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Gas prices got you wanting an electric or hybrid car? Well, good luck finding one

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — With gasoline prices topping $4 a gallon, many drivers are looking for a car that will go farther on a gallon of gas, or maybe one that doesn’t use gasoline at all. Finding such a car, though, is not easy. Electric cars and gas-electric hybrids are in short supply, and prices… Read More

A man pumps gas at a Giant Eagle GetGo in Mount Lebanon, Pa.

As gas prices surge, here’s how to get the most out of your tank

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — Global crude oil prices have been on the rise following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, with U.S. gas prices hitting a new national record on Tuesday. As NPR’s Camila Domonoske reported: “The average cost of a gallon of regular fuel is now $4.173, according to AAA, after jumping 55 cents in the… Read More

A gas pump in Athens

Most Ohio Senate Republicans back bill to repeal gas tax increase, but DeWine calls it a “mistake”

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Ohioans have been living with a gas tax increase for almost three years. But in this election year as gas prices move higher, some Republican state lawmakers are pushing forward on a proposal to put the brakes on that tax. 2019 started with a battle over the gas tax, with newly… Read More

Used cars for sale sit on a lot at a dealership in Doylestown, Pa.

Why buying a car is still such a miserable experience right now

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — Thinking of buying a car? Kimberly Walker, a mother of two in Columbia, S.C., can tell you exactly what that’s like these days. She recently found herself having to shop for two vehicles on opposite ends of the market. For herself, she wanted a late-model electric Audi, and after looking around,… Read More

Drivers wait for the traffic to be cleared as cars and trucks are stranded on sections of Interstate 95 Tuesday Jan. 4, 2022, in Carmel Church, Va. Close to 48 miles of the Interstate was closed due to ice and snow.

Here’s what you should keep in your car and other ways to prepare for winter driving

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — It was the stuff of drivers’ nightmares. Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine called it “dystopian.” This week, motorists were stuck in freezing temperatures – some for more than 20 hours — along a 50-mile stretch of Interstate 95 in Virginia. Heavy snow fell Monday, causing several vehicles to crash and bringing traffic… Read More

orange barrels on I-270

Transportation Budget Passes House Committee, Moves Toward Floor Vote

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The $8 billion state transportation budget goes to the floor of the Ohio House tomorrow, after it was overwhelmingly approved by a House committee Wednesday. After just under a month since its introduction, House Finance Committee chair Rep. Scott Oelslager (R-North Canton) reported the vote count on the two year transportation budget:… Read More

Ohio Lawmakers Change Key Parts Of Governor’s Transportation Budget

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — An Ohio House committee stripped provisions from Gov. Mike DeWine’s transportation budget, one of which targets distracted driving. The House committee removed part of the budget that included stiffer penalties for drivers caught while using or holding any wireless device while driving. Curt Steiner represents a coalition of 35 organizations… Read More

In this Oct. 16, 2018 file photo, Richard Branson appears at a ceremony honoring him with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, in Los Angeles.

West Virginia Site Chosen For High-Speed Travel Facility

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Virgin Hyperloop One will build a certification center in West Virginia to test the high-speed transportation concept that uses enclosed pods to zip passengers underground at over 600 mph. The company had received bids from 17 states over the past year to build a 6-mile testing track and other facilities over… Read More

Unemployment

Unemployment Claims Top 100K, New Voter Sign-up Demanded

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The state says it has received 111,055 unemployment insurance benefit applications online in the past four days, due to layoffs related to coronavirus orders. That compares to 3,895 during the same four days last week. The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services hotline for unemployment benefits has been overwhelmed the… Read More

Athens Public Transit busses

Athens Transportation Methods Modified Due to Coronavirus Pandemic

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Public transportation in Athens has been modified in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. The regular CATS student transport service was suspended after students were advised not to return to Ohio University’s campus after instruction moved to remote learning through the end of the spring semester, “OHIO Transportation and Parking Services’… Read More

Motorcycles were parked behind Peden Stadium after an escort of the replica Vietnam War Memorial wall on September 13, 2017.

Bill to Protect Motorcyclists from Hearing Loss is on its Way to the Governor

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It’s now up to Gov. Mike DeWine to decide whether to sign a bill passed by the Ohio Legislature that would allow motorcyclists to wear earplugs while driving their bikes. Up to now, motorcyclists have not been allowed to wear earplugs. Republican Senator Rob McColley (R-Napoleon) says that’s because drivers need to be able to… Read More

Gov. DeWine with supporters of bill

State Leaders Support “Hands Free Ohio” Bill

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The Ohio State Highway Patrol reports fatalities on the state’s roads have increase in five of the last six years with 2019 being the second-deadliest year in the past decade. And that’s why state leaders are backing a new bill to crack down on distracted driving. Gov. Mike DeWine says the bill will ban the… Read More

The Wheeling Suspension Bridge

WATCH: This Super Strong Concrete Could Repair Aging Bridges. Here’s What’s Standing in the Way

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There’s a dire need to repair aging infrastructure in the U.S., and an innovative building material could be a game changer. Embedded with steel fibers, ultra-high performance concrete is about five to 10 times stronger than standard concrete — and unaffordable for most government-funded projects. PBS NewsHour special correspondent Cat Wise reports from Iowa on… Read More

Huntington, West Virginia skyline

Community Feedback Sought on Proposed Ohio River Bridge

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Officials are asking for community feedback on a proposed Ohio River bridge connecting West Virginia and Ohio. News outlets report the bridge would be the final step in the long-anticipated Tri-State Outer Belt linking the two states and parts of Interstate 64. The KYOVA Interstate Planning Commission is asking for feedback… Read More

A white-tailed deer stands in a wooded area

Ohio Officials Warn Drivers to be Alert for Deer

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – State authorities are reminding drivers in Ohio that November is peak season for vehicle-deer collisions. Officials say there were nearly 3,800 collisions last November on state roadways. They urge drivers to be alert for deer bolting across roads, especially at dawn and dusk. State Highway Patrol Superintendent Richard Fambro advises drivers… Read More

A gas pump in Athens

ODOT Says Gas Tax Hike Returns Agency To Solid Financial Ground

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As of November 1, Ohio’s 10.5 cent gas tax increase from the state’s transportation budget has been in place for four months. And the director of the Ohio Department of Transportation said the money his agency fought lawmakers to get is already making a difference. Lawmakers had opposed the increase for weeks, leading to a delay in passing the transportation… Read More

Vehicles drive along the Ohio Turnpike in Strongsville, Ohio.

Ohio Lawmakers Advance Bill to Raise Driving Age for Teens

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio teenagers hoping to get behind the wheel will have to wait a bit longer under a bill that will undergo a full House vote. The Ohio House Transportation and Public Safety Committee voted 11-to-4 on Tuesday to advance a bill that would raise the minimum age to get a probationary… Read More

A long highway

State Lawmakers Hope to Prevent Crashes With Rumble Strips

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Some Ohio lawmakers say they hope to prevent numerous vehicle crashes by gradually installing rumble strips down the center of some roads. Ohio Rep. Timothy E. Ginter, a Salem Republican, is chief sponsor of a bill to require the state Department of Transportation to add rumble strips on all undivided, two-way… Read More

Chris Damron of Columbus got his license back during the last round of amnesty, and is encouraging others who are eligible to apply.

State Starts Another Round of Amnesty for Drivers’ Licenses

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Over 340,000 people could get back on the roads legally – sometimes after many years of not being able to pay reinstatement fees. After a six-month pilot period that ended in July, the state is restarting a shortened amnesty program for Ohioans who’ve lost their drivers’ licenses. Most are low-income Ohioans who’ve fallen behind in paying… Read More

The Wheeling Suspension Bridge

Repeated Weight Limit Violations Close W.Va. Suspension Bridge

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WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) — Vehicles exceeding the weight limit of a West Virginia suspension bridge have led officials to close it indefinitely. News outlets report the Wheeling Suspension Bridge closed Tuesday morning and won’t be open to vehicular traffic for at least a year. Pedestrians can still walk or bike across. A charter bus weighing… Read More

Vehicles drive along the Ohio Turnpike in Strongsville, Ohio.

Backers Tout Program Helping Drivers Get Licenses Reinstated

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Supporters of a program waiving or reducing reinstatement fees for Ohioans with suspended driver’s licenses say nearly 77,000 people benefited from the program during a trial period. A report released Wednesday by the Ohio Poverty Law Center and Southeastern Ohio Legal Services found the Reinstatement Fee Amnesty Initiative saved residents a… Read More