<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - auto]]> http://gazette.com/rss/auto Wed, 01 Jul 2015 00:31:56 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![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 ___

Greeks hit by closed banks, warnings from eurozone

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Anxious pensioners swarmed closed bank branches Monday and long lines snaked outside ATMs as Greeks endured the first day of serious controls on their daily economic lives ahead of a July 5 referendum that could determine whether the country has to ditch the euro currency and return to the drachma.

As strict capital controls took root following Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras' surprise weekend decision to call a referendum on international creditors' latest economic proposals, Greece's population tried to fathom the sheer scale of the impact on their day-to-day existence.

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Greeks hit by closed banks, warnings from eurozone

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Anxious pensioners swarmed closed bank branches Monday and long lines snaked outside ATMs as Greeks endured the first day of serious controls on their daily economic lives ahead of a July 5 referendum that could determine whether the country has to ditch the euro currency and return to the drachma.

As strict capital controls took root following Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras' surprise weekend decision to call a referendum on international creditors' latest economic proposals, Greece's population tried to fathom the sheer scale of the impact on their day-to-day existence.]]> Mon, 29 Jun 2015 18:01:03 -0600 <![CDATA[Gas prices fall slightly in New Hampshire]]> http://gazette.com/gas-prices-fall-slightly-in-new-hampshire/article/feed/247699?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/gas-prices-fall-slightly-in-new-hampshire/article/feed/247699?custom_click=rss CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Gas prices in New Hampshire have fallen 1.1 cents per gallon in the past week, to an average of $2.72.

Gasbuddy.com, which surveyed 875 gas stations in the state, says that's 6 cents less than the national average, which fell 1.3 cents per gallon to $2.78.

Gas prices in New Hampshire are 92.1 cents per gallon lower than they were a year ago and are 7.7 cents per gallon higher than a month ago.

The national average increased 3.9 cents per gallon in the last month and stands 89.6 cents a gallon less compared to a year ago.

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]]> CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Gas prices in New Hampshire have fallen 1.1 cents per gallon in the past week, to an average of $2.72.

Gasbuddy.com, which surveyed 875 gas stations in the state, says that's 6 cents less than the national average, which fell 1.3 cents per gallon to $2.78.

Gas prices in New Hampshire are 92.1 cents per gallon lower than they were a year ago and are 7.7 cents per gallon higher than a month ago.

The national average increased 3.9 cents per gallon in the last month and stands 89.6 cents a gallon less compared to a year ago.]]> Mon, 29 Jun 2015 09:01:07 -0600 <![CDATA[Ohio motorists see higher gas prices to start work week]]> http://gazette.com/ohio-motorists-see-higher-gas-prices-to-start-work-week/article/feed/247673?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ohio-motorists-see-higher-gas-prices-to-start-work-week/article/feed/247673?custom_click=rss COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio motorists are seeing higher prices at the pump to start the work week.

A gallon of regular gas in Ohio was averaging $2.81 in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's up 8 cents from a week ago.

Average prices in Ohio were above the nation's average, which was $2.77 per gallon on Monday.

But Ohio gas prices remain significantly cheaper than last year at this time, when prices were averaging $3.64 per gallon.

Among the state's metropolitan areas, the Youngstown and Warren area had the lowest average prices Monday at $2.74 per gallon.

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AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report: http://fuelgaugereport.aaa.

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]]> COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio motorists are seeing higher prices at the pump to start the work week.

A gallon of regular gas in Ohio was averaging $2.81 in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's up 8 cents from a week ago.

Average prices in Ohio were above the nation's average, which was $2.77 per gallon on Monday.

But Ohio gas prices remain significantly cheaper than last year at this time, when prices were averaging $3.64 per gallon.

Among the state's metropolitan areas, the Youngstown and Warren area had the lowest average prices Monday at $2.74 per gallon.

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Online:

AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report: http://fuelgaugereport.aaa.]]> Mon, 29 Jun 2015 06:45:28 -0600 <![CDATA[AAA Mid-Atlantic: New Jersey gas prices down slightly]]> http://gazette.com/aaa-mid-atlantic-new-jersey-gas-prices-down-slightly/article/feed/234205?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/aaa-mid-atlantic-new-jersey-gas-prices-down-slightly/article/feed/234205?custom_click=rss TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — For the first time in several weeks, motorists are seeing lower prices at the pumps in New Jersey.

AAA Mid-Atlantic says the average price of a gallon of regular gas in the state on Friday was $2.61, down a penny from last week. That's also much lower than the price from a year ago, when motorists were paying $3.57.

This price decrease ends a five-week stretch where pump prices had risen in New Jersey.

The national average price on Friday was $2.78, down 2 cents from last week. That's also much lower than the national average from a year ago, when motorists were paying $3.68.

Analysts say pump prices will likely drop in the coming weeks, noting there are abundant crude oil supplies.

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]]> TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — For the first time in several weeks, motorists are seeing lower prices at the pumps in New Jersey.

AAA Mid-Atlantic says the average price of a gallon of regular gas in the state on Friday was $2.61, down a penny from last week. That's also much lower than the price from a year ago, when motorists were paying $3.57.

This price decrease ends a five-week stretch where pump prices had risen in New Jersey.

The national average price on Friday was $2.78, down 2 cents from last week. That's also much lower than the national average from a year ago, when motorists were paying $3.68.

Analysts say pump prices will likely drop in the coming weeks, noting there are abundant crude oil supplies.]]> Sat, 27 Jun 2015 10:46:10 -0600 <![CDATA[Georgia editorial roundup]]> http://gazette.com/georgia-editorial-roundup/article/feed/233290?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/georgia-editorial-roundup/article/feed/233290?custom_click=rss Recent editorials from Georgia newspapers:

June 19

The Telegraph, Macon, Georgia, on the electric bus:

There was a not-too-far-forgotten time when the thought of an electric vehicle -- much less an electric bus -- would've been a ludicrous thought. Certainly there have been trolley buses powered by overhead power lines, but the ones in conversation now don't come with trolley poles, contact shoes or the associated sparks. These are standalone, quiet vehicles that look, on the outside, much like their gas or diesel brethren. However, they don't burn gas or diesel.

The Macon Transit Authority hasn't jumped out of the box yet and decided to transition its fleet to electric, but it is weighing options. It is an expens

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]]> Recent editorials from Georgia newspapers:

June 19

The Telegraph, Macon, Georgia, on the electric bus:

There was a not-too-far-forgotten time when the thought of an electric vehicle -- much less an electric bus -- would've been a ludicrous thought. Certainly there have been trolley buses powered by overhead power lines, but the ones in conversation now don't come with trolley poles, contact shoes or the associated sparks. These are standalone, quiet vehicles that look, on the outside, much like their gas or diesel brethren. However, they don't burn gas or diesel.

The Macon Transit Authority hasn't jumped out of the box yet and decided to transition its fleet to electric, but it is weighing options. It is an expens]]> Thu, 25 Jun 2015 11:20:35 -0600 <![CDATA[Ford Motor recalls vans, SUVs over panel, seat belt issues]]> http://gazette.com/ford-motor-recalls-vans-suvs-over-panel-seat-belt-issues/article/feed/246409?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ford-motor-recalls-vans-suvs-over-panel-seat-belt-issues/article/feed/246409?custom_click=rss NEW YORK (AP) — Ford Motor Co. is recalling more than 200,000 Transit Connect vans and Escape sport-utility vehicles because of instrument panel and seatbelt issues.

There are have been no injuries or accidents attributed to the defects, the company said.

The recall involves 203,500 2014-2015 Transit Connect and Escape vehicles in North America because the warning chimes and lights might not work on the instrument panel when the vehicles are started.

They were built at the Valencia assembly plant in Spain from May 13, 2014 to Dec. 10, 2014 and the Louisville assembly plant in Kentucky from May 19, 2014 to Feb. 6, 2015.

Meanwhile, the Dearborn, Michigan, company is recalling one fleet customer's 49 2015-model Tra

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]]> NEW YORK (AP) — Ford Motor Co. is recalling more than 200,000 Transit Connect vans and Escape sport-utility vehicles because of instrument panel and seatbelt issues.

There are have been no injuries or accidents attributed to the defects, the company said.

The recall involves 203,500 2014-2015 Transit Connect and Escape vehicles in North America because the warning chimes and lights might not work on the instrument panel when the vehicles are started.

They were built at the Valencia assembly plant in Spain from May 13, 2014 to Dec. 10, 2014 and the Louisville assembly plant in Kentucky from May 19, 2014 to Feb. 6, 2015.

Meanwhile, the Dearborn, Michigan, company is recalling one fleet customer's 49 2015-model Tra]]> Wed, 24 Jun 2015 11:01:12 -0600 <![CDATA[Ohio motorists see lower gas prices to start work week]]> http://gazette.com/ohio-motorists-see-lower-gas-prices-to-start-work-week/article/feed/245708?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ohio-motorists-see-lower-gas-prices-to-start-work-week/article/feed/245708?custom_click=rss COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio motorists are seeing lower prices at the pump to start the work week.

A gallon of regular gas in Ohio was averaging $2.73 in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's down 10 cents from a week ago.

Ohio gas prices also remain significantly cheaper than last year at this time, when prices were averaging $3.75 per gallon.

Average prices in Ohio were below the nation's average, which was $2.79 per gallon on Monday.

Analysts have said a good gas supply and stable crude oil prices might have led to lower gas prices.

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Online:

AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report: http://fuelgaugereport.aaa.

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]]> COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio motorists are seeing lower prices at the pump to start the work week.

A gallon of regular gas in Ohio was averaging $2.73 in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's down 10 cents from a week ago.

Ohio gas prices also remain significantly cheaper than last year at this time, when prices were averaging $3.75 per gallon.

Average prices in Ohio were below the nation's average, which was $2.79 per gallon on Monday.

Analysts have said a good gas supply and stable crude oil prices might have led to lower gas prices.

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Online:

AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report: http://fuelgaugereport.aaa.]]> Mon, 22 Jun 2015 11:18:22 -0600 <![CDATA[Recent editorials published in Nebraska newspapers]]> http://gazette.com/recent-editorials-published-in-nebraska-newspapers/article/feed/65404?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/recent-editorials-published-in-nebraska-newspapers/article/feed/65404?custom_click=rss Omaha World Herald. June 15, 2015

EPA should stand by fuel

Uncle Sam got it wrong.

The Environmental Protection Agency's "ambitious, but responsible" proposal to lower the 2015-16 renewable fuels standards set by Congress is neither.

It would cut the growing amount of renewables that the feds require to be blended into U.S. fuel by 4 billion gallons this year and by nearly 5 billion gallons in 2016.

Since the majority of U.S. renewable fuel comes from corn-based ethanol, decreasing the amounts required would disproportionately hurt the ethanol industry.

Congress set a 2015 target of 20.5 billion gallons of fuel from renewable sources and a 2016 goal of 22.3 billion gallons. The EPA's proposal would low

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]]> Omaha World Herald. June 15, 2015

EPA should stand by fuel

Uncle Sam got it wrong.

The Environmental Protection Agency's "ambitious, but responsible" proposal to lower the 2015-16 renewable fuels standards set by Congress is neither.

It would cut the growing amount of renewables that the feds require to be blended into U.S. fuel by 4 billion gallons this year and by nearly 5 billion gallons in 2016.

Since the majority of U.S. renewable fuel comes from corn-based ethanol, decreasing the amounts required would disproportionately hurt the ethanol industry.

Congress set a 2015 target of 20.5 billion gallons of fuel from renewable sources and a 2016 goal of 22.3 billion gallons. The EPA's proposal would low]]> Mon, 22 Jun 2015 10:01:02 -0600 <![CDATA[Recent editorials published in Iowa newspapers]]> http://gazette.com/recent-editorials-published-in-iowa-newspapers/article/feed/73258?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/recent-editorials-published-in-iowa-newspapers/article/feed/73258?custom_click=rss Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier. June 16, 2015

License kiosks are another way to simplify government services

With time at a premium in our modern society, people are always looking for more expediency and convenience.

Even though most of us don't have to renew our licenses all that often, it always seems like an inconvenience when that time rolls around. Standing in line at a licensing station just doesn't appeal to a lot of folks.

Fortunately, renewing or replacing an Iowa driver's license recently became a lot more convenient.

Paul Trombino, director of the state Department of Transportation, joined Gov. Terry Branstad on June 8 in announcing 24 self-service kiosks have been set up around the state in librar

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]]> Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier. June 16, 2015

License kiosks are another way to simplify government services

With time at a premium in our modern society, people are always looking for more expediency and convenience.

Even though most of us don't have to renew our licenses all that often, it always seems like an inconvenience when that time rolls around. Standing in line at a licensing station just doesn't appeal to a lot of folks.

Fortunately, renewing or replacing an Iowa driver's license recently became a lot more convenient.

Paul Trombino, director of the state Department of Transportation, joined Gov. Terry Branstad on June 8 in announcing 24 self-service kiosks have been set up around the state in librar]]> Mon, 22 Jun 2015 10:01:02 -0600 <![CDATA[AAA Mid-Atlantic: New Jersey gas prices rise again]]> http://gazette.com/aaa-mid-atlantic-new-jersey-gas-prices-rise-again/article/feed/240913?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/aaa-mid-atlantic-new-jersey-gas-prices-rise-again/article/feed/240913?custom_click=rss TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Motorists continue to see higher prices at the pumps in New Jersey.

AAA Mid-Atlantic says the average price of a gallon of regular gas in the state on Friday was $2.62, up 2 cents from last week. But that's still much lower than the price from a year ago, when motorists were paying $3.59.

This marks the fifth straight week that pump prices have risen in New Jersey.

The national average price on Friday was $2.80, up a penny from last week. But that's also much lower than the national average from a year ago, when motorists were paying $3.68.

Analysts say pump prices will likely drop in the coming weeks, noting there are abundant crude oil supplies and refineries are completing their seasonal

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]]> TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Motorists continue to see higher prices at the pumps in New Jersey.

AAA Mid-Atlantic says the average price of a gallon of regular gas in the state on Friday was $2.62, up 2 cents from last week. But that's still much lower than the price from a year ago, when motorists were paying $3.59.

This marks the fifth straight week that pump prices have risen in New Jersey.

The national average price on Friday was $2.80, up a penny from last week. But that's also much lower than the national average from a year ago, when motorists were paying $3.68.

Analysts say pump prices will likely drop in the coming weeks, noting there are abundant crude oil supplies and refineries are completing their seasonal ]]> Sat, 20 Jun 2015 10:33:53 -0600 <![CDATA[Retail gasoline prices across Texas up nickel this week]]> http://gazette.com/retail-gasoline-prices-across-texas-up-nickel-this-week/article/feed/244711?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/retail-gasoline-prices-across-texas-up-nickel-this-week/article/feed/244711?custom_click=rss COPPELL, Texas (AP) — Retail gasoline prices across Texas are up a nickel this week.

AAA Texas reported Thursday that the average price at the pump has reached $2.62 per gallon. The nationwide average rose 4 cents to reach $2.80 per gallon.

Dallas has the most expensive gasoline in Texas at an average $2.74 per gallon. The association survey found that drivers in Beaumont have the cheapest gasoline at $2.54 per gallon.

AAA market experts believe gas prices are nearing a seasonal high. Officials cite the completion of seasonal refinery maintenance and abundant crude oil supplies.

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]]> COPPELL, Texas (AP) — Retail gasoline prices across Texas are up a nickel this week.

AAA Texas reported Thursday that the average price at the pump has reached $2.62 per gallon. The nationwide average rose 4 cents to reach $2.80 per gallon.

Dallas has the most expensive gasoline in Texas at an average $2.74 per gallon. The association survey found that drivers in Beaumont have the cheapest gasoline at $2.54 per gallon.

AAA market experts believe gas prices are nearing a seasonal high. Officials cite the completion of seasonal refinery maintenance and abundant crude oil supplies.]]> Thu, 18 Jun 2015 11:01:50 -0600 <![CDATA[SC board approves borrowing $123M for Volvo incentives]]> http://gazette.com/sc-board-approves-borrowing-123m-for-volvo-incentives/article/feed/244168?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/sc-board-approves-borrowing-123m-for-volvo-incentives/article/feed/244168?custom_click=rss COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The financial oversight board chaired by Gov. Nikki Haley approved her request Tuesday to borrow $123 million for infrastructure promised to Volvo Cars to secure its first North American plant.

The Budget and Control Board authorized borrowing the full amount, as Haley wanted, despite a windfall of additional revenue. A supplemental budget bill tentatively approved by the House later Tuesday would put $70 million of the surplus cash toward the incentives, so that $53 million would be borrowed instead. That would avoid the creative financing otherwise required.

Senate President Pro Tem Hugh Leatherman said he'll try to get the Senate to agree.

"It bothers me that we have cash, and we're issuing bo

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]]> COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The financial oversight board chaired by Gov. Nikki Haley approved her request Tuesday to borrow $123 million for infrastructure promised to Volvo Cars to secure its first North American plant.

The Budget and Control Board authorized borrowing the full amount, as Haley wanted, despite a windfall of additional revenue. A supplemental budget bill tentatively approved by the House later Tuesday would put $70 million of the surplus cash toward the incentives, so that $53 million would be borrowed instead. That would avoid the creative financing otherwise required.

Senate President Pro Tem Hugh Leatherman said he'll try to get the Senate to agree.

"It bothers me that we have cash, and we're issuing bo]]> Tue, 16 Jun 2015 20:31:21 -0600 <![CDATA[Editorials from around Oregon]]> http://gazette.com/editorials-from-around-oregon/article/feed/209930?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/editorials-from-around-oregon/article/feed/209930?custom_click=rss The (Bend) Bulletin, June 10, on transition program for inmates

A key element of Oregon's effort to hold its prison population down is the state's plan to move prisoners back into their communities as quickly as possible. The state allows prisoners to leave early, though only if certain conditions are met. Among them: Prisoners must have a place to live before they're allowed out.

Yet finding housing can be difficult.

Starting this month it will be a bit easier in Bend, thanks to an arrangement between Deschutes County's Community Justice Department and Bethlehem Inn. The county, using funds from the state's Justice Reinvestment Program, will rent five beds from the homeless shelter for inmates in the state's transition

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]]> The (Bend) Bulletin, June 10, on transition program for inmates

A key element of Oregon's effort to hold its prison population down is the state's plan to move prisoners back into their communities as quickly as possible. The state allows prisoners to leave early, though only if certain conditions are met. Among them: Prisoners must have a place to live before they're allowed out.

Yet finding housing can be difficult.

Starting this month it will be a bit easier in Bend, thanks to an arrangement between Deschutes County's Community Justice Department and Bethlehem Inn. The county, using funds from the state's Justice Reinvestment Program, will rent five beds from the homeless shelter for inmates in the state's transition]]> Tue, 16 Jun 2015 15:03:09 -0600 <![CDATA[A roundup of recent Michigan newspaper editorials]]> http://gazette.com/a-roundup-of-recent-michigan-newspaper-editorials/article/feed/243619?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/a-roundup-of-recent-michigan-newspaper-editorials/article/feed/243619?custom_click=rss Detroit Free Press. June 10, 2015

Bring public university boards out of the shadows

Higher education is supposed to be all about transparency: Free minds going where the evidence leads, with research methods and results open to the scrutiny of interested parties across the globe.

But when it comes to governance, Michigan's public universities operate mostly in the dark.

Since 1999, when the state Supreme Court ruled that Michigan State University trustees could interview candidates for the MSU presidency behind closed doors, the elected governing boards at Michigan's public universities have claimed blanket immunity from the Open Meetings Act and Freedom of Information Act that require virtually every other legisl

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]]> Detroit Free Press. June 10, 2015

Bring public university boards out of the shadows

Higher education is supposed to be all about transparency: Free minds going where the evidence leads, with research methods and results open to the scrutiny of interested parties across the globe.

But when it comes to governance, Michigan's public universities operate mostly in the dark.

Since 1999, when the state Supreme Court ruled that Michigan State University trustees could interview candidates for the MSU presidency behind closed doors, the elected governing boards at Michigan's public universities have claimed blanket immunity from the Open Meetings Act and Freedom of Information Act that require virtually every other legisl]]> Mon, 15 Jun 2015 09:16:06 -0600 <![CDATA[Massachusetts gas prices remain unchanged]]> http://gazette.com/massachusetts-gas-prices-remain-unchanged/article/feed/241372?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/massachusetts-gas-prices-remain-unchanged/article/feed/241372?custom_click=rss BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts gas prices have leveled off, remaining unchanged from last week.

AAA Northeast announced Monday that its weekly survey found self-serve, regular selling for an average of $2.66 per gallon.

That price is 9 cents lower than the national average and 98 cents lower than the in-state, per-gallon average from a year ago, but still 2 cents higher than a month ago.

AAA found self-serve, regular selling for as low as $2.56 per gallon and as high as $2.89.

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]]> BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts gas prices have leveled off, remaining unchanged from last week.

AAA Northeast announced Monday that its weekly survey found self-serve, regular selling for an average of $2.66 per gallon.

That price is 9 cents lower than the national average and 98 cents lower than the in-state, per-gallon average from a year ago, but still 2 cents higher than a month ago.

AAA found self-serve, regular selling for as low as $2.56 per gallon and as high as $2.89.]]> Mon, 08 Jun 2015 11:31:24 -0600