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State Transportation Statistics 2014

Categories: Energy,Environment,Statistics,Traffic Accidents,Transportation

http://www.rita.dot.gov/bts/sites/rita.dot.gov.bts/files/publications/state_transportation_statistics/state_transportation_statistics_2014/index.html

A statistical profile of transportation in the 50 states and DC.  Covers freight movement, passenger travel, registered vehicles and miles traveled, safety, infrastructure, energy, and environmental topics.  From the Bureau of Transportation Statistics

 

Gulet Mohamed v Eric Holder

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Govt Processes/Organization,Supreme Court/courts,Terrorism,Transportation

http://fas.org/sgp/jud/statesec/gulet-091514.pdf

Decision of a federal district court judge that the judiciary can compel in camera review of material that the federal government claims is protected by the state secrets privilege.  The case, deriving from an individual’s listing on the government’s No Fly list, involves individual liberties and the respective powers of the executive, legislative, and judicial branches in matters related to the War on Terrorism.  From the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Consumer Expenditures 2013

http://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/cesan.pdf

Reports that average expenditures per consumer unit in 2013 were $51,100, little changed from 2012 levels.  Also offers details on the average consumer expenditures per category such as housing, food, transportation and so forth.  From the Bureau of Labor Statistics

 

Preliminary Report: Crash Involving Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200 Flight MH17

Categories: Headlines,Transportation,Weather/Disasters

http://www.onderzoeksraad.nl/uploads/phase-docs/701/b3923acad0ceprem-rapport-mh-17-en-interactief.pdf

Preliminary report on the July 2014 crash of the Malaysia airliner over Ukraine to inform the public of the general circumstances of the event and the investigation progress to date.  Finds that the aircraft was penetrated by a large number of high-energy objects.  From the Dutch Safety Board

 

Executive Order 26: Establishing the New Virginia Economy Strategic Plan and Steering Committee

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues,Business/Economics,Energy,Health/Medical,Transportation,Virginia Issues

https://governor.virginia.gov/news/newsarticle?articleId=5850

Establishes the priorities for the McAuliffe administration’s economic development plan. From the Office of the Governor

 

Recalls Look-Up by VIN

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Transportation

https://vinrcl.safercar.gov/vin/

Check to see if your vehicle has been the subject of a safety recall by entering the Vehicle Identification Number.  Covers 15 years.  From the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

 

Extramural R&D Funding by U.S.-Located Businesses Nears $30 Billion in 2011

Categories: Business/Economics,Health/Medical,Manufacturing,Science/Technology,Statistics,Transportation

http://www.nsf.gov/statistics/infbrief/nsf14314/nsf14314.pdf

Reports on the spending by U.S. corporations for research and development performed by other entities both domestic and foreign.  Also reports on the type or category of industries that spent the most on extramural R&D, with pharmaceuticals and transportation equipment manufacturing leading the list.  From the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics of the National Science Foundation

 

“Black Boxes” in Passenger Vehicles: Policy Issues

Categories: Laws/Regulations,Privacy,Science/Technology,Traffic Accidents,Transportation

http://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R43651.pdf

Explains what event data recorders are, government mandates that EDRs be included in vehicles, and controversies relating to their use.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

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