Government, Safety

House Transportation Leader Urges Trump to Work With Congress

U.S. Capitol The Senate is expected to vote this week on an economic relief package that passed in the House of Representatives early Saturday morning. (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News)

President Donald Trump invokes the Stafford Act, which allows the Federal Emergency Management Agency to coordinate a national response to the coronavirus pandemic. Here's your Capitol Agenda look at the week ahead for trucking on Capitol Hill.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
March 16, 2020
Government, Business, TCA

Alaska’s First COVID-19 Patient Is a Cargo Plane Pilot

Carrying some 240 American diplomats and citizens from Wuhan, China, a Boeing 747 sits on the tarmac in Anchorage, Alaska, on Jan. 28. Carrying some 240 American diplomats and citizens from Wuhan, China, a Boeing 747 sits on the tarmac in Anchorage, Alaska, on Jan. 28. (Michael Dinneen/Associated Press)

A cargo pilot who arrived at Anchorage’s international airport on March 11 went to a hotel before he became ill, an airport official said March 13.

Morgan Krakow | Alaska Dispatch News
March 16, 2020
Business, Fuel

Oil Slumps to Lowest Since 2016 as Demand Collapse Triggers Rout

Shadows of drilling rig workers in Texas. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Oil’s spectacular collapse deepened as widening global efforts to fight the spread of the coronavirus looked set to trigger the most severe contraction in annual oil demand in history.

Alex Longley | Bloomberg News
March 16, 2020
Business, Technology

Amazon Glitch Stymies Whole Foods, Grocery Deliveries

A shopping cart sits inside a Whole Foods location in Burbank, Calif., in June 2018. A shopping cart sits inside a Whole Foods location in Burbank, Calif., in June 2018. (Dania Maxwell/Bloomberg News)

Amazon .com Inc. suffered a technical glitch March 15 that affected online grocery orders through its Whole Foods and Amazon Fresh delivery services, which have become lifelines for household essentials for people looking to avoid stores due to the coronavirus outbreak.

March 16, 2020
Business, Safety

VW Faces Production Snarls as Virus Pandemic Hits Car Factories

Employees work on an electric automobile on the assembly line of a Volkswagen AG factory in Germany. Employees work on an electric automobile on the assembly line of a Volkswagen AG factory in Germany. (Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg News)

Volkswagen AG’s sprawling operations in Europe are starting to feel the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, as the German carmaker joined peers such as Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV in winding down output at some of its factories.

Christoph Rauwald | Bloomberg News
March 16, 2020
Government, Business, Logistics

Amazon Warns of Delivery Delays as Coronavirus Elevates Demand

Amazon driver wears a protective mask in New Rochelle, N.Y. A driver wears a protective mask while traveling in an Amazon.com Inc. delivery van in New Rochelle, N.Y., March 12. (Angus Mordant/Bloomberg News)

Online retail giant Amazon.com Inc. is warning its customers may see some delivery delays, and some items could be out of stock as the impact from the coronavirus spreads across the country. The company says the increase in people buying things online is having an effect on how it serves its customers.

Dan Ronan | Senior Reporter
March 16, 2020
Government, Business

Stock Futures Tumble Despite Fed Interest Rate Cut to Near Zero

Federal Reserve building in Washington, D.C Federal Reserve office building in Washington, D.C. (Patrick Semansky/AP)

U.S. stock futures tumbled, wiping out half of the furious last-hour rally March 13 and tripping exchange trading curbs, as investors worried that emergency measures by the Federal Reserve will fall short of cushioning the coronavirus’ blows to the economy.

March 15, 2020
Government, Business

Economists Eye Possible Recession Caused by Coronavirus

Economists and other experts who watch the U.S. economy on a minute-by-minute basis are now suggesting, some loudly, that the nation is lurching towards a recession, as the coronavirus damages the economy.

Dan Ronan | Senior Reporter
March 15, 2020
Government, Business, Fuel

Trump Orders US to Stock Up Oil Reserve After Price Crash

President Trump holds March 13 press conference Scene from March 13 press conference at the White House. (Evan Vucci/AP)

President Donald Trump ordered U.S. energy officials to purchase “large amounts” of oil to fill up the nation’s emergency reserve after the biggest price crash in a generation.

March 14, 2020
Government, Business

US Will Extend Virus Travel Restrictions to UK, Ireland

President Trump at March 14 news conference President Trump speaks at a March 14 press conference in the White House briefing room. (Alex Brandon/AP)

President Donald Trump announced March 14 that the United States will broaden its European travel ban, adding Britain and Ireland to its list, and was considering imposing restrictions on travel within the U.S. to areas hit hard by the coronavirus spread

March 14, 2020

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