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March 22, 2014

Cherry Capital Foods to be awarded

TRAVERSE CITY — Cherry Capital Foods will receive an award from the Michigan Small Business Development Center at the Michigan Celebrates Small Business awards ceremony on May 6.

The center named Cherry Capital foods the best small business in northwest Michigan and one of the 12 best in the state. Cherry Capital Foods is a Traverse City-based company that connects Michigan farmers with restaurants and schools to promote local agriculture.

The Michigan Celebrates Small Business awards ceremony will be held on May 6 at the Breslin Center at Michigan State University in East Lansing. Tickets are $115 each or $800 for a table of eight. For more information visit michigancelebrates.biz.

Families in Wis. crash that killed 2 girls sue

DETROIT — The families of three teenagers killed or injured in a 2006 Wisconsin car crash are suing General Motors, alleging that the company was negligent in designing its small cars and committed fraud by not disclosing facts about the defects.

Natasha Weigel, who was 18, and Amy Rademaker, who was 15, died after the October 2006 crash involving a 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt compact car with a faulty ignition switch.

The car’s driver, Megan Phillips, suffered permanent brain damage, according to a statement from the families’ law firm.

GM failed to warn the teens of a dangerous defect and misrepresented the car’s safety, said lawyer Robert Hilliard in a statement. The firm said the lawsuit was filed Friday in Hennepin County, Minn., where the car was purchased.

The crash was among the first blamed on the faulty ignition switches. Last month GM recalled 1.6 million Cobalts and other small cars worldwide to replace the switches. The company has admitted knowing about the problem for at least 11 years before taking the action.

The switches can slip out of the run position, shutting down the engine while the cars are being driven. That can cut off power-assisted steering and brakes and cause drivers to lose control. It also disables the air bags if there’s a crash. GM says at least a dozen people have been killed in crashes linked to the switches.

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