North Spokane freeway funded in transportation budget, but lawmakers continue push for new revenue package

OLYMPIA – Work on the North Spokane Corridor will continue along with numerous other projects already planned statewide thanks to an $11.8 billion transportation budget approved by the Legislature on Saturday.

The budget is backed heavily by federal money, allowing the state to move forward with projects despite a decline last year in some revenues usually reserved for transportation.

Still, some lawmakers lamented that the budget doesn’t go further in funding new projects.

“All this budget does is keeps the lights on,” Senate Transportation Chair Steve Hobbs said on the floor Saturday. “We really need to have some form of

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Tesla tells China car cameras not activated outside North America

SHANGHAI (Reuters) -Cameras in Tesla cars are not activated outside of North America, the U.S. automaker said on its Chinese social media page on Wednesday, seeking to assuage security concerns in the world’s biggest car market.

Tesla faces scrutiny in China where the military in March banned Tesla cars from entering its complexes, citing security concerns over cameras in its vehicles, sources told Reuters.

“Even in the United States, car owners can freely choose whether to turn on its (the camera system’s) use. Tesla is equipped with a network security system with world-leading security levels to ensure user privacy protection,”

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Tesla (TSLA) Car Cameras Not Activated in China or Outside North America

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Cameras that are built into Tesla Inc.’s cars aren’t activated outside of North America, the electric carmaker’s Beijing unit said in a statement on Weibo Wednesday.

Even in the U.S., vehicle owners are able to choose freely whether or not they want to turn on their cameras, Tesla said, noting that it has a world-leading network security system to protect users’ privacy.

Tesla Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk was forced to defend

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Ford slashes vehicle production at six plants in North America due to chip shortage

Ford Motor is significantly cutting production at six plants in North America due to an ongoing global shortage of semiconductor chips, including facilities that produce highly profitable pickup trucks.

The actions vary by plant but range from overtime shift cancellations to facilities being closed for up to three weeks from April through June. Or a combination of both.

The impacted plants are in Illinois, Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri and Ontario, Canada. They produce an array of products – from F-150 pickups and vans to the Ford Explorer SUV and Ford Escape crossover.

Production of the F-150 in Dearborn, Michigan,

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Utah, North Dakota latest to adopt safety stop law for cyclists

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (BRAIN) — Utah and North Dakota became the latest states to adopt the controversial Idaho Stop law, allowing cyclists to treat a stop sign as a yield sign. 

Rep. Carol Spackman Moss (D-Utah) submitted that state’s legislation five times in the past 10 years, with cycling advocacy group Bike Utah supporting it each time. North Dakota also had been trying for several years to get the legislation passed. The law takes effect May 5.

Utah and North Dakota join Idaho, Washington, Delaware, Arkansas, and Oregon. In addition, a California coalition is backing another legislative attempt

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GM, Honda extend production suspensions at some North American plants

DETROIT/WASHINGTON — General Motors extended production cuts in North America on Wednesday due to a worldwide semiconductor chip shortage that has impacted the auto sector.

GM’s action followed a similar announcement Tuesday by Honda Motor Co., which said it will extend production suspensions at some North American plants into the week of March 29 due to the chip shortage and other supply chain issues.

The U.S. automaker said its Wentzville, Mo., assembly plant would be idled during the weeks beginning March 29 and April 5. It will extend down time at its plant in Lansing, Mich., which has been idled

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