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Tracy Samilton

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As Big 3 Automakers Begin Union Talks, Both Sides Say Profit Is Job 1

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

GM and the UAW kicked off contract talks Monday; Chrysler and Ford will do the same this month. Negotiations are never easy, but since industry bailouts in 2009, there's a stronger push to cooperate.

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Fiat Chrysler Eyes GM For An Unlikely Merger

Monday, July 13, 2015

The auto industry does need to consolidate to keep up with investor expectations and growing expenses, but the merger might be too big a risk for GM, which already has a lot going for it.

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Being A Loyal Auto Insurance Customer Can Cost You

Friday, May 08, 2015

Businesses often reward their customers with discounts for sticking with them. But some auto insurance companies may raise your premiums if they think you're unlikely to shop for a better rate.

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More Americans Opt For Risky Long-Term Car Loans

Thursday, March 19, 2015

The length of the average car loan isn't just creeping up, it's leaping up. Nearly 40 percent of people secure car loans that take more than five years to pay off. The trend has some analysts alarmed.

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One Year After Mudslide, First Responders Tackle Emotional Damage

Thursday, March 19, 2015

This weekend, residents of Washington state will mark one year since a massive mudslide devastated a small community, killing 43 people and destroying dozens of homes in a matter of minutes.

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A Backlash Brews Against Low Pay On The Factory Floor

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

U.S. manufacturing jobs have rebounded since the recession, but many of those positions pay less than they used to. Some states are now questioning whether competing for those jobs is worth it.

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Safety Regulators Turn Attention To Faulty Air Bags

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Honda reports at least two deaths related to defective inflators in air bags. The air bags, made by Japanese supplier Takata, are in Toyota and other automakers' vehicles, too.

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Lifted On Giant Inner Tubes, An Old Tree Moves In Michigan

Sunday, October 26, 2014

A 250-year-old oak tree once stood in the way of the University of Michigan's new business school โ€” until it was moved this weekend. It wasn't easy, though, and definitely not cheap.

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After 7 Years, Finally, A Football Field Of Their Own

Saturday, September 27, 2014

In Detroit, Cody High School's football team was always the visitor. On Friday, they dedicated their new field with a game that honored its name.

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GM Ignition-Switch Defect Now Linked To 19 Deaths

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

A special compensation fund for victims of the faulty ignition switch has issued its first report, which makes clear GM will pay claims for more than the 13 deaths it says were linked to the defect.

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In Fixing Recalled Cars, GM Dealers Hope To Wow Customers

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

General Motors has recalled 29 million autos in North America this year. Dealers replacing the faulty parts aren't just fixing cars. They're repairing customers' relationships with the automaker.

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Cereal Consumption Hurt By Grab-And-Go Foods

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Americans are consuming less cereal for breakfast, in part because of competition from restaurants. Americans are also seeking more protein for breakfast.

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Massive Neighborhood Rehab Gives Detroiters A Much-Needed Boost

Friday, August 15, 2014

To the world, Detroit's bankruptcy may appear one more painful and embarrassing episode in a wretched urban play. But inside the city and throughout southeastern Michigan, the financial mess has galvanized a tremendous amount of goodwill. For one example, Tracy Samilton of Michigan Public Radio points to the rehabilitation of Cody High School.

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Former Israeli Ambassador: 'Hamas Started This War'

Sunday, August 03, 2014

NPR's Eric Westervelt interviews Michael Oren, the former Israeli ambassador to the United States, about the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas.

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Amid Lake Erie's Algal Bloom, Toledo's Water Woes Continue

Sunday, August 03, 2014

For the second straight day, residents of Toledo, Ohio, are without tap water. The problem is caused by the discovery of a toxin in the water supply, likely the result of an algal bloom.

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Detroit's Big Three Toss $26 Million Into Pot For 'Grand Bargain'

Monday, June 09, 2014

Detroit's big three automakers announced they'll pitch in to help the "Grand Bargain" โ€” an effort to protect city workers' pensions. But the deal could unravel if the city's retirees reject the deal.

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Target CEO Out After Data Breach, Canadian Expansion Misstep

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

After 35 years with the company, Greg Steinhafel is stepping down. His career will be marred by a huge breach of customer data. The hacking scandal wasn't the only factor that led to the shakeup.

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Fiat Chrysler To Outline 5-Year Strategic Plan

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

The automaker reached most of the last targets which were set shortly after Fiat took over Chrysler in 2009. Fiat Chrysler's CEO will again answer questions about the company's long-term viability.

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Experts Expect A First For Ford: A Painless CEO Transition

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Ford Motor Company will soon have a new CEO: Mark Fields, who's currently the chief operating officer. Michigan Radio's Tracy Samilton reports that Ford hopes this will quell doubts among investors.

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Recall Woes Push Along GM's Cultural Reinvention

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Critics have blamed General Motors' delayed recall of a defective ignition switch on its dysfunctional culture. But there is already a shift underway to prioritize customers and communication.

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