Government, Business

Senate Passes Bill Requiring HHS to Explain Delays in Hair-Testing Guidelines

Testing of hair Psychmedics

The Senate has passed legislation with a provision that would require the Department of Health and Human Services to provide an explanation for a 21-month delay in issuing mandatory federal hair testing guidelines for safety-sensitive transportation employees such as truck drivers.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
September 18, 2018
Government, Business, Fuel

EU Investigates German Carmakers for Possible Collusion

VW diesel exhaust pipes Michael Probst/AP

BRUSSELS — European Union regulators have opened an in-depth investigation into whether automakers BMW, Daimler and Volkswagen colluded to limit the development and rollout of car emission control systems.

Lorne Cook and David McHugh | Associated Press
September 18, 2018
Government, Business, Logistics, TCA

Savannah Port Extends Volume Growth

Port of Savannah A rubber tire gantry moves a 40-foot shipping container in the container yard at the Port of Savannah. (Stephen B. Morton/AP) 

If there is one word that describes Georgia ports in 2018 it is “growth,” with another record-breaking month in the books.

DeAnn Komanecky | Savannah (Ga.) Morning News
September 18, 2018
Government, Business, Technology

Tesla Is Target of Criminal Investigation

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Tesla Inc. is under investigation by the Justice Department over public statements made by the company and CEO Elon Musk, according to two people familiar with the matter. The criminal probe is running alongside a previously reported civil inquiry by securities regulators.

Tom Schoenberg and Matt Robinson | Bloomberg News
September 18, 2018
Government, Business

PennDOT Pilot Reaches More Small Businesses

Pennsylvania road sign Shutterstock

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf has announced a new state Department of Transportation pilot program geared toward small businesses.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
September 18, 2018
Government, Business

FedEx Downplays US-China Trade Spat’s Impact on Its Business

A FedEx Express truck makes deliveries Christopher Dilts/Bloomberg News

DALLAS — Shortly before the Trump administration announced a new round of tariffs against Chinese goods, FedEx Corp. leaders tried to assure investors Sept. 17 that a widening trade war will have little direct effect on the company.

David Koenig | Associated Press
September 18, 2018
Government, Business, Safety

FMCSA Drops Exemption Process for Insulin-Treated Diabetic Drivers

Diabetes iStock

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has issued a final rule that will allow certificated medical examiners to decide whether truck drivers with stable diabetes are qualified to drive, eliminating a requirement that the drivers seek an exemption from the agency before being allowed to get behind the wheel.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
September 18, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Fuel

Strong Growth Expected in EV Charging Stations

Row of electric cars at charging stations Getty Images

Electric vehicle charging continues to surge, a move that will only hasten the adoption of electric cars and other vehicles such as commercial trucks. ChargePoint, which manages a network of EV charging locations worldwide, has pledged to build out 2½ million public charging ports by 2025, with roughly half of those in North America and half in Europe.

Skip Descant | Government Technology
September 18, 2018
Government, Business, Fuel

Two California Ports Get Millions to Reduce Air Pollution

Trucks at the Port of Long Beach Trucks travel along a loading dock at the Port of Long Beach. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)

The California Air Resources Board is awarding two grants topping $90 million to the nation’s two busiest ports — Port of Los Angeles and Port of Long Beach, respectively — to develop a Zero Emission and Near Zero-Emission Freight Facilities project.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
September 18, 2018
Government, Business

China Looks Unlikely to Give In After US Tariff Hike

Workers assemble a car in a Chinese factory Workers install an engine at the Beijing assembly plant of Chinese automaker BAIC ORU. (Andy Wong/Associated Press)

BEIJING — China unveiled a slew of changes under mounting pressure from U.S. President Donald Trump over technology.

Joe McDonald | Associated Press
September 18, 2018