detroit bankruptcy</a>, the continuing <a href="">controversies over the General Motors recall</a>, and the money problems involving the charter school system running <a href="">Muskegon Heights schools</a>.</p><p> Sat, 12 Apr 2014 12:57:00 +0000 Jack Lessenberry & Rina Miller 17206 at The week in review Despite recall, Cobalts, HHRs are selling - and at a 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 Despite recall, Cobalts, HHRs are selling - and at a higher price GM adding 824,000 vehicles to 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 GM adding 824,000 vehicles to ignition recall GM chief prepares to testify before Congress on 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 GM chief prepares to testify before Congress on recalls Another big recall, this time it's Toyota <p>(AP)&nbsp;Toyota is recalling 880,584 RAV4 SUVs and Lexus HS 250h sedans in the U.S. and Canada because a repair announced last year may not have solved a safety problem.</p><p>RAV4s from the 2006 through 2011 model years and 2010 Lexus HS250hs are involved.</p><p>Toyota says if rear suspension nuts aren't tightened properly after a wheel alignment, the arms can rust and separate from the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash.</p><p>At least nine crashes and three injuries are related to the problem.</p> Tue, 10 Sep 2013 14:02:44 +0000 Associated Press 14350 at Another big recall, this time it's Toyota Chrysler says 'no' to NHTSA recall in rare move <p align="LEFT">In a rare move, Chrysler is saying "no" to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on a recall.</p><p align="LEFT">The agency wants the Detroit automaker to recall 2.7 million vehicles.</p><p align="LEFT">NHTSA claims a defect increases the risk of fire in rear crashes involving Jeep Grand Cherokees built in the 1993 to 2004 model years&nbsp; and in Jeep Liberties&nbsp;built in the 2002 to 2007 model years.</p><p align="LEFT"><font face="Times New Roman">Chrysler says the agency's reasoning is deeply flawed and the vehicles are safe.</font></p> Tue, 04 Jun 2013 21:11:30 +0000 Tracy Samilton 12882 at Chrysler says 'no' to NHTSA recall in rare move E. coli outbreak and food recall includes Michigan <p>Two people from Michigan are among those sickened in a nationwide E. coli outbreak.</p><p></p><p>The E. coli outbreak has sickened 24 people in 15 states, including the two in Michigan.</p><p></p><p>The contamination has been traced to Farm Rich frozen food products including mini pizza slices, mini quesadillas with cheese and chicken, philly cheese steaks</p><p>with cheese, and mozzarella bites. The recalled products were sold at Kroger, Spartan Stores and other chain supermarkets.</p><p></p> Mon, 01 Apr 2013 18:32:58 +0000 Steve Carmody 11957 at E. coli outbreak and food recall includes Michigan With new recalls, Ford's having a rough week <p></p><p>Ford is issuing yet another recall, the company&rsquo;s third in about two weeks. This time, it&rsquo;s for older model Escapes.</p><p>Gas pedals in the SUV can get stuck when they&rsquo;re pushed close to the floor. That&rsquo;s only for the 2001 through 2004 models with 3 liter, V6 engines. Complaints involve 13 crashes and one death.</p> Thu, 26 Jul 2012 22:00:02 +0000 Kate Wells 8457 at With new recalls, Ford's having a rough week Group announces it is ending its effort to recall Governor Snyder <p>In an early Thursday morning press release, Michigan Rising says it&#39;s ending its effort to recall Republican Governor <a href="">Rick Snyder</a>. From the release:</p><p>&quot;It has become abundantly clear that Michigan Rising was not going accomplish its goal of recalling Governor Snyder.&nbsp; The results in Wisconsin crystalized how difficult a task it is to recall a sitting governor, even when the unions and the Democratic Party play a significant role in the effort.&nbsp; To quote the words of Senator Ted Kennedy, `The work goes on.&nbsp; The cause endures.&nbsp; The hope still lives and the dream shall never die,&acute;&quot; said Communications Director Bruce Fealk.</p><p>The recall effort was well short of its benchmark to have 200,000 petition signatures by June 1.&quot; Thu, 07 Jun 2012 10:58:02 +0000 Zoe Clark 7790 at Group announces it is ending its effort to recall Governor Snyder Language of recall petition against Rick Snyder approved <p>The Washtenaw County Elections Commission has approved the language on a recall petition &nbsp;against Governor Snyder, by a two to one vote.</p><p>The commission member who opposed the language argued that the first sentence on the petition is unclear.&nbsp;</p><p>The sentence reads, &ldquo;Governor Snyder has abused the children of Michigan.&rdquo;&nbsp;&nbsp;The petition then lists things like cuts to school funding and food aid.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Tue, 10 Apr 2012 19:39:44 +0000 Tracy Samilton 6988 at Hurdle today for group trying to recall Michigan's governor <p>A group that wants to oust Governor Rick Snyder will launch its second effort to collect enough signatures to put a recall question on the November ballot.</p><p>It will go before an election commission this afternoon&nbsp;looking for permission to let the petition drive go forward.</p><p>The group Michigan Rising gathered half a&nbsp;million signatures last year, but that was well short of the 800 thousand names of registered voters needed to put a recall question on the ballot.</p><p>The group will ask an elections panel in Washtenaw County &ndash; where the governor lives &ndash; to approve its petition. By law, the panel may only rule on whether the petition clearly states the reasons for the recall.</p><p>Michigan Rising cites the state&rsquo;s emergency manager law and cuts to school funding as the reasons to recall the governor. If the petition is approved, the recall campaign will have six months to gather signatures.</p><p>Governor Snyder&rsquo;s spokesman says he is focused on his on his job and expects this recall effort &ndash; like the one before it &ndash; will fail because people will see he is making tough-but-necessary choices. Mon, 09 Apr 2012 10:04:27 +0000 Rick Pluta 6956 at Hurdle today for group trying to recall Michigan's governor Ford recalling Focuses for wiper problem <div><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 11px">DETROIT (AP) &mdash; Ford is recalling more than 140,000 Focus compact cars because the passenger side windshield wiper can fail.</span></p><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 11px">Federal Safety regulators say a seal in the wiper motor wiring may be missing. Water can get inside and cause the wiper to stop working, increasing the risk of a crash. Ford Motor Co. says there haven&#39;t been any crashes or injuries from the problem.</span></p> Sat, 07 Apr 2012 15:19:45 +0000 The Associated Press 6947 at Ford recalling Focuses for wiper problem Political Roundup: Moving forward after the Paul Scott recall <p></p><p>What does Republican Paul Scott&#39;s recall mean for Michigan politics and around the nation?</p><p>Ken Sikkema, former Senate Majority Leader and senior policy fellow at Public Sector Consultants, and Susan Demas, political analyst for Michigan Information and Research Service joined Michigan Radio&#39;s Jennifer White to talk about the aftermath.</p><p>The Michigan Education Association put a lot of money behind the recall effort, but the margin for the vote was very slim.</p><p><em>&ldquo;If you look at the money spent the pro-Scott forces like the Michigan Republican Party and the state chamber of commerce actually out spent the MEA 2 to 1,&rdquo;</em> said Demas.</p><p>According to Sikkema, Michigan is not alone when it comes to voter&#39;s discontent with Republican lawmakers.</p><p>He said, <em>&ldquo;Ohio you saw a rejection of the collective bargaining reform championed by Governor Kasich. Arizona the state senator who introduced the very controversial immigration bill was recalled. So, there&rsquo;s a larger national context here where there&rsquo;s a real question whether Republicans are over reaching. &rdquo;</em></p><p> Thu, 10 Nov 2011 21:23:06 +0000 Mercedes Mejia & Jennifer White 4934 at Political Roundup: Moving forward after the Paul Scott recall Consequences of the Paul Scott recall: "I'll give you something to cry about" <p>There&rsquo;s a story in my family, that my mom tells, and it goes something like this: when my mom and her siblings were little, and they would start to cry, my Grandpa would look at them and say, <em>&ldquo;Why are you crying? I&rsquo;ll give you something to cry about.&rdquo;</em> Now, I&rsquo;m pretty sure he was joking. In fact, I don&rsquo;t think he ever laid a hand on anyone in his life.</p><p>Now, I&#39;m sure you&#39;re wondering, <span style="font-style: italic;">w</span><em>hat</em> does this story have anything to do with anything newsworthy in Michigan. Stay with me, I&#39;ll explain:</p><p>On Tuesday, voters in Michigan&rsquo;s Genesee County <a href="">recalled Republican state Representative Paul Scott</a>. The recall was largely waged and funded by the <a href="">Michigan Education Association</a> (MEA). The powerful teacher&rsquo;s union went after Scott because of his position as chairman of the House Education Committee. In that role, he supported new teacher tenure laws and cuts to <a href="">state education funding</a>. So, on <a href="">Election Day</a>, the MEA &ldquo;won&rdquo; &ndash; they got their guy recalled.</p><p>But, there&rsquo;s a catch. With Scott gone, Republican Speaker of the House <a href="">Jase Bolger</a> got to choose a <em>new</em> chairman for the House Education Committee. Thu, 10 Nov 2011 18:44:05 +0000 Zoe Clark 4936 at Consequences of the Paul Scott recall: "I'll give you something to cry about" Paul Scott Recall: The Aftermath <p><font color="#000000" face="Arial" id="role_document" size="2"><font size="4"><font size="4"><font size="4"><font size="4">There&rsquo;s an old saying I&rsquo;m sure we&rsquo;ve all heard: Be careful what you wish for, because you might get it.&nbsp; I think that&rsquo;s where we are now, two days after State Representative Paul Scott was recalled.</font></font></font></font></font></p> Thu, 10 Nov 2011 16:33:45 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 4929 at Paul Scott Recall: The Aftermath Republican recall target wants to move election to February's GOP presidential primary <p>We may hear as early as today&nbsp;whether a recall election targeting a state Republican lawmaker will be rescheduled from next month to next year.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>State Representative Paul Scott asked the Michigan Supreme Court to order a vote on recalling him from office moved from November 8<sup>th </sup>to next February.&nbsp;</p><p>Next month&rsquo;s recall has been bouncing around the courts this month as Scott has tried to get the entire recall election cancelled.&nbsp;&nbsp; A judge did issue a temporary injunction stopping the vote only to be overruled by the Michigan Supreme Court.&nbsp;&nbsp; In its decision, the high court ruled that judge&#39;s order cancelling the November recall created &lsquo;practical problems&rsquo;,&nbsp; like what to do with absentee ballots that had already been mailed.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Scott&rsquo;s attorney is now arguing that the Supreme Court&rsquo;s own ruling is adding to the confusion.&nbsp;</p><p>The recall campaign says Scott only wants to reschedule the recall vote to February, so it can be held on the same ballot as the Republican presidential primary.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>A spokesman for&nbsp;state House Republicans insists the February date was only proposed since it&rsquo;s the next regularly scheduled election. Tue, 25 Oct 2011 05:01:01 +0000 Steve Carmody 4682 at Republican recall target wants to move election to February's GOP presidential primary Michigan Supreme Court asked to allow recall election to take place <p>The Michigan Supreme Court is being asked to stay a lower court ruling and allow Genesee County voters to decide if they want to recall State Representative Paul Scott.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Last week, a judge issued a temporary injunction halting next month&rsquo;s recall vote.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Bobbie Walton is with the recall campaign.&nbsp; She&rsquo;s optimistic that the state supreme court will allow the vote to go forward.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Wed, 19 Oct 2011 12:59:01 +0000 Steve Carmody 4630 at Michigan Supreme Court asked to allow recall election to take place Judge issues temporary injunction stopping Rep. Paul Scott recall <p>A judge in Ingham County has issued a temporary injunction which stops a recall effort against <a href="">State Representative Paul Scott.&nbsp;</a>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Republican Paul Scott was targeted for recall by the Michigan Education Association. Scott is a supporter of cutting K-12 education funding and legislation which targets teachers unions.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 13 Oct 2011 15:56:12 +0000 Steve Carmody 4576 at Judge issues temporary injunction stopping Rep. Paul Scott recall Another Michigan lawmaker facing a recall effort <p>Organizers are expected to begin collecting signatures to recall State Representative Brandon Dillon of Grand Rapids. A panel of Kent County officials approved the recall language Tuesday. That&rsquo;s despite the fact that the claim laid out in the petition is untrue.</p><p>The petition claims Dillon voted against a bill aimed at investigating unemployment fraud. Dillon voted against one of the amendments, but voted for the actual bill.</p> Tue, 27 Sep 2011 20:12:53 +0000 Lindsey Smith 4327 at Another Michigan lawmaker facing a recall effort Scott recall effort appears headed for November ballot <p>The campaign to recall the Republican chair of the state House Education Committee is a step closer to appearing on the November ballot. The state Bureau of Elections has informed state Representative Paul Scott that the campaign to recall him appears to have gathered enough valid signatures to get the question on the ballot.</p><p>The recall campaign needed to gather 9,600 signatures from registered voters in the Genesee County state House district. Elections officials determined the campaign gathered more than 11,000. Representative Scott has two weeks to file any challenges to the signatures. The Secretary of State will make an official decision by September 9th. Scott is also challenging the recall campaign in court.</p><p>The Michigan Education Association made Scott a top recall target over cuts to schools and the new tax on pensions. Scott is the only state lawmaker potentially facing a recall question on the November ballot. But there are two dozen other recall petitions circulating. The recall is also considered by many to be a local referendum on the record of Republican Governor Rick Snyder. Wed, 24 Aug 2011 11:45:23 +0000 Rick Pluta 3890 at