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Special car, plate for veteran at N.Y. Auto Show PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by Associated Press   
Sunday, 20 April 2014 07:54

NEW YORK (AP) — A wounded Iraq war veteran has been given a specially outfitted SUV by Toyota, and he's gotten an honorary license plate for it from New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Cuomo gave Army Spc. Robert J. Loria the special plate Saturday at the New York International Auto Show.

Loria lost his left hand and suffered shrapnel wounds in a 2005 bombing in Iraq. His new 2014 Toyota RAV4 has such devices as a steering wheel knob suitable for a mechanical hand.

Cuomo also spotlighted a state Department of Motor Vehicles booth at the auto show. The DMV hasn't been there in several years.

Cuomo says he knows how much New Yorkers love their cars. He has some spiffy rides himself: a 1975 Corvette Stingray and a 1968 Pontiac GTO convertible.


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Gilbert, Penske on Detroit bankruptcy witness list PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by Associated Press   
Saturday, 19 April 2014 06:52

DETROIT (AP) — The names of high-profile businessmen Dan Gilbert and Roger Penske are among those on a witness list for a court proceeding this summer on Detroit's plan to exit bankruptcy.

The city on Friday released the list.

It has grown to 30 and also includes emergency manager Kevyn Orr and Mayor Mike Duggan.

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes will preside this summer over a proceeding on Detroit's plan to shed debt and restructure city operations and finances.


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Automakers unveil China-focused models in Beijing PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by JOE McDONALD, AP Business Writer   
Sunday, 20 April 2014 07:51

BEIJING (AP) — Ford Motor Co. on Sunday unveiled a new Escort sedan designed in China for global sale at a Beijing auto show that highlighted the growing influence of Chinese tastes on the industry.

Automakers are looking to China's biggest auto show this year to help boost sales in this huge but cooling market. Total sales last year reached 17.9 million vehicles, but growth is expected to slow from 15.7 percent to as low as 8 percent, even as newcomers including Lincoln and Tesla enter the market.

The new Escort, a compact sedan with a 1.4-liter, four-cylinder engine, was designed at Ford's development center in China with features to appeal to local tastes. They include a bigger back seat for children and grandparents, lighter colors and cup holders made to fit iced tea bottles.

The Escort goes on sale in China this year, expanding later to other markets, said CEO Alan Mulally.

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Court case to test Minnesota's 'Buy the Farm' law PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press   
Saturday, 19 April 2014 06:49

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A case set for trial next week is expected to test Minnesota's "Buy the Farm" law, which is meant to require utilities building high-voltage power lines to buy out farms in the way if affected landowners demand it.

The case pits the developers of the CapX2020 project against Cedar Summit Farm near New Prague, which fills its old-school glass bottles on site and keeps its cows on a 100 percent grass diet. Owners Dave and Florence Minar say they can't properly operate an organic dairy farm under a 345,000-volt power line, so they're trying to use the law to force CapX2020 to buy their farm and pay the costs of relocating their operation.

The case is one of dozens of land disputes arising from CapX2020, an initiative by 11 utilities including Xcel Energy and Great River Energy to expand and ensure the reliability of the region's electrical grid. The $2 billion project includes five new high-voltage lines covering nearly 800 miles. A planned line from Brookings, S.D., to Hampton, Minn., runs right over the Minars' farm.

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