Economy

Economy

The Obamacare of climate change? States get day in court on EPA plan

A panel of federal judges on Tuesday heard arguments in court for and against the Obama administration’s plan to cut carbon dioxide emissions by a third by 2030. More than two-dozen states sued the Environmental Protection Agency to stop the Clean Power Plan, one of the Obama White House’s signature policies to address climate change.

Economy

EPA waives clean gasoline rules after Alabama pipeline spill

The Environmental Protection Agency has lifted the federal requirement for cleaner-burning gasoline in 11 states and the District of Columbia in response to a pipeline rupture in Alabama last week that’s caused fuel shortages in much of the Southeastern U.S. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy has temporarily waived the requirements for reformulated gasoline, which Congress required under the Clean Air Act in 1990 and has been part of the government’s smog-reduction strategy.

Economy

Ticket to bringing trains back to Wichita: Hot meals and dome car?

When and if passenger trains stop in Wichita again, they may not be owned or operated by Amtrak, which left the largest city in Kansas more than three decades ago. Extending an existing train from Oklahoma City to Wichita, or even keeping it on its current route, may depend on the success of a state-supported train in Indiana that’s staked its future on a company that isn’t Amtrak.

Economy

As coal declines, 10,000 workers remain to support 120,000 retirees

Thousands of retired coal miners gather near the U.S. Capitol in 96-degree weather to push Congress to save a pension fund many of them depend on that could go broke by year’s end. Lawmakers have thus far not reached a deal to salvage the United Mine Workers of America’s Health and Retirement Funds. About 120,000 retired miners depend on the benefit, which averages $530 a month and keeps them from falling into poverty or welfare.

Economy

More Americans are dying in car crashes, but not in Kansas

While the U.S. saw an uptick in highway traffic fatalities in 2015, Kansas bucked the nationwide trend with a nearly equal decline. According to numbers from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Kansas highway fatalities fell 7.8 percent from 2014 to 2015 and alcohol-impaired-driving fatalities fell 22.2 percent, one of the steepest declines in the country.

Economy

None on Kentucky hazmat team got new training for rail oil spills

A Kentucky rail-to-truck transfer has emerged as a shipping hub for oil and oil products. But no one on the 12-county hazardous material team that would respond to oil spill or fire at the facility has received training that’s been developed specifically in the past few years to address the risks of increasing volumes or crude oil moving by rail.

Economy

Details sought on airlines’ tech after Delta, Southwest failures

Sens. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut and Ed Markey of Massachusetts, both Democrats, wrote to 13 airlines to express concern that there aren’t enough backups in place to prevent service meltdowns like the recent ones that crippled Delta and Southwest Airlines. They also questioned the airlines on how vulnerable they are to cyberattack.

Economy

U.S. trade rep insists TPP is not dead yet

The country’s top trade official, U.S. Trade Ambassador Michael Froman, is confident the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership could pass this year, despite increasingly critical rhetoric about the deal from both parties’ presumptive presidential nominees.

Economy

Panama’s president defends his country’s financial institutions

Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela defended his country’s financial reputation and reiterated Panama’s commitment to greater transparency Tuesday in the wake of the leak of millions of documents that show ties between world leaders and a Panamanian law firm that specializes in setting up shell corporations.

Congress

McCain, Roberts lock horns on Senate floor over Obama’s Army nominee

Arizona Sen. John McCain pleaded with a fellow Republican, Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts, on the Senate floor Thursday to withdraw his objection and allow a vote on Eric Fanning to be Secretary of the Army. But Roberts wouldn’t budge, again citing his opposition to President Barack Obama’s proposal to close the Guantanamo Bay prison and transfer its detainees to U.S. sites, including, potentially, Fort Leavenworth in Kansas.

Economy

Airbnb’s rapid growth in Cuba comes with a few problems

Cuba is reportedly Airbnb’s fastest-growing market. Since embarking on cozier relations with Cuba leader Raúl Castro 15 months ago, the Obama administration has been eliminating stiff regulations on travel and commerce, which has expanded opportunities for Americans to visit the island.

Videos

Trump, Clinton clash in first presidential debate

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton went to head-to-head in the first presidential debate at Hofstra University in New York on Monday. They discussed jobs, racial divisions and national security with many personal jabs thrown in between. The debate, moderated by NBC anchor Lester Holt, is the first in a series of three scheduled ahead of election day.
Cristina Rayas / McClatchy
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Trump, Clinton clash in first presidential debate

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Inside the Washington Monument during the earthquake

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