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State of Vermont to Pay $310,000 to Couple in Highway Accident

BENNINGTON, VT – The state of Vermont has been ordered to pay $310,000 to a couple who was injured when a steel pole flew off a dump truck and into their car, according to the Rutland Herald.

Unity Manufacturing's Spotlights Available for Police Dodge Charger

CHICAGO – Unity Manufacturing Company has announced that the new Dodge Charger police vehicle can be equipped with THE BEAM post-mount and UNITYHID spotlights.

New Environmental Initiatives for Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

FRANKFORT, KY – The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet announced new environmental and conservation initiatives in celebration of Earth Day on April 22, according to a news release from the cabinet.

MxVision WeatherSentry Transportation Used to Forecast Road Conditions

MINNEAPOLIS – Minneapolis-based Meteorlogix has announced the launch of the enhanced version of MxVision WeatherSentry Transportation Edition.

States Spend Millions to Develop Hydrogen Fuel-Cell Program

SACRAMENTO, CA – California, Florida, and New York are looking to reduce air pollution and battle rising gas prices by planning to spend millions of dollars in the next five years to test electric automobiles powered by hydrogen fuel cells, according to USA Today.

Worcester County Awarded Biodiesel Fuel Grant for 100 County Fleet Vehicles

WORCESTER, MD – The Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) has given Worcester County a $40,000 grant to help reinstate a biodiesel fuel program for approximately 100 of the county's fleet vehicles, according to the Maryland Coast Dispatch.

Probe of Misuse of Baltimore County Vehicle Begins

BALTIMORE COUNTY, MD – Departing Community College of Baltimore County Chancellor Irving McPhail is said to have used college employees and vehicles to move personal property from his Catonsville office to his home, according to the Arbutus Times.

Unity Manufacturing's Spotlights Available for Police Dodge Charger

CHICAGO – Unity Manufacturing Company has announced that the new Dodge Charger police vehicle can be equipped with THE BEAM post-mount and UNITYHID spotlights.

States Spend Millions to Develop Hydrogen Fuel-Cell Program

SACRAMENTO, CA – California, Florida, and New York are looking to reduce air pollution and battle rising gas prices by planning to spend millions of dollars in the next five years to test electric automobiles powered by hydrogen fuel cells, according to USA Today.

Milwaukee Mayor to Cut 100 Vehicles From City Fleet

MILWAUKEE – Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett has pledged to put at least 100 of the Department of Public Works' 585 cars on the auction block, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Illinois State Government Told to Park Vehicles Over Insurance Claims

SPRINGFIELD, IL – A House panel for the state of Illinois has recommended that thousands of state vehicles should stay off the road until Gov. Rod Blagojevich's administration can pay automobile insurance claims, according to the Pantagraph.

Los Angeles World Airports Purchase Alt-Fuel Vehicles

LOS ANGELES – A $374,447 contract was awarded to Gardena Honda by the Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners for the purchase of 17 compact sedans that operate on compressed natural gas.

Florida's Orange County Signs 3-Year Fuel Purchase Agreement

ORANGE COUNTY, FL – Central Florida's largest government, Orange County, approved plans to buy gasoline and diesel fuel that could cost $4.9 million annually for three years, according to Orlando Sentinel.

City of Oswego Places Seals to Mark City-Owned Vehicles

OSWEGO, NY – Oswego Mayor John Gosek, the public official who loaned his city vehicle to a person who was not a city employee, apologized for using "poor judgment," according to the Palladium-Times.

Panel for State of Maine Votes Against Biodiesel Fuel Bill

AUGUSTA, ME – A bill that would have required state government agencies to use biodiesel fuel instead of gasoline to reduce dependence on fossil fuels was voted against unanimously by members of the Legislature's State and Local Government Committee, according to the Bangor Daily News.

State of Missouri Showcases Alt-Fuel Vehicles

ST. LOUIS – The Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR) started a caravan of vehicles offering higher fuel economy and lower emissions, according to the Columbia Missourian.

Hybrid Vehicle Unveiled by U.S. Army at SAE 2005 World Congress

DETROIT – The U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center's National Automotive Center unveiled the MP Hybrid vehicle platform at the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) 2005 World Congress.

Los Angeles County Feels Pinch of Rising Gas Costs

LOS ANGELES – Millions of dollars have been taken away from government agencies due to record gas prices, according to the Long Beach Press Telegram.

Indiana Governor Signs Bill to Promote Biofuel Use

INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mitch Daniels signed into law a bill that requires state government to run its state vehicles on agriculture-based fuels such as biodiesel, ethanol, or gasohol whenever possible, according to the Indianapolis Star.

Missing Unmarked Detroit Police Car 'Misplaced'

DETROIT – An unmarked police car that had been missing for a few days was found by Detroit police, as reported by the local news.

Maui County Sees Increase in Cost of Gas

WAILUKU, HI – The Maui County Council gave approval to take $330,000 from county savings to supplement money budgeted for gas and electrical costs, according to the Maui News.

City of Lewisville Dealing With Effects of Rising Cost of Fuel

LEWISVILLE, TX – The city of Lewisville, Texas, is trying to reduce fuel usage due to the increasing prices of gasoline, according to the Lewisville Leader.

City of Ann Arbor Changes Policy on Replacing Older Cars

ANN ARBOR, MI – A plan by the city of Ann Arbor, Mich., to replace 13 vehicles with 40,000 or fewer miles was halted by one council member, according to www.mlive.com.

New York City Runs World's Largest Bus Fleet

NEW YORK – MTA New York City Transit has received 125 diesel-electric series hybrid buses from Orion Bus Industries, a division of DiamlerChrysler, according to Green Car Congress.

Salt Lake County Could Ban Cell Phone Use in County Vehicles

SALT LAKE COUNTY, UT – Moving forward with a proposal, Salt Lake County could ban employees and officials from talking on cell phones while in their cars, according to the Desert Morning News.



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