<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - auto]]> http://gazette.com/rss/auto Mon, 23 Oct 2017 16:46:30 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Biofuel company announces plans for Mississippi refinery]]> http://gazette.com/biofuel-company-announces-plans-for-mississippi-refinery/article/feed/504400?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/biofuel-company-announces-plans-for-mississippi-refinery/article/feed/504400?custom_click=rss NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) — A British company aims to build a $300 million refinery in southwest Mississippi to turn wood into the equivalent of diesel or jet fuel.

Velocys announced Friday that it signed an option for a 100-acre (40-hectare) site in Natchez.

Chandler Russ of economic development agency Natchez Inc. says Velocys plans 40 refinery jobs averaging $100,000 yearly in pay and benefits, and could indirectly support 100-plus forestry jobs paying $40,000 on average.

Russ says Adams County will pay for levee upgrades and donate land — a package worth $4 million — if Velocys obtains $300 million in financing.

He says Adams County would cut property taxes by two-thirds, worth $42 million.

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]]> Mon, 23 Oct 2017 17:17:46 -0600 <![CDATA[US, California approve fix for 38,000 Volkswagen diesels]]> http://gazette.com/us-california-approve-fix-for-38000-volkswagen-diesels/article/feed/504350?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/us-california-approve-fix-for-38000-volkswagen-diesels/article/feed/504350?custom_click=rss DETROIT (AP) — Federal and state officials said Monday they have approved a fix for 38,000 Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche sport utility vehicles with diesel engines that were cheating on emissions tests.

The approval brings German automaker Volkswagen AG closer to resolving a costly and embarrassing scandal that began two years ago, when the company admitted that more than 550,000 vehicles in the U.S. — and 11 million worldwide — were designed to cheat on emissions tests. The vehicles have software that turns on emissions controls during testing but turns them off in everyday driving.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the California Air Resources Board had to approve the fix under a $1.2 billion settlement appr

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]]> Mon, 23 Oct 2017 16:41:44 -0600 <![CDATA[Kia recalls Souls in US for second time]]> http://gazette.com/kia-recalls-souls-in-us-for-second-time/article/feed/504346?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/kia-recalls-souls-in-us-for-second-time/article/feed/504346?custom_click=rss DETROIT (AP) — Kia Motors Corp. is recalling 342,381 vehicles in the U.S. for a second time because the first repair may not have solved a steering defect.

The recall affects the Soul and Soul EV from the 2014-2016 model years.

Kia says a pinion plug may not be properly secured, which could allow the pinion gear to separate from the steering assembly. If that happens, steering function can be lost, increasing the risk of a crash.

The company says some vehicles may not have been properly repaired in previous recalls. It couldn't say how many vehicles are affected outside the U.S.

Kia will notify owners starting next month. Dealers will repair the vehicles for free.

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]]> Mon, 23 Oct 2017 15:28:15 -0600 <![CDATA[Average US gas price falls a nickel to $2.51 for regular]]> http://gazette.com/average-us-gas-price-falls-a-nickel-to-2.51-for-regular/article/feed/504309?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/average-us-gas-price-falls-a-nickel-to-2.51-for-regular/article/feed/504309?custom_click=rss CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) — The average price of a gallon of regular-grade gasoline fell a nickel nationally over the past two weeks to $2.51.

Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg of the Lundberg Survey said Sunday that the drop comes as distribution systems continue to get back to normal following disruptions from late-summer hurricanes along the Gulf Coast.

Gas in San Francisco was the highest in the contiguous United States at an average of $3.07 a gallon. The lowest was in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, at $2.14 a gallon.

The U.S. average diesel price is $2.76, down about a penny from two weeks ago.

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]]> Mon, 23 Oct 2017 12:59:51 -0600 <![CDATA[World mayors pledge emissions-free cities by 2030]]> http://gazette.com/world-mayors-pledge-emissions-free-cities-by-2030/article/feed/504257?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/world-mayors-pledge-emissions-free-cities-by-2030/article/feed/504257?custom_click=rss

PARIS (AP) — The mayors of London, Los Angeles, Paris and several other major world cities are pledging to ban gasoline and diesel vehicles from "large parts" of their cities by 2030.

Some cities are moving even faster to reduce emissions, and the announcement Monday by leading metropolitan areas is a bid to encourage others to do the same.

Mayors meeting in Paris promised to "progressively abandon combustion engines" to make their cities cleaner and quieter, boost economic productivity and reduce pollution-related deaths.

Monday's pledge was released by the mayors of London, Los Angeles, Paris, Mexico City, Seattle, Copenhagen, Barcelona, Vancouver, Milan, Quito, Cape Town and Auckland.

While U.S.

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]]> Mon, 23 Oct 2017 09:55:31 -0600 <![CDATA[EU investigators inspect German automakers]]> http://gazette.com/eu-investigators-inspect-german-automakers/article/feed/504226?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/eu-investigators-inspect-german-automakers/article/feed/504226?custom_click=rss BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's antitrust watchdog said Monday that investigators have conducted inspections at a number of German automakers over cartel concerns.

The European Commission, which polices competition, said that Monday's inspections came amid "concerns that several German car manufacturers may have violated EU antitrust rules that prohibit cartels and restrictive business practices."

German national competition regulators accompanied the EU investigators on the pre-announced inspections.

The EU Commission did not say which automakers were involved, but said the inspections do not imply guilt.

Daimler said separately that investigators were on its premises.

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]]> Mon, 23 Oct 2017 08:47:05 -0600 <![CDATA[New flight paths lead to airplane noise complaints across US]]> http://gazette.com/new-flight-paths-lead-to-airplane-noise-complaints-across-us/article/feed/504163?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/new-flight-paths-lead-to-airplane-noise-complaints-across-us/article/feed/504163?custom_click=rss

PHOENIX (AP) — Airliners began flying over Twila Lake's bungalow-style house in a historic district three years ago, taking off every one to two minutes from the Phoenix airport and roaring over her neighborhood. It was a sudden change after rarely hearing jets in her previous 13 years in the downtown neighborhood.

Now, "it's all day and night long," complained the 71-year-old retiree, who said she sleeps with the television on to drown out aircraft noise. Some neighbors sold their homes and moved after the aviation highway entrance ramp was routed overhead.

The Federal Aviation Administration started revising flight paths and procedures around the United States in 2014 under its air traffic control modernization plan known

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]]> Mon, 23 Oct 2017 06:50:27 -0600 <![CDATA[Older vehicles in London to be charged more for polluting]]> http://gazette.com/older-vehicles-in-london-to-be-charged-more-for-polluting/article/feed/504177?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/older-vehicles-in-london-to-be-charged-more-for-polluting/article/feed/504177?custom_click=rss

LONDON (AP) — Drivers of older, more polluting cars will face an additional charge when entering central London as the city battles air pollution blamed for thousands of premature deaths each year.

Starting Monday, cars registered before vehicles were forced to meet new European emissions standards now face a toxicity charge of 10 pounds ($13.50) a day in addition to the congestion charge of 11.50 pounds every time they enter central London. The new rules apply primarily to cars registered before 2006 and may include some registered before 2008.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan says he plans to clean up the capital's air and the so-called T-Charge will "encourage motorists to ditch polluting, harmful vehicles.

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]]> Mon, 23 Oct 2017 04:08:33 -0600 <![CDATA[This Week: GM results, new home sales, third-quarter GDP]]> http://gazette.com/this-week-gm-results-new-home-sales-third-quarter-gdp/article/feed/504140?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/this-week-gm-results-new-home-sales-third-quarter-gdp/article/feed/504140?custom_click=rss A look at some of the key business events and economic indicators upcoming this week:

SPOTLIGHT ON GM

Wall street expects that General Motors' latest quarterly results declined from a year earlier.

The automaker is scheduled to report third-quarter earnings on Tuesday. GM said in July that it planned to cut vehicle production in the second half of this year as its factories prepared to switch to build newer models.

ECONOMIC BELLWETHER

The Commerce Department releases new home sales figures for September on Wednesday.

A shortage of homes for sale combined with rising prices has translated into an affordability challenge for many would-be buyers. That's one reason new home sales declined in July and Augu

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]]> Mon, 23 Oct 2017 00:26:16 -0600 <![CDATA[Senators press Pruitt for concessions on biofuels mandate]]> http://gazette.com/senators-press-pruitt-for-concessions-on-biofuels-mandate/article/feed/503606?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/senators-press-pruitt-for-concessions-on-biofuels-mandate/article/feed/503606?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the Environmental Protection Agency is looking to make peace on biofuels standards with a group of senators from corn-growing states who could upend President Donald Trump's nominees for key regulatory posts.

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt pledged in a letter to Sen. Joni Ernst of Iowa and a half dozen other Republican lawmakers to take specific actions benefiting the biofuels industry.

Last summer, Pruitt proposed biofuels targets for 2017 and 2018 set slightly below current levels. This followed a push by oil companies to ease mandates included in the Renewable Fuel Standard, which requires ethanol from corn and soybeans to be blended into gasoline and diesel.

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]]> Fri, 20 Oct 2017 17:11:04 -0600 <![CDATA[Business Highlights]]> http://gazette.com/business-highlights/article/feed/22010?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/business-highlights/article/feed/22010?custom_click=rss ___

Trump promises tax cuts as Senate GOP paves way with budget

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is promising the biggest tax cuts "in the history of our country" following Senate passage of a $4 trillion budget. The budget plan lays the groundwork for action on a tax overhaul Republicans hope to push through by year's end. They'll now be able to get the plan through the Senate without Democratic votes. Also Friday, House Speaker Paul Ryan said the GOP was adding a fourth tax bracket for high-income people to the three already in its proposal.

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]]> Fri, 20 Oct 2017 16:42:39 -0600 <![CDATA[Reno car dealer gives $1 million for Nevada ballpark project]]> http://gazette.com/reno-car-dealer-gives-1-million-for-nevada-ballpark-project/article/feed/503690?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/reno-car-dealer-gives-1-million-for-nevada-ballpark-project/article/feed/503690?custom_click=rss RENO, Nev. (AP) — The longtime owner of a Reno car dealership and his wife are contributing $1 million toward the renovation of the University of Nevada's baseball stadium.

The school announced Friday that Don and Toni Weir wrote the check for the project already underway at what now will be called Don Weir Field at Peccole (Puh-KOHL'-ee) Park.

Weir pitched for the Wolf Pack from 1967-69 and spent a season in the minor leagues after he was drafted by the Kansas City Royals. He bought the Reno Dodge dealership from his father in 1991.

Nevada Athletic Director Doug Knuth says the renovation includes a new synthetic playing surface and outfield fence, as well as a new clubhouse, coaching offices and state-of-the-art indo

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]]> Fri, 20 Oct 2017 15:49:04 -0600 <![CDATA[Wells Fargo: 4 currency executives no longer work at bank]]> http://gazette.com/wells-fargo-4-currency-executives-no-longer-work-at-bank/article/feed/503668?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/wells-fargo-4-currency-executives-no-longer-work-at-bank/article/feed/503668?custom_click=rss NEW YORK (AP) — Three high-level foreign exchange executives and a currency trader have left Wells Fargo, the bank that has been through several investigations after a scandal over millions of fake accounts and another over auto insurance practices.

Wells Fargo confirmed Friday that the employees from the investment bank side of the business were no longer with the firm but would not say if they were fired. The departures were first reported by The Wall Street Journal, which cited unidentified people familiar with the matter as saying they had been fired amid an investigation.

The bank has been trying to move beyond problems in its consumer banking operations that have tarnished its brand.

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]]> Fri, 20 Oct 2017 15:41:20 -0600 <![CDATA[Recalls this week: wind-up toys, ottomans, wood chippers]]> http://gazette.com/recalls-this-week-wind-up-toys-ottomans-wood-chippers/article/feed/503635?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/recalls-this-week-wind-up-toys-ottomans-wood-chippers/article/feed/503635?custom_click=rss More than a half-million windup toys are being recalled this week because a piece poses a choking hazard to young children. Other recalled consumer products this week include off-highway vehicles and wood-chippers.

Here's a more detailed look:

WINDUP MUSICAL TOYS

DETAILS: Carter's, Child of Mine, Guess How Much I Love You, and Just One You brands of windup musical plush toys. They were sold at Carter's, Target, Walmart and other stores nationwide and online from January 2016 through August 2017. The toys have a metal windup mechanism that can be turned to play music. They were sold in variety of animal characters and colors. The model number and batch code are printed on the smallest white sewn-in label behind the care

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]]> Fri, 20 Oct 2017 13:32:51 -0600 <![CDATA[BMW offices get 'inspection' in preliminary collusion probe]]> http://gazette.com/bmw-offices-get-inspection-in-preliminary-collusion-probe/article/feed/503538?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/bmw-offices-get-inspection-in-preliminary-collusion-probe/article/feed/503538?custom_click=rss FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — BMW said Friday that European Commission staff conducted an "inspection" at company offices in Munich earlier this week in connection with news media allegations that German carmakers colluded on technology including diesel emission controls.

BMW said it was assisting the European Union's executive arm in its work and that the inspection did not mean a formal antitrust investigation had been opened.

Der Spiegel magazine has reported that German car companies cooperated on issues including limiting the size of tanks holding fluid intended to reduce diesel emissions. The issue is getting attention because testing has shown that many diesel cars exceed pollution test standards in everyday driving.

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