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NHTSA Rejects 2019 Petition to Probe Tesla Battery Software

Tesla charging A Tesla vehicle charges at a Tesla Supercharger site. (Chuck Burton/Associated Press)

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration rejected a 2019 petition to open a formal investigation into Tesla Inc.’s battery management software, according to documents posted to the agency’s website.

Keith Laing | Bloomberg News
October 4, 2021
Government, Business, Fuel

Oil at Seven-Year High After OPEC+ Decides on Cautious Increase

OPEC sign An OPEC sign hangs outside the OPEC Secretariat in Vienna. ( Akos Stiller/Bloomberg News)

FRANKFURT, Germany — Oil prices jumped after OPEC and allied oil producing countries stayed with their gradual approach to restoring output slashed during the pandemic, agreeing to add only 400,000 barrels per day in November.

October 4, 2021
Government, Business, Logistics

Christmas at Risk as Supply Chain ‘Disaster’ Only Gets Worse

Broken ornament busypix/Getty Images

Bottlenecks that gummed up the global supply chain in 2020 have only gotten worse, and evidence is mounting that the holiday season is at risk.

October 4, 2021
Government, Business, Fuel

UK Military Begins Fuel Delivery Amid Driver Shortage

British military British army personnel at the BP Plc fuel terminal in Hemel Hempstead, U.K., on Oct. 4. (Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg)

LONDON — British military personnel have begun delivering fuel to gas stations after a shortage of truck drivers disrupted supplies for more than a week, leading to long lines at the pumps as anxious drivers scrambled to fill their tanks.

October 4, 2021
Government, Business

Sinema Denounces House Liberals for Inaction on Infrastructure Bill

Sen. Kyrsten Sinema Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, a Democrat from Arizona, departs following a vote in the U.S. Capitol on Sept. 30. (Al Drago/Associated Press)

Sen. Kyrsten Sinema criticized House liberals on Oct. 2 for delaying a vote on the bipartisan infrastructure bill she helped negotiate, blaming them for eroding trust in elected officials.

Peter Martin | Bloomberg News
October 2, 2021

House, Senate Approve 30-Day Extension of Highway Funding

House vote on extension of highway funding The 30-day extension for highway funding was approved 365-51 in the House. (

The U.S. House of Representatives approved a 30-day reauthorization for highway funding late Oct. 1, and the Senate passed the measure by unanimous consent on Oct. 2, sending it to President Joe Biden for signing.

October 1, 2021
Government, Business

No Deal Yet, but Biden Vows to ‘Get It Done’

President Biden with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi “It doesn’t matter whether it’s six minutes, six days or six weeks — we’re going to get it done,” Biden (left) said after meeting with Nancy Pelosi and Democrats at the Capitol Oct. 1. (Susan Walsh/Associated Press)

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden pledged Oct. 1 at the Capitol to “get it done” as Democrats strained to rescue a scaled-back version of his $3.5 trillion government-overhaul plan and salvage a related infrastructure bill after days of frantic negotiations. But it's not getting done right now.

Lisa Mascaro and Zeke Miller | Associated Press
October 1, 2021
Government, Business

Pelosi Regroups on Infrastructure With Hopes for Vote Today

Joe Manchin Manchin speaks to reporters outside the Capitol after meeting with Sinema, Rice, Deese and other White House officials late Sept. 30. (Andrew Harnik/AP)

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) plans to try again Oct. 1 for a vote on bipartisan infrastructure legislation that has been held up by a battle between moderate and progressive Democrats over President Joe Biden’s economic agenda.

October 1, 2021
Government, Business

No Vote Held on Infrastructure, but Talks to Resume

Speaker Nancy Pelosi Speaker Nancy Pelosi promised a vote on the infrastructure bill Sept. 30, but at the end of a long day of negotiations, was only able to settle for what she called "a day of progress." (Andrew Harnik/Associated Press)

WASHINGTON — Despite a long night of frantic negotiations, Democrats were unable late Sept. 30 to reach an immediate deal to salvage President Joe Biden’s $3.5 trillion government overhaul, forcing leaders to call off promised votes on a related infrastructure bill. Action is to resume Oct. 1.

Lisa Mascaro | Associated Press
October 1, 2021
Government, Business, Technology, Fuel

ATRI Report Urges Electric Tax to Help Fund Highway Repairs

Volvo VNR charging A Volvo VNR Electric model at a charging station. (

A new report from the American Transportation Research Institute suggests that a small tax on electricity used specifically for transportation would produce much-needed support for the federal Highway Trust Fund, revenue from which pays for work on the nation’s roads and bridges.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
September 30, 2021