Essential Pittsburgh
3:09 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

What To Do If Your GM Car May Have Been Recalled

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Congressional staff investigating the widening GM ignition switch recall of more than 2 million vehicles said there are indications GM approved the design of the switches in 2002, for popular cars such as the Chevy Cobalt, even though the company knew they did not meet specifications.

The new CEO of GM, Mary Barra testified on Capitol Hill last week about the safety defect that's been linked to at least 13 deaths and sparked a 2.6 million-vehicle recall. Los Angeles Times staff writer Jerry Hirsch has been following this story.  

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Essential Pittsburgh
5:16 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Pittsburgh and Detroit: A Tale of Two Cities

Did the federal government's bailouts of the auto industry worsen the city's predicament?
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Since the beginning of the great recession, Pittsburgh has often been touted as a shining symbol of economic recovery in the rust belt, while Detroit has become the poster-child of nearly apocalyptic economic strife. So what has allowed the Steel City to thrive while the Motor City has stalled? According to Antony Davies, an Associate Professor of Economics at Duquesne University, the answer lies in the two city’s differing approaches to the collapse of their largest industries.

He notes that while Pittsburgh weathered the painful collapse of the steel industry without support, “when Detroit fell on hard times, it turned to the federal government.”

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