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Some FAA inspectors didn't finish required training courses

May. 3, 2019 7:03 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Aviation Administration says more than a dozen safety inspectors at two key field offices did not complete a required formal training course, but that inspectors who reviewed the Boeing 737 Max jet were fully certified. Separately on Friday, a group of aviation experts from...

Mississippi shipyard gets $746M contract for icebreaker

Apr. 23, 2019 7:42 PM EDT

PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi shipyard won a $746 million contract Tuesday to design and build the first of what could be three heavy polar icebreakers for the U.S. Coast Guard. The U.S. Navy's Naval Sea Systems Command awarded the contract to VT Halter Marine of Pascagoula, choosing Halter's bid...

City says safety work ready to start in push to quiet trains

Apr. 20, 2019 1:33 PM EDT

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — Northeast Mississippi's largest city is trying to revive an effort to quiet its many trains. Tupelo's effort to upgrade 19 rail crossings have been stalled, The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reported. Completing safety upgrades including crossing arms would allow the city to...

Big Tech feels the heat as US moves to protect consumer data

Apr. 8, 2019 3:31 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Momentum is gaining in Washington for a privacy law that could sharply rein in the ability of the largest technology companies to collect and make money off people's personal data. A national law, the first of its kind in the U.S., could allow people to see or prohibit the use of their...

FAA: Inspectors on Boeing Max planes are properly trained

Apr. 5, 2019 2:31 PM EDT

The acting head of the Federal Aviation Administration is telling a senator that safety inspectors who certified the Boeing 737 Max jet are properly trained. In a letter to the chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, Daniel Elwell says members of the Flight Standardization Board that evaluated the Max are...

Senate committee to investigate FAA safety inspectors

Apr. 2, 2019 3:04 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Senate committee says it's investigating whistleblower complaints about the training and credentials of federal inspectors who evaluated a Boeing jet involved in two deadly crashes. Commerce Committee Chairman Roger Wicker asked the Federal Aviation Administration on Tuesday for...

The Latest: Senators grill Elwell on safety, industry ties

Mar. 27, 2019 6:08 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Congressional hearings looking into the Federal Aviation Administration's oversight of Boeing (all times local): ___ 5:50 p.m. Sen. Edward Markey, D-Mass., challenged FAA Acting Administrator Daniel Elwell on whether the FAA should ban "selling safety features a la carte to...