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UofM Creating Ecosystem of Automated Cars

Governor Rick Snyder has announced the state is partnering with the University of Michigan to accelerate the development of a commercially viable “ecosystem” of connected automated vehicles. Snyder says Michigan is poised to enhance its position as the automotive capital of the world with a focus on connected automated vehicle …

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Portage Health Announces New CMO

Portage Health has a new Chief Medical Officer. President and CEO Jim Bogan has appointed Mary Beth Hines to Vice President of Medical Affairs and CMO of Portage Health. In her new role, Dr. Hines will work closely with medical staff leadership and the executive management team. Bogan says Hines …

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Dianda to Repeal Pension Tax

State Representative Scott Dianda is standing up for seniors by taking on the state pension tax. Yesterday, he announced a repeal to the legislation, which was voted into law in 2011 but was first fely by seniors when they filled out their taxes last year. And with tax season just …

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GM Wins Both Vehicle Awards

It’s a sweep for General Motors, which won Car and Truck of the Year honors at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The Truck/Utility of the Year is the Chevy Silverado and the Car of the Year is the Corvette Stingray. The winners are chosen by a panel …

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VP Biden to Appear at Auto Show

Vice President Joe Biden will make an appearance Thursday at the Detroit Auto Show where he will speak about the resurgence of the auto industry. According to a press release, Biden is scheduled to make public comments sometime after 9 a.m. and is expected to highlight the industry’s strong recovery …

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New Aluminum F-150 Coming Soon

Big news from the Auto Show as Ford unveiling an all aluminum alloy F-150 pickup truck. Joe Hinrichs, Ford President of the Americas, says a lot of the focus is around the aluminum body that is 700 pounds lighter than previous versions. He says, though, there are a lot more …

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Gas Prices Up

Motorists in Michigan are finding the average price of a gallon of gas is 7.3 cents higher than last week. AAA reports that Michigan’s current statewide average is $3.38 per gallon, 10 cents more than this same time last year. The highest average was found in Benton Harbor, Saginaw, Lansing …

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MDOT Asks Drivers to Point Out Potholes

The extreme winter weather over the past couple of weeks has led to large increase in the number of potholes on Michigan roads and highways. The pavement is damaged by the “freeze/thaw” process and temperatures have been well above freezing for the past several days. The Michigan Department of Transportation …

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Pilot Program to Promote Safe Driving for Teens

Secretary of State Ruth Johnson has unveiled a pilot program with Big Brothers Big Sisters to help at-risk teens gain practical driving experience. With a Level 1 license or learner’s permit under Michigan’s licensing program, young drivers must log a minimum of 50 hours of supervised driving with a parent, …

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Teachers Unions Question Snyder on Education

Ahead of Governor Rick Snyder’s State of the State Address Thursday, teachers unions are criticizing the governor’s education policies. Governor Snyder is expected to highlight some of his successes and future plans for education in Michigan during this week’s speech, but some education advocates are criticizing Snyder’s record of public …

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