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Car washes feeling singled out in Wichita Falls, Texas-area
KFDX-TV
After Wichita Falls, Texas, city councilors voted to extend the deadline for car washes to be off city water, even if lakes hit 20 percent, some car wash operators are still upset that they may be cut off at all. Jim Caddotte, manager of All American Car Wash, says he feels the time frame given by city councilors is fine. But he says being the only type of business facing a cut off of city water is a tough pill to swallow.
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Discussing car wash doors and security
Professional Carwashing & Detailing
There are many types of doors an owner can use for his or her car wash bays; a typical overhead door can be constructed of steel, glass or polycarbonate. Roll-up doors are also available in either steel or vinyl. For the sake of this article, which focuses on bay car washes, Josh Hart, president of Airlift Doors, eliminates the steel options.
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Water conservation efforts with continuing drought
KVUE-TV
The end of the hottest and driest months of year has brought little relief from the drought in Texas. The continuing drought in many parts of central Texas has many asking, "Are you doing enough to conserve?" Recently, KVUE-TV meteorologist Lynae Miyer set out to find out more about the current state of the drought in central Texas and how the state scored on water conservation efforts this summer.
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Future car owners value high-tech vehicles
Nielsen via Professional Carwashing & Detailing
A recent study by Nielsen shows that connectivity in automobiles is valued among drivers, according to Nielsen.com. "In fact, of the 44 percent of future auto intenders who plan to purchase a new car within the next two years, 39 percent are very likely to purchase a connected car with built-in features," said the article.
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No quick fixes for drivers affected by air bag recall
NPR
Most auto recalls usually involve one carmaker at a time, but a recent massive recall affects not just one, but 10, ranging from BMWs to Toyotas. At the center of it is Takata, a little-known but extremely important auto parts-maker. The company makes more than one-third of the air bags in all cars. Nearly 8 million vehicles have been recalled to have defective air bags fixed, and Congress is now opening an investigation into the problems.
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Secrets to staying cool under pressure
Professional Carwashing & Detailing
We all ask ourselves the same desperate question from time to time: How am I going to make this work? "No matter how well we’ve done laying the groundwork for everything to run smoothly — becoming educated, choosing the right spouse, treating others well — we all face situations that challenge us," says Dr. Robert J. Cerfolio, a world-renowned cardiothoracic surgeon known as "the Michael Jordan of lung surgery." "If we can keep our cool and adhere to some basic principles, we can not only meet any challenge — we can perform with excellence."
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Weak El Nino evolving by year's end as sea warmer than usual
Bloomberg
A weak El Nino will probably develop by the year's end, according to MDA Weather Services. While sea-surface temperatures are warmer than normal across most areas in the tropical Pacific Ocean, it still doesn’t qualify as an El Nino, Kyle Tapley, senior agricultural meteorologist at MDA in Gaithersburg, Maryland, said in response to emailed questions Oct. 20. Some additional warming could lead to the development of a weak El Nino, he said.
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Ford gets in the Halloween spirit with spooky car wash prank
WXYZ-TV via WRTV-TV
A Detroit automaker sure is getting in the Halloween spirit. Imagine: you're excited to get a nice, relaxing car wash when all of a sudden, things turn spooky. That's what happened when Ford Motor Company played an epic prank on unsuspecting passengers.
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A critical debate: The value, costs and benefits of I2P2
By Lauren Swan
The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has proposed that employers need to implement a new program into their businesses called the Injury and Illness Prevention Program, or I2P2 for short. The program will mean more active planning, implementing, evaluating and improving activities that will keep employees safe and protect their health. At the American Industrial Hygiene Association's 2014 Fall Conference, supporters for I2P2 and opponents addressed critical questions surrounding the program.
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Temple, Texas, car wash employee accused of stealing gun out of car
KXXV-TV
A 19-year-old employee of a Temple, Texas, car wash is accused of stealing a gun out of a car. He was also caught with another gun and marijuana. Jacob Stanford was arrested after officers were called out to the 3800 block of S. 31st St., just before 6:30 p.m. Oct. 22, about a theft.
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