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The Ambassador of Mexico to the United States visited West Michigan Tuesday as a guest of the World Affairs Council of Western Michigan.

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Lawmakers are gathering in Lansing this week during the lame duck session focusing on paid sick leave and minimum wage bills. West Michigan auto suppliers are preparing for an anticipated industry slowdown. Metro Health Foundation capitalizing on U of M affiliation.

Paul Isely, Associate Dean in the Seidman College of Business at Grand Valley State University
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President Donald Trump isn't budging on his international tariff stance so far despite remarkably public pleadings from House Speaker Paul Ryan and other Republican allies to back off his threat and avoid a possible trade war.

Trump says, "We're not backing down." But he's holding open the possibility of exempting longstanding friends Canada and Mexico if they agree to better terms for the U.S. in revising the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Michigan's Public Service Commission will hold a conference to receive additional input on developing regulatory policy for plug-in electric vehicle programs in the state.

The conference is scheduled Feb. 20 at the commission's Lansing office and will include a technical discussion focusing on utility electric vehicle charging pilot programs and assessing program impacts on infrastructure, utility rates and the electrical grid.

The North American International Auto Show kicks off this week, we discuss the details with our guest Hugh Milne.

Chinese automaker GAC Motor says it's on track to enter the U.S. market in the fourth quarter of next year. Company officials made the statement Monday as they introduced two models at the Detroit auto show that likely will come to the U.S. At a packed press conference, GAC showed off a gull-wing compact electric SUV called the Enverge, which is still in the concept phase.

Fiat Chrysler is recalling approximately 1 million trucks in North America due to a software glitch that could prevent side air bags and seatbelts from deploying during a rollover. The company's U.S. division said Friday that it is aware of one death, two injuries and two accidents that may be related to the problem. 

Ford's 3Q profit falls on recall, truck launch

Oct 27, 2016

Troubles in Ford Motor Co.'s home market - including a massive recall and the difficult launch of new heavy-duty pickups - are hurting the company's bottom line.

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If you hurt yourself while pulling stuff from your parked car, should your insurance company be on the hook for the injuries?

The Michigan Supreme Court is opening a new term with arguments in that case and many others, including alleged misconduct by an Ann Arbor-area judge who could lose his job.

In 2012, truck driver Daniel Kemp tore a calf muscle while unloading items, just 30 seconds after parking at home.

He sought payments under his no-fault policy but Farm Bureau Insurance said no.

Two courts so far have ruled against Kemp.

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Tesla has sued Gov. Rick Snyder and other state officials, challenging a 2014 law that ensures automakers can only sell through franchised dealerships.

The federal lawsuit filed Thursday seeks a declaratory judgment that the "anti-Tesla" law is unconstitutional and an injunction to prevent its enforcement.

Michigan last week denied Tesla's application for a license to sell directly to consumers in Michigan, citing the law that's backed by big auto companies and their dealerships.