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U.S. Grants $187 million for fuel efficiency research
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The Obama administration will announce funding for nine projects designed to significantly increase fuel efficiency in heavy trucks and passenger vehicles, with more than half the money coming from the $787 billion stimulus package. More

Crash investigation continues; cause of death released
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Vikas Parikh, the 16-year-old Rocky Hill High School student who died in a school bus crash earlier this week in Hartford, Conn., had died of a blunt traumatic head injury, said a spokeswoman from the state medical examiner's office. More

Obama says anti-terror 'buck' stops with him
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President Barack Obama declared "the buck stops with me" for the nation's security, taking responsibility for failures that led to the near-disastrous Christmas attack on a Detroit-bound airliner and vowing the problems would be corrected. He said the lapses were widespread but suggested no officials would be fired. More

Uptight Gyeonggi feels wrath of iPhone users
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Here's the question: Can a company or person develop a mobile program using publicly open information without approval from the government? Gyeonggi Province in Korea at first said, "No," but decided to change its stance against strong backlash from the public. More

Despite risks, Internet creeps onto car dashboards
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To the dismay of safety advocates already worried about driver distraction, automakers and high-tech companies have found a new place to put sophisticated Internet-connected computers - the front seat. More

Early Bird Rate Extended Until January 21 For Special Needs Transportation Conference

You can still save $100! Register by January 21 for Transporting Students with Disabilities & Preschoolers, 19th National Conference. $119 room rate at Doubletree Hotel, Orlando. Practical solutions, workable answers, proven best practices, the meat and potatoes of special needs transportation. Hear rapid-fire ideas on safe, effective operations in 2010 from our Tenured Faculty and National Advisory Board.

Nebraska school bus drivers could have phones yanked
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Neeka Choobineh couldn't believe what she was seeing - as the large charter bus that carried their class team barreled down the highway, the driver chatted away on his cell phone for one and a half hour, keeping one hand on the steering wheel. More

Transportation in 2010
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Transportation is one of the biggest parts of our lives, whether we think about it or not. How will 2010 help shape the future of transportation in the US? How should it do so? More

Israel's airport security, object of envy, is hard to emulate here
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Renewed threats of airborne terror have once again drawn attention to Israel's track record of preventing terror attacks on airplanes. More

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Massachusetts restores funding for school transportation and low income families
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With revenue collections to date outpacing earlier estimates, Governor Deval Patrick announced that he will restore two key programs serving Massachusetts students and low-income families. More

Four-day school week becomes big hit
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Students at Niagara Catholic High School in New York have been taking a lot of personal days this year. Every Monday, actually — and it's with permission. More

Montgomery County in Houston takes to Twitter
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People caught driving while intoxicated in Montgomery County are being busted in more ways than one. The county district attorney's office is now calling them out in the status-sphere by posting their names on its Twitter page for everyone to see. More

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Call-In Press Conference U.S. Transportation Secretary LaHood and Anti-Distracted Driving Advocates Join for Major Announcement Tuesday.

Washington, DC - U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood will be joined by National Safety Council President Janet Froetscher and anti-distracted driving advocate Jennifer Smith for a major announcement about future efforts to stop distracted driving on Tuesday, January 12 at 2:15 PM EST at the U.S. Department of Transportation Media Center. They will be joined at the press conference by a number of victims, relatives, and advocates working to end distracted driving.

In 2009, the National Safety Council became the first organization to call for U.S. motorists to stop using all cell phones and messaging devices while driving. Jennifer Smith, whose mother was killed by a driver texting behind the wheel in 2008, has become an outspoken advocate against distracted driving. Both NSC President Janet Froetscher and Jennifer Smith joined Secretary LaHood at the national Distracted Driving Summit in Washington, DC in September.

***For those unable to attend in person, call-in information is available by emailing Lori Irving at***

WHO: U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood National Safety Council President Janet P. Froetscher Jennifer Smith, anti-distracted driving advocate

WHAT: Press Conference on Distracted Driving

WHEN: 2:15 PM EST Tuesday, January 12, 2010
**Cameras should arrive by 1:15 PM EST to allow time for security screening and setup**

WHERE: U.S. Department of Transportation, Media Center 1200 New Jersey Ave SE Washington, DC 20590

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