Stories by Joan Lowy

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Railroad industry fights to shape safety rules

WASHINGTON - A string of fiery train derailments across the country has triggered a high-stakes but behind-the-scenes campaign to shape how the government responds to calls for tighter safety rules.
By Joan Lowy

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Plan to lower building height limits near airports draws fire

WASHINGTON - The government wants to dramatically reduce the allowable height of potentially thousands buildings near airports around the country.
By Joan Lowy

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Government says airlines should disclose bag, seat fees

WASHINGTON - Passengers love the idea, but airlines hate it. The government wants to require that travelers be told upfront about basic services that aren't included in the price of a ticket and ...
By Joan Lowy

Friday, May 16, 2014

GM fined $35 million over ignition defect

WASHINGTON - Fede­ral safety regulators slapped General Motors with a record $35 million fine Friday for taking more than a decade to disclose an ignition-switch defect in millions of cars ...
By Joan Lowy

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Airlines ask Congress to roll back airfare rule

WASHINGTON - Airlines tried and failed to block a federal rule making them tell passengers up front the full cost of airfare, including government taxes and fees. So they're trying another route.
By Joan Lowy

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Highway projects might suffer if fund runs dry

The government's Highway Trust Fund is nearly broke. If allowed to run dry, that could set back or shut down projects across the country, force widespread layoffs of construction workers and delay ...
By Joan Lowy

Monday, Feb. 3, 2014

Feds want cars communicating

WASHINGTON - The government says it will require automakers to equip new vehicles with technology that lets cars warn each other if they're plunging toward peril.
By Joan Lowy

Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014

NTSB: Oil train crash risks 'major loss of life'

WASHINGTON - U.S. and Canadian accident investigators urged their governments Thursday to impose new safety rules.
By Joan Lowy

Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013

Seat belts on commercial buses still stymied

Seat belts on commercial buses remain stymied 45 years after the first safety recommendations were put forward.
By Joan Lowy

Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013

Snags set back air traffic control system update

WASHINGTON - After a decade of work and billions of dollars spent, the modernization of the U.S. air traffic control system is in trouble.
By Joan Lowy

Friday, June 21, 2013

FAA moving toward easing restrictions on use of electronic devices

WASHINGTON - The government is moving toward easing restrictions on airline passengers using electronic devices to listen to music, play games, read books, watch movies and work during takeoffs ...
By Joan Lowy

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Voice-operated technology still risky

WASHINGTON - Dash­board technology that lets drivers text and e-mail with voice commands - marketed as a safer alternative - actually is more distracting than simply talking on a cellphone, a ...
By Joan Lowy

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Airline passenger complaints surged in 2012

Consumer complaints to the Department of Transportation surged by one-fifth last year even though other measures such as on-time arrivals and mishandled baggage show airlines are doing a better job.
By Joan Lowy

Friday, March 8, 2013

Delta CEO opposes knives policy

WASHINGTON - The head of Delta Air Lines on Friday joined the growing opposition to the Transportation Security Administration's new policy allowing passengers to carry small knives onto planes.
By Joan Lowy

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Documents detail Boeing 787 battery fire

The Jan. 7 fire at Boston's Logan International Airport is under investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board, which released information gathered so far. It still hasn't been able to ...
By Joan Lowy

Friday, Feb. 22, 2013

787 fix is on table

WASHINGTON - Boeing attempted a major step Friday toward getting its 787 Dreamliners flying again, proposing a fix for the plane's troubled batteries that could allow the flights to resume as ...
By Joan Lowy

Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013

AP source says Boeing to propose battery fix

Boeing has developed a plan that it intends to propose to federal regulators to temporarily fix problems with the 787 Dreamliner's batteries that have kept the planes on the ground for more than a ...
By Joan Lowy

Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013

NTSB chairman: Lithium batteries not necessarily unsafe

WASHINGTON — Despite a battery fire in one Boeing 787 Dreamliner and smoke in another, the type of batteries used to power the plane’s electrical systems aren’t necessarily unsafe – manufacturers ...
By Joan Lowy

Friday, Jan. 18, 2013

Batteries likely culprit in Boeing fires

It's likely that burning lithium ion batteries on two Boeing 787 Dreamliners were caused by overcharging, aviation safety and battery experts said Friday
By Joan Lowy

Friday, Jan. 11, 2013

Boeing 787s will be reviewed

The government stepped in Friday to assure the public that Boeing's new 787 "Dreamliner" is safe to fly, even as it launched a comprehensive review to find out what caused a fire, a fuel leak and ...
By Joan Lowy
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Teacher group backs Carter for governor

ATLANTA - One of the largest teachers' groups in Georgia has announced its support for Democrat Jason Carter, as he challenges Republican Gov. Nathan Deal in the fall.
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