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Black boxes in cars raise privacy concerns

December 7, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

In the next few days, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is expected to propose long-delayed regulations requiring auto manufacturers to include event data recorders better known as “black boxes” in all new cars and light trucks. But the agency is behind the curve. Continue Reading

New mileage standards would double fuel efficiency

August 28, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

The Obama administration is set to announce new regulations that would force the average gas mileage of new cars and trucks to nearly double in the next 13 years. Continue Reading

Rising gas prices causing drivers to turn to smaller, better engines

June 14, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Back when gas was cheap, Americans bought cars with V-8 engines like the Big Block, Cobra Jet and Ramcharger. Acceleration was all that mattered, even in family cars that never made it to full throttle. But now, thanks to government regulation and gas-price gyrations, the motors that move the nation’s cars and trucks are shrinking. Continue Reading

Poll: Americans know how to save energy, but balk

June 9, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

When it comes to saving energy, people in the United States know that driving a fuel-efficient car accomplishes more than turning off the lights at home. A new poll shows that while most of those questioned understand effective ways to save energy, they have a hard time adopting them. Continue Reading

Shelby Cobra creator, racer Carroll Shelby dies at 89

May 11, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Carroll Shelby, the legendary car designer and champion auto racer who built the fabled Shelby Cobra sports car and injected testosterone into Ford’s Mustang and Chrysler’s Viper, has died. He was 89. Continue Reading

Grand Forks woman drives car through window of apartment building

April 27, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

A Grand Forks woman who was trying to park her vehicle outside her apartment building apparently hit the gas by accident and drove into a split-level apartment unit. Continue Reading

Minnesota officials: Unauthorized access to vehicle records

April 27, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

State officials say they’ve detected and stopped unauthorized access to the motor vehicle records of about 3,700 people in Minnesota. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety says a preliminary investigation by its Driver and Vehicle Services division doesn’t show the data was used for criminal purposes. The agency is sending letters to the individuals affected by the unauthorized access. Continue Reading

Williston delays action on controversial RV ban

April 25, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Overflow crowd overwhelmingly opposes outlawing campers not in RV parksCity commissioners in Williston delayed a decision on a proposed RV ban after an overflow crowd overwhelmingly opposed it Tuesday.
Commissioners decided to give people 30 days to submit comments on a proposal that would make it illegal to live in a camper that is not part of an RV park. Continue Reading

Electric cars get high praise, but has limitations

April 22, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

When Maggie Koerth-Baker of Minneapolis test-drove a Nissan Leaf all-electric car recently, she felt like she was “on a rocketship to the moon.” Yet few people will buy such vehicles, said auto expert Brian Cooley of CNET, because they are expensive compared with standard vehicles, have limited electric range and a few hassles, such as a paucity of public places to plug in for a frequently needed battery boost. Continue Reading

RRV Speedway’s West Fargo races moving to Saturdays

March 28, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

In an effort to boost attendance, speedway officials have opted to switch this year’s weekly races from Wednesday to Saturday, beginning with a May 5 season opener.
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