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  • Could Rule Changes Strengthen State’s Balance Budget Requirement? July 6, 2015
    Senate Democrats refusing to vote for the suspension of I-1351 (unfunded class size reduction) as assumed by the 4yr outlook that was part of the budget deal. Sen. Billig, however, said on the Senate floor the budget deal was only not to fund I-1351, not necessarily suspend it. The post Could Rule Changes Strengthen State’s […]
  • 1 Million Barrels a Day, 100 Trains a Week July 6, 2015
    Sightline is re-releasing a popular report: The Northwest’s Pipeline on Rails. It’s the most comprehensive regional analysis of plans to ship crude oil by train. The post 1 Million Barrels a Day, 100 Trains a Week appeared first on Washington State Wire.
  • Greens Go All in to Fight Arctic Drilling July 6, 2015
    The fight has brought unprecedented support to green organizations, helped in part by the imagery of the pristine Arctic, endangered polar bears, native subsistence and a delicate climate — all of which, greens say, are threatened by Shell and the oil industry. Over the next few weeks, greens think that their legal and administrative appeals […]
  • Today’s Top 3 International Stories: Iraq, Tunisia & Greece July 6, 2015
    1) An Iraqi warplane killed 7 civilians after accidentally bombed a residential area of Baghdad. The plane had been returning from a bombing mission against ISIS when a technical error caused the explosive to drop over the city and hit three homes.   2) Tunisia has announced a state of emergency following the two terrorist […]
  • World Class Hour RETURNS! July 1, 2015
    Due to immigration and time zones, the World Class Hour has taken an extended hiatus, but as of July 13th at 10pm EST we will be BACK! (Only on FTR Radio.) Our shows will now be on Monday nights and I will be your host. All new guests, a little different feel, new producer, but […]
  • Today’s Top 3 International Stories: Egypt, Russia & Greece July 1, 2015
    1) ISIS attacked multiple Egyptian checkpoints in the northern Sinai region, killing 50 Egyptian soldiers. About 22 of the 70 militants facilitating the attack were also killed. This is the first planned assault on Egypt of its kind. ISIS has also made threats to Hamas in Gaza for lacking religious piety and not doing more […]
  • Say Yes to Self-Driving Cars July 6, 2015
    A writer for Electronic Design magazine named Lou Frenzel opines “that the driverless car is not a good idea.” His argument comes down to, “I don’t know anything about it, but I can think of lots of problems that I don’t imagine anyone at Google has ever thought of.” For example, he asks, can self-driving […]
  • Oregon Starts Mileage-Based User Fees July 2, 2015
    Yesterday, the Oregon Department of Transportation began accepting applications from volunteers willing to switch from paying gas taxes to mileage-based user fees. The experimental program is limited to 5,000 volunteers and apparently the applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Oregon’s gasoline tax is 30 cents a gallon, so if your car gets 30 […]
  • WiFi Yes, V2V No July 1, 2015
    A little-known conflict over the electromagnetic spectrum could shape self-driving cars for years to come. On one side is “an ecosystem of companies” that have developed vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communications systems and the National Highway Traffic Safety Commission (NHTSC), which wants to mandate such systems in all cars and trucks, which together want the Federal Communications […]