Oregon Votes To Accelerate Transportation Electrification

Oregon’s legislature has just adopted a bill to get the state off coal and onto renewables, and to use that renewable electricity to power the state’s cars, trucks, and buses. As my colleague, Noah Long, explains in a blog co-authored with Angus Duncan who chairs Oregon’s Global Warming Commission, this is a remarkable milestone.

Focusing here on the provisions of the bill designed to increase access to charging stations for electric vehicles, the bill instructs Oregon’s Public Utilities Commission to order electric utilities to propose programs and investments to “accelerate transportation electrification” by the end of this year.

This bipartisan vote builds upon the consensus in support of similar legislation in California and the recent approval of two widely supported proposals by San Diego Gas Electric and Southern California Edison to deploy charging stations for electric vehicles in a manner that helps soak up solar and wind

... read more at: http://cleantechnica.com/2016/03/03/oregon-votes-to-accelerate-transportation-electrification/

Supercars, SUVs to Excite 2016 New York Auto Show

At the Geneva Auto Show earlier this month, big luxury had its day.

Maserati showed its $72,000 Levante SUV; Bentley debuted a stretch-limo version of its $304,000 Mulsanne; Rolls-Royce gave us a blacked-out version of its $296,000 Ghost. And that’s not to mention the unveiling of the $2.6 million Bugatti Chiron.

Next week in New York, luxury automakers are catching their breath. Which means many of them—McLaren, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Bentley, Bugatti, Tesla, Fisker, and Cadillac—are skipping it altogether. (Tesla, for its part, will unveil the Model 3 on March 31.)

“I think most of the auto manufacturers are entering the show with a feeling of what I would call ‘hopeful trepidation,’” said Jack Nerad, executive editorial director and executive market analyst for Kelley Blue Book. “Sales results in the U.S. so far this year

... read more at: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-03-18/new-york-auto-show-luxury-preview

Hyundai & Kia Fined $360 Million For Faulty MPG Claims (None Of Which Will Fund Electric Cars)

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Hyundai and Kia have agreed to a massive $360 million fine, following a two-year-long investigation of the Korean automakers by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Added to the $395 million that Hyundai and Kia have paid to vehicle owners, the companies will have

... read more at: http://www.thecarconnection.com/news/1096437_hyundai-kia-fined-360-million-for-faulty-mpg-claims-none-of-which-will-fund-electric-cars

Horsham Man, 20, Charged With Murdering Elderly Man

A Horsham man has
been charged with first degree murder in connection with a stabbing that
happened Wednesday in the Hatboro section of Upper Moreland Township.

Authorities say
Jeffrey William Anderson, 20, killed 72-year-old William Neill Wednesday afternoon.

Montgomery County
District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman and Upper Moreland Township Police Chief
Michael Murphy announced the charges Friday.

According to police,
officers were called Wednesday at 3 p.m. for a report of a stabbing at 210
Newington Drive in the Hatboro section of Upper Moreland Township.

The responding
officers detained Anderson, who was attempting to flee the scene in the
victim’s Cadillac Escalade, police said.

When police went
inside the residence, they found Neill dead from apparent stab wounds,
according to authorities.

Anderson’s mother told
authorities her son said he stabbed Neill because he tried to sexually assault
, according to The Intelligencer.

Anderson was
arraigned before District Judge Paul Leo and remanded without

... read more at: http://patch.com/pennsylvania/uppermoreland/horsham-man-20-charged-murdering-elderly-man

Nick Fairley not guilty of DUI

Feb 13, 2015

Detroit Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley was found not guilty of driving under the influence in 2012 by a jury in Mobile County, Alabama, television station WKRG reported Friday.

The case had taken more than two years to reach trial but lasted less than three days between jury selection, both arguments and the jury’s deliberations. Initially, according to WKRG, the jury came back at an impasse, but Mobile County Circuit Court Judge Sarah Stewart sent them back for more deliberations.

Change to vehicle inspection, registration begins March 1

Beginning March 1, vehicles registered in Texas will no longer need separate vehicle inspection and registration stickers. Instead, drivers are required to submit their car for inspection not more than 90 days before they renew.

The upcoming consolidation of vehicle registration and inspection stickers

... read more at: http://kdhnews.com/news/change-to-vehicle-inspection-registration-begins-march/article_b44f3bd6-99e7-11e4-8640-0bf639aeb5c0.html

For a Super Bowl winner, just pick six

Jan 27, 2015

There’s data, there’s big data, and then there is slam-dunk data. In the latter category: Teams that return an interception for a touchdown are 12-0 in the Super Bowl. Get a pick-six, win the Super Bowl. It’s pretty much that simple.

Of course, any football team from midget league on wants a return touchdown. But at the Super Bowl level, the interception return touchdown has far more impact than other kinds of return plays. Teams that run back a fumble for a touchdown in the Super Bowl are 2-2. Teams that run a kick back for a touchdown are 4-6, that winning total diluted by two Super

... read more at: http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/page/TMQSuperBowlPreview150127/teams-score-pick-six-take-super-bowl-tuesday-morning-quarterback

Elderly man dies after Monday car crash

A 93-year-old man who was involved in a two-vehicle crash on
Monday has died from his injuries, according to a press release
from the Oregon State Police.

Grant Albert was transported to Sky Lakes Medical center with
serious injuries after the car he was driving was struck on the
passenger side by another vehicle. Albert died a few hours

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The crash occurred at approximately 4:23 p.m. at the
intersection of Homedale Road and Southside Expressway after
Albert’s sedan, which was southbound and stopped at a stop sign,
pulled out in front of an eastbound minivan driven by Peter
McNally, said Sgt. Bob Fenner with the Oregon State Police.

The impact caused Albert’s car to slide across the road and
collide with a street sign on the south side of the intersection.
McNally’s car spun around and came to a rest facing

... read more at: http://www.heraldandnews.com/breaking/elderly-man-dies-after-monday-car-crash/article_83d2d014-0fa5-11e1-9d4b-001cc4c002e0.html

Police Find Drugs, Money in Floorboard Safe

A July 5 traffic stop initiated in order to investigate a cracked windshield ended in the arrest of a Tennessee man after cash and methamphetamine were discovered concealed in a floorboard safe.

A Gwinnett County Police officer was traveling northbound on I-85 near Hamilton Mill Road when he noticed a white Cadillac Deville with a cracked windshield. After stopping the vehicle, the officer asked the driver to exit the vehicle. While completing a warning citation, the officer asked the driver about her travels. The woman said she had been to Atlanta to visit a friend of one of her passengers. However, when the officer questioned the woman’s passengers, both gave different reasons for the trip.

While interviewing the vehicle occupants, the officer noticed the male passenger, later identified as Matthew Zollinger, 20, of 140 Hillcrest Road in Bluff City, Tenn., was visibly shaking and appeared to be extremely nervous.

The officer asked the

... read more at: http://patch.com/georgia/dacula/police-find-drugs-money-in-floorboard-safe

Cadillac will import CT6 plug-in from China

General Motors will begin importing a second model from China, the plug-in hybrid version of the Cadillac CT6 after the gasoline engine CT6 goes on sale later this year.

The gasoline engine CT6 goes into production next month at GM’s Detroit-Hamtramck plant, where workers assemble the Chevrolet Volt extended-range plug-in electric car, the Chevrolet Impala, the 2017 Buick LaCrosse and the Cadillac ELR.

On Sunday, Buick unveiled its Envision midsize crossover, which will go on sale in the U.S. this summer. Workers at one of GM’s joint venture factories in Yantai, China, produce the Envision.

Despite protests from the UAW, Envision is being imported because it’s been sold in China for more than a year and it fills

... read more at: http://www.lansingstatejournal.com/story/news/local/2016/01/16/cadillac-will-import-ct-plug-china/78895726/