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US Tells GM To Recall Nearly 6M Trucks With Takata InflatorsDETROIT (AP) — The U.S. is making General Motors recall and repair nearly 6 million big pickup trucks and SUVs equipped with potentially dangerous Takata air bag inflators. The decision announced Monday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will cost the automaker an estimated $1.2 billion, about one third of its net income this year. GM had petitioned the agency four times starting in 2016 to avoid a recall, contending the air bag inflator canisters have been safe on the road and in testing. But owners responded by accusing the company of putting profits over safety. Takata used volatile ammonium nitrate to create a small explosion to fill air bags in a crash. But the chemical can deteriorate when exposed to heat and humidity and explode with too much force, blowing apart a metal canister and spewing shrapnel. Twenty-seven people have been killed worldwide by the exploding inflators including 18 in the U.S. It took the agency more than four years to arrive at its decision, which comes toward the end of President Donald Trump's four-year term. Twenty-seven people, including 18 in the U.S., have been killed and hundreds injured by Takata inflators worldwide. MORE FROM CBS DETROIT: Whitmer Says She Has Authority To Order New Stay-Home Order in Michigan MORE FROM CBS DETROIT: Missed Gov. Whitmer’s Press Conference? Here’s Her Update On The State’s Response To COVID-19 MORE FROM CBS DETROIT: Stimulus Package Update: What Will A Biden Administration Mean For More Aid? © 2020 Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
Detroiter's Give Back At Annual All-Star GivebackA FEW DETROIT CELEBRITIES HOSTED THE ANNUAL ALL-STAR GIVEBACK ON A SPIN ON THANKSGIVING. >> WE ARE FEEDING THE COMMUNITY AND GIVING THEM SOME LOVE AND HOPE. Nov 24 22:08 I HOPE THEY CAN MAKE IT TO TOMORROW. WE ARE TRYING TO MAKE SURE THAT WE FEED THE PEOPLE. >> WE GAVE BACK 22 YEARS AGO IN MY NEIGHBORHOOD. WE STARTED OFF WITH 200 TURKEYS. NOW WE ARE UP TO 5000 TO 7500. THE NEED IS SO GREAT FOR THOSE IN OUR COMMUNITY. WE ARE HERE TO GIVE OUT THE TURKEYS WITH ALL THE TRIMMINGS FOR ALL THE FAMILIES IN NEED.
Michigan Reports 6,290 New Covid-19 Cases, 145 Deaths TuesdayMICHIGAN (CBS DETROIT) - The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services announced 6,290 coronavirus cases in the state and an additional 145 deaths Tuesday. The deaths announced Tuesday includes 51 deaths identified during a Vital Records review. This brings the state total of COVID-19 cases to 320,506 and 8,688 deaths as of Nov. 24.
West Michigan Airports See Increase In Travelers(CBS DETROIT) – While travel is down compared to a year ago, an increasing number of people are passing through West Michigan airports. "Our trends are following TSA trends almost identically. Some people are making decision not to fly, and not to travel at all. Do I see that getting worse? It depends on what kind of restrictions are placed in the localities, said AZO Airport Director Craig Williams. At Gerald Ford Airport in Grand Rapids, air travel is already up seven percent this week and hit a spike of more than 3,000 people at its security checkpoints.
Free Virtual Black Friday Scholarship Bootcamp Will Financially Help College Bound Students(CBS DETROIT)- College campuses may be empty now, but sooner or later students will get back to a normal routine, and for those preparing for a higher education, there are financial resources available. This Friday while shoppers are out taking advantage of Black Friday deals, a free virtual scholarship bootcamp is happening, headed by Detroiter, Gwen Thomas.
Detroit City Council Approves Law For Adult Use Marijuana Shops(CBS DETROIT) - The Detroit City Council approved a law for the operation of recreational marijuana shops. The council unanimously approved it in a 9-0 vote. The law, led by Detroit City Councilman James Tate, also has provisions to give residents priority and guarantees all licenses awarded in Detroit will go to "legacy" residents. Qualifications for the legacy certification requires residents to have lived in Detroit for 15 of the last 30 years, lived in Detroit 13 of the 30 years and are low-income, lived in Detroit for 10 of the last 30 years and have a prior marijuana related conviction Lawmakers say this will prevent marginalized groups from being locked out of the billion dollar industry. The new ordinance is expected to go into effect in January. MORE FROM CBS DETROIT: More Than 50 Coronavirus Outbreaks Reported In Michigan Schools Monday MORE FROM CBS DETROIT: Michigan Inmate Captured More Than A Week After Jail Escape MORE FROM CBS DETROIT: 34-Year-Old Detroit Man Charged In Armed Robbery, Assaulting Police © 2020 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
Ford Buys 12 Freezers To Store Covid-19 Vaccine Doses(CBS DETROIT) – Ford Motor Company says it has purchased 12 freezers intended to store a Covid-19 vaccine. The automaker says it is anticipating a vaccine becoming available and is planning to distribute them to employees. Ford says the vaccine will be on a voluntary basis for its employees. MORE FROM CBS DETROIT: More Than 50 Coronavirus Outbreaks Reported In Michigan Schools Monday MORE FROM CBS DETROIT: Michigan Inmate Captured More Than A Week After Jail Escape MORE FROM CBS DETROIT: 34-Year-Old Detroit Man Charged In Armed Robbery, Assaulting Police © 2020 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
GM Flips To California's Side In Pollution Fight With TrumpDETROIT (AP) — General Motors is switching sides in the legal fight against California's right to set its own clean-air standards, abandoning the Trump administration as the president's term nears its close. CEO Mary Barra said in a letter Monday to environmental groups that GM will no longer support the Trump administration in its defense against a lawsuit over its efforts against California's standards. And GM is urging other automakers to do the same. The move is a sign that GM and other automakers are anticipating big changes when President-elect Joe Biden takes office in January. Already at least one other large automaker, Toyota, said it may join GM in switching to California's team. In her letter, Barra wrote that the company agrees with Biden's plan to expand electric vehicle use. Last week, GM said it is testing a new battery chemistry that will bring down electric vehicle costs to those of gas-powered vehicles within five years. Barra sent the letter after a Monday morning conversation with Mary Nichols, head of California's Air Resources Board, the company said. The board is the state’s air pollution regulator. “We believe the ambitious electrification goals of the President-elect, California, and General Motors are aligned, to address climate change by drastically reducing automobile emissions,” the letter said. Nichols called GM’s announcement good news. "I was pleased to be in communication with Mary Barra again,” she said. “It’s been a while since we had talked.” The news, coupled with GM announcing it was recalling 7 million vehicles and avoiding a drawn-out legal fight, helped to push the automaker's shares up 4% Monday to close at $44.77. Earlier in the day, the stock hit $45.16, its highest level in more than two years. GM's stock has more than doubled in value since April. Dan Becker of the Center for Biological Diversity, one of the environmental groups Barra wrote to, said GM was wrong in trying to stop California from protecting its people from auto pollution. “Now the other automakers must follow GM and withdraw support for (President Donald) Trump’s attack on clean cars,” he said in an email. The White House did not respond to a request for comment, and the Environmental Protection Agency would say only that it is interesting to see the changing positions of U.S. companies. In a statement, Biden said GM's decision is encouraging for the economy, the planet and success of American auto workers. “GM’s decision reinforces how shortsighted the Trump administration’s efforts to erode American ingenuity and America’s defenses against the climate threat truly are,” the statement said, adding that the ripple effects will help the U.S. innovate and create good-paying union jobs. Last year General Motors, Fiat Chrysler, Toyota and 10 smaller automakers sided with the Trump administration in a lawsuit over whether California has the right to set its own standards for greenhouse gas emissions and fuel economy. The compa
Group Sues President Trump Over Voting Rights Violations In Detroit(CBS DETROIT) – A new legal battle is brewing in the federal courts. The NAACP Legal Defense Fund is filing a lawsuit against President Donald trump on behalf of Black voters in Detroit. The Michigan Welfare Rights Organization and three Detroit residents are accusing the president of attempting to disenfranchise Black voters and repeating false claims of voter fraud in the city. Votes in Wayne county came into question following a split vote by the Wayne county board of canvassers. The body didn’t initially agree to certify the election due to concerns of out-of-balance precincts in Detroit. “And the only reason that the allegations are sort of having any kind of resonance is because they are pressed on this very pernicious and very dangerous stereotype that somehow Black people are not full citizens and that their votes should not be fully counted in the process,” said Samuel Spital, NAACP LDF Director Of Litigation. The lawsuit claims both the president and his campaign violated the Voting Rights Act of 1965 by pressuring local and state officials to not certify votes through intimidation. “The idea of voting is defined very broadly in the voting rights at so it’s not just about casting a ballot it’s about anything that’s necessary for the ballot to be counted and so what we saw in Michigan was a concerted effort by president Trump, by the Trump campaign to engage in very irregular contacts that certainly appeared to be pressuring state and local officials not to certify votes in Detroit and Wayne County,” said Spital. The lawsuit was filed days after two Republican Wayne County canvassers voted to not certify the election before reversing the decision then doubling down on it a day later. “The president of the United States who is also one of the candidates at issue is personally calling county canvassers and after that phone call they then provided affidavits to his campaign saying actually we want to go back on it. So, there was all of that and then the other aspect that was quite troubling was that president Trump summoned the leaders of the state legislature to meet with him personally in Washington in connection with all these events,” said Spital. CW50 reached out to the Trump campaign for a response to the allegations made in the lawsuit and are still waiting to hear back. © 2020 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
AT&T Providing Wi-Fi Access For K-12 Students(CBS DETROIT) – AT&T is chipping in $10 million to help provide K-12 students free Wi-Fi access. Non-profit organizations and schools who serve at-risk youth are urged to apply. The initiative is in partnership with Connected Nation, which is focused on closing the homework gap. According to the Alliance for Excellent Education, nearly 17 million public K-12 students have fallen into the “homework gap” due to COVID-19 school closures. The program is primarily focused on impacting students in the following groups: Students in foster care Students experiencing homelessness English language learners Students with disabilities Students eligible for the Migrant Education Program Other at-risk students who may be disconnected from formal education opportunities Program limitations and eligibility information can be found on the application website here. All applications must be submitted online no later than 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time on January 11, 2021. © 2020 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
Former Lions Players Donate Food Boxes In Detroit(CBS DETROIT) – Detroit City Councilman Andre Spivey and former Detroit Lions players Calvin Johnson and Rob Sims took part in an effort Monday to get food in the hands of those in need just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday. “This is one of the biggest days of the year when you bring people together family and friends and due to the economy, some people may not be able. Any normal year some people have a hard time during this time of the year but this is an even tougher year and so we want to give back where we can,” said Spivey. Cars lined-up down Connor Avenue on Detroit’s east side for the curb-side service where people stopped by for a free turkey and all the trimmings for Thanksgiving. “We have a lot of issues in this world. You know not just the pandemic and obviously the economy is struggling and a lot of other problems we have in this world but seeing a line like this and people that are in need and just makes you thankful for what you have and realize a lot of work needs to be done,” said Sims. Detroit D4 Project “Giving Thanks” was made possible by community sponsors looking to help Detroit families get the food they need to prepare a holiday dinner at home at no cost. “People are going through a time where they don’t have jobs and different varieties due to Covid in the community so it’s our duty as business owners to have families in the community and support them and make sure that they have a happy thanksgiving and a full plate to eat,” said Zaid Elia, Sponsor, Elia Group CEO. © 2020 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
Michigan Reports 11,511 New Covid-19 Cases, 65 Deaths MondayMICHIGAN (CBS DETROIT) - The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services announced 11,511 coronavirus cases in the state and an additional 65 deaths Monday. Monday’s daily case count represents new referrals of confirmed cases to the MDSS since Saturday, Nov. 21. Over the two days, Sunday and Monday, the average number of new confirmed cases is ~5755 per day. This brings the state total of COVID-19 cases to 314,216 and 8,543 deaths as of Nov. 23.
etired Nurses Help To Fill Gaps As Covid-19 Cases Takes A Toll On Healthcare Workers(CBS DETROIT) – As Michigan continues to see an alarming number of Covid-19 cases, hospitals across Mid-Michigan are trying to prevent overworking their staff on hand. “Our nurses are picking up extra days, but we are very cautious not to burn them out,” said Monica Baranski, chief nursing officer for McLaren Bay Region. “We do have nurses going off daily, with symptoms and the minute they have symptoms we take them out of the workforce, and we do have some struggles with filling those positions.” Baranski said while they are doing good with nursing coverage, “nursing is at a high demand, it's difficult to get even agency nurses right now so we want to stay ahead of the game." Also in some cases, retired nurses are coming in to help cover those open shifts. MORE FROM CBS DETROIT: Whitmer Says She Has Authority To Order New Stay-Home Order in Michigan MORE FROM CBS DETROIT: Missed Gov. Whitmer’s Press Conference? Here’s Her Update On The State’s Response To COVID-19 MORE FROM CBS DETROIT: Stimulus Package Update: What Will A Biden Administration Mean For More Aid? © 2020 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
Board Of State Canvassers Certifies Michigan's Nov. 3 General Election ResultsThe Board of State Canvassers, which has two Republicans and two Democrats, confirmed the results on a 3-0 vote with one abstention. Allies of Trump and losing GOP Senate candidate John James had urged the panel to delay voting for two weeks to audit votes in heavily Democratic Wayne County, home to Detroit. “The board’s duty today is very clear," said Aaron Van Langevelde, the Republican vice chair. "We have a duty to certify this election based on these returns. That is very clear. We are limited to these returns. I’m not going to argue that we’re not.” He said he wanted to hear public comment, however, before voting. Three hours into what normally is a routine meeting, hundreds of people were waiting to testify remotely. At times, more than 30,000 were watching the livestream. Mary Ellen Gurewitz, an attorney for the state Democratic Party, told the canvassers that attacks on the election results “are part of a racist campaign, directed by soon-to-be former President Trump, to disparage the cities in this country with large Black populations, including Detroit, Philadelphia and Milwaukee.” “It sometimes feels like officials are attempting to tear up my ballot right in front of me by stalling and recounting until they find a way to change the results,” said Wendy Gronbeck, a resident of Douglas. “I’ve been a voter for over 50 years, and I’ve never had to think about whether canvassers will certify an election.” Biden crushed the president by more than 330,000 votes in Wayne County, where two local GOP canvassers who certified the results unsuccessfully tried to reverse course last week after being called by Trump. Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, a Democrat, has said an audit must wait until after statewide certification because only then would officials have legal access to documentation needed to conduct such a review. Michigan’s elections bureau recommended that the Nov. 3 results be certified. Monday afternoon, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer released a statement after the Michigan State Board of Canvassers voted to certify the results of the November 2020 election. "I commend the three members of the State Board of Canvassers who voted to follow the law and certify the 2020 election results today. The people of Michigan have spoken," said Whitmer. "President-elect Biden won the State of Michigan by more than 154,000 votes, and he will be our next president on January 20th. I also want to thank Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson and the local clerks across Michigan who made sure this year's election was free, fair and secure, and the voters who turned out in record numbers to make their voices heard. Now, it’s time to put this election behind us and come together as a state to defeat our common enemy: COVID-19.”  Michigan's Attorney General Dana Nessel also commended the members of the Board of State Canvassers certifying the state's election results.
GM Expects Electric Cars To Cost Same As Gas Cars.General Motors says it expects the price of its electric vehicles to be the same as gas-powered cars within five years.

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