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Most American automobiles are powered by internal combustion engines: Gas or diesel goes in, tiny explosions power pistons and turn a crankshaft, the car moves forward, and carbon dioxide goes out.

But a growing chorus of environmental activists, business analysts and auto executives are predicting a sea change as battery-powered electric vehicles grow in popularity.

Lordstown school officials plan to hold quarterly financial meetings with the community, now that the General Motors plant is slated to shut down in March.

Superintendent Terry Armstrong says the tax money the district receives from GM may change when the plant goes dark. He wants to keep the community informed about budget issues the district could face.

The United Auto Workers labor union is suing General Motors over the use of temporary workers at a plant in Indiana, saying that laid-off members from Lordstown could do the jobs.

The UAW filed the suit this week in federal court in Youngstown. The suit accuses the company of violating a labor agreement that allows laid-off employees with seniority to seek to relocate to other GM facilities.

The complaint says the union agreed to GM’s hiring of temporary employees in Fort Wayne, Indiana, through August 2018 to help with the launch of a new pickup truck.

The GM plant in Lordstown, Ohio, closed in 2019 as part of a massive company restructuring.
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The announcement that General Motors will stop production at its Lordstown plant has caused anxiety for more than just its workers. Their children are concerned, too.

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General Motors' plans to lay off 14,000 salaried and blue-collar workers might not be as bad as originally projected.

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General Motors’ plant in Lordstown, which is slated for closure next year, could have a future with one of the automaker’s competitors.

General Motors announced that it will shut down its assembly plant in Lordstown, Ohio.
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Ohio’s top ranking Democrat, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, is proposing a measure in hopes of saving the Lordstown manufacturing plant from shutdown by General Motors. To seal the deal, he’s reaching out to a regular opponent of his, President Donald Trump. 

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General Motors is moving to shut down as many as five North American factories in a major restructuring, but there are more than jobs riding on the fate of at least one of them: Ohio's Lordstown assembly plant.

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Ohio’s Democratic Senator is blasting General Motors for planning to close the Lordstown plant in March, and says Congress needs to change the tax code to prevent companies from benefitting from that action in the future.

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President Trump threatened to cut subsidies for General Motors, in retaliation for the carmaker's decision to idle five North American auto plants and lay off some 14,000 workers.

"The U.S. saved General Motors, and this is the THANKS we get!" Trump tweeted on Tuesday, referring to the federal government's rescue of GM and Chrysler-Fiat during the depths of the recession nearly a decade ago.

White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow also expressed disappointment after meeting with GM's CEO, Mary Barra, on Monday.

General Motors announced that it will shut down its assembly plant in Lordstown, Ohio.
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Gov. John Kasich says he’ll be talking to General Motors about its decision to shut down the assembly plant in Lordstown, potentially putting 1,500 people out of work. But he’s sounding like all isn’t lost even if the plant closes.

Many in Ohio are still processing the news that General Motors could lay off nearly 15,000 workers in North America, ending construction of the Chevy Cruze made in Lordstown in March of next year. 

One of the things economists, workers, and officials alike are concerned about with talk of closure of a plant like Lordstown is how the supply chain might be affected; there are ripple effects to many people and communities.

“It’s terrible news,” says John Colm, the president of Manufacturing Works, an economic development non-profit tied to manufacturing.

General Motors announced that it will shut down its assembly plant in Lordstown, Ohio.
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GM told the remaining workers at its sprawling plant in Lordstown on Monday that it is going to shut down all U.S. production of the Chevy Cruze in March 2019.

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The collapse of traditional manufacturing has hit Trumbull County as hard as any place in Ohio. Drastic cuts at the General Motors plant in Lordstown have many trying to figure out if the economic pummeling will continue, and if there are alternatives.

The designer of an iconic automobile has come back home to Dayton. Gale Halderman was born in Tipp City. He graduated from Bethel High School in 1950 and then attended art and design classes at the Dayton Art Institute. It may be surprising that the name behind one of America’s most popular sports cars didn’t set out to design anything like it.

“I loved to do lettering,” he says. “I used to letter all the school buses at school when I was in school. And then I saw this class that was designing televisions and bicycles and I thought, boy does that look exciting.”

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