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  • Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at a campaign rally in Detroit, Michigan. Photo by Carlos Barria/Reuters
    March 8, 2016   BY  

    WASHINGTON — Michigan is the crown jewel Tuesday as voters in four states deliver verdicts on the presidential campaign. It’s the first big industrial state to weigh in, and should offer clues about how the candidates will play in important Midwest contests to come. Continue reading

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    October 5, 2015  

    Detroit once seemed a city that stood on the threshold of unlimited possibilities. Washington Post and Detroit native David Maraniss examines that creative and booming metropolis of 50 years ago in his new book, “Once in a Great City.” Maraniss joins Jeffrey Brown to discuss that golden era and the signs of troubled times to come. Continue reading

  • GM CEO Mary Barra Holds Press Conference On Ignition Switch Recall
    November 10, 2014  

    Internal emails released as part of a class action lawsuit show that General Motors ordered a half million ignition switches to replace faulty ones nearly two months before notifying safety regulators. The defect has been linked to at least 32 deaths and a recall of 2.6 million vehicles. David Shepardson of The Detroit News joins Judy Woodruff to discuss what GM leadership knew and when. Continue reading

  • Detroit filed its bankruptcy exit plan in federal court Friday.
    November 7, 2014   BY  

    U.S. judge Steven Rhodes confirmed a plan Friday that will cut over $7 billion in unsecured liabilities and pump $1.4 billion into the Motor City for basic rehabilitation over the next decade. Continue reading

  • RECALL  monitor  air bag
    September 12, 2014  

    Airbags are a major defense for car passengers in an accident. But airbags supplied by the Takata Corporation to several automakers have been found to rupture or explode after a front crash, causing serious injuries and two deaths. Recalls related to the defect have now exceeded 14 million. Jeffrey Brown talks to David Shepardson of The Detroit News about how regulators are tackling the problem. Continue reading

  • Workers at BMW's only U.S. manufacturing plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina, have the opportunity for on-the-job training through an apprenticeship program modeled after programs in Germany.
    June 4, 2014   BY  

    Werner Eikenbusch, BMW’s head of workforce development for the Americas, left high school in the 10th grade for an apprenticeship program that combined on-the-job training with vocational school. He eventually returned to school to become an engineer, and at BMW’s only U.S. manufacturing plant, in Spartanburg, South Carolina, helped establish an apprenticeship program modeled on the ones back home to fill the void of skilled workers. Continue reading

  • Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images
    April 1, 2014  

    Senior lawmakers made clear they want answers for why General Motors took years to fix vehicles with faulty ignition switches, linked to at least 13 deaths. GM CEO Mary Barra acknowledged the company’s recalls came too late for some and vowed to get to the bottom of the cause. Gwen Ifill talks to David Shepardson of the Detroit News and Joan Claybrook, former president of Public Citizen. Continue reading

  • General Motors CEO Mary Barra answered questions before a House subcommittee about her knowledge of a faulty ignition switch installed in 2.6 million cars.
    April 1, 2014   BY and  

    At a hearing Tuesday, members of a House subcommittee demanded answers from new GM CEO Mary Barra about why the automaker used the switch in small cars such as the Chevrolet Cobalt and Saturn Ion even though it knew the part didn’t meet GM’s own specifications. Continue reading

  • One Year Anniversary Of General Motors Filing For Bankruptcy
    March 10, 2014  

    Ten years ago, drivers of some older General Motors models began complaining of ignition problems, including stalling, that have been linked to 13 deaths and 31 crashes. But it wasn’t until January 2014 that GM decided to recall 1.6 million cars. Gwen Ifill talks to David Shepardson of The Detroit News about new scrutiny for the company and government regulators on why it took so long. Continue reading

  • UAW, still
    February 26, 2014  

    Jeffrey Brown gets debate from Linda Chavez of the Center for Equal Opportunity and Kate Bronfenbrenner of the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University on the significance of Volkswagen auto workers in Tennessee rejecting UAW membership and the outlook and importance of unions for today’s workers. Continue reading

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