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Trump's Transport Sec Hails From Dubya's Cabinet

Former Labor secretary Elaine Chao is also wife of Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell

(Newser) - Donald Trump has picked Elaine Chao to become transportation secretary, a Trump transition official said Tuesday. Chao, 63, was labor secretary under President George W. Bush and the first Asian-American woman to serve in a president's Cabinet, the AP reports. She also is the wife of Senate Majority Leader... More »

Obama to Name Charlotte Mayor DOT Secretary

First minority pick among second-term appointees

(Newser) - Charlotte mayor Anthony Foxx—an up-and-coming Democrat who grabbed attention as host of last year's Democratic National Convention—will be President Obama's pick to replace Ray LaHood as Transportation secretary, reports Politico , citing White House sources. Foxx would be Obama's first minority pick among second-term appointees, adds... More »

Ray LaHood Leaving Obama Administration

Transportation secretary the latest Cabinet member to depart

(Newser) - Yet another Obama Cabinet member is exiting stage left. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood tells the AP that he intends to step down as soon as a successor can be confirmed. The former Illinois congressman was the last remaining Republican in Obama's administration, though Defense Department nominee Chuck Hagel would... More »

Feds Fine Toyota $16.4M

Automaker has the right to appeal penalty

(Newser) - Toyota is still paying for its decision to wait 4 months before announcing a recall and notifying federal regulators of the "sticky pedal" defect—and the automaker will pay even more: a $16.4 million fine imposed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration this afternoon. Toyota has 2... More »

LaHood Backtracks on 'Stop Driving' Toyotas Advice

Calls it a 'misstatement' after company's shares sink

(Newser) - Transportation chief Ray LaHood says he went too far when he advised Toyota drivers to "stop driving" their cars at a House hearing this morning. "What I said in there was obviously a misstatement," he said later. His staff and other administration officials quickly sought to tamp... More »

Feds Ban Texting by Truck, Bus Drivers

Under rules, effective immediately, fines run as high as $2,750

(Newser) - Drivers of trucks and buses who text behind the wheel will be subject to thousands of dollars in fines, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced today. The federal prohibition, which takes effect immediately, applies only to commercial vehicles. But distracted driving is one of LaHood's top issues, CNN reports. "This... More »

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