More states follow California’s lead on vehicle emissions standards

An increasing number of states are looking to follow the precedent set by California and adopt stricter vehicle emissions standards as the Biden administration appears poised to green light those efforts.

The Virginia legislature this past week passed legislation to toughen its emission rules, and similar proposals are in the works in Minnesota and Nevada.

If successful, those states would join the 13 others, plus Washington, D.C., that have adopted California’s vehicle tailpipe emissions standard. During the Trump era, that standard was taken out of play.

For years, California was allowed by the federal government to set its own standards.

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What are the potential I-495/I-270 tolls? Md. Transportation Authority gets 1st look

Drivers who use Maryland’s new High-Occupancy Toll lanes along Interstate 270 and the Capital Beltway can expect to pay — on average — about $1 per mile during the morning commute and approximately $1.50 per mile to get home, according to a preliminary set of toll ranges that were presented Thursday morning to the Maryland Transportation Authority board of directors.

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Motorists who use Maryland’s new High-Occupancy Toll lanes along Interstate 270 and the Capital Beltway (I-495) can expect

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Jeep Cherokee name unchanged, but dialogue open with namesake nation

DETROIT — Fiat Chrysler Automobiles contacted the Cherokee Nation last summer about setting up an educational program for its employees.

It was supposed to be a cultural enrichment endeavor to shine a light on the people whose name has been attached to one of Jeep’s most popular vehicles for nearly 50 years.

The event didn’t pan out, but the dialogue wasn’t over.

Months later, after FCA merged into Stellantis, the automaker approached the nation again. The Cherokee were the ones making a request this time: Stop using our name.

The meeting occurred after Car and Driver learned of the Cherokee’s

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Bugatti Chiron Replica Made From Scrap Metal Is Automotive Steampunk

There’s an incredible place in Thailand’s Chachoengsao Province where scrap metal comes to glorious life. Located roughly two hours east of Bangkok is a metallic haven of giant robots, incredible statues, and life-size replicas of cars that are simply amazing to behold. It’s appropriately named Scrap Metal Art Thailand, and it’s where you’ll find the most unique Bugatti Chiron in the world. Actually, you’ll find two of them.

We’re given a video tour of the workshop and display yard courtesy of CB Media on YouTube, and our best advice is to sit down and fully embrace this clip. Creating art

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Man fatally shot while trying to get stolen car back

HOUSTON – A man was shot and killed early sunday while attempting to retrieve his stolen car, according to the Houston Police Department.

At approximately 1:45 a.m., officers were dispatched to the 9000 block of Renwick Drive in reference to a shooting. On arrival, units located a gunshot victim dead at the scene, said Lt. M. Pavel with HPD’s Night Command.

Preliminary information suggests the victim stopped at a gas station in the 6000 block of Southwest Fwy prior to the shooting. Whilst there, he stepped away from his vehicle to talk with several friends. A suspect, described as a

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MDC explores expanding proposed regulation allowing bicycles on conservation service roads

The Missouri Conservation Commission gave initial approval to the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) at its Jan. 22 open meeting on a proposed change to the Wildlife Code of Missouri regulations that would allow expanded use of bicycles on many department-area service roads.

The proposed regulation initially approved by the Commission did not include the allowance of electric bicycles. MDC staff are now exploring amending this regulation to include the use of certain classes of electric bicycles, also known as e-bikes. The use of motorized vehicles, including electric bicycles, is currently not allowed on conservation-area multi-use trails and service roads.

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