Abortion battles intensify in the states ahead of court ruling expected to undermine Roe v. Wade
Normally low-profile state legislative races and less prominent gubernatorial contests suddenly hold the potential to become national flash points in the polarizing debate, while state legislative activity will become more significant in shaping abortion laws.washingtonpost.com
Roush Fenway Racing changes name to RFK to add Keselowski
The addition of Brad Keselowski as part of the ownership group at Roush Fenway Racing means a rebranding of the team, which will be known as RFK Racing going forward. Keselowski bought into the ownership group this summer and the team unveiled its new name and logos Tuesday at Charlotte Motor Speedway, a day before Keselowski will drive his No. 6 Ford as part of a NASCAR test of the Next Gen car.news.yahoo.com
Disgruntled neighbor who killed 9 by arson gets life term
A man convicted of killing nine people in arson fires in his neighborhood was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison without parole for each death. Judge Christine Croce also ordered that Stanley Ford, of Akron, serve the terms consecutively. Ford, 62, has maintained his innocence.news.yahoo.com
A Nevada man said a ballot cast in his dead wife's name 'lent some credence' to voter fraud claims. Now officials say he's the one who did it.
His dead wife's ballot was sent in with a signature that matched county records. Hartle had claimed the ballot was never delivered to their house.news.yahoo.com
WH: Exec privilege move won't open a Pandora's box
White House press secretary Jen Psaki pushed back against the idea that the Biden administration is potentially opening "a Pandora's box" by rejecting former President Donald Trump's claim of executive privilege over Jan. 6 documents. (Oct. 14)news.yahoo.com
US auto sales slump, stalled by car computer chip shortage
Last month, what happened at his dealership about 115 miles (185 kilometers) southeast of Boise was repeated across the country as factory closures due to a worsening global shortage of computer chips crimped U.S. new vehicle shipments. U.S. new vehicle sales tumbled about 26% in September as chip shortages and other parts-supply disruptions cut into the selection on dealer lots and raised prices once again to record levels. General Motors, which only reports sales by quarter, said its deliveries were off nearly 33% from July through September of last year.news.yahoo.com
Union jobs? Ford's plan for new EV factories raises question
Ford’s blockbuster announcement this week that it would build four sprawling new factories in Kentucky and Tennessee by 2025 and hire nearly 11,000 workers raised a big unanswered question: Just how good will those jobs be? No one — not Ford, not the United Auto Workers union, not the future job holders themselves — yet knows how much the workers will be paid or whether they will vote for union membership. Three of the plants, to be built with Ford's South Korean corporate partner, SK Innovation, would produce batteries for 1 million electric vehicles annually.news.yahoo.com
Ford is betting that solid-state batteries will cut EV costs
Ford has raised its stake in a manufacturer of solid-state batteries — a move that its chief product and operations officer, Hau Thai-Tang, says will strengthen the company’s effort to increase the range and reduce the costs of its next generation of electric vehicles.
City council gets first look at plan to hike gas tax, extend Skyway
Members of Jacksonville City Council on Wednesday morning started to hear from stakeholders in the proposed gas tax increase and how the money would be used for infrastructure needs across the city, including a massive expansion of the polarizing Skyway.
Chip shortage forces Ford to build trucks without computers
A global semiconductor shortage and a February 2021 winter storm have combined to force Ford to build F-150 pickup trucks without some computers. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)DETROIT – A global semiconductor shortage and a February winter storm have combined to force Ford to build F-150 pickup trucks without some computers. The move is the latest ripple from the global semiconductor shortage, which earlier this week forced Honda and Toyota to announce production cuts at some North American factories. General Motors also has been forced to build pickups without some computers and install them later. AdAutomakers have said they don't expect the chip shortage to get any better before the third quarter of the year.
Police make arrest in 2019 murder of 24-year-old father
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office announced the agency made an arrest in a 2019 murder investigation. A spokesperson said Nehemiah Ford, 20, has been charged with murder and aggravated battery for the shooting death of a young man at a home on the 3400 block of North Pearl Street. Family members identified the victim as 24-year-old Steven Burt and said he was the father of two girls. A witness told police that it started as a street fight that spread across the Brentwood neighborhood in Jacksonville, according to police. Ford was already serving a sentence for burglary and armed possession of a controlled substance unrelated to the murder investigation when police added the new charges.
JTA CEO: Gas tax increase for new infrastructure ‘critical for our community’
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – This week, the city unveiled a monumental and potentially transformative proposal for a gas tax increase to help address infrastructure needs in Duval County. The tax — which would double the local gas tax from 6 to 12 cents per gallon — would generate nearly a billion dollars over 25 years. Ford said a gas tax is the best way to fund the city’s infrastructure needs because it acts as a “user fee.” Clay County and Nassau County already have a 12-cent gas tax, Ford said. “It’s going directly to transportation projects, so I think there’s a direct line edge between the source and the actual use in terms of gas tax,” Ford said. AdCouncil members say doubling the gas tax is going to fuel a lot of debate, particularly at this time during the pandemic and with prices on the rise anyway.
US manufacturing activity jumps to 3-year high in February
The Institute for Supply Management, an association of purchasing managers, reported Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020, that its manufacturing index climbed to 56 in August from 54.2 in July. (AP Photo/Amr Alfiky, File)WASHINGTON – U.S. manufacturing expanded in February at the fastest pace three years with the arrival of a surge in new orders. The Institute for Supply Management reported Monday that its gauge of manufacturing activity rose to a reading of 60.8% last month, 2.1 percentage-points above the January level of 58.7%. Any reading above 50 indicates expansion in the manufacturing sector. Other analysts said they believed manufacturing would be able to overcome the supply chain issues.
JTA to add Skyway station in Brooklyn this year
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jacksonville Transportation Authority plans to open a Skyway passenger station at the edge of the growing Brooklyn neighborhood by September -- its first new station since the city’s existing elevated rail system was completed 25 years ago. It will link to the Central Skyway Station at West Bay and Lee streets in LaVilla and continue on to the existing Downtown and San Marco stations. Passenger parking will be provided at an existing JTA surface lot off Riverside Avenue. Two refurbished Skyway trains will be used for the station wrapped in a “Brooklyn Shuttle theme,” according to a JTA project summary obtained by the Jacksonville Daily Record. “There’s no better destination right now than the activity that’s happening in Brooklyn.”Shuttles will connect from the Brooklyn Station to carry people deeper into Riverside.
Foundations turn to bond market in response to rising need
In addition to the California Endowment, the Bush, Kellogg, Mellon, and Rockefeller foundations and the UJA-Federation of New York are recent entries into the bond market. Suzanne Shank, who sits on Skillman’s Board of Directors, co-founded Siebert Williams Shank, which served as a manager on several of the recent foundation bond offerings. AdThe foundations’ debt offerings came in the form of social bonds, which allow investors to try to improve society and shoot for market returns simultaneously. Advocates of the foundation bond offerings say the time is right. Unlike nonprofits, whose finances have been crushed during the pandemic, foundations have continued to enjoy strong investment returns for their endowments from the stock market.
Ford loses track of dangerous air bags, forcing 2 recalls
The company on Thursday issued two recalls, with the largest coming because Ford can't find 45 obsolete air bags that may have been installed on some old Ranger pickup trucks. The company says the air bags were not purged from the stock of service parts and could have been used in crash or theft repairs. In a smaller recall, Ford found just over 1,100 vehicles that may have gotten obsolete Takata air bags in collision repairs. Takata used the volatile chemical ammonium nitrate to create a small explosion to inflate the air bags in a crash. The air bags have caused at least 27 deaths worldwide, including 18 in the U.S. About 400 have been injured.
Ford to go all electric in Europe by 2030
Ford says it will spend $1 billion to modernize its Cologne, Germany, manufacturing center, converting it into a European electric vehicle factory. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)DETROIT – Ford is vowing to convert its entire passenger vehicle lineup in Europe to electric power by 2030 in just the latest sign of the seismic technological changes sweeping the auto industry. Ford expects two-thirds of its European commercial vehicle sales will be electric or plug-in hybrids by 2030. “We are going all in on electric vehicles,” Rowley said. The investment is part of Ford's goal of spending at least $15 billion on electric vehicles from now through 2025.
Brady-Brate trophy pass wows Bucs’ Super Bowl boat parade
Tampa Bay Buccaneers NFL football quarterback Tom Brady waves to fans as he celebrates their Super Bowl 55 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs with a boat parade in Tampa, Fla., Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021. (AP Photo/Phelan Ebenhack)TAMPA, Fla. – Even on the water, it seems the connection between seven-time Super Bowl champion quarterback Tom Brady and his receivers cannot be denied. AdFor Tampa Bay players and the team's fans, celebrating their first Super Bowl win since the 2002 season was the main attraction on Wednesday. Ron DeSantis lashed out at the news media when he suggested there is bias in coverage of the pandemic, particularly at the Super Bowl in Tampa. You only care about if it’s people you don’t like.”DeSantis attended the Super Bowl and was photographed at times not wearing a mask despite a requirement to do so.
US factories grew in January, but at a slower pace
American factories expanded at a faster pace last month, continuing a rebound from the coronavirus recession. – American factories continued to expand in January, but at slower pace than December. Any reading above 50 indicates expansion in the manufacturing sector. Respondents to the survey were mostly optimistic again, as demand expanded new orders continued to grow although at a slower pace than the previous month. Ad“Labor market difficulties at panelists' companies and their suppliers will continue to restrict the manufacturing expansion until the coronavirus crisis abates,” said ISM Chair Timothy Fiore.
US rejects Ford, Mazda requests to avoid Takata recalls
The U.S. government's highway safety agency has rejected a request from Ford and Mazda to avoid recalling about 3 million vehicles with potentially dangerous Takata air bag inflators. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, file)DETROIT – The U.S. government's highway safety agency has rejected a request from Ford and Mazda to avoid recalling about 3 million vehicles with potentially dangerous Takata air bag inflators. The problem caused the largest series of auto recalls in U.S. history, with at least 67 million inflators recalled by 19 automakers. But the safety agency disagreed and denied the automakers’ petition to avoid the recall. The Ford and Mazda inflators are the earliest generation made by Takata that used calcium sulfate as a drying agent.
Semiconductor shortage forces automobile production cuts
A widening global shortage of semiconductors for auto parts is forcing major auto companies to halt or slow vehicle production just as they were recovering from pandemic-related factory shutdowns. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)DETROIT – A widening global shortage of semiconductors for auto parts is forcing major auto companies to halt or slow vehicle production just as they were recovering from pandemic-related factory shutdowns. Toyota was forced to slow production of the full-size Tundra pickup at a factory in San Antonio, Texas. "This will minimize the impact of the current semiconductor shortage while ensuring we maintain production at our other North American plants,” Fiat Chrysler said in a statement. The firm lists major players in the automotive chip market as STMicroelectronics, Infineon Technologies, NXP Semiconductor, Texas Instruments and Toshiba.
US factories grew in December at fastest pace since mid-2018
FILE - In this June 24, 2019, file photo machines work on a Ford vehicle assembly line at Ford's Chicago Assembly Plant in Chicago. American factories expanded at a faster pace last month, continuing a rebound from the coronavirus recession. (AP Photo/Amr Alfiky, File)WASHINGTON – American factories grew in December at the fastest pace in more than two years as manufacturing continued to weather the pandemic better than the battered services sector. Toyota, which has U.S. plants in Georgetown, Ky., Blue Springs, Miss., San Antonio, Texas, and elsewhere, said sales spiked 20% in December. The worry is that a resurgent virus could hit manufacturers where they have been thriving.
Pardons in killings of Iraqi civilians stir angry response
FILE - This combination made from file photo shows Blackwater guards, from left, Dustin Heard, Evan Liberty, Nicholas Slatten and Paul Slough. “The infamous Blackwater company killed Iraqi citizens at Nisoor Square. The 2007 killings in the Baghdad traffic circle were among many attacks, large and small, hitting civilians that served to turn even some initial Iraqi supporters of Saddam Hussein's overthrow against Americans. The case against the Blackwater guards ping-ponged across courts in Washington, with a federal appeals court at one point overturning the first-degree murder conviction of one defendant, Nicholas Slatten, and sharply reducing the prison sentences of the three others. In Iraq, said Ford, the former diplomat, the pardons will “necessarily give some ammunition to those who say get the Americans out now."
Car overturns multiple times in fatal crash on Butler Blvd.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla – Three cars were heading east on Butler Boulevard when one of them was hit and lost control. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, one of the cars, a red Lexus coupe, hit a gray Ford pickup while trying to pass it. The Lexus lost control and overturned multiple times. The BMW also lost control causing it to drive across three lanes of traffic before hitting a concrete barrier. Luckily, the driver of the Ford pickup managed to pull over into the emergency lane safely.
Judge denies bond reduction for woman accused of shooting JSO officer during raid
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A Duval County judge denied a bond reduction this week for a Jacksonville woman accused of shooting a police officer while SWAT served a warrant in September. The judge added that given the seriousness of the crime, which could result in a life sentence, a reduced bond is denied. “The warrant was served on September 28, 2020 just before 8:00 in the morning,” Circuit Judge Meredith Charbula wrote. Police say the officer was injured by a bullet that came from a gun Ford shot through a window. Ford’s attorney shared the 911 audio with the judge in hopes of getting a lower bond.