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Senator Jeff Merkley announced Feb. 21 at Lane Community College that he will introduce the BUILD (Building Understanding, Investment, Learning and Direction) Career and Technical Education Act of 2018, which would provide grants to support state efforts to restart career and technical education programs in middle and high schools.

Thursday, 22 February 2018 17:58

Auto Body Technicians Fail to Prove CA Minimum Wage Violations

Written by Joanne Deschenaux, Society for Human Resource Management

Two body shop employees who claimed they were not paid the minimum wage required by California law failed to prove their case, the California Court of Appeal ruled. The shop's time-keeping records, along with other testimonial evidence, contradicted the employees' claims of unpaid working time, the court noted.

A group of body shop owners and managers in the state of Hawaii have come together with a common goal: to protect consumer safety by introducing new legislation that addresses the use of OEM and aftermarket parts and who ultimately pays the price.

A first-of-its-kind training program for veterans celebrates its opening on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton in Oceanside, CA.

Friday, 16 February 2018 20:37

Self-Driving Car Crash Highlights Tricky Legal Question in CA

Written by Ethan Baron, The Mercury News

General Motors is in a race to be the first company to mass-produce self-driving cars, but a recent crash with a San Francisco motorcyclist has illustrated the tricky challenge of assigning blame when an autonomous vehicle gets in an accident.

Wednesday, 14 February 2018 18:47

Hawaii Rep Pushes for Consumer Choice of OEM Parts for Repairs

Written by Katherine Coig,

Hawaii Representative Roy Takumi is pushing to pass a bill that would allow the state’s residents the choice of using OEM parts instead of aftermarket ones.

Tuesday, 13 February 2018 21:46

Addison Collision Repair in ID Earns Certification, Top Automaker Recognition

Written by Staff, Times-News

Addison Collision Repair has been officially certified by Assured Performance Collision Care—a nonprofit consumer advocacy organization—for maintaining the right tools, equipment, training and facility necessary to repair the participating automaker brand vehicles according to the manufacturers' specifications.

Friday, 09 February 2018 19:29

Correction for Western Print Edition

There is a page reference error on the cover of the February Western edition for the Honda ADAS story, full title: ADAS ‘Here to Stay,’ Says American Honda Asst. Manager, Could Be New Income Stream for Shops.

Friday, 09 February 2018 19:16

CA Self-Driving Report May Validate Consumer Concerns

Written by Chanell Turner, CBT Automotive Network

Would you allow your car to take control of your commute? This is the question many car buyers are still wrestling with.

On Feb. 7, the Long Beach, CA, campus of Universal Technical Institute (UTI) hosted a special tech career-focused event featuring Roadtrip Nation’s new documentary, “Changing Gears,” for more than 250 Los Angeles, Long Beach and Orange County high schoolers, teachers and other school leaders.

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