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Jul 23, 2015

Sandra Bland had marijuana in her system: family attorney

By Ben Klayman

(Reuters) – Sandra Bland, the black woman found hanging dead in a Texas jail days after a traffic stop, smoked or possibly swallowed a large amount of marijuana while in custody, according to her family’s attorney.

Waller County District Attorney Elton Mathis made the disclosure in a text message to attorney Cannon Lambert, who has called the state’s autopsy on the Chicago-area woman defective, Lambert said.

Jul 14, 2015

Insight – GM to spend $1.4 billion to modernise Arlington SUV factory

ARLINGTON, Texas (Reuters) – General Motors Co is raising the stakes on its bet that sales of fuel-thirsty sport utility vehicles will keep driving its global profits as Chinese and other markets sag.

GM said Tuesday it plans to spend $1.4 billion (896 million pounds) to modernize the factory in Arlington, Texas, that builds the Cadillac Escalade, Chevrolet Suburban and GMC Yukon sport utility vehicles. It’s the largest single investment in a $5.4 billion, three-year plant upgrade program announced earlier this year.

Jul 14, 2015

GM to spend $1.4 billion to modernize Arlington SUV factory

ARLINGTON, Texas (Reuters) –     General Motors Co is raising the stakes on its bet that sales of fuel-thirsty sport utility vehicles will keep driving its global profits as Chinese and other markets sag.

    GM said Tuesday it plans to spend $1.4 billion to modernize the factory in Arlington, Texas, that builds the Cadillac Escalade, Chevrolet Suburban and GMC Yukon sport utility vehicles. It’s the largest single investment in a $5.4 billion, three-year plant upgrade program announced earlier this year.

Jul 10, 2015

Dear customers: That Minion isn’t cursing. Sincerely, McDonald’s

(Editor’s Note: Please be advised that paragraph 2 contains language that some readers may find offensive)

By Ben Klayman

(Reuters) – McDonald’s Corp is standing by its latest Happy Meal toy, denying that its Minions are the foul-mouthed playthings that some of its fast-food customers say they are.

Jul 9, 2015

Forrest Gump-inspired runner trying to cross U.S. in 100 days

DETROIT (Reuters) – Barclay Oudersluys had competed in triathlons and ultramarathons but he wanted to do something bigger, so the Michigan native took a cue from his favorite movie.

Inspired by Forrest Gump, the simple but well-intentioned man played by actor Tom Hanks in the 1994 Academy Award-winning movie of the same name, Oudersluys decided to run across America and set out to do it in 100 days.

Jul 9, 2015

Michigan nixes filming of Kid Rock video in women’s prison

DETROIT (Reuters) – Michigan nixed an effort by musician Kid Rock to film a music video in a women’s prison in the state.

The Michigan Department of Corrections received the request last Thursday by Los Angeles-based production company Boulevard Industries to film the video at the Huron Valley Correctional Facility in Ypsilanti, agency spokesman Chris Gautz said on Thursday.

Jul 2, 2015

Thousands evacuated after freight train derails, catches fire, in Tennessee

By Ben Klayman and Suzannah Gonzales

(Reuters) – A freight train carrying flammable and toxic gas derailed and a car caught fire in Tennessee, forcing the evacuation of thousands of people on Thursday, while 10 officers were hospitalized after breathing in fumes, officials said.

More than 5,000 people were evacuated from homes and businesses, they said.

Still, there were no injuries after the derailment around midnight Wednesday of the CSX Corp rail company train in Blount County, eastern Tennessee.

Jun 26, 2015

Many U.S. companies say supporting marriage equality makes business sense

, June 26 (Reuters) – From renaming an ice
cream flavor to flying the gay movement’s rainbow flag, many
American corporations celebrated Friday’s U.S. Supreme Court
decision to legalize same-sex marriage and said it made good
sense for their businesses.

The broad support for the ruling from corporate leaders
could complicate efforts by some state lawmakers and officials
who are expected to try and limit gay marriage, despite the high
court’s decision.

Jun 23, 2015

Lawmakers say auto safety agency needs reform, not more funds

By David Morgan and Ben Klayman

(Reuters) – The U.S. agency that polices vehicle safety is not likely to get more money from Congress to overhaul its defective investigation system or deal with one of the most complex recalls in its history, lawmakers said on Tuesday.

The Obama administration has asked Congress to provide the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s defect investigations office with an additional $20 million a year, tripling the $10 million budget it has had for most of the past decade.

Jun 23, 2015

U.S. lawmakers say auto safety agency needs reform, not more funds

June 23 (Reuters) – The U.S. agency that polices vehicle
safety is not likely to get more money from Congress to overhaul
its defective investigation system or deal with one of the most
complex recalls in its history, lawmakers said on Tuesday.

The Obama administration has asked Congress to provide the
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s defect
investigations office with an additional $20 million a year,
tripling the $10 million budget it has had for most of the past
decade.

    • About Ben

      "Ben Klayman is based in Detroit and in April was named leader of the global automotive team for Reuters. Previously, Ben covered the business of sports as well as consumer and retail for three years and led the manufacturing/housing team for four years. He also covered the telecommunications sector for three years. He joined Reuters in Detroit in 1998 to cover autos. Prior to joining Reuters, he worked at a series of daily newspapers in Ohio and Maryland. Ben graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in 1989 with a bachelor's degree in English literature."
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      1998
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