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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Toyota pays $16.4 million over recall of sticking gas pedals (nyt)
Civil fine is the largest allowed, but car company avoids admitting fault.  Hey, the proceeds go to the Treasury!

DOT to expand cellphone ban to all who work on commuter trains (kpcc)
Rail operators are already prohibited -- this would extend the ban to conductors, switchmen, and other crew members.

New iPhone app will find you a parking place in San Franciscio (Chronicle)
Tool will find spaces, provide rates and meter info.  Will drivers spend less time in traffic, or become more distracted?

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The Takeaway: Just Where Is the Stimulus Cash Going?

Friday, October 30, 2009

Today, the White House releases a huge amount of raw data on how and where stimulus money is being spent. We talk about the numbers we know so far, what listeners have noticed, and what we'll be looking for in the tea leaves. We're joined by WNYC reporter Andrea Bernstein, Pete Herman, a currently unemployed ironworker from Brooklyn, N.Y., and Charlie Dilbert, a construction worker from Cincinnati whose job is being pad for with the stimulus money.

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The Takeaway: Washington Convenes 'Distracted Driving' Summit

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Call it Driving While Distracted, or DWD.  It may not sounds as serious as DWI, but driving and texting or twittering or "just" checking your email is as serious enough issue that dozens of elected officials, transit groups and law enforcement agencies are gathering in Washington today to look at what can be done about it. We hear from Kristin Backstrom of AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, who will be at the conference, New Jersey State Trooper Segeant Stephen Jones and his daughter Alicia Jones, who admits to texting while driving.

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