Stories by Joan Lowy

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Bill would boost security, reduce lines at airports

WASHINGTON - House and Senate lawmakers announced an agreement Tuesday on an aviation bill to boost airport security, reduce screening lines and require airlines to refund fees to passengers whose ...
By Joan Lowy

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Commercial drone rules open up sky

WASHINGTON — Routine use of small drones by real estate agents, farmers, filmmakers and countless other commercial operators was cleared for takeoff by the Obama administration Tuesday.
By Joan Lowy

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

TSA chief sees progress made on shortening lines

The head of the Transportation Security Administration says significant progress has been made on shortening screening lines at the nation's busiest airports.
By Joan Lowy

Monday, June 6, 2016

New air traffic towers too small for old tech

WASHINGTON — Two state-of-the-art airport towers due to go into operation this fall will first need extensive remodeling to make room for technology that dates backs to the early days of air ...
By Joan Lowy

Monday, May 16, 2016

Research finds possible downsides

WASHINGTON - Self-driving cars are expected to usher in a new era of mobility, safety and convenience. The problem, say transportation researchers, is that people will use them too much.
By Joan Lowy

Friday, April 8, 2016

Self-driving cars aren't ready, experts caution

WASHINGTON - Self-driving cars are more likely to hurt than help public safety because of unsolved technical issues, engineers and safety advocates told the government Friday, countering a push by ...
By Joan Lowy

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Study takes dim view of many car headlights

The beams on most cars aren't doing a good job of helping drivers see down a dark road at night, according to rating of more than 30 midsize car models. Only one model, the top trim level Toyota ...
By Joan Lowy

Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016

FAA failing to keep pilots' skills sharp, watchdog reports

WASHINGTON - The government is falling short in ensuring airline pilots keep up their flying skills and get full training on how to monitor sophisticated automated control systems in cockpits, ...
By Joan Lowy

Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2015

Safety agency links 8th death to faulty air bags

WASHINGTON - A minor who was driving a car that crashed near Pittsburgh has been tentatively identified by the government as the eighth death in the U.S. as a result of an explosive air bag inflator.
By Joan Lowy

Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015

Safety ratings to include new auto technologies

WASHINGTON - The government announced plans to update its safety rating system for new cars and trucks to include whether the vehicle has technology to avoid crashes.
By Joan Lowy

Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015

Congress votes to delay rail safety mandate by 3 to 5 years

WASHINGTON - Congress passed a bill Wednesday that delays for at least three years the mandate for railroads to put long-sought safety technology in place, and extends the government's authority ...
By Joan Lowy

Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015

Congress weighs giveaways to auto, trucking industries

WASHINGTON — At a time of record auto recalls and rising highway deaths, safety advocates say the Republican-run Congress is snubbing their agenda and taking sides with the auto and trucking ...
By Joan Lowy

Friday, Sept. 11, 2015

10 commit to making automatic emergency brakes standard

WASHINGTON - Ten automakers have committed to the government and a private safety group that they will include automatic emergency braking in all new cars.
By Joan Lowy

Monday, Aug 10, 2015

Study shows chronic fatigue among air traffic controllers

WASHINGTON - Air traffic controllers' work schedules often lead to chronic fatigue, making them less alert and endangering the safety of the national air traffic system, according to a study the ...
By Joan Lowy

Friday, Aug 7, 2015

Few railroads likely to meet 2015 deadline for installation of technology

WASHINGTON — Only a handful of railroads are close to meeting a deadline this year to install safety technology that can prevent many crashes.
By Joan Lowy

Senate report urges government crackdown on airline fees

WASHINGTON — The government should crack down on airline fees for things like seat reservations, checked baggage and ticket changes or cancellations, which are often unfair or hidden from ...
By Joan Lowy

Thursday, Aug 6, 2015

Senate report urges government crackdown on airline fees

WASHINGTON — The government should crack down on airline fees for things like seat reservations, checked baggage and ticket changes or cancellations according to a Senate report released Thursday.
By Joan Lowy

Friday, July 24, 2015

Transportation chief says 5 airlines part of price-gouging investigation

WASHINGTON - Transp­ortation Secretary Anthony Foxx said Friday that the government has opened a price-gouging investigation of airlines that allegedly raised airfares after a deadly Amtrak crash.
By Joan Lowy

Friday, July 10, 2015

Bill would lower interstate truck driver age to 18

A bill introduced this week by Re­pub­li­can senators would allow contiguous states that join together in "compacts" to drop the age threshold to 18 for interstate trips.
By Joan Lowy

Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015

US proposes drone rules

Long-anticipated rules proposed Sunday will open an era in which small (under 55 pounds) commercial unmanned aircraft perform routine tasks. But not right away. Final rules are probably two to ...
By Joan Lowy
 
loading...
Search Augusta jobs
Top headlines
Fingers pointed as properties avoid taxation
Five church-affiliated properties worth more than $13 million but paying no property taxes are at the center of an ongoing Augusta Commission shake-up of the Richmond County Board of Assessors.