February 2014 Archive

Pittsburgh's Ongoing Pothole Plight

Although the unrelenting winter weather of the past few months created its fair share of potholes for City of Pittsburgh streets, the Polar Vortex is not the only thing that has wreaked havoc on our roads. For years, city officials have fallen far short of meeting the paving needs for Pittsburgh’s weather-beaten roadways.

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Toyota Prius Recall

While hybrid vehicles may save drivers money at the gas pump, the incredible technology behind it may now be putting those drivers at risk. Toyota Motor Corp. is recalling 1.9 million Prius hybrid vehicles citing that defective software in the hybrid system may cause cars to dangerously malfunction.

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Medicines Made in India Raise Safety Questions

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recently started scrutinizing over-the-counter and prescription drugs manufactured in India. India is the second-largest exporter of pharmaceutical drugs to the U.S., providing 40 percent of all over-the-counter and generic prescription drugs consumed in the United States.

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How Do Police Detect Drivers Under the Influence of Marijuana?

States around the U.S. are beginning to reconsider their laws criminalizing marijuana. It’s important to remember that although smoking marijuana may not be illegal in some parts of the county, driving a vehicle while under the influence of marijuana is still a crime in all 50 states.

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Massive Graco Car Seat Recall

In one of the most massive recalls of this kind in history, the car seat manufacturer Graco has agreed to recall 3.7 million child car seats. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) requested the large-scale recall due to defects associated with the car seats’ harnesses.

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Natural Gas Well Explosion in Greene County, PA

The flames are still burning in Greene County, Pennsylvania. Three days after a natural gas well, owned by Chevron, burst into a fiery explosion, the blaze has still yet to be extinguished.

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Child Traffic Accident Deaths Decline

Young children don’t go out for drinks or go on dangerous late-night joy rides with friends. Therefore, young children have typically comprised only a small portion of total traffic fatalities. Now, a new report has good news—over the last decade the number of young children who died in traffic accidents has shrunk by nearly 43 percent.

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Government's Plan: Cars that Can "Talk" To Each Other

In what seems like the real-life version of the animated Pixar film Cars, which depicts a futuristic world where vehicles speak, the U.S. government recently announced its plan to enable cars with vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication technology. This technology would prevent auto accidents by allowing vehicles to "talk" to each other.