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The designer of an iconic automobile has come back home to Dayton. Gale Halderman was born in Tipp City. He graduated from Bethel High School in 1950 and then attended art and design classes at the Dayton Art Institute. It may be surprising that the name behind one of America’s most popular sports cars didn’t set out to design anything like it.

“I loved to do lettering,” he says. “I used to letter all the school buses at school when I was in school. And then I saw this class that was designing televisions and bicycles and I thought, boy does that look exciting.”

Some two million Ford F-150 pickup trucks are being recalled by the company after more than 20 reports of smoke or fire coming from the seat belts.

The recall, which was announced Thursday, applies to certain Regular Cab and SuperCrew Cab vehicles from model years 2015-18.

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For more than three decades, cars have used a device that acts as a kind of central brain. It processes the electronic information that flows through the vehicle. 

Self-driving vehicles require more electronic information to operate than your average car. As more and more autonomous vehicles make their way onto the road, there’s an urgent need for them to be built with higher-speed networks. 

Today on Tech Tuesday, we discuss car companies increasing data processing speeds in their vehicles. Also, we’ll talk about transparency in social media banning. 

The Trump administration is taking aim at a law designed to protect military service members from getting cheated by shady lending practices.

NPR has obtained documents that show the White House is proposing changes that critics say would leave service members vulnerable to getting ripped off when they buy cars. Separately, the administration is taking broader steps to roll back enforcement of the Military Lending Act.

The EPA has announced a six-year freeze in fuel efficiency standards with no exceptions for states to set their own standards. It is a rebuke for California, which along with at least a dozen other states, has higher fuel standards than the national requirements. Under Obama administration rules, fuel efficiency standards would have increased over time.

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The Trump administration has proposed a rollback of Obama-era fuel efficiency and emissions standards, while simultaneously taking aim at California's unique ability to set more stringent rules.

Under the Obama administration, the Environmental Protection Agency called for the fuel economy standards for new vehicles to ratchet up over time. The increasingly strict standards were designed to combat climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

If you feel like crossing the street is more dangerous today than in years past, you may be right. 

Lordstown Plant Poses Political, Financial Risks For General Motors

Jul 27, 2018
Chevy factory in Lordstown, Ohio
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With too many factories making slow-selling cars, General Motors can't afford to keep them all operating without making some tough decisions. But the political atmosphere might be limiting its options.

Mark Wahlberg Buying Bobby Layman Chevrolet In Columbus

Jul 20, 2018
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Mark Wahlberg wants you to see the U.S.A. in a Chevrolet.

The 47-year-old actor, producer, businessman and former rapper on Thursday announced he's launching his first car dealership, Mark Wahlberg Chevrolet after purchasing Bobby Layman Chevrolet on West Broad Street in Columbus, Ohio. 

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Matthew Woodyard loves cycling so much he’s taken up something called cyclocross – think of it as a biking form of cross-country-running with a few laps around the track mixed in. He also rides his bike to work up and down the steep hills of the Merriman Valley.

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For the first time, The Ohio State University on Thurday gave the public a chance to test out electric vehicles for themselves.

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Car-sharing service Car2Go announced in an email to members that “after careful consideration” it will stop operating in Columbus at the end of this month.

A coalition of 17 states and the District of Columbia, led by California, is suing the Environmental Protection Agency over its plan to change vehicle efficiency standards. The states are asking a court to review the EPA's proposed actions, arguing that they violate the Clean Air Act.

"We're not looking to pick a fight with the Trump administration, but when the stakes are this high for our families' health and our economic prosperity, we have a responsibility to do what is necessary to defend them," California's attorney general, Xavier Becerra, said.

The announcement this week that Ford will drop almost all of its traditional car models could have an impact on the hundreds of parts manufacturers in Ohio.

A 2015 report showed that almost 600 parts supplier are based in Ohio -- making everything from tires and wheels to mirrors and doors – second only to Michigan in the country.

The Senate approved a measure Wednesday that would roll back policies designed to protect minority car buyers from discriminatory loan terms. Republicans passed the bill by a narrow margin, and it now moves on to the House.

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